Prepaid FAQ

Prepaid FAQ

Does PC mobile offer SIM cards?

You can purchase a stand-alone PC mobile SIM card. Our PC mobile SIM cards are $10. These combo SIM cards include both a standard SIM and a micro SIM card, widening your range of phone options. They are available where President’s Choice products are sold and can be found on the side panel of the “Prepaid Cell Phones Express” kiosk. Here is a link to our store locator to find a store location nearest you.

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Discontinuation of the old PC mobile Self-Serve option

On June 30, 2017, the current Self-Serve option on your mobile browser will be discontinued. This option is being replaced with a new My PCmobile app which is now available for download – continue reading below for instructions on how to download.

The new My PCmobile app offers:

  • A more user-friendly interface (with a nicer design!)

  • The continued ability to manage your account without incurring any data charges

Download the My PCmobile app for Android devices by clicking on the Google Play icon below (this will redirect you to the Google Play Store).

Click Google Play to download the app: Get it on Google Play     App Icon: :

Important: The My PCmobile app is only available on Android devices version 4.1 and higher. If you have an older Android model, you will not be able to download the app on your phone. However, you can still access the app 24/7 by typing into your phone’s browser. (You can bookmark this site for quick and easy access!)

For the best experience, upgrade your phone to our most recent selection of smartphones and download the new My PCmobile app from the Google Play app store.

It's easy to manage your account 24/7!

You can manage your account balance and expiry date, plus add funds, features and more. Here's how:

  • Call Us: Just dial #PCMO (#7266) FREE from your PC mobile phone or 1-877-284-6361 from any other phone.

  • Go Online: Launch your Internet Browser on your PC mobile phone and click the Self-Serve link
    NOTE – This option will no longer be available as of June 30, 2017. See section above for details ('Discontinuation of the old PC mobile Self-Serve option').

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CDMA Network Change

CDMA Network Change

The CDMA network (an older network technology) will begin shutting down in regions across Canada starting on the following dates:

Start Date

Service Discontinuation

Regions affected

January 31, 2017

June 30, 2017

Alberta and British Columbia

March 3, 2017

June 30, 2017

Gaspé region in Quebec

June 30, 2017

July 5, 2017


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Extended Coverage

Extended coverage

The PC mobile HSPA network covers 74% of the population and LTE network covers 59% of the population in Manitoba, with coverage expanding across the province. That coverage is now complemented by extended coverage throughout Manitoba.

Who is extended coverage available to?
Extended coverage is available to PC mobile customers with HSPA/LTE devices for occasional use to complement the customer’s usage on the PC mobile network. Extended coverage is not available to Manitoba customers residing outside of the PC mobile footprint; PC mobile only offers new phone numbers and the ability to port in numbers for its own network. See our coverage map for our latest service coverage areas and maps.

What are the usage limitations of extended coverage?
As extended coverage is offered as a complement to PC mobile’s own coverage, the majority of your usage on a monthly basis must be within PC mobile’s own coverage area. PC mobile may restrict or limit your access to extended coverage if the majority of your usage occurs within extended coverage on an ongoing basis. Usage is subject to PC mobile Terms of Service; see

How is usage within extended coverage billed?
Usage within extended coverage is billed as part of your current plan. Just like travelling outside your local area on the PC mobile network, long distance charges apply to incoming calls received while within extended coverage. For outgoing calls, long distance applies if the number called is outside the local calling area of where the call is placed. Long distance charges do not apply if you have the Unlimited Nationwide and Unlimited North American Long Distance Minutes add on. However, regular local airtime rates still apply to these long distance calls.

How will the experience be different within extended coverage? The Network icon will show EXT instead of PC mobile when your usage is occurring within extended coverage. Data speeds will generally be slower and certain services (such as video streaming and the internet) may be limited.

Please note that PC mobile and our roaming partners may, without notice, change networks or geographical coverage areas (both in and out of Canada). PC mobile is not liable for any loss you or anyone else may suffer as a result of any disruptions or outages to the Services, or as a result of any changes to the networks or geographical coverage areas (both in and out of Canada).

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Text with 911

What is Text with 911

Text with 911 – Emergency services for the Hearing and Speech Impaired

Text with 911 is an emergency texting service for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Speech Impaired (DHHSI) customers. If you are a DHHSI customer and want to be able to text with a 911 operator:

  • Registration will commence in the spring of 2014. Please note that you will be required to agree to the terms of service to use this service.
  • In an emergency, dial 911 on your cell phone to access the 911 center in your area. They will receive an indicator that tells them to communicate with you via text messaging.
  • Monitor the cell phone display to ensure that the call is connected. Shortly after the call is connected, you should receive an initial text message from a 9-1-1 Call Centre. If you do not receive the initial text message within two minutes, you may end the voice call and redial 911.
  • The number you will see on your cell phone will have 13 digits and will begin with 555911. This will identify the call centre you are texting with.
  • Once the initial text message is received, you should reply to this text message and provide the 9-1-1 Call Taker with the information that they are requesting, such as the nature of the emergency and your location. Keep your text messages brief and concise.
  • You should keep the 9-1-1 voice call connected during the entire text messaging session if possible. This will permit the 9-1-1 Call Taker to hear any background noises that can be helpful to assess the emergency, and will provide enhanced 9-1-1 functions.
  • Depending on the province that you live in and the emergency services you require, you may be transferred to a new number that begins with 555911 during your T9-1-1 session to access Fire, Police or EMS. Always send your message to the current 555911 number.
  • You will know that the T9-1-1 session has been concluded when you receive the message “End of 9-1-1 Call”. If no “End of 9-1-1 Call” or further response is received, you can send a text message asking if the 9-1-1 conversation has ended. If you receive an error message, the T91-1 session has ended.
  • After receiving the “End of 9-1-1 Call” message, if you need to further communicate with the 9-1-1 Call Centre, you will need to initiate a new text session by dialing 911 to re-establish contact with the 9-1-1 Call Centre and communicate again by replying to the text message.
  • A supported handset will be required to use this service. The following mobiles devices support T911:
    • Galaxy J1
    • HTC Desire C
    • LG K 4
    • LG Optimus L1 II
    • LG Optimus L5
    • LG Optimus L5 II
    • LG Optimus Net
    • LG X Power
    • Moto G Play
    • Samsung Galaxy 551
    • Samsung Momo
    • Samsung S275
    • Sony Xperia M
    • ZTE Grand X2
  • Please consult the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association web site for Text With 9-1-1 for an instructional video and other valuable service information.

Important Tips for T9-1-1 Users

  • T9-1-1 users should be aware that text messaging is considered a “best efforts” service and there is no guarantee a text message will be sent, delivered or received in a timely manner. In the unlikely event that this happens, re-send the message.
  • Providing location information and the nature of the emergency in the first message is imperative.   The 9-1-1 Call Taker may receive an approximate location of your cell phone with your 9-1-1 call, however it is important for the caller to confirm the location of the emergency.
  • Text messages should be brief and concise.
  • Text abbreviations and slang should never be used so that the intent of the dialog can be as clear as possible.
  • T9-1-1 should only be used for emergency situations that require a response from police, fire or emergency medical services.

Note: This feature is only available to DHHSI customers. You must accept the terms of service to use this service.

T9-1-1 terms of service:

  • T9-1-1 service is not available everywhere. Government agencies are responsible for handling emergency calls, and not all of them are able to support T9-1-1 service. For T9-1-1 coverage areas, please consult the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association website for Text with 9-1-1. Coverage areas are approximate.
  • The T-91-1 Call Taker will attempt to communicate to you via text messages in the language associated with your mobile subscription. If they language associated with your mobile subscription is not correct, please contact Client Care. The agency handling your T9-1-1 call may not be able to assist you in both official languages.
  • T9-1-1 service relies on text messaging sessions initiated by the government emergency response agency receiving your 911 call. The availability of text messaging service is not guaranteed and is subject to the PC mobile Service Terms.
  • You must have an active PC mobile account to access T9-1-1 service on your PC mobile device. Each device on your account must be individually enabled for T9-1-1 service, if the user is eligible. Please allow 5 days for registration to become effective.
  • Your T9-1-1 registration will not follow if you port your number to another service provider. You must re-register.

If you have Postpaid services with PC mobile, click here.

Register for T911:

To Register for T911, fill out the T911 Registration Form.

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Need help to determine which SIM to use? See below:

Phone Type

SIM Card Type

Phone Type

SIM Card Type

Alcatel Pixi 4

Micro SIM


Regular SIM

LG K4 (2017)

Nano SIM

LG X Power

Nano SIM

Moto G Play

Micro SIM

Samsung Galaxy J1

Nano SIM

ZTE Grand X2

Micro SIM

SIM card quick reference:

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