PC Mobile has offered mobile service across Canada for more than a decade. They use both the Telus and Bell Mobility networks to deliver 3G and 4G mobile service. Their Data Flex plan offers an attractive alternative to typical data plan fees by creating tiers to ensure you’re not paying for data you don’t use. Most purchases through PC Mobile are also good for PC Points!
They offer both monthly billing and prepaid service for added flexibility. Prepaid bundles cost between $15 and $50 per month before add-ons and fees. They only offer a single monthly plan--the Flex Plan--for $44 before data charges, add-ons, and fees.
PC Mobile’s phone selection is small. However, it features brand names you’ll recognize and a good balance of affordability and features. If you opt for their monthly plan, you can take advantage of device subsidies with a two-year term agreement. Prefer to use your own phone? Their network supports many unlocked 3G and 4G phone models.
- Flat-Rate Travel Passes: Enjoy your trip without worrying about your bill with flat-rate travel passes to destinations around the world.
- Canada-wide Calling: If you call friends and family outside your local area often, choosing a plan with Canada-wide calling can save you money.
- PC Points: Earn PC Points for every dollar you spend on the PC Mobile store.
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How’s the Network Coverage and Speed?
The experience you get on PC Mobile will differ between prepaid and monthly service. Prepaid subscribers use the Bell Mobility network while monthly subscribers use the Telus network.
You can check coverage and network types in your area using their Monthly Coverage Map and Prepaid Coverage Map.
The 2018 Tutela "Mobile Experience Report", ranked Bell's network the fastest 4G and 3G network. Tests showed an average speed of 18.08Mbits/sec for 4G downloads and 5.32Mbits/sec for 3G downloads. Uploads speeds averaged 8.82Mbits/sec across both 4G and 3G networks.
Telus came in second in the same study with tests showing an average speed of 15.68Mbits/sec for 4G downloads and 5.30Mbits/sec for 3G downloads. Uploads speeds averaged 8.70Mbits/sec across both 4G and 3G networks.
The 2016 PC Magazine study “Fastest Mobile Networks in Canada,” showed download speeds for the Bell Mobility (PC Mobile Prepaid) network averaging 60Mb/sec and upload speeds averaging 19Mb/sec. Download speeds on the Telus (PC Mobile Monthly) network averaged 53Mb/sec with uploads clocking in at 15Mb/sec.
Ookla’s “Speed Test Market Report Canada” reports slightly slower speeds. Their 2016 tests showed download speeds of 30MB/sec and upload speeds of 10Mb/s on the Bell Mobility (PC Mobile Prepaid) network. Speeds for downloads and uploads on the Telus (PC Mobile Monthly) network came in at 27MB/sec and 10Mb/sec respectively.
Do They Charge Roaming Fees?
Within Canada, you shouldn’t need to worry about roaming fees on either prepaid or monthly service.
Outside of Canada, monthly subscribers can use a flat-rate travel pass to help manage the added costs.
- $20 30-Day US Travel Pass: 100 minutes, texts and megabytes of data
- $35 30-Day US Travel Pass: 400 minutes, texts and megabytes of data
- $70 30-Day US Travel Pass: Unlimited talk and text with 1GB of data
- $50 30-Day Zone 1 Travel Pass: 75 minutes, texts and megabytes of data
- $100 30-Day Zone 2 Travel Pass: 75 minutes, texts and megabytes of data
For additional information, including pay-as-you-go rates and rates by destination, consult their Monthly Travelling page.
Roaming is not supported on prepaid accounts.
What About Long Distance Fees?
Long distance fees will between plans.
The monthly Flex Plan includes calls within Canada at no additional cost. International calling rates range between $0.10 and $1 per minute.
For a full list of rates per country, check their Monthly Long Distance page.
For prepaid bundles, rates vary between plans. However, many plans include nationwide calling at no additional charge. You can also add nationwide calling to any prepaid plan that doesn’t already include it for $10.
If you call friends and family in the U.S. or Mexico often, you can add unlimited U.S. calling for $20 per month or Unlimited North American calling for $30 per month.
Although PC Mobile offers pay-as-you-go international calling, they recommend using a Prepaid Mobile Long Distance Card for better rates.
You can find the standard international rates for specific countries here.
Does PC Mobile Offer Wi-Fi Calling?
No. PC Mobile does not support native Wi-Fi calling or offer a Wi-Fi calling app.
How About Voice over LTE (VoLTE)?
Can I Tether My Phone?
Tethering is allowed for any GSM device supporting the feature.
NOTE: Laptops, game consoles, and tablets might use more data than your phone. If you choose to tether, monitor your usage closely to avoid surprises on your bill.
Do They Offer Data Rollover?
No, data from monthly bundles expires at the end of the month.
Do They Offer Add-ons or Bundles?
The travel passes listed above are the only add-ons available to monthly subscribers.
Prepaid subscribers can use the long-distance add-ons listed above as well as add data to their plan. Data add-ons cost between $2 and $30.
For a full list of prepaid add-on options, check their Prepaid Plan Features page.
Can I Bring My Own Device?
Yes! To ensure device compatibility, PC Mobile recommends visiting one of their The Mobile Shop locations.
Do They Require A Contract?
Contract requirements will depend on your plan.
- Monthly plans with a device subsidy will require a two-year contract and credit check.
- Monthly plans without a device subsidy won’t require a contract but still require a credit check.
- Prepaid plans do not require a contract or credit check.
What About Activation and SIM Fees?
PC Mobile does not charge activation fees.
To bring your own phone or tablet, you'll also need a PC Mobile SIM.
Prepaid and Pay Monthly SIM kits are available for $10 at select retail locations.
What About Early Termination Fees?
Monthly plan subscribers are subject to an early termination fee.
PC Mobile’s Terms of Service state:
“If you cancel your service or if PC mobile cancels it for any reason, you remain responsible for all amounts chargeable to your account up to the time the service is cancelled. This includes the device subsidy balance remaining on your account as well as any outstanding recurring charges or usage charges. Any credit balance under five dollars will not be refunded when your service is cancelled.”
Early termination fees do not apply to prepaid subscribers.
Can I Port My Number To or From PC Mobile?
PC Mobile follows all Wireless Number Portability guidelines allowing you to transfer your number from an existing landline or mobile line to your new PC Mobile line of service.
Requirements are as follows:
- The account from which you are transferring the number must be assigned to the same name and address as your PC Mobile account.
- The account you’re transferring from must be in good standing--including payment of any fees resulting from porting the number.
- The number you’re transferring must be local to your service area.
For additional information, consult their Moving Your Number page.
Will They Unlock My Phone?
Yes! According to CRTC Wireless Code regulations effective December 2017, they must unlock your phone free of charge upon request. If you received a subsidy on your phone, you must wait 90 days before unlocking your phone.
For more information, check their Unlocking Your Device page.
For additional questions about PC Mobile pricing, features, and coverage, be sure to check out our PC Mobile Q&A Forum. It’s filled with questions and answers from people like you looking to get the most out of their mobile service!
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