How to Port Your Number and Switch to Public Mobile with an iPhone

Public Mobile currently has a promotion where customers can get a $38 per month plan with 4GB of data
(if you setup auto renew; otherwise it’s $40/mo), which comes with unlimited province-wide calling, unlimited international SMS/MMS, voice mail and call display.

The company was acquired by Telus three years ago and as it stands, all customers now operate on the latter’s LTE nationwide network. The $38 per month plan with 4GB is compelling since it’s the closest thing to a ‘hot’ plan, outside of Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec, provinces which get special offers from Rogers, Telus and Bell, due to regional competition.

Are you interested in switching from Rogers/Fido, Telus/Koodo or Bell/Virgin Mobile over to Public Mobile? Here’s a guide on step-by-step instructions on how to port your number over to Public Mobile. I recently switched one of our cell lines from Fido to Public Mobile, and documented the experience.

How to Port your Number from Rogers, Telus, or Bell over to Public Mobile 

1. First, you should have ordered and received a Public Mobile SIM card by now. It costs $5 plus tax and shipping is free. Order one here.

2. Your SIM card will ship and arrive in about five business days or so, via Canada Post Priority letter mail . Here’s what it looks like:

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Inside you’ll find instructions on how to get started, plus the 3-in-1 SIM card, which allows you to pop it out in a size to fit your unlocked iPhone (or other cellphone) SIM tray. If your iPhone is locked, you need to unlock it by contacting your carrier and paying them $50-$75 to do it.

Update: Existing Telus/Koodo iPhone users do not need their phones unlocked as they will work just fine.

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3. Next, head over to https://activate.publicmobile.ca. From here, you’ll be asked to setup your account. Enter in your SIM card number (found on the SIM card), personal details, plus also enter in a referral. People who refer you will save $1/mo on their plans. If you need a referral, email me gary AT iphoneincanada.ca and I’ll send over our number.

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You’ll also need to setup your Self Serve Account, which involves an email, username, password, security question/answer, language preference and 4-digit PIN. If you’re a 1Password user, my Profile autofill messed up the form (I couldn’t check off box to accept terms) with Safari, so I ended up doing everything manually in Google’s Chrome web browser instead.

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4. Step two asks you to choose a phone number. If you want to keep your existing number, choose the second option to transfer (or port) over. For Koodo or PC Mobile users, Public Mobile says you need to choose a new number first, then contact them to manually complete the port.

All you do is enter in your existing phone number, then click “Check Eligibility”. Note this step took a while in the browser before it completed.

Next, just enter in an alternate phone number and your authorization name, along with either your old account number, IMEI or PIN. Tick off the box to say you’re authorized and click “continue.” Again, this step took a while to process as well. Just be patient.

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5. Next, you now select your plan and add-ons if you wish. Select the 90-day pass, unlimited provincial talk, unlimited international text, 12GB data and your total should come to $120:

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If you want an add-on, add it here (you can do this later too). Unlimited provincial-wide talk means you can make and receive calls anywhere in your home province, anytime. But if I leave BC and visit Quebec, I won’t be able to receive calls unless I have long distance add-on.

In this case, the $15 option for 400 international minutes includes Canada and is your best bet. Add-ons do not expire with your active plan and will roll over. So essentially, you only need to pay for the minutes you plan to use.

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6. Review your order.

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7. Payment: this is where you get to pay with your credit card (Visa/MC/Amex). If you setup AutoPay, you will save $2 per month. This means your plan will renew itself automatically and charge your credit card every 90 days. Select you want to register for AutoPay at the bottom.

Our Amex failed to authorize at first, but our MasterCard worked. Others trying with Amex are seeing failures to authorize. The trick is to do the initial charge with Visa/MC, then go back later to your profile and switch your credit card to your Amex.

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8. This is the summary screen, which will confirm your account is activated.

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9. Pop the Public Mobile SIM card into your unlocked iPhone (or Telus/Koodo iPhone) or other unlocked smartphone.

You’ll see an Activation Lock screen, where you will need to login with your Apple ID linked to the phone. This is an iOS security measure in case someone steals your unlocked iPhone and tries to pop in their own SIM card:

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Once this is done, you’ll see Public Mobile as your carrier. There was no need to enter in any APN settings. Everything just worked. We were able to send and receive text messages, plus make and receive calls, immediately.

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Public Mobile will also send you text messages confirming your account PIN, plus a congrats message showing your rewards (in our case, AutoPay):

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We performed a quick Speedtest.net test and with two bars of LTE, our initial test showed 21.92 Mbsp download and 0.47 Mbps upload speeds on an iPhone 6s (we didn’t try a second test but will do so in an area with better signal).

There was discussion of whether Telus was throttling Public Mobile download speeds, but the company told users in their community forums last year “No, PM traffic is not throttled.”

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As for our Fido account we just ported to Public Mobile? We don’t need to do anything. Public Mobile will deal with Fido and we will be pro-rated, reflected on an upcoming final bill. Note this account we moved over was under our main Fido account.

We have one more line with Fido (an old $56/2GB unlimited nationwide plan) and after calling the retentions department, they offered the following plans to make us stay:

  • $50/3GB: $5/250MB overages; unlimited nationwide calling, unlimited international MMS/SMS, voicemail (lite), caller ID, call waiting
  • $45/2GB: same as above

Overall, the porting experience was seamless and easy, but do set aside some time to get everything done. It was nice to be able to port over online and not have to visit a store or deal with a human (which isn’t possible with Public Mobile, so get used to their forums).

This promo expires on November 20, 2016, so if you’re on the fence about switching, just go order a SIM card today (it’s $5 only), regardless, so you can make the port over in time if you decide to move over.

Public Mobile also has a great loyalty program, which offers customers $1/month off after their first year with the company, $2/month off after year two, and so forth, up to $5/month in year five. That effectively takes this $38 plan down to $33.

As long as you keep renewing this promo plan, you’ll get to keep it, says Public Mobile. So that means do not let it expire after 90 days! Just setup auto renew and you won’t have to worry about a thing.

But, it can get even cheaper with referrals. Every person you refer will net you $1/month, up to the cost of your plan. So theoretically you could get down to a free plan every month.

Public Mobile Caveats:

  • Your 90 day plan means you need to manage your monthly data yourself, otherwise you could burn through 12GB in one month if you’re not careful. I suggest downloading an app like DataMan Next for iOS to keep track of monthly data limits. Update 11/11: DataMan Pro on sale for 50% off at $3.99.
  • Once data is used up, you won’t have access anymore unless you purchase an add-on at rates of $10 for 200MB and $30 for 1GB.
  • No visual voicemail; but voicemail can be setup to access inbox without entering your PIN every time
  • No Wi-fi calling or VoLTE is available on Public Mobile
  • No Public Mobile iOS app to check your account
  • U.S. roaming is launching this month:”Soon you will be able to connect to AT&T and T-Mobile networks when you travel to the states. AT&T and T-Mobile’s coverage includes all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. So, whether you are travelling to the snow-capped mountains in Alaska or to Florida’s sunny beaches, we will have you covered.In order to roam, you will have the flexibility to choose 10 day Add-ons that include talk only, text only, data only or a bundle of all three services. We are still finalizing the Add- on price points and the exact launch date, so stay tuned for more information.”

How did your porting experience go with Public Mobile? Let us know if we missed anything in the comments!

Update Nov. 17/16: The promo is no longer advertised on Public Mobile’s website, but it is still available when you go to the activation page. The reason they took it off was because users won’t get SIM cards ordered now in time for the Nov. 20 deadline.

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  • Michel Plante

    Nice ????????

  • aRhyno

    I switched from telus. Went smoothly. No need to unlock the phone from telus.

  • I’ve had nothing bud bad experience with Telus in my past. Both places I lived in the Surrey B.C areas just happen to be dead zones, my parents place too. 3 houses all in the Surrey area I have to step outside just to get signal. I’ll never go back to Telus or an affiliate again.

    I’m sure others do fine, I just happen to be locked to a 3 year agreement to a service I could barely use, left a bad taste in my mouth.

  • Rory Breaker

    This is a great plan. I would switch in a second if the add-on data offerings were more reasonable.

    How long am I going to have to wait for a reasonable 6gig plan? It’s been like 8 years since 6gigs for $30 was easily obtainable.

  • iHeartYEG

    Does anyone know if Fido would be willing to match the offer?

  • Corey

    I was just going to ask this. So we have 3 phones on Koodo are you saying they wouldn’t need to be unlocked?

  • Corey

    Also on their site it’s tough to figure out. Is voicemail, call display standard? Also as it’s only province wide if they get a call from outside the province is that ok? Just outgoing calls the issue?

  • Sorry they will work, will update the article. Telus/Koodo phones will work no problem.

  • Kelvin

    No they won’t because this is actually a pay as you go service and they don’t really have anything that is close to matching Public Mobile (for what they offer me at least). The best offer I got from them is $45 unlimited canada-wide calling and 1gb data or $50 for 2gb data. I have been with Fido for over 6 years at least, so i am kind of disappoint with what they offer and will be switching to Public Mobile tomorrow.

  • I called today and got the retention offers noted in the post. Try Fido again if you wish, but I still think Public Mobile offers more value for unlocked iPhone users.

  • It’s Me

    @Gary as far as iPhone features, how well are they supported? i.e. VVM or
    Wifi calling. I expect neither but wanting to confirm.

  • iHeartYEG

    They have a new “loyalty” offer. $50 for 3GB. I was offered that 3 weeks ago.

  • Muhammad Ali Jumani

    Is this promotional price $120 for three months permanent ?

  • iHeartYEG

    Thanks for replying. They’ve been offering the $50 for 3GB for some time now. Unfortunately, a 3 month bundle may not work for me for now because I’ll be going out of country for a month mid January.

  • No visual voicemail. But you can set it up so one tap of the voicemail icon goes straight to the inbox without entering a PIN. I rarely get voicemail nowadays so not a deal breaker anymore.

    WiFi calling, not available yet.

  • Cody Woodward

    This Is what I’d like to know too. I’d like to know if iMessage while on cellular using phone number to phone number works. I know it doesn’t on wind.

  • Yes as long as your account stays active you’ll keep the promo.

  • Yes it works. Tried on our iPhone 6s. This is the Telus LTE network so no issues.

  • Doug

    Can you confirm this? If we have four phones on Telus, we do not have to
    spend $200 to unlock all our phones before signing up for this offer?

  • Ryan Ahrens

    I just signed up last night, voicemail is included, I think call display is as well. You can change your add-on to be nation wide instead of province wide but it will cost extra, I believe it was around $15 more.

  • Ryan Ahrens

    I was with Telus and switched to this plan and didn’t have to unlock my phone. Koodo and Public Mobile are owned by Telus and run off the same network so you can switch freely between them and not have to unlock your phone.

  • Ryan Ahrens

    I think it’s pretty reasonable, the 12GB is over three months, if you split it evenly it works out to be 4GB a month but it carries over for the three month term. For example, if you use 2GB one month you would have 10GB left for the other two months. I try to be on wifi as much as possible anyway, but I like how flexible this plan is because my usage varies quite drastically from month to month.

  • Yes, confirmed.

    Plug your IMEI here and it’ll double confirm:

    https://publicmobile.ca/en/on/get-started

  • raslucas

    Ya. You should amend the list of caveats to mention the iPhone features not supported. Such as vvm, wifi calling and (obvious to some because Telus doesn’t support it) VoLTE. This isn’t a big deal for some, but I switched away from public when I got a new iPhone (let’s ignore the subsidy for this conversation) because I wanted to maximize my experience on such an expensive device.

    A Canada specific caveat is that it doesn’t support extended network the way the big carriers do. If you are on Telus or Rogers and leave their respective coverage area, they connect to each others’ networks semi-transparently. (No action needed but shows diff carrier at top; EXT).

    Other than that, Public is great. I recommend them. Sweet that they are rolling out US roaming. That’s news to me.

  • SF1234

    For me, Canada wide calling is important. If I pick that option, my monthly costs are coming out to $67 per month. I currently have the $65 6GB plan from from Fido. Nothing is ever perfect 🙁

  • And I guess any of the +10/15/35 options for hardware subsidy are on top of that?

  • How many minutes do you use monthly Canada-wide? 400 minutes add-on for international ($15/one time)includes Canada. Unused minutes roll over and do not expire as long as your account is active. Works out to an extra $5/month, if you want to get it every month and let minutes bank up.

  • Oren Friedman

    No need to unlock phone if switching from Telus. Also if you’re switching multiple devices you can use each one as a referral for the next one.

  • Oren Friedman

    No need to unlock phone if switching from Telus.

  • Kev

    I thought I’d miss visual voicemail especially with Fido’s new transcription feature but then I realized pretty much everyone who calls me and doesn’t reach me calls back or immediately goes to send me a SMS/email.

  • Kev

    Voicemail and CD is standard. If you’re in your home province you can receive calls from anywhere.

  • It’s Me

    I believe that’s due to how wind handles text messages with certain characters (and I thought they fixed it). Telus supports the proper iMessage activation texts so I expect PM is fine in that regard.

  • Rob

    Do they support Wifi Calling by any chance?
    Thanks!

  • Exactly! In my case a missed call gets a quick email follow up or text like you said.

  • No, unfortunately

  • It’s Me

    And if you use even less, then the $8 option gives you 200 Canada/US LD minutes. If all you need is a cushion for the occasional LD call, then this saves even more.

  • Agreed! However the 400 minutes at $15 is a better deal since it’s international (I never make international calls!) and cheaper by $1 for double the minutes of the $8 add-on for those counting pennies.

  • I didn’t know about that site, thanks for that info.
    I’m sure it’s just bad luck on my part, it’s just 3 out of 3 locations to be dead zones is just terrible for my area hah.

  • iHeartYEG

    This is for BYOD only, unfortunately.

  • Cornfed710

    Works great on my iPhone 7, I’ve been with them for over a year and love them.

  • Cornfed710

    U.S roaming is coming sometime this month.

  • Ron Wong

    Hi Gary, do you mind sending me a referral code please. Much appreciated.

  • Check email!

  • FunkyMonkey

    iMessage does work on WIND phone-number to phone-number, something must have went wonky with your settings… Been using WIND on an iPhone for 2 years

  • Ron Wong

    Thanks. Will I save anything by using this code?

  • Steve W

    For the voicemail – how many messages, how long and for how many days?

  • Rory Breaker

    I was talking specifically about data add-on prices. $10 for 200MB and $30 for 1GB is not reasonable IMO.

    I do close to my 6 gigs every month. Keeping with that, I would be looking at $40 more a month in add-on. $120 for 3 months.

    A 1GB add-on is close to the price of a month of the service of voice, text and 4GB of data.

    Now $10 a GB of add-on data and I would jump on this.

  • No, only the person who shared the referral will get $1/month off.

  • I believe it’s 10 messages and they are saved for 10 days from the time of recording.

  • Yeah, the add-on prices for data are not exactly cheap. But this plan works well for those who use Wi-Fi a lot during the workweek.

  • gtasscarlo

    My Rogers plan is about to go up $10 after the credit disappears, it’ll be $90 for unlimited Canada wide and 5GB. Should I just go for the Public plan and buy outright iPhones. Or try and get Rogers to somewhat price match.

  • Really depends on your data usage–what’s the average use per month? An unlimited Canada-wide plan with 4GB would be $67/mo with Public Mobile, or you can just do a 400 minute (6.7 hours) International minutes add-on for a one-time payment of $15 and keep refilling as you need them. Referrals and loyalty will bring your plan lower over time, too.

    Buying outright from Apple seems like a lot up front, but depending on calculations, it is usually cheaper than going with a contract. Your device will be unlocked so you’ll be free to move to the next ‘deal’ that comes along better than this one.

    Again, Public Mobile doesn’t have Wi-Fi Calling or Visual Voicemail or VoLTE, so those are downsides to consider. But you do get the TELUS nationwide LTE network.

  • gtasscarlo

    I don’t really use Canada wide minutes, I use average 3-4GB monthly. And the USA roaming add on will have to be added soon.

  • Steve W

    Thanks Gary! SIM ordered. Will email you if I decide to pull the plug on this offer.

  • Riddlemethis

    Gary. You lost me in paragraph 2 of step 4:

    “Next, just enter in an alternate phone number and your authorization name, along with either your old account number, IMEI or PIN. Tick off the box to say you’re authorized and click “continue.” Again, this step took a while to process as well. Just be patient.”

    What do you mean by alternate number? Authorization name? Old account number? Tick off the box you’re authorized. Authorized for what? Isn’t this tutorial for new users to enroll to PM. Do you have to enter you IMEI number of your current device to port over?

    As for me. I’m on the fence. Currently I have 6 GB with data and most bells and whistles with Rogers. I lost my call forwarding which was valuable to me. I don’t use most other features.

    I pay $59 now after the increase before tax. I got a goodwill credits to bump me down to 55 before tax which is slightly higher than before. I use about 3 GB a month. I have a hard time swallowing giving up data when the trend is to be using more, not less.

  • Riddlemethis

    Tells LTE speeds are on fact much slower than Rogers/Fido but adequate for most people, especially for those who can’t see a difference.

  • Riddlemethis

    As mentioned below. Telus download speeds are slow but acceptable but their upload speeds are not.

    Where is the full particulars of the plan and what you get? It’s hard to see on the tiny screen of the iPhone 7 plus ????

  • Riddlemethis

    Don’t forget call forwarding and Canada wide roaming is missing with pm. I think when wind gets LTE might give new iPhone users more standard features than PM. As such, I think I would recommend Wind over them when this happens primarily due to their roaming agreements

  • Riddlemethis

    When you have very elderly parents you’ll quickly realize that a call is not something you want to miss.

  • Riddlemethis

    That’s ridiculously scary. You think a feature is included and you ordered anyway? Not me. If it’s not in writing, I won’t believe it.

  • Alternate number like your home phone number. Was just listing the fields you need to fill out. It’s on the form in the screenshot. Two are required along with one from three other choices like IMEI.

    Authorized to port the account over (i.e. Fido etc). Yes this tutorial is for new users. IMEI is not required but one of three additional fields you can fill out. It’s the easiest to get right.

    It depends on your usage patterns. Do you have WiFi during the work week or do you like to stream videos or use lots of data in general? With the 12GB, since you’re managing data yourself you could just track it with DataMan like what I’m doing. Then vary usage based on the first month and how much data you have left.

    While the $56/2GB Fido plan was good, most of the time I’d incur coverages of $10/1GB. Visual Voicemail was rarely used. Voice minutes were rarely used (who talks anymore). So bills were $66 plus tax.

    Now I’m at $38 with 4GB. Got the 400 international minutes add on. That’s 13 hours of Canada wide that doesn’t roll over or expire as long as my account is active. It’ll take me a while to talk or use that much voice. Saving $30/month over a year is $360. Even if I need to buy extra data in the rare case at the pricey $30/1GB, I’m still ahead versus Fido in the long run.

    There’s no WiFi calling or VoLTE but hopefully Telus will bring that out soon. But from where I’m located and based on my usage needs it’s not a deal breaker. Plus with loyalty this plan will be $33/month in five years. Don’t see cellphone prices coming down from the Big 3 anytime soon! 😉 hope this helps #sentfrommyiphone

  • Where we live, my wife’s iPhone 6s Plus got 47 Mbps down with two signal bars of LTE. That’s still plenty fast. Again depends on what you want and your Telus coverage. But overall this is still good, not 100+ Mbps down but who really needs that?

  • Again, the $8/$15 add-on solves any Canada-wide calling issues. Don’t want to miss a call? Get an Apple Watch too 😉

  • MrXax

    How do they figure overage gigabytes are worth $30 each??

  • Public Mobile is a prepaid service so typically they charge more outside of your defined plan. Yeah it’s not cheap to use more than your 12GB over 90 days.

  • Danny Cheung

    im confused with entering an alternate number in step 4. What if i dont have one? can it be any number like a friends or my work number?

  • Yes any number will work. You can change it after in the profile section.

  • Jack

    so public mobile has LTE?

  • Yes

  • Muhammad Ali Jumani

    Gary I have 97.99 fido dollars which I can use to get a new iphone 7. I am planning to buy an iphone out right and use my fido dollars $97.99 to bring price a little. But again even though I am buying out right from fido I still have to pay 50 dollars to them to get it unlock. My contract will be expiring on January 25, 2017 and if I want to get out early I have to pay $44 to fido. I am confuse whether to buy phone from fido by using my fido dollars then pay $50 for unlocking and $44 for canceling my contract or should I just buy from apply store and pay only $44 to fido for cancelation. What do you suggest please advise?

  • Michal

    having switched from Rogers to Koodo (Telus) i would disagree, at least in Ottawa i see exact opposite

  • Fido’s outright pricing of the iPhone 7 is $20 more than Apple.ca ($919 Fido vs $899 Apple.ca). Add in the unlocking fee from Fido, and you’re paying $70 over Apple’s unlocked price.

    If I were you, I’d just pay to end the contract early and buy unlocked from Apple.

  • Riddlemethis

    47 Mbps is awesome. Anything over 30 is fast. The speeds in the screen shot you showed wasn’t that good 😉

  • Riddlemethis

    Ok thanks. I saw the screenshots on a PC. They’re hard to read on the tiny iPhone 7+ screen, lol. Unfortunately, I still find your explanation above confusing to understand. However, I can figure things out when looking at the screenshots.

    What I don’t understand is how in the $38 a month you got the extra 400 minutes thrown in? That’s an add-on and unless I am missing a promo-code, it’s not gratis?

    I have to say, I don’t like how PM does their billing statement. It shows just the amounts, not broken down eg. 3 months @ $40 month=$120. Again, as the PM forums have shown, PM doesn’t believe in transparency and disclosure.

    In my case, I bought two SIMS, one for myself and my wife. My wife has an older HTC One X from Taiwan. I am not sure if it’s compatible on PM (Telus/Bell’s) network.

    I will try to get something in writing from PM directly on all my questions, not even the forums can answer them. I can always sell the PM SIM cards if we decide not to go with them.

    I suggest everyone browse their forums before changing plans.

  • Riddlemethis

    Rogers lately seems to be getting quite saturated on their LTE network. Back east, Bell is quite fast.

  • Riddlemethis

    It’s only CID, not name display.

  • Riddlemethis

    Surrey is a very “unique” territorial zone. In general, Telus coverage in BC is much better than Rogers/Fido.

  • Riddlemethis

    I suggest everyone have a look at Public Mobile’s forums before taking the plunge. You can search for them just by typing in “Public Mobile forums” without quotes.

  • Riddlemethis

    The other option is having a Rogers/Fido plan that includes call forwarding, wifi calling, VoLTE, etc. so you can forward your cell number to a virtual VOIP number like Fongo for the same total monthly cost as I have. Although, I have to admit 400 international minutes for $15 is pretty good for a mobile provider. It works out to be $0.04 a minute. Not sure if there is any commitment associated with the add-on though. That info is no available online.

  • Kev

    $40 per month, but drops to $38 per month on the 90 day plan due to AutoPay $2/month discount. The $15 Add-On is a one-time charge that never expires. PM charges for SIM cards because many people (like myself) ordered SIM cards way back when they first started and never activated … until now.

  • Kev

    There’s another number that’s just as important, PING – indicates responsiveness of network. With Telus and Rogers I get ping responses of under 20ms. With Wind sometimes it was in the hundreds. Anything faster than 5Mbps download and ping responses less than 50ms is more than enough for anyone who doesn’t download video.

  • What Kev just said!

  • Again, the add-ons don’t expire. They roll over as long as your plan is active. So that initial 400 minutes for $15 as a one-time payment will last me a long time. That’s 13 hours of long distance talk time.

  • Try entering in your IMEI here to see if the phones will work: https://publicmobile.ca/en/on/get-started

  • Unhappy With Public Mobile

    You got lucky with your activations. The public mobile ‘forums’ are clogged with those of us who get the dreaded Activation Failure…. where they are happy to bill us, but don’t actually create an account. AVOID!

  • Joe

    does this work any where in the province ? I’d love to switch my parents over from Wind.

  • It uses the Telus LTE nationwide network so coverage will be way better than Wind. Yes should work anywhere in the province where Telus has coverage

  • Muhammad Ali Jumani

    Gary, can you please send me referral code.

  • Check email! Thanks

  • Joe

    so the more people you refer, the more off your bill?

  • Yes

  • Flaxx

    Does the data roll over every 90 days with 12 GB being added to your allotment or do you only get reset to 12 GB again?

  • Data does not roll over as it’s prepaid. Every 90 days, you get 12GB more to your account. This means you’ll have to self manage the 4GB/month (I’m using DataMan Pro).

  • Cornfed710

    That’s not a full proof way of checking, it’s failed many

  • Cornfed710

    It’s prepaid, it’s very simple. When you run out of data it stops working.

  • It’s the recommended way from Public Mobile, for those who aren’t sure if their random smartphones will work or not. For those who have iPhones in Canada, we don’t even need to check.

  • Cornfed710

    It’s a wrong recommendation, I almost live in those forums these days, so please trust me

  • What do you suggest then for people to check?

  • Cornfed710

    willmyphonework.net But nothing’s perfect.

    I’ve seen so many say they used the imei checker and it said it would work but doesn’t. If you’re really not sure, start a thread in the community and ask.

    Rockdaddy22 on PM community 🙂

  • Pedro

    That’s the thing about forums, people who don’t have a problem very rarely post there so the perception gets a little skewed.

  • Charbs20

    So can I purchase one of the SIM cards now before the promotion is over and hold onto it for, lets say 6 or 12 months, in case I want to leave rogers and get this deal later?

  • No. You must activate the Public Mobile SIM by November 20th to get the promo.

    You could buy the SIM card, activate a new PM number and pay the $38/month until you decide, as a way to hold onto the promo, if that’s what you’re asking. Then, just port your existing number over to Public Mobile later.

  • mdeze

    Hey Gary, I have a question. I’m planning to switch from a Fido’s Family plan (only one line for now). Is that possible? or should I get out of it first. FYI…Primary member in the plan is my father and he’s gonna remain with fido for now. And if I can switch without getting out, would the authorization name in step 4 be my fathers’ then?

  • Motoroid

    5GB for $48/month and 6GB for $54/month from Koodo is still a better deal and more value due to Canada-wide talk and Worldwide texting.

  • Wil24

    Does anyone have confirmation from PM somewhere that after 3 months, even though [paraphrase] “you keep your plan and it auto renews”.. Whether the $126 Plan discount still applies? The wording here can be tricky and after 90 days a lot of people might be getting a nice surprise on their autorenew.

  • Yes it’s confirmed. Check Public Mobile Twitter or forums.

  • True. But for non-SK/MB people who can’t be bothered to jump through the hoops and risk their plan being revoked, this ain’t bad. The $15 add on with 400 minutes international rolls over. I rarely call Canada wide anyways. This plan has global text too.

  • Yes should be your father’s info. Should be able to switch out.

  • Dave

    Just signed up for this deal tonight! Went flawlessly, my advice for those porting, just make sure you look over all of your details carefully. I received a text confirming my port within 15 minutes of activating. For those who might be wondering, I ported over from fido.

  • Nice! Our Fido port was instant. Agree on the part about the form being very specific when it comes to your info.

  • Josh

    Gary, Can I get referral?

  • Yep! Check email, thanks

  • Lazardus

    I’m in the same boat. I have my parents on my account. when I port over does the name and credit card info have to match? would it be possible to change the name afterwards? thank you

  • keydepressor

    Thanks for the guide. I’ve successfully switched from Telus and chose to port my number automatically. The process was not without some confusing glitches, but in the end, I’ve signed up and got the deal and am looking forward to the savings. Connectivity/speed is identical to Telus, as far as I can tell. Thanks again!

  • Cheers. Sucks you ran into port issues but solved them. Enjoy the savings!

  • Lakh Jhajj

    GARY, I AM GONNA GET THIS PLAN. MIND SENDING ME THE REFERRAL INFO? THX

  • CHECK EMAIL 😉

  • Charles

    My experience unlocking with Rogers is a 20-minute phone call while they unlock it online for you. You just have to backup and restore for the process to complete.
    So, it’s less than an hour in this case, not days.

  • Charles

    My experience unlocking with Rogers is a 20-minute phone call while they unlock it online for you. You just have to backup and restore for the process to complete.
    So, it’s less than an hour in this case, not days.

  • Vinnay (Vince) Ram

    Sorry I missed this…. what is the fee to port a Rogers number over?

    And – is there any benefit to having a referral code?

    thanks!

  • There is no fee, but only whatever device balance you have remaining if that applies at Rogers.

  • Muhammad Ali Jumani

    Successfully ported our 2 numbers from Fido. Whole process was very smooth and took 10 minutes. Only getting one bar at my work place but so far no problem with internet and voice quality.

  • Larry

    Hey Gary, is there a phone # for Fido retention or just ask to be connected? I’ve been w/Fido since the beginning (19+ years) and currently on the old $56 2GB plan. Wouldn’t mind getting little something for loyalty. Meantime, I’ve ordered the PM sim card. Thanks.

  • Just dial 611, then ask to speak to retentions. They’ll try to persuade you they can help first but just say you’re considering cancelling

  • Larry

    Thanks!

  • Conor McGreish

    Thanks for the great write up. I have ordered my SIM card on the weekend as soon as I found out about this deal. Do you know if it is absolutely necessary that the SIM arrive before I am able to sign up? I live in a major city so hopefully it arrrives before next weekend.

  • Hi Conor,

    No problem. Yes, you will need the SIM card to sign up. The SIMs arrive pretty fast, usually two business days or so. You’ll get it this week most likely!

  • Niceguy Chad

    Hi, Gary. Can you send me your number for a referral?

  • Niceguy Chad

    Hi, Gary. Can I have a referral please?

  • Sent! Check email

  • xxxJDxxx

    No way to pick up these SIM cards in person somewhere that sells public mobile? Like Walmart?

  • No, they need to be ordered online only. Telus changed it up a while back, there are no more Public Mobile retailers.

  • Cameron McArthur

    I ordered two SIMs, one never shipped. I had to order a new one, and then customer service said they’d ship me new one via FedEx. But i still wasted $10 on sim cards. so im off to a bad start with customer service. I have a similar koodo plan, but its 500 canada wide mins (rarely call) and 2gb of data for $50

  • Damn, that sucks. They may be overwhelmed with the surge in demand for this promo plan. FedEx for the replacement is nice though!

  • Cameron McArthur

    from what I understand Public Mobile is pre-paid right? Currently Im on a no-contract month to month plan with fido so i have no commitments, but in your opinion is pre-paid or post paid a better option. The 4GB for $40 ($38 with autopay) is really convincing

  • Depends on your data usage. Prepaid means if you run out you need to manually add more data at $30/GB. However if you’re frequently under this then it shouldn’t be an issue.

    If your plan has free Spotify or whatever you won’t get that with PM.

    Since it’s the Telus LTE network this is a decent offer given coverage and speeds.

    Bottom line is even with no referrals in five years this plan drops down to $33/4GB with auto pay. Doubt we’ll see something at this price in five years!

  • Cameron McArthur

    my bad, I meant a month to month with koodo aha! Idk how i messed that one up! I know they use the same network, and ik i’ll get $2gb more for $10 less , just weighing options with customer service and such

  • If you have an unlocked iPhone, there’s not much customer service you really need from carriers

  • Ryan

    Spent 2 hours on the phone with apple (who called Telus since they own Public Movile) and was informed that my unlocked iPhone 6s Plus won’t be able to connect to Public mobile because sometimes you need to manually enter in the APN settings (like in my case. The menu option that says cellular data was not there) And public mobile doesn’t allow you to do that. (This was not an issue on my 6P where I was able to enter APN settings for public mobile no problem) so just watch out For this or be prepared to be out $120

  • So manual APN settings for Public Mobile won’t work? That’s really weird since with my iPhone I just popped the SIM in and didn’t have to do anything. What error message is showing on your phone?

  • Ryan

    Ya it’s weird. Worked fine on my 6P. Tried restoring and everything. Never happened to me before. I had an iPhone way back when public mobile was still in beta and never had this issue before. Really wanted to take advantage of the $40 promo but I guess I’ll have to go with virgin and their $60 3GB plan.

    The error is just in the cellular data options menu. When you click cellular > cellular data usually you can enter in the APN settings. But there’s nowhere for me to do that. As soon as I popped in the virgin sim tho everything was good to go right away

  • xxxJDxxx

    Looks like this promo has been pulled from the website. Apparently its still available to you during activation, but they’ve pulled it from the website since its now too late to order a SIM card.

  • Yes it’s gone from the front page but still available on the activation page.

  • mwahahahaha

    What is WiFi calling? Does that include Skype calls?

  • Richard

    http://productioncommunity.publicmobile.ca/t5/Announcements/SIM-Ordering-amp-SIM-Card-Payment-amp-Pick-Up-Locations/td-p/97864

    Where can you pick-up SIM cards?

    Friday 11am-7pm

    Toronto
    TELUS Tower
    25 York Street
    Toronto Ontario
    M5J 2V5

    Vancouver
    TELUS Garden
    510 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver British Columbia
    V6B 0M3

    Montreal
    TELUS Tower
    630 René-Lévesque Boulevard West
    Montreal Quebec
    H3B 3C1

    Those who have not yet ordered a SIM card can purchase a SIM card for $5 each. Credit cards and VISA debit cards are the only accepted payment methods. No other method of payment will be accepted. All SIM card purchases will be non-refundable.
    In the spirit of Movember, all proceeds will be donated to the Movember Foundation to address some of the biggest health issues faced by men.
    If you have ordered a SIM card and have not yet received it, please bring your Shopify order confirmation email to prove your payment (either electronically or printed). Without this confirmation email, you will need to pay for another SIM card.

  • Bruce

    I had to do some research. it’s probably because you’re on an old iOS. I encountered the same issue on iPhone 6 on iOS 8. however, I solved the issue by creating an apn through https://www.unlockit.co.nz/

  • chikaraginger

    Looks like they’ve hidden ( or taken away ) the 4GB deal. It’s now $186 / 90 days, which is 62$ / month. $120 is still available for 6GB/90 days.

  • chikaraginger

    The benefit to a referral code is that you give the referrer $1 off their bill / month.

  • Update: the promo is no longer advertised as they won’t be able to send SIM cards in time. But the promo is still available when you go to the activation page.

  • chikaraginger

    Don’t expect a lot, though. I was on the phone, went to “customer relations” team and the best they could give me were the $45 plan for 2GB or $50 for 3GB. These were the same offers I was able to get from the regular rep. As I have 2 years of Spotify on my plan ( the new plans only offer 6 months free ), I have to evaluate whether my Fido plan is worth $200 of Spotify.

    I’ve been with FIDO for decades (1.5 of them).

    We pay $38 for 300MB now with FIDO ( + 250MB “Loyalty” credit), so even the REGULAR Public Mobile deal ($111) for 3GB/90 days is better than that.

  • chikaraginger

    Nice Gary… you’re racking up quite a few referrals! You deserve it for maintaining this site. Kudos to you!

  • ^_^

  • David

    How are calls to 800 numbers handled if I have province-wide calling, as per this offer? This is critical for me due to work teleconferences. Would I need the LD add on (and use up minutes from that)?

  • KonstantinRD

    I’m using WiFi calling on my Fido plan with iPhone. From what I understand, in case where your cell phone reception gets at two bars or below, your phone routes all calls and messages through your WiFi and not through the cell phone network. The minutes are counted against your plan but most talk plans are now unlimited anyway. The only issue I had was being in the mall with shitty WiFi and poor cell phone reception – then phone gets confused as it switched to WiFi Calling but poor WiFi speeds don’t help the lack of reception.
    It works great at my home where I usually only get two bars but have very fast internet so all my voice calls (vary rare I make those) are of good quality without any drops or issues. I believe WiFi calling is a free add on from Rogers and Fido but only some handsets are compatible with it (iPhone 5C and later are compatible for sure).
    Hopefully this helps

  • MrXax

    Done! I’m now up and running on Public Mobile.

    After over 6 years, I’m saying goodbye to Rogers and my beloved grandfathered 6GB data plan. Byeeeee!

  • tim

    I purchased an iPhone from craigslist a couple years ago locked to Bell. I contacted Bell to unlock but the original owner needs to make the request. Unfortunately I cannot locate any contact info. I’m in Vancouver and trying to get my phone unlocked in time before the PM promo expires. Any recommendations where to get the phone unlocked?

  • Mikef2007

    Did this last week. Worked like a charm! So easy. Had to give up a long time loyalty plan with Bell, but the amount of data did it for me.

  • Nice. Enjoy the new plan it’s awesome.

  • Amanda Lo

    I tried selecting “90-day” > “Province-Wide” > “Global” > “12GB/90 days” and am getting a total of $186 instead of $120. Am I missing something?

  • The discount only shows on the activation page now once you enter in your SIM card number.

  • Amanda Lo

    Thank you!

  • Si2k78

    Can new PM users share their speed tests results. I’d like to get a better picture of the network quality. Is this as good as it looks on paper? Is there any downside to this?? I’m so conflicted..

  • Amanda Lo

    Does anyone know the correct address for Vancouver? I went to Richards & Georgia at 510, but they are saying it’s not the right address.

  • @anothersamchan on Twitter told me they are sold out in Vancouver already!

  • Al_Anon_12345

    10.98 down; 1.54 up; 28ms ping in Burnaby/New Westminster BC

  • Si2k78

    That’s decent. I decided just to stick with my old plan, more because of the fear of the unknown than anything else. Hope the new plans work out for everyone!

  • Simon Browning

    I’m getting 20 down, 10 up

  • Jason Bjerke

    Signed the mrs up last week. No problems,pretty easy switch. Getting 31-36mbps down and about 20mbps up. Which I see is similar to my Rogers but her upload speed way better than mine. She is iPhone 7 I’m iPhone 6splus.

  • Nice!

  • Sidney

    Hey Gary can I please get a referral? sidneys@me.com
    Thanks!

  • Sir. Sexyman

    The Fall Promo discount did not show up for me so my total was $186 before tax. I wonder if it’s because I tried activating too late, after 11pm on Sunday November 20th in BC? May have to suck it up and get on Virgin or Fido.

  • Was this on the activation page after you entered your SIM card number? Or just on the PM website?

  • Sir. Sexyman

    Hi Gary, thanks for the quick response. Followed the tutorial and on Step 3 (Plans & Add-ons) under the discounts column, the Fall 2016 Promo (-$126) is not listed, only 2 choices (-$15) and 3 choices (-$60) are listed. On Step 4 (Review Order), total before tax is $186 as is Step 5 (Payment). I feel that the reason it does not show up is that it may be past midnight in Alberta? I also tried reloading the website and getting a new number insteas if porting but no dice.