So, the rates at Rogers were decent, the phone was easy-to-use, and I could conveniently check my balance online.
Now that my balance has expired, my options at Rogers are a bit limited.
I suppose 7-Eleven has the location advantage of its convenience stores and thus doesn’t have to waste its time with glitzy, cute promotions (ahem, Bell, Telus, Rogers). 7-Eleven is cheaper, more straightforward, and the airtime doesn’t expire so fast (all denominations expire after 365 days).
I’ll miss the ability to check my airtime online, but heck, the Rogers site was always down, so I’ll learn to dial *777 to check airtime!
0 cards are hard to find, and not even mentioned on the website.
However, they do last for 365 days and I’ve seen them on the Costco website.
This is handy if you are like me and want the option to switch back if a better deal comes along!
April 5th, 2007 update: I’ve started an unofficial 7-Eleven Speak Out Wireless FAQ at
Having an existing Rogers phone was handy to switch SIM cards, but I wouldn’t have minded using the Nokia 1112 either.The airtime lasted for 365 days, and the basic rates (the plan) were as follows: 25 cents per minute for the first 5 minutes of a day, then 15 cents per minute thereafter.Outgoing text messages were 15 cents per message and incoming messages were free.I considered Virgin Mobile, as 0 of airtime is valid for a year, with a rate of 25 cents per minute, free incoming text messages, and 15 cents outgoing text messages (5 cents between Virgin Mobile customers).But of course, Virgin Mobile plans only work with Virgin Mobile phones — not the most flexible option.