Why did I choose the 7-11 deal over the rest of the competition? Well, in a word, it was because of this Website! Thanks a lot to Peter for setting this site up to get the word out. I can't believe that 7-11 does such a poor job of the same.
I only wish I had found this website sooner, before going to the websites of all the other phone companies. Peter's "other prepaid" has quick links to all of the relevant info.
Before encountering the website, the best deal for me seemed like Virgin Mobile. I'm looking for a phone (possibly 2) for very occasional use. I'm currently being gouged on my Telus Talk-20 plan by paying $32/mo for talking only 10-20 minutes per month on the phone.
So I was looking for a new phone plan based on the assumption that I would use it about 20-30 minutes per month.
All of the big guys out there (Telus, Rogers, Fido) had pretty shabby pay-as-you-go plans because the minutes all expire within 30/60 days, so the minimum annual cost is pretty high.
Virgin Mobile has a $100 top-up with 365 day expiry, which seemed to be what I wanted. But there were a few factors that swayed me towards the 7-11 deal:
- The free phone deal, which saves me about $60-70 (the cost of the cheapest phone at Virgin). I don't care what kind of phone it as as long as it's not total trash. From all the reviews I read of the 1112 it is a simple, solid phone that does the basics well.
- The fact that Virgin charges $0.25/min and is increasing their rates soon to $0.30/min, so 7-11 is 0.10/min cheaper
- The fact that all of the 7-11 top-ups have 365 day expiry, whereas with Virgin they expire sooner if you buy less than $100 worth of top-up
Thanks again for all of the info!
I choose 7-eleven speakout because of
- 0.20/ min
- GSM (easy to swap simcard)
- 365 days expiry for a $25 refill
- free to check voice mail from land line
- free phone promotion
- unlocked phones
- 0.05 SMS text messages
- its using Rogers expanded network
- easy to check account balance (button press instead of voice recognition)
- lastly because I live close by 7-eleven so its easy for me to get a refill
I agree with the PROs listed above.
-coverage looks like full Rogers network according t the map, but, clearly this is not the case. ie. no speakout coverage in Wasaga Beach. Others have suggested in postings that some areas covered by Rogers lack SpeakOUT coverage (ie Sudbury, Kawarthas,Tofino, Ucluelet, and Campbell River). I'd suggest to think twice if you plan to purchase for use in an area outside of a major urban center.
-Speakout has already manipulating (reducing) services. The December 2006 brouchure says for long distance calls total charge, including air time is $0.30 /min.
The May 2007 brochure fails to define this rate. (Such is the nature of having no contract).
Speakout has the best customer service I have encountered in a long time. I had called a couple of times with minor problems and each time they have credited my account. Not much, but they say for my inconvenience they will add xx dollars and they are very pleasant. I recommend Speak out to everyone who no longer wants a contract. U can't beat the 105 dollar credit with a free phone. The phone is very basic but stick the Sim card in a nice Rogers phone and your laughing.
As I wrote in the "ROGERS SYSTEM" Forum...
Now that customer service has "updated" my service I am able to get coverage in areas that I previously could not (Wasaga, Collingwood, Mansfield). It seems that my speakout coverage is now equivalent to my friend's Rogers coverage.
The account should have been properly setup initially, and it took three calls to customer service, but I've now go the phone and service that will keep me happy.
My wife and I came to Vancouver to travel during October 2007. We purchased a 7-11 phone from the store in Denman near the Hotel Sylvia. The manager was very helpful and the phone worked immediately he activated it and credited the pre-pay. We carried it around the Rockies, it worked just fine in most places and my son in Australia and I were able to text (and phone) each other. Sincere thanks for the website, it helped me abandon any idea of bringing my phone from Oz. I watched fellow travellers' frustrations with their home phones while travelling. To phone one of them across the table I would have to call their Australian number (a $$OS call) then the call is redirected back to the phone in Canada (another $$OS call). 7-11's deal makes it so easy and comfortable to operate.