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December 4, 2010
7:41 pm
bridonca
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I was shopping at the Atlantic Super Store in Halifax today, and I saw they were selling Presidents Choice mobile SIMs for $10. If I can use their data plan on my E71, I will be a customer! I checked with Presidents Choice mobile customer service, but they seem a bit clueless about it, but I am sure that will eventually be sorted out!

December 6, 2010
11:32 am
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bridonca said:

I was shopping at the Atlantic Super Store in Halifax today, and I saw they were selling Presidents Choice mobile SIMs for $10. If I can use their data plan on my E71, I will be a customer! I checked with Presidents Choice mobile customer service, but they seem a bit clueless about it, but I am sure that will eventually be sorted out!


I don't see any advantage of using pc mobile over SO, do you? At least it's another option!

December 6, 2010
4:53 pm
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Don't really see any advantage, especially since the best top up option is $25/60 days. I guess if you are a use you phone a lot, the flex plans my work for you.. $7 data... 20 cents per minute. I guess there is also the convenience of PC locations. Did I mention that they have far better phone as well?

December 6, 2010
11:16 pm
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andreww said:

$7 data... 20 cents per minute. I guess there is also the convenience of PC locations. Did I mention that they have far better phone as well?


Well now that you mention it, that does sound pretty good! I didn't see that info last time I looked at their website. Thanks andreww.

December 6, 2010
11:26 pm
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Presidents Choice mobile now sell $100 top up cards, which last 365 days. The Bell network they use is more robust than the Rogers network in a lot of areas, which is nice. System access fee is cheaper, around $0.50 compared to $1.25.

Kudos for Presidents Choice mobile selling SIMs separately now, something Speakout should emulate. When I can confirm data works on these SIMs, I will be a happy customer.

December 7, 2010
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To me, it's all about location. For where I am Rogers coverage blows away Bell coverage, and by a long shot. There are many pluses and cons, on both sides. I used to be with PC Mobile, but was turned off by their expiry dates. I love the fact that I can top-up for as little as $25 a year. Another thing that brought me to Speakout was their local calling area, which is huge.

I agree that SpeakOut should consider just sim cards, it would help those people who already have an unlocked phone.

December 7, 2010
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$25 a year used to be a big selling point for me, until Speakout started offering data! That blew that budget! [Image Can Not Be Found] I would be spending over $100 a year no matter what because of it. But currently with Presidents Choice mobile, a year of data would cost me $84, so with $6 of 911 fees, I would still have $10 left to spend on phone calls for the year!

I was also a former Presidents Choice mobile customer, and the 2 month expiry on their cards was a big turn off. Their stinky CDMA phone lineup were no help either. After my Nokia died, it was time to move on.

As of late, Presidents Choice mobile look to be working on fixing these problems. I always liked the Bell network, it is stronger here in Atlantic Canada, than Rogers. As stated by others, Rogers seems to be the better network in Upper Canada. That is probably the most important criteria.

December 8, 2010
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bridonca said:

with Presidents Choice mobile, a year of data would cost me $84, so with $6 of 911 fees, I would still have $10 left to spend on phone calls for the year! /blockquote>


OK but in order to get that, don't you have to subscribe to their FlexPlan which is $25 per month?

BTW I can't find the $100 top up card that's good for 365 days anywhere on their website-----where is this on their website and/or how do you know this?

December 8, 2010
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It is clear the website is in desperate need for an update, and I am sure it will happen eventually. I do know, that in Halifax, I can get a Presidents Choice mobile SIM card for $10, and I can buy a $100 worth of airtime that lasts for 365 days at my Atlantic Superstore and No Frills. Neither are mentioned in the web site yet.

I noticed the confusion with the flex plan also, I had to do a double take, but on the 20 cent a minute plan, it also sells data for $7 a month. When I was talking to a Presidents Choice mobile CSR, he was telling me that data was $10, so it would not be a shock to me if I saw an increase when the website gets it's update.

December 9, 2010
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bridonca said:

Kudos for Presidents Choice mobile selling SIMs separately now, something Speakout should emulate.


I'm new to this cellphone stuff and just want to make sure I understand this. Does this mean you can purchase the SIM card from PCMobile (without the phone) and stick it into the phone you bought from 7Eleven/Speakout and it will work?

December 9, 2010
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joni said:

bridonca said:

Kudos for Presidents Choice mobile selling SIMs separately now, something Speakout should emulate.


I'm new to this cellphone stuff and just want to make sure I understand this. Does this mean you can purchase the SIM card from PCMobile (without the phone) and stick it into the phone you bought from 7Eleven/Speakout and it will work?


No, SpeakOut phones are locked, plus the PC Mobile network runs on a different frequency than SpeakOut.

December 10, 2010
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I'm new to this cellphone stuff and just want to make sure I understand this. Does this mean you can purchase the SIM card from PCMobile (without the phone) and stick it into the phone you bought from 7Eleven/Speakout and it will work?


As iamdrumming said, Speakout phones are incompatible with Presidents Choice mobile SIMs for multiple reasons. Besides being locked, Speakout phones are 2G only phones. Presidents Choice mobile SIMs use the Bell/Telus network, which do not support 2G. The Rogers network, of which Speakout uses, has and supports both a 2G and 3G network.

To get a Presidents Choice mobile SIM to work, you would need an unlocked 3G phone with support for the 850 mhz and 1900 mhz frequency. 3G phones are sometimes also called UMTS, HSPA, or HSDPA phones. Almost all 3G phones are also 2G compatible, so they can work with Speakout SIMs as well.

An unlocked 3G phone that uses the 850 mhz and 1900 mhz frequency band is compatible with every SIM carrier in Canada except Wind Mobile and Mobilcity, which use a different frequency band.

I should add that Presidents Choice mobile sells prepaid phones also, like Speakout. And like Speakout, their phone selection is also not stellar, so it is nice to have the option in just buying the SIM and get the unlocked phone you want instead.

December 22, 2010
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Hi. I'm a first timer here. I have an unlocked HTC Desire which I purchased in the U.K. and am looking to switch from Rogers to a no-contract provider (with a data plan as I currently don't have one). President's Choice seems to fit the bill but I'm a bit flummoxed as I just called President's Choice and was told my Desire is not compatible with their service. I'm wondering if a PC sim card will work with my phone, including the apps, web browsing and most importantly the GPS functions (yes, I get lost a lot).

Just for kicks I went on the the Telus (which sells the Desire) website and put in my IMEI number for a compatibility check for their sim cards and the result was "Your device will not work on our network.". Can anyone tell me why this is? Thanks.

December 22, 2010
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Unless your phone is an unlocked quad-band phone, it will not work with networks based in North America. UK (and European) GSM phones use the 900/1800 frequencies, while North American phones use the 850/1900 frequencies.

December 22, 2010
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stubborntresses: I have been having the hardest time trying to get my Presidents Choice mobile SIM activated. It is not your phone that is the problem, it is the inept Bell technicians that cannot activate a simple SIM! There is supposed to be a fix in the works, so the best you can do is hold tight. I already got Loblaws bugging Bell. They are not amused.

I assume your Telus phone is unlocked, right? If it is, your phone is not the problem. I got the Presidents Choice mobile CSR to input a dummy IMEI phone code, and it would still not register.

December 23, 2010
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Thanks for your replies iamdrumming & bridonca (sorry to hear about your activation troubles).

My phone is unlocked, unbranded and Quad Band. It runs on either WCDMA or GSM networks. I have successfully used sim cards from U.K. T-mobile, India Vodophone and am currently using my Rogers sim card. Works like a charm when I am using WiFi. I haven't switched to any paygo plan yet but my 3 year Rogers contract expires in Feb11. After posting my last entry I did some surfing and found out that my Desire is model A8181 and not the North American version A8183. I think this means that I am unable to web brows and possibly make/receive call in NA on WCDMA networks but I should be able to use the full functionality of my Desire on and GSM (like SO) networks.

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

December 23, 2010
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You are correct, You can only use the European Version of the HTC Desire on GSM networks in North America, which in Canada, leaves you with Roger's network. With data, you also have to make sure the HTC Desire is updated to at least Android version 2.2 because the older versions did not play well with Roger's proxy settings.

January 7, 2011
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Sounds like a good option for me.
In my Ottawa/Orleans neighborhood, Petro Canada coverage is not good at all. Speakout is quite likely the same. Rogers/Fido as well.
I checked with my friend on Fido, and using the same phone we are getting the same coverage.

A friend called President Choice mobile, to be told their unlimited browsing doesn't work yet under HSPA but that it is coming soon.

In my case, i'd get actual reception in my house with President's Choice (Bell) vs nothing right now with Petro Canada (Rogers)

Why did President's Choice and Petro Canada managed to use the same acronym so i can't use PC for either when i am comparing them ? [Image Can Not Be Found]

January 14, 2011
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You guys will want to watch out! PC Mobile cust support says "non PC mobile phones *might* be charged data usage". I just put an unlocked samsung on their network, browsed three pages and lo-and-behold, $10 charge! They refunded it, but there is apparently no way to use a phone on the PC mobile system that has 'mobile data' without being charged pay per use. And they don't offer data plans (yet)...

January 14, 2011
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DT: Be sour, but do not be sour at Presidents Choice mobile. the odd billing is the fault of Bell. I lost my $10 in one shot also, so I do not think this snafu is uncommon.

I could use the browsing on a Bell Nokia 2730 no problem. Was talking to Bell tech support, and they were babbling about the the $7 unlimited browsing not working on smartphones, which in reality is over 99% of the HSDPA phones out there! I know Loblaws is not amused, so hopefully their muscle can get things straightened out.

I was told there is going to be something interesting with Presidents Choice mobile in February. Hopefully something good!