Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Downtown Toronto • Toshiba 52XL177 • HD DVD Toshiba • Rogers HDPVR Cisco 8642
A clarification: Public Mobile's $40 unlimited talk and text does NOT include Canadian LD. Canadian LD can be swapped for text -- that is, turn it into a voice only plan.
So, it's really $45 for unlimited Canadian calling, unlimited Canadian/US texting, VM, Caller ID.
The current coverage is extremely limited -- parts of GTA only. There is no roaming at all -- when you leave the coverage area, the phone service is kaput. Coverage, according to their maps, is the 427 on the west, Steeles Av on the north, and hwy 30 (Markham Pickering townline) on the east.
Also, there are 23 stores in GTA and 13 in Montreal (where there is no service for another month) -- that's somewhat shy of the 60 on the blog page.
By contrast, Wind Mobile has a $45 plan with the same features: unlimited Canadian calling, unlimited Canadian/US texting, VM, Caller ID -- and a much broader network extending well past GTA, and adding Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and, in a few days, Vancouver. Plus they have a roaming agreement offering 2G service when out of Wind territory; your phone service is NOT kaput. There are about 35 stores (including Blockbuster locations) in GTA to serve you, and 50+ in total across Canada. And you can subscribe to post-paid if you prefer not to pay as you go.
But wait! There's more! At Mobilicity, that same $45 buys you unlimited Canadian calling, unlimited Canadian/US texting, VM, Caller ID. And while the network is modest in this "soft launch" phase, there are "imminent" plans to extend to approximately the same footprint as Wind Mobile and with a similar roaming arrangement. Plus they will have 250+ retail locations in GTA shortly. Best of all, you can swap (unlocked) phones from Wind to Mobilicity and back to Wind and get full 3G service; 3G phones on Bell, Rogers, Telus are not compatible.