PTel Mobile opened in 2001 as a Sprint MVNO named Platinum Tel. They had pretty good pay as you go deals and a good customer base. In late 2012, they switched to T-Mobile's GSM network and rebranded to PTel. They are known for their excellent unlimited plan options.
Pros: PTel's plan prices are pretty good, and their customer service is fantastic.
Cons: PTel's data options are a little lower than normal for the price and their pay as you go data is a little pricey.
Lowest Price Per Anytime Minute: $0.05
PTel offers two options for plans. Their unlimited plans range from $20 to $65 and include unlimited talk, text and global SMS. Higher priced plans also include unlimited data, MMS and limited high speed data. Their PayGo option offers $0.05/minute, $0.02/text and $0.10/MB. They have several different top up options which have expiration dates anywhere from 60 days - 1 year. Read more about PTel plans here
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PTel's customer service can be reached via a toll-free number, by dialing 611 on your PTel phone, through a web chat on their site or by filling out a web form and emailing them. Read more about PTel's Customer Service here
Free Nights: only with unlimited plans
Credit Check: None
Free Weekends: only with unlimited plans
Daily Access Fee: No
Payment Options: Minutes can be purchased with a credit or debit card on the website, and auto refill via credit or debit card is available with an active account. Select retail outlets also will sell refill cards and services which can be purchased with cash, credit card or debit card.
Text and Picture Messaging: PTel unlimited plans feature unlimited SMS and global SMS. Some plans also feature unlimited MMS. The PayGo plan offers SMS and MMS, including international SMS, at 2 cents per message.
Data Plans: PTel's unlimited plans offer unlimited low speed data starting at the $25 tier, with additional high speed data added with each consecutive plan, capping at 4GB of high speed for $65. Their PayGo plan offers data for $0.10/MB.
Downloads: PTel offers games, wallpapers, and ringtones for varying fees.
Customers can call a number of international destinations for varying rates starting at 1 cent per minute to more than 40 countries. International calls for PayGo customers are charged at the normal per-minute rate plus the international rate. Unlimited plans come with an International Cash Bucket ranging from $2.50 - $10 for international calls. Additional top ups may be purchased. See website
for more information.
Text Messaging Available: Yes
Roaming Charges: Roaming is not available, so there are no charges.
Text Messaging Charge For Incoming: Yes
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: Yes
411 Calls: Directory assistance is free with the unlimited plans, and 50 cents per call with the PayGo plan
Earliest Minute Expiration: Paygo minutes expire depending on the denomination of your purchase. The $10 card lasts 60 days, the $20 card lasts 90 days, the $30 card lasts 120 days, the $40 card lasts 150 days, the $50 dollar lasts 180 days, and the $100 card lasts a full year. Unused funds roll over to the new expiration date, and are good for one year.
911 Calls: Yes.
Phones: PTEL offers a bring your own device program, which allows users to bring T-Mobile phones or unlocked GSM phones for use with PTEL service. The SIM card costs $4.99. PTEL also offers a number of handsets, including several Android smartphones.
Standard Calling Features: Voicemail, callier ID, call waiting, 3-way calling
Some Available Cell Models: HTC Wildfire S, Alcatel OneTouch, ZTE Concord, Samsung Galaxy S5, LG Nexus 4, Sony Xperia M
Cheapest Phone Model: $14.99