Public Mobile is owned by Telus, and it uses the Telus network to offer 3G and 4G mobile service. They are known for their customizable packages, which give them more freedom than many other prepaid carriers. If you only need service sometimes or a temporary line, their 10-day bundle is a great choice.
Prepaid plans from Public Mobile start at about $15. If you add a bundle, you can get as many voice minutes and texts as you want. Data makes a big difference in costs. Before taxes and fees, the most expensive monthly bundle costs $80 per month.
Public Mobile is a service that only sells SIM cards. There are no ways to buy or finance a device. But their 3-in-1 SIM cards work with most phones. If your phone is already unlocked, all you have to do is buy a SIM card, activate it, and put it in your phone.
What’s good about public mobile?
- Flexible bundle options
- Affordable U.S. roaming add-ons
- Unlimited Canada-wide talk and text available
- Unlimited US calling available
What’s bad about public mobile?
- No phone financing or purchasing
- International roaming support limited to the U.S.
Important and Notable Features
- Flat-Rate Bundles: You can choose how long your service is active in 10-, 30-, or 90-day increments. This gives you more freedom.
- Unlimited calls to anywhere in Canada and the US: Have family or friends in the US? With Public Mobile, you can talk as much as you want.
- Public Mobile Rewards: You can get discounts on your monthly bundle by setting up automatic payments, helping out in the community forums, referring friends, or keeping service for a year or more.
Do They Charge Roaming Fees?
- Coverage from coast to coast is included in all packages.
- With their 10-day bundles, you can roam in the U.S. Prices for different levels of talk, text, and data range from $8 to $20.
- Public Mobile doesn’t let you roam outside of the United States or Canada. If your phone is unlocked, get a travel SIM or buy a prepaid SIM card at your destination to save the most money.
Long Distance Fees
Depending on which talk tier you choose for your bundle, you may have to pay for long distance calls.
If you often call outside of your province, you should think about getting a Canada-wide or Canada-wide and U.S. Bundle. The price difference from the add-ons is small, and you won’t have to worry about how many minutes you use.
If most of your calls are to people in your area, the Long Distance add-on, which costs $8 and gives you 200 minutes, is a good deal.
For $15, you can buy 400 long-distance minutes that can be used in Canada, the U.S., and a number of other countries.
Is Wi-Fi calling available on Public Mobile?
No, Public Mobile does not have a Wi-Fi calling app or built-in support for Wi-Fi calling.
How About Voice over LTE (VoLTE)?
Can I Tether My Phone?
Any device that supports the feature can be used to tether.
NOTE: Most likely, your laptop, tablet, and other devices will use more data than your phone. When tethering, pay close attention to how much you are using.
Do They Roll Over Data?
All of the data in a monthly bundle runs out at the end of the month. If you buy an add-on for more data, any data you don’t use will carry over to the next month.
Do They Offer Add-ons or Bundles?
Yes! Public Mobile lets you add data to your plan in addition to the long-distance and U.S. roaming options listed above.
You can pay $10 for 200MB or $30 for 1GB. Since data add-ons carry over to the next month, the 1GB option is a much better deal.
Do They Require A Contract?
No. Since all services are paid for in advance, you can stop using them whenever you want.
What About SIM and Activation Fees?
Public Mobile doesn’t charge any fees to set up a phone. But you’ll need a Public Mobile SIM if you want to bring your own phone or tablet. SIM kits can be bought for $10 at their online store and at most other stores.
NOTE: Fees often differ between retail stores and websites. Be sure to check both before signing up or adding a line to your account to maximise savings.
Can I Port My Number To or From Public Mobile?
Public Mobile follows all Wireless Number Portability rules, so you can move your number from an existing landline or mobile line to your new Public Mobile line of service.
- The number you’re transferring must come from an account with the same name and address as your Public Mobile account.
- The account you’re moving the number from must be in good standing, which means that any fees related to porting the number must be paid.
- The number you want to transfer must be in your area.