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Delivered by mainstream outlets, the news of Tracfone parent America Movil buying another MVNO looks benign enough. Headlines suggest Movil purchased Start Wireless, which is true. What many people don’t know is that Start Wireless owns Page Plus Cellular. That changes the game a bit. Page Plus is a relatively popular MVNO, one that is well known among veteran prepaid subscribers. Something tells me that the Page Plus faithful aren’t going to like this acquisition. You can read some initial griping at the Howard Forums thread.
November 30th, 2012 | Page Plus | 2 Comments
Given their recent moves, it seems clear that Page Plus understands the future of the industry lies in data. They recently increased the data on Talk N Text plans, less than six months after they started offering more data on The 55 plan. In fact, if you look at our Page Plus news page, you’ll see that the last five updates involve increasing data. This post is not about increasing data, but rather adding a data-heavy plan. For $69.99 Page Plus customers can buy an unlimited talk and text plan that includes 5GB of 3G data. This pairs well with the many Android handsets that customers can bring from their old Verizon accounts. It’s amazing how this Verizon MVNO has become Verizon’s greatest competitor in prepaid.
Via Howard Forums.
October 24th, 2012 | Page Plus | No Comments
Here’s a little bonus for Page Plus customers on the Talk n Text 1200 and Unlimited Talk n Text plans. Starting a week from today, October 31, they will increase the data allowances. The Talk n Text 1200 plan will grow from 100MB per month to 250MB, and the Unlimited plan will grow from 100MB to 200MB. Current customers will receive the upgrade once they renew after October 31st.
Via Howard Forums.
June 8th, 2012 | Page Plus | No Comments
Just as a reminder: we learned last week that Page Plus would increase the data on The 55 plan to 2GB. The press release went out yesterday announcing that upgrade. This puts Page Plus’s plan right up with others in the prepaid industry; almost all prepaid carriers have practical caps now, and they’re all around 2GB. You can sign up for The 55 at Page Plus’s website.
May 31st, 2012 | Page Plus | 1 Comment
It has been all good news lately for Page Plus customers. First they increased the data on The 55 plan from 500MB to 1GB. A few weeks later they increased the data on Unlimited Talk N Text from 20MB to 100MB. Now The 55 gets another upgrade: from 1GB to 2GB. It’s tough to complain about getting more for the same money. The plan upgrade takes effect June 6th. You can enroll at Page Plus’s website.
Via Howard Forums.
March 30th, 2012 | Page Plus | 1 Comment
Earlier in the month we learned that Page Plus would increase the data allotment on its Unlimited Talk N Text plan. It used to be 20MB, which doesn’t cover much. They’ve now increased that five-fold, to 100MB. That doesn’t make it any better for streaming videos, but it does allow for a little more web browsing. The changes are in effect currently, so all you have to do is buy the $39.95 Unlimited Talk N Text plan and you’ll get the data upgrade. You can find this plan, and others, at Page Plus’s website.
March 15th, 2012 | Page Plus | No Comments
When Page Plus added their $55 unlimited Talk N Text plan, dubbed The 55, last November, they included 500GB of data. That was in contrast to their lower-priced Talk N Text option, which included just 20GB of data. Earlier this year Page Plus was offering double the data on The 55, up to 1GB, on what was then considered a limited-time promotion. Now, it appears, the change is permanent.
December 21st, 2011 | Page Plus | 4 Comments
We knew this was coming, but now it’s official: Page Plus has added a $12 monthly plan. For that price, one of the lowest-priced monthly plans on the market, you get 250 minutes, 250 messages, and 10MB of data. Picture messages are included in the 250 messages, but the transfer counts against your 10MB of data allotment. The plan, called The 12, is now available at Page Plus’s website.
December 8th, 2011 | Page Plus | 2 Comments
Last week we learned of possible changes to Page Plus’s Unlimited Talk N Text plan. In April, 2010, Page Plus raised the price from $39.95 to $44.95. They’ve now reversed that, lowering the price back to $39.95. In the same press release they also confirmed their new 12 dollar monthly plan, which provides 250 minutes, 250 messages, and 10MB of data. The new pricing on Unlimited Talk N Text is available now at Page Plus’s website. The 12 dollar plan will be available later this month, likely on December 20th.
December 2nd, 2011 | Page Plus | 4 Comments
It seems that every time Page Plus offers new plans, we see it leaked on message boards first. That’s the case now, though I have seen one of these rumors elsewhere before today. That involves the Unlimited Talk n Text plan, which offers unlimited minutes and text messages, plus 20MB of data. It currently costs $44.95, but that will get a price cut to $39.95. This is actually more of a price return than a price cut: in April, 2010, Page Plus raised the price of Unlimited Talk N Text from $39.95 to $44.95. Things will be back to normal once these new plans go into effect.
What’s really interesting is the new plan from this rumor. If true, it would be unrivaled in the prepaid world.
November 10th, 2011 | Page Plus | No Comments
It’s a little late but Page Plus has delivered a new Unlimited Talk N Text option. We originally heard that the $55 plan, dubbed The 55, would come out on October 25th, but the announcement came just yesterday. It offers unlimited minutes and text messages, plus 500MB of data, for $55 per month. As with all Page Plus plans, MMS usage counts against the data plan, not the text messages. You can sign up for The 55 at Page Plus’s website.
Via Phone Scoop.
October 19th, 2011 | Page Plus | 3 Comments
Update: PhoneNews has an update from Page Plus, which basically says no, they’re not supposed to activate the iPhone at all. If you do get an iPhone activated, then “it could be subject to deactivation at any point in time in the future if the ‘powers that be’ determine to do that.” That is, you might be able to get one up and running with the right Page Plus dealer, but you might see a sudden stoppage in service. Sigh. Not that this is a surprise.
…with a potentially expensive catch. Yesterday PhoneNews.com reported that indeed you could activate a Verizon Wireless iPhone on Page Plus. This is nice, since the price point on the iPhone 4 recently came down. Today, however, they’re reporting a catch: any iPhone activated on an MVNO, such as Page Plus, must have first been activated on a postpaid Verizon account. How does that change things? It means you must do one of two things. First, you can buy it unsubsidized and then pay for a month of Verizon service before you take it to Page Plus. That’ll cost you $70 plus tax, and that does not include a text messaging plan. Second, you can buy it subsidized, pay for a month, and then pay a hefty early termination fee. Either way, while activating an iPhone on Page Plus is possible, it will not be cheap.
October 5th, 2011 | Page Plus | 2 Comments
On October 25th Page Plus will add another Unlimited Talk n Text plan that includes more data, according to dealers who leaked the information on Howard Forums. In addition to unlimited minutes and text messages, the plan, dubbed The 55, will also include 300MB of data. Page Plus currently has an Unlimited Talk n Text plan that costs $45 and includes 20MB of data. That works out to 3.58 cents per megabyte, while normal overages cost 10 cents per megabyte. Again, the plan will be available starting October 25th.
July 28th, 2011 | Page Plus | No Comments
There’s no press release to go along with this item, which is odd. You’d expect a company would want to publicize their rate reductions. Page Plus has dropped the rate on its text messaging and data rates with the standard plan. Text messages, which used to be 8 cents each, are now just 5 cents. Data, which used to be 1.2 cents per kilobyte ($1.20 per megabyte), is now 0.9 cents per kilobyte (99 cents per megabyte). If you’re already on Page Plus, you’ll notice these changes already. If you’re not, you can sign up for a plan at Page Plus’s website.
Via Howard Forums.
February 18th, 2011 | Page Plus | No Comments
Good news for Page Plus users on the Talk N Text 1200 plan. The company recently announced some improvements to the plan that will provide customers with more messages and data. For the same $29.95 per month you get 1,200 minutes, 2,000 messages, and 100MB of data, up from 1,200 messages and 50MB of data with the old plan. The overage charges have also been reduced to 10 cents per minute and 15 cents per MB, down from 12 cents per minute and 60 cents per MB. You can sign up for the Talk N Text 1200 plan at Page Plus’s website.
Via Phone Scoop.
December 10th, 2010 | Page Plus | No Comments
One huge complaint among prepaid wireless users is that minutes are good for only so long before they expire. Most people feel that if they pay for the minutes it shouldn’t matter if they use them next week or next decade. They’re paid for, therefore they should be dispensed at the user’s disposal. But in reality the longest expiration period is a year. Page Plus has added a new plan that might make some people happy. The minutes don’t expire for a year.
November 15th, 2010 | Page Plus | No Comments
If you’ll remember back to earlier this year, Page Plus was having a bit of trouble with its Unlimited Talk N Text plan. Some customers were using more than what the company considered an acceptable amount, and either had their accounts terminated or downgraded to a limited plan. I’m not sure how widespread the problem was, but a number of those affected made the issue well known. This morning I caught a story in a local Ohio paper that mentioned a settlement in the matter.
June 8th, 2010 | Page Plus | 19 Comments
If that handset looks familiar, it’s because Virgin Mobile picked it up a little over a year ago. Now we learn that Page Plus has added the Kyocera G2GO M2000 to its lineup. It’s a multimedia phone with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard to satisfy the messengers among the Page Plus faithful. It features a 1.3 megapixel camera and a 2.4-inch QVGA screen that adapts to landscape and portrait modes, depending on how you’re holding the phone. It also has a microSD slot that can support a card of up to 8GB. The handset is available now. You can get it at Page Plus’s website for $139.95.
April 21st, 2010 | Page Plus | 3 Comments
The Unlimited Talk n Text plan from Page Plus Cellular has fallen under criticism lately. It started in March, when a number of users reported that the company had terminated their accounts, citing an abuse of unlimited services. Page Plus responded a few days later, noting that this is standard practice for MVNOs offering unlimited talk and text plans. It also contained the now-infamous “I’m not in the business of being nice” quote. As if that weren’t enough, word is now that the company will raise the rates of Unlimited TnT starting on May 18th.
March 29th, 2010 | Page Plus | No Comments
MetroPCS made a splash last week when it announced that it would launch their LTE network this year, perhaps before Verizon Wireless. That gets them the headlines, but it will likely take plenty of time before LTE has an actual effect. What will take effect sooner is an announcement that kind of flew under the radar. MetroPCS will launch a music store in the second half of 2010. Powered by RealNetworks, the store will feature over nine million tracks, plus ringtones, ringback tones, video, and more. The details are light at this point, but it does appear that Metro is getting serious about delivering top content to their subscribers.
March 26th, 2010 | Page Plus | 8 Comments
We led off the week with a story about how Page Plus had been getting people off their unlimited Talk & Text plan for using too many minutes or texts. It seems odd, at least to me, that a company could advertise unlimited services but then penalize customers for taking advantage of it. That’s happening, though, and according to a follow-up on PhoneNews.com, Page Plus doesn’t think it’s a big deal. Apparently, if everyone else is doing it, it’s okay. Since other MVNOs and carriers punish customers who use too much of an unlimited service, it’s okay that they do it, too. Clearly, much of the issue might be out of their hands. They do, after all, buy network space wholesale from Verizon. Still, if it says unlimited, it should be unlimited. If customers who talk too much are penalized for using the service, then it shouldn’t be allowed to be advertised as unlimited. I don’t think that’s unreasonable at all.
March 22nd, 2010 | Page Plus | 2 Comments
Over the past few months there’s been a lot of hoopla about Page Plus Cellular. The company made headlines last year as it introduced a $40 unlimited talk and text plan, and then further expanded by adding a lower tier plan and eventually lowering its pay-as-you-go prices. Even lately there has been some positive, with the company offering its first brand new handset alongside a couple of refurbished models. It’s not all good, though. In January we learned that Page Plus would no longer activate brand new Verizon prepaid phones. While there have been complaints of deactivations, it doesn’t seem widespread. One issue that does figure to play prominently in the company’s future broke late last week. Apparently Page Plus has taken action against users who make use of their unlimited Talk & Text plan.
March 17th, 2010 | Page Plus | 1 Comment
Last week we learned about the new Page Plus handset, the Kyocera S4000. When PP announced this handset they also said to expect more phones, including a QWERTY model in the future. For the time being, though, they’re tiding us over with a revamped lineup of refurbished phones. These include the Samsung Alias u740 (dual-flip) and the LG Chocolate. Unfortunately, there is also some bad news regarding phones that comes along with this.
March 8th, 2010 | Page Plus | No Comments
An little over a month ago we noticed that Page Plus appeared to be preparing for new handsets. Over the weekend they made the first such announcement, introducing the Kyocera Mako S4000 to its lineup, the first brand new model the company will offer. It features a VGA camera, Bluetooth, and WAP browsing capabilities. In other words, it fits in well with the entry-level phones we’ve seen carriers introducing lately. It’s available today, so check out Page Plus’s website. It will sell for $99.95.
And, just to whet your appetite, Page Plus has also announced that it will introduce a new QWERTY handset within two months.
March 4th, 2010 | Page Plus | 1 Comment
A few months back we published the noob guide to Tracfone, Net10, and Straight Talk. It came from Howard Forums user fonezfonz, and I thought it was quite the excellent resource. Today we have something similar, if not more comprehensive. User Kitty Wireless is all over the Page Plus boards, letting people know what’s going on from a dealer’s standpoint. The latest contribution is a series of four guides that will help out a newbie in need. They go from setting up your voicemail to changing plans, so if you’re a Page Plus user or are thinking about trying them, check out the following guides.
February 4th, 2010 | Page Plus | 2 Comments
It would appear that for some prepaid wireless companies, lowering rates is an addictive habit. In November, Page Plus Cellular took the first step, lowering their ceiling rate to 10 cents per minute. They followed that up with improved international roaming rates, and finally, two weeks ago, lowered the prices of all their pay-as-you-go cards. Yesterday they made another announcement, this timecutting their domestic roaming rates in half. If there is a price war going on in the prepaid space, Page Plus is lying in the trenches, lobbing every grenade it has.
January 29th, 2010 | Page Plus | No Comments
Browsing around Howard Forums on Wednesday, I found this thread, which claimed that Page Plus had a slew of new phones available on its website. Other users got a bit excited, but became deflated when they didn’t see the same thing on the website. I, too, was a bit disappointed. After we learned earlier in the week about Page Plus not activating brand new prepackaged Verizon prepaid phones, I thought Page Plus would benefit from offering some handsets of its own. But, when I checked the page, like so many others, I saw just the normal seven handsets. Thankfully, I checked back last night and found something a bit different.
January 26th, 2010 | Page Plus | 12 Comments
Yesterday morning, a post showed up on the Howard Forums Page Plus page which brought some bad news. According to user Kitty Wireless, the company plans to further limit its policy of allowing Verizon Wireless handsets on its network. It won’t be a complete ban — that would be terrible for business — but there is, or will be in the near future, a restriction on prepaid handsets. The pre-packaged handsets you buy at retailers like Target will no longer be eligible for activation if they have not previously been activated with Verizon’s prepaid service. Restrictive as it may be, the policy does make sense, as it is consistent with Verizon’s own policy.
January 21st, 2010 | Page Plus | No Comments
Last week, when Verizon added monthly prepaid plans to its lineup, we heard some speculation that they might soon give a better deal to their resellers. After all, when retail price falls the wholesale price could fall along with it. I’m not sure if one relates to the other, but yesterday Page Plus announced improved pay-as-you-go rates. Before their rates got as low as 6 cents per minute, already towards the bottom of the industry. Now their best rate is 4 cents per minute, easily the best among plans I’ve encountered.
November 19th, 2009 | Page Plus | No Comments
It’s not often that we see an MVNO that offers international roaming capabilities. Page Plus, however, is an exception. They recently announced an international roaming program that covers Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Calls to Mexico and Bermuda will cost $1.10 per minute, and calls to Puerto Rico, Canada, and the Virgin Islands will be 60 cents per minute. Text messages in any of those areas are 25 cents to receive, 50 cents to send.
November 11th, 2009 | Page Plus | No Comments
Great news from a Page Plus dealer, posting on Howard Forums. The Page Plus $10 card, which previous provided 83 minutes (10 cents per minute), will soon provide 100 minutes, reducing the cost to 10 cents. That’s great news for light users. It appears the change will take place on November 16, and Page Plus dealers will get new cards reflecting the change. The old 83 minute cards will also load up for 100 minutes starting on the 16th. In further good news, phones that come with a pre-loaded $6 in airtime will now provide 60 minutes instead of 50 to reflect this recent change.
October 14th, 2009 | Page Plus | 1 Comment
Starting next week, Page Plus will adopt a few policy changes (via Howard Forums). These are seemingly minor alterations to current policy, but Page Plus believes that these will “help reduce confusion, streamline and simplify these processes for the dealer, and reduce the amount of call volume to our customer service center regarding these issues.” The changes include a change in activation and port-in credits, plus the abolition of balance minimums for ESN and MDN changes.
October 8th, 2009 | Page Plus | 10 Comments
Page Plus introduced a new Talk n Text plan yesterday, Talk n Text 1200. For $29.95 per month customers get 1,200 voice minutes, 1,200 text and multimedia messages, and 50 megabytes of data. The plan is a compliment to Page Plus’s unlimited Talk n Text plan, which includes unlimited minutes, unlimited messages, and 20 megabytes of data for $39.95 per month. It will be available on October 9th at Page Plus’s website and at retail locations.
October 5th, 2009 | Page Plus | No Comments
If you look at the user reviews of our pay as you go cell phone providers, you’ll see a common theme: poor customer service. There seems to be one exception, though. While Page Plus has its downsides, it gets more favorable customer service mentions than any other carrier. The service has gained in popularity lately, partly because of this, and partly because of the increasing attention they’ve been getting because of their cheap plans. User tobikay on Howard Forums complains that he’s not even able to get through to customer service, though. So what gives? It appears Page Plus is aware of the problem, and they will hire 100 more employees, mostly customer service reps, before the end of the year.
August 24th, 2009 | Page Plus | No Comments
Like MetroPCS and Cricket, Page Plus Cellular is improving on its plans, rather than introducing completely new pricing tiers. Instead of lowering prices on certain plans, Cricket and Metro added more features to their current plans, giving customers more for the same amount of money. Page Plus first did this with their Unlimited Talk n Text plan, which originally provided 1,500 minutes plus 1,500 texts for $39.95 per month. Earlier this month they upgraded that to unlimited voice and text. For many, it wasn’t a big difference — do unlimited customers really use more than the 1,500 minutes and texts? In any case, they made another upgrade this week, this time for text messaging.
August 7th, 2009 | Page Plus | 6 Comments
We heard the rumblings of a new Page Plus plan about a month ago, and now it’s finally official. The company announced its Unlimited Talk n Text plan today, offering unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text messaging, and 20 megabytes of data for $39.95 per month. Who said there’s not going to be a price war? The offering from Page Plus comes in $5 cheaper than Straight Talk, which is $5 cheaper than Boost Unlimited.
July 27th, 2009 | Page Plus | 1 Comment
It seems everyone in the cellular industry wants an app store. Apple started it with the iPhone, and it caught on so well that others are popping up everywhere. BlackBerry has launched one for its line of smartphones, and Verizon is gearing up for its own. Next on the list is a carrier you might not expect: Page Plus. They just announced their own app store, which is available on BREW-capable Page Plus phones. The best part about that is that you can use your Verizon phone, which is likely to be BREW-compatible, on the Page Plus service.
July 9th, 2009 | Page Plus | 10 Comments
There is absolutely, positively no first-hand confirmation of this, so please take it with a grain of salt. A few posters on Howard Forums have heard that Page Plus will launch a new plan, or new plans, on August 1. Again, this is not confirmed. The rumor is that it will be an all-in unlimited plan, much like the recent wave we’ve seen from Boost Mobile and Straight Talk. We’ll obviously follow this one until we get official word — or don’t get official word, depending on whether this rumor has legs.
June 1st, 2009 | Page Plus | No Comments
Page Plus has made a number of improvements to its service offerings this year. Among the more prominent have been the addition of BREW content and the Talk n Text plans. Now we’ve got word about two new service enhancements. First is the introduction of text messaging bundles. For $10.95 per month subscribers can grab 2,000 text messages, and for $19.95 they can get 5,000. Unless you’re an insane texter, 5,000 should be more than enough. Perhaps the limit is there so Page Plus can avoid some of these monstrous text messagers who take advantage of unlimited plans.
April 22nd, 2009 | Page Plus | 3 Comments
There’s a press release making its rounds claiming that Page Plus Cellular has “recently expanded its coverage area.” It’s strange, because you don’t normally hear that from an MVNO. They’re subject to the parent network. That’s the whole idea, apparently. Page Plus now benefits from the combined networks of Verizon and Alltel, as one would have expected. The best part for their customers is that this eliminates roaming charges in the expanded coverage area. So what was once a roaming area on the Alltel network is now standard on the Verizon network, hence standard on Page Plus.
April 14th, 2009 | Page Plus | No Comments
Something’s afoot at the Circle K. Specifically, Page Plus Cellular has signed an agreement deal with the convenience store chain. Page Plus phones and cards will now be available at Circle K locations in Arizona and Florida. There are also plans for a national launch, which would bring Page Plus to 2,000 stores across the country. This is nothing but good new for the MVNO. At a time when prepaid is growing, they can use all the distribution they can get.
March 31st, 2009 | Page Plus | No Comments
With all the talk of unlimited plans, it’s strange to see a carrier offering a new monthly rate plan. The trouble, of course, is bundling texts and minutes in a way that appeals to consumers while coming in below the $50 price point set by Boost Mobile, MetroPCS, and Cricket. The guys at Page Plus Cellular are going to give it a whirl. They’re offering a package dubbed Talk n Text which will offer users 1,500 minutes per month, plus 1,500 text messages, for $39.95. This will provide an alternative to their unlimited plan, which costs $2.49 per day, or about $75 per month.
March 24th, 2009 | Page Plus | 1 Comment
A few weeks ago I saw on Cell Guru that Page Plus was offering WAP access for $1.20 per megabyte. I couldn’t quite find it at the Page Plus website so I held off on posting it. Today a press release came across regarding Page Plus’s BREW availability. That will be coming over the summer. For those unfamiliar, BREW is a service which allows for a more interactive setting where users can download applications, games, and ringtones. Looks like the Page Plus review will be getting an overhaul soon.
September 22nd, 2008 | Page Plus | 3 Comments
Page Plus Cellular, which now has its very own Wikipedia page, has added some phones to its previously skimpy lineup. Not that these new ones make it robust. They just add a few new models to the fray. Ian has the goods. They’re lining up the LG vx3300 for $29.95, the Motorola e815 for $59.95, the Motorola V710 for $69.95, and the Motorola RAZR V3c for $89.95. It’s not much, for sure. These are still older models which people in the mainstream stopped using years ago. However, they’re definitely better than what PP offered before. Remember, you can bring your existing Verizon phone to Page Plus for activation if you don’t want to buy one of their models.
June 19th, 2008 | Page Plus | No Comments
If Ian is late to the party, then it’s over by the time I got there. Page Plus Cellular, one of our favorites here at Prepaid Reviews, has introduced online account management. Just click on the “My Account” link on the main page, enter your information, and voila! You’re on your way to adding airtime, viewing your account activity, and updating your personal information. You can also turn voicemail and/or text messaging on and off.
June 3rd, 2008 | Page Plus | 1 Comment
Peoriatech Mobile, a new branch of Peoriatech, is running a promotion as a Page Plus authorized retailer. While the company doesn’t charge an activation fee, unless you’re purchasing one of their unlimited cards, retailers often do. But if you order through Peoriatech Mobile before Wednesday, June 4 at 7 p.m. Central daylight time, you can avoid the activation fee. All you’ll need is a Verizon Wireless phone, which they will activate with Page Plus.
February 22nd, 2008 | Page Plus | 8 Comments
If you take a gander through our featured providers, and look through the user reviews, you’ll see a universal complaint about the prepaid industry: Poor customer service. Of course, this exists across the entire cellular industry, but it seems that prepaid customers get picked on a bit more. Many of the complaints regard outsourced customer service, long hold times, and poor resolutions. And that’s not even mentioning the calling rates, some of which are a bit high. But then you get to Page Plus, and you’ll see that they have far fewer complains than the rest of ‘em. But why? And how?