^ Which means?
Another "odd" thing is the only 7-11 near here is also a small PC station. [edit: as you more knowledgable guys probably guessed, it is in fact an Esso. I've gone there once a week for years and didn't even know the brands LOL. Further in my defense of ignorance, I can't read the signs because I go the wrong way up a road to get in there.
] Will go there later today and see if they offer both services.
Apparently no 7-11s in Ottawa anymore, that is a prime location where I *would* likely use the cell and may need to top-up. One should remember that convenience stores (in general) are dropping like flies in Ontario these days, whereas PC gas stations are pretty steady. That 7-11 I mentioned just above has a prime location and seems busy whenever I go, even in the middle of the night (it's 24 hour). It will likely stay in business. I didn't even know it was a 7-11 until I checked when seeing this thread...
One thing that is cool though, is if you travel within Canada and need to call home. That counts as a local call, as long as the phone is registered to your home area code.
Just throwing out some thoughts. I'm figuring on amortising the phone cost over 3 years. The fact that PC vouchers are only good for 6 months [edit: guy at a PC said it's 120 days/4 months now...even worse] does seem to make it more expensive for very light users, vs being easy to find a place to get them (I presume).
Where I am coming from is I was surprised how much even the cheapest contracted plan is. I never saw a cell bill for years, so didn't care about the cost. I couldn't find anything less than a couple hundred $ a year. Thus I was glad to see this thread that provides an alternative for me for the short to medium term.
Edit: after all my gobbling, called and they said they are planning to offer online voucher sales, probably within a month, but "soon". I bet this has a lot to do with all the 7-11s closing already this year... Not quite as good as being able to do it by phone (presumably by the CS #), but it helps.
More edit: The cheapest phone has an unusable for me KB. The next up has the biggest/most usable KB. You could actually fairly easily text with it, though by no means optimal. The top phone also has a problematical KB for me. I am small too, no pudgy fingers, might work better for a female. Don't like the colour either, which also might work better for a female.
Luckily the KB was a better excuse for rejecting. The middle phone config with the top phone features would have been quite acceptable...I'm going to have to wait for another phone offering, or see what the more knowledgable have done re swapping SIM with something from Rogers.