PlatinumTel is an MVNO of the Sprint nationwide network. They opened up shop in 2001, but gained more prominence later in the decade when they started to offer unlimited talk and text services. They have recently re-branded to PTEL.
Pros: They offer three different types of plans, which helps them match up with more consumers.
Cons: PTEL plans don't offer much data, which makes their Android handsets less valuable.
Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: $0.05 to $0.10
PTEL offers three tiers of service. The $50 unlimited plan provides unlimited talk, text, and web, with the first 2GB of web coming at 4G speeds. The $40 unlimited plan is the same, but with a 250MB cap on 4G data. The Real Paygo plan offers talk at 5 cents per minute, with text and web at additional costs.
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Customer Service: Customer service can be reached via a toll-free number or by their web form.
Free Nights: Unlimited available
Credit Check: None
Free Weekends: Unlimited available
Daily Access Fee: No
Payment Options: Credit card payments are available on the website, and cash is accepted at retail outlets.
Text and Picture Messaging: Both PTEL unlimited plans offer unlimited SMS and MMS, including international SMS. The Real Paygo plan offers SMS and MMS, including international SMS, at 2 cents per message.
Data Plans: Both unlimited plans offer unlimited data. The 40 dollar plan has a 250MB cap on 4G data, while the 50 dollar plan has a 2GB cap on 4G. Speeds are throttled after those limits. The Real Paygo plan offers mobile web for 10 cents per MB of data used.
Downloads: PTEL offers games, wallpapers, and ringtones for varying fees.
International Calling: Customers can call a number of international destinations for varying rates starting at 2 cents a minute to over 40 countries. See website for more information.
Text Messaging Available: Yes
Roaming Charges: There is no charge to roam on Sprint's nationwide network.
Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: Varies by plan
Calling Features: Caller ID, 3-way calling, call waiting, and voicemail are available.
Unlimited Text Messaging Plan Available: Yes
Activation Fee: There is no fee to activate your PlatinumTel phone.
Nationwide Long Distance: Long distance calls are included in normal airtime.
Unlimited Plan Available: No
411 Calls: Directory assistance is free with the unlimited plans, and 50 cents per call with RealPaygo
Earliest Minute Expiration: Real Paygo minutes expire depending on the denomination of your purchase. The 10 dollar card lasts 60 days, the 20 dollar card lasts 90 days, the 30 dollar card lasts 120 days, the 40 dollar card lasts 150 days, the 50 dollar card lasts 180 days, and the 100 dollar card lasts a full year.
911 Calls: Yes.
Phones: PTEL offers a bring your own device program, which allows users to bring Sprint phones for use with PTEL service. The SIM card costs $4.99. PTEL also offers a number of handsets, including Android smartphones.
Standard Calling Features: Voicemail, callier ID, call waiting, 3-way calling
Some Available Cell Models: Google Nexus S (show)
LG Optimus G2X
Samsung Exhibit 4G
Cheapest Phone Model: varies