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Page Plus lowers roaming rates

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.

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Page Plus readying new handsets?

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.

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Page Plus to no longer allow new Verizon prepaid handsets

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.

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Page Plus lowers prices on pay-as-you-go plans

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.

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Page Plus introduces international roaming

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.

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Page Plus increasing minutes on $10 card to 100

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.

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Policy changes coming for Page Plus

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.

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Page Plus introduces Talk n Text 1200 plan

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.

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Page Plus expanding customer service staff

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.

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Page Plus to add unlimited text messaging plan

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.

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Page Plus announces unlimited plan for $39.95

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.

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Page Plus latest to add app store

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.

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New plans coming from Page Plus in August?

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.

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Page Plus introduces texting bundles, cheaper unlimited

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.

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Page Plus benefits from Verizon-Alltel meger

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.

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Page Plus gains distribution at Circle K stores

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.

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Page Plus announces new Talk n Text rate plans

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.

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Page Plus Cellular adds BREW content

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.

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Page Plus adds a few new phones

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.

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Page Plus offers online account management

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.

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Free Page Plus activation through Wednesday, 6/4

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.

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Page Plus: The best company you’ve never heard about

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?

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