Founded in 1993 as a pager service provider -- hence the name -- Page Plus began offering cellular phone service in 1998. They offer a number of per-minute and monthly plans, using the Verizon Wireless nationwide network to provide service.
Pros: Page Plus provides plans that can fit most users' needs, including their 12 dollar monthly plan. They also activate Verizon phones, which allows customers more options.
Cons: While users can bring their own devices, Page Plus has few phones of its own to offer. Only their most expensive plan provides a robust amount of data.
Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: 4 to 10 cents, plus unlimited
Page Plus Cellular features five monthly plans, and variable pay-as-you-go rates. The 12 dollar monthly plan includes 250 minutes and 250 messages, plus 10MB of data. The $29.95 plan includes 1,200 minutes, 3,000 messages, and 250MB. The $39.95 plan includes unlimited minutes and messages plus 200MB of data. The 55 dollar plan includes unlimited minutes and messages plus 2GB of data. The $69.95 plan includes unlimited minutes and messages plus 5GB of data. The pay-as-you-go rates are as follows: 10 dollars for 100 minutes, 25 dollars for 416 minutes, 50 dollars for 1,000 minutes, and 80 dollars for 2,000 minutes.
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Customer Service: Customer service is available by traditional landline phone or by dialing a special number on your cell phone. Customer service is also available via email through their website.
Free Nights: Available
Credit Check: None
Free Weekends: Available
Daily Access Fee: 99 cents for unlimited nights and weekends
Payment Options: Prepaid minute cards for Page Plus are only available online or through local retailers (a list of which is not available on the website). Payments for phone cards purchased are taken via PayPal.
Text and Picture Messaging: Text messages for pay-as-you-go plans cost 5 cents each. Picture messages cost 25 cents each, plus data transport.
Data Plans: Page Plus charges 99 cents per MB for its pay-as-you-go plans.
Downloads: No downloadables are available for Page Plus customers at this time.
International Calling: International calling is available but there is a limited list of countries that can be called. If you plan to use international calling, you'll want to check out the current list of countries you can dial to on their site before signing up. Additionally, a listing of International rates is not currently available on their site, so you'll need to call to check the current rates to each destination company.
Text Messaging Available: Yes
Roaming Charges: The roaming process with Page Plus is a bit complicated for the unsophisticated user. Roaming requires several dialing steps that differ depending on where your calling from. These roaming calls are billed at 29 cents per minute.
Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: Yes
Calling Features: Voicemail, caller ID, and call waiting are included with Page Plus Wireless service at no additional charge.
Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: No
Activation Fee: There is no activation fee to start up with the Page Plus Cellular service.
Nationwide Long Distance: Nationwide long distance calling is available and calls are charged the same as regular calls.
Unlimited Plan Available: Yes
411 Calls: Directory assistance is available from Page Plus prepaid at a cost of $1.25 to connect to the 411 service in addition to your normal per minute rate.
Earliest Minute Expiration: Minutes expire 120 days from the time you add them to your account. The 80 dollar card lasts for a full year.
911 Calls: Yes, where available (no listing of where it is available is provided).
Phones: Page Plus offers a limited number of phones, most of which are on the lower end, since the company does not offer advanced services. Page Plus also offers the activation of your current phone on their network, as long as that phone is compatible. See your local retailer for phone compatibility.
Standard Calling Features: voicemail, caller ID, call waiting
Some Available Cell Models: Kyocera S4000
Motorola KRZR K1M
Motorola W385 (shown)
Motorola RAZR V3M
Cheapest Phone Model: varies