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7-11 Edmonton stores won't sell sim cards
June 15, 2012
9:18 pm
bsab
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I went to three 7-11 stores in south side Edmonton and none would sell me a sim card without buying a phone. What's up with that?

June 16, 2012
11:41 am
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They currently are sitting on too many crappy phones and need to get rid of them. You probably need to find the right cashier to get those SIM cards in the drawer.

June 16, 2012
1:51 pm
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I would report those stores to SpeakOut. They are supposed to sell all product, and not be selective.

June 16, 2012
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7-11 is owner run in general(franchise) and I believe they have some say on what to sell or not. Beside, speakout is just a brand hang with 7-11, so reporting to speakout is not going to make a slight difference.

though everyone are entitled to do whatever they want to do, as usual

June 17, 2012
4:21 am
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I think it could make a difference. At least it's worth a shot. 7-Eleven is supposed to sell all SpeakOut branded merchandise, (especially when they advertise that they sell sims only without a phone) but when they only sell certain items, that could be a problem. There are contractually obligated.

June 17, 2012
3:15 pm
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I was passing through Edmonton during a trip and hoping to get a sim card there. My nearest 7-Eleven is 450km away which is why this is so frustrating. Maybe I can find one on the forums here.

...I did email Speakout about what happened, we'll see what their response is.

July 3, 2012
7:49 am
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If you are at 7-Eleven store and the cashier says "You could not buy the sim card then ask for store manager"

If he is not there so tell the cashier to Speakout CS

Then you will get your sim card

Logo+hghjg=save $$$$$

July 3, 2012
8:47 am
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Check in the location if they have a poster that states they sell sim cards separately. I know that the 7-Eleven closest to me mentions it a few times on their displays (Door, window, and top-up voucher display)

July 16, 2012
8:02 am
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I've tried five different stores in Edmonton and they will not sell me SIM cards. They all insist they don't know anything about them or they are "out of stock" and have no idea when more will be in.

July 30, 2012
12:41 pm
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I recently added a second Speakout number to my phone collection.

My first Speakout phone in 2007/2008 was a No kia flip phone, sliver, which turned up its tootsies and died after a month's use. I probably should have pursued warranty on this, but it didn't seem worth the bother - it was a junk phone anyhow.

I had an idle unlocked Motorola V3 Razr flip phone, unlocked but previously used on Rogers and on a U.S. network, so I just moved the SIM to the Motorola phone and carried on. This was a secondary number; I also had an HTC Touch (CDMA) on a Bell monthly contract (and what a mistake it was to have ever dealt with them, but that's another story). The HTC had all sorts of bells and whistles, including moving-map GPS, e-mail, web browser, and text. I don't text much, but the browser and e-mail were moderately useful - when it worked. The Speakout number in the Motorola V3 has worked fine for 5 years.

I recently needed to add an additional phone for a family member. I had picked up a new-in-box Speakout Nokia 1620 without a SIM card for about $10 on Kijiji a few months back, thinking it might be handy if the Motorola developed problems.

I had no trouble getting a SIM card for the Nokia phone at the 7-Eleven at 107 Ave and 156 St. The store at 154 St. and Stony Plain Road also had SIMS in stock for sale, both places within the last two weeks.

What I have NOT been able to find are any Nokia 2220 or 2270 phones at any store in the greater Edmonton area - everyone has lots of Nokia 1616's, and some have C3's, but there seems to be no stock available or expected on the two "in-between" phones, the "Slingshot" and the "Eclipse".

I'm not wild about the C3, and am hoping to find something a bit better that will fully utilize the Internet and Web Browser capabilities now available on Speakout (which didn't exist when I first became a customer).

Any suggestions as to who has either of these two in stock, or on alternate hardware, would be very helpful. Hopefully the two locations I visited which were selling SIM cards are still doing so.

TR

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July 30, 2012
3:08 pm
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personally, I would not think Nokia or any other non-android/ios/WP based device.

It may be cheaper but are 100% sunking cost. Try to find some sub-100 prepaid android which IMO is the best bang for the buck phones for modern day data usage and they are usable on wifi network as well.

The C3 is not bad but still have lots of limitations like I have problem connecting it to McDonald hotspot(and a number of others). Given the less than 30 bucks difference, not worth it.

Beside, it is still possible to sell an android powered phone in say 12 months time for 50 bucks on craigslist but good luck with C3, especially it is locked hard to SO(this applies to other nokia as well).

July 30, 2012
8:53 pm
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I think that it has been years since SO has offered anything new or innovative when it comes to phones.

I'm guessing that there is no money to be made anymore to sell crappy phones. They're sold as disposable, but they must still be heavily subsidized by SO to sell them.

So being disposable, how can they sell the cheapest service plan and try to make their money back on the phones?

Simple answer is that they can't.

When was the last time you saw a decent cell phone model display at 7-11? I've been to many different locations, and they don't care about the phones any more.

July 30, 2012
10:18 pm
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It sounds like you were somewhat fortunate recently - I called both of those stores July 24 and was informed they were out-of-stock (of SpeakOut phones and cards) and they didn't know when they'd receive any (alas).

July 30, 2012
10:28 pm
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(P.S. I was referring to 'Tech Recycler's post).