If you’re a Bell customer and you need a new SIM card either for a new activation or to have one replaced, the company will no longer offer them for free. A new $4.95 fee will be charged, starting on July 3, according to a company memo, reports MobileSyrup:
An internal doc we received states that on July 3rd “Consumer customers may begin to be charged $4.95 for all types of SIM cards. This one-time charge is payable in-store at the time of sale, and will not appear on the customer’s monthly bill.”
Bell isn’t alone in charging for SIM cards (this is on top of your activation fees), as Telus has users paying $10 to “cover the product cost previously included in the activation and renewal fees.” Rogers still offers SIM cards for free for activations (replacements are $10).
On the brighter side of things, for standalone Bell SIM card purchases, it will be $4.95 as well, which is now 50% off compared to before ($9.95).
For the longest time, Apple retail stores will give free carrier SIM cards if you ask for them. Some dealers might offer promos to entice users to sign up there and waive the SIM card fee. It’s best to ask to see if you can get the SIM card for free.