If you’ve tuned into the latest mobile news, you’ll notice the “big guys” are throwing around “no-contract” as their hot new buzz word. Fact is, Page Plus has been “no-contract” since day one! That’s right – since 1998, we’ve been saving our customers money by providing no-contract prepaid cell phone service at affordable prices. Quite frankly, we believe in cell phone freedom without the red tape. Every day there are advertisements promoting brand new smartphones for less than $100 with a contract. In reality, you end up paying a whole lot more in the long run because these smartphones are heavily subsidized to make them “seem” like they don’t cost that much. In other words, if you’re paying $99.99 for a $600 phone, you end up paying the difference over the length of the two-year contract. Let’s look at an example –
Say you purchase a Samsung Galaxy SIII for $99.99 (retail $599.99) with a two-year contract. Now, your new contract requires you to pay $100 per month to have unlimited talk, unlimited text and 2 GB of data usage. So, let’s do the math –
|Samsung Galaxy SIII||$99.99 one time purchase|
|Two-year contract||$2,400.00 ($100 x 24 months)|
Okay, so the total cost after two years comes out to be $2,499.99 if you choose to take the contract route. And that’s not even including taxes, surcharges or overages, which can easily spike up your monthly bill. Now, let’s take a look at the cost of purchasing a brand new smartphone from Page Plus and activating it on The 55 plan over the course of two years without ever signing a contract –
|Huawei Ascend Y||$149.95 one time purchase|
|No-contract prepaid $55 plan for two years||$1,320.00 ($55 x 24 months)|
Wow – that’s a total savings of $1,030.04 over the course of two years (not including taxes and overages) compared to a contract plan! Not to mention, Page Plus eliminates “bill shock” altogether. That’s the beauty of prepaid – you pay for what you need ahead of time and when you run out, simply add more minutes, messages or data to your account.
The bottom line is that we’ve been in the no-contract business since 1998, and saving our customers money is what we’re all about. So, while you continue to hear more and more no-contract advertisements from the “big guys,” just remember, Page Plus has been saving cell phone users from contracts for the last 15 years!
Is your monthly mobile phone bill getting out of hand? If you are using a traditional postpaid plan, you are probably paying more than you need to. Most customers can cut their cell phone bill in half by switching to a prepaid. The average US customer using a basic phone pays nearly $60 a month, the average prepaid customer only about $25. Postpaid smartphone users with unlimited voice and messaging plans and 2 GB of data per month pay around $100/month, prepaid smartphone users with similar plans spend about half that.
Do you think you are ready to try prepaid? Here are some tips for making a smooth transition so you can begin saving money.
1) Watch out for Early Termination fees. Call your mobile phone provider and ask them when the contract on your line and each family member’s line runs out and how much your early termination fee (ETF) would be if you canceled now. Termination fees can be very high, as much as $350 per line. In most cases you will want to wait until your contract expires before switching.
2) Check coverage. Rule out networks that don’t give you the coverage you need. There are many prepaid operators but most of them rely one of the big four operators (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile) for the bulk of their coverage. At the national level, AT&T and Verizon provide service in more places than T-Mobile and Sprint. But all four have areas that they don’t cover. Use the coverage maps to eliminate operators that don’t have service where you need to use your phone. Page Plus has an excellent interactive coverage map that lets you zoom and view block by block coverage, but some other prepaid operators have very poor maps. I’ve created a page on Prepaid Phone News with links to detailed coverage maps that you can use for all prepaid carriers.
3) Determine your current usage. Go over your last few mobile phone bills and add up the maximum number of minutes and texts and the number of megabytes of data you or each family member uses per month. Be sure to include “free” night and weekend and mobile to mobile minutes in the total as most prepaid plans treat all calls the same.
4) Pick a prepaid operator and plan. Once you know many minutes, texts and megabytes of data you need it’s time to find the best provider and plan for your budget. A good starting point is the Page Plus Plan Picker Web App. It will recommend the best Page Plus plan for you based on your average monthly usage of minutes, messages and data. There are also a couple pages on the Prepaid Phone News site that summarize plans and prices from many operators to help you make an informed choice. If you are a data consuming smartphone user go here: The Best US Prepaid Data Deals. If you just want to talk and text, see: The Best U.S. Prepaid Voice and Text Deals.
5) Make the switch. You probably want to keep your current number. That’s called “porting” your number. Thanks to the FCC’s number portability rules it’s now relatively easy to do. Here’s how:
- Don’t terminate your existing service. You will almost certainly lose your number if you do. You old service will be cancelled automatically when the port is complete.
- Always initiate a number port with the operator you are switching to. You will need your phone number, zip code, account holder’s name and billing address and your account number, which should all be on your bill, if not call your current provider and ask. You will also need the account PIN code or password if you set one up. For a quick and painless port it’s essential that this information is accurate and complete.
- Ports usually complete within 24 hours, often in an hour or less. During the porting process there may be a short period, usually less than five minutes, when neither phone works. When the port is done you may get a welcome text or voice message from the new operator. Or the new phone may just start working without any message. If the number hasn’t ported within 24 hours you need to call your new operator.
6) Enjoy the savings!
Dennis Bournique (@yeswap) covers the US prepaid mobile industry at prepaidphonenews.com
1. Nationwide coverage
Page Plus offers reliable coverage on one of the largest networks in the United States. See our coverage map.
2. Save money
With plans starting at $12 a month and no contracts to sign, you can save over $500 a year on your cell phone bill. Check out our mobile prepaid plans.
3. Simple to start
With no contracts to sign, no commitments and no credit checks, getting started with Page Plus is simple.
4. Keep your number
Did you know you can switch to Page Plus and keep your current phone number? Page Plus allows you to keep your phone number through a simple process called a port-in. Click here for more information on porting.
5. Various plans to fit your usage needs
There’s a Page Plus plan to fit any lifestyle. We offer pay-as-you-go plans for low-usage consumers as well as monthly bundle plans that include talk, text and data.
6. No data throttling
Data throttling — slowing down the mobile Internet speed of a consumer who uses too much data — has become a common practice for cellular providers across the country. Finally, there is a cell phone carrier who doesn’t – Page Plus.
7. Online account management
We feel it’s important for our customers to have the ability to manage their account online. With an online account through Page Plus, you can keep track of your balance, refill your account, add/edit/remove phones, setup automatic renewals and much more. To get started, click here.
8. Large network of authorized dealers
Page Plus prepaid cell phones, mobile plans and services are provided by thousands of retail dealers throughout the United States. Use our store locator to find an authorized dealer nearest you.
9. Fully staffed, U.S.-based, bi-lingual support
When you have questions, you want answers. That’s why Page Plus has a fully staffed, U.S.-based call center in Holland, OH where we provide both English and Spanish support over the phone and Live Chat support for those of you who prefer a quick method of getting answers to your questions. For more information about our customer service, click here.
10. Easy to switch between plans
With Page Plus, you have the freedom to switch to any plan at any time, and it’s simple. Click here to learn more about switching plans with Page Plus.
Looking to save money on your cell phone bill? Check out Page Plus Cellular – no hassles, no contract, no commitment!
Is the battery on your Android powered smartphone in a constant drain? It’s okay – you can improve your battery life! The longevity of your battery depends on how you are using your smartphone, and by following these tips, you can get the most out of your device –
- When your device is not in use, press the lock button to turn off your screen rather than wait for the screen to automatically turn itself off
- Don’t use live wallpapers!
- Lower your screen’s brightness level, or set it to automatically adjust itself
- Close out apps that drain power when you don’t need them
- Turn off your GPS connection when not in use
- Turn off Bluetooth when not in use
- Manage your phone’s settings for auto-sync. Android phones are known to drain battery life when constantly searching for app updates.
Nowadays, we’re tied to our cell phone number like our social security number. We never want to lose our number, and are inclined to go off the deep end if it happens. That’s why it’s important to find a cell phone provider who makes it easy to keep your phone number when making the switch. That’s where Page Plus Cellular can help you out. Page Plus allows you to keep your phone number through a simple process called a port-in. A port-in request asks to transfer your phone number from your current provider to Page Plus.
Prior to porting to Page Plus, you need to make sure your account is in an active status with your current provider. Page Plus will not charge you for porting in; however, you will need to ask your current provider if you will incur any charges from them when porting out. Your current provider may charge you an early termination fee (ETF), or for any past-due balance on your account. But there is no need to cancel your account with your current provider – we’ll handle that in the porting process. (Cancelling your account before porting to Page Plus would cause you to lose your number, and we don’t want that!)
If you are switching from another wireless provider, the port-in request should take no more than a few hours. If you are switching from a wire line (landline) provider, it usually takes five to ten business days, but can be up to forty-five business days. Port-in requests from wire line providers may take longer than their wireless counterparts because wire line companies must go through third party account verifications and schedule a disconnect before the number can be transferred.
It’s easy to keep your number when switching to Page Plus. We know how important your phone number is to you, so let us take care of the switching process. To submit a port-in request and switch to Page Plus, click here.
Did you know you can get more data on your monthly plan? You can do so by adding Flex Data.
Flex Data is an extra cash balance on your account, added with a Standard Plan PIN of any denomination, which allows you to use more minutes, messages or data than your monthly plan provides.
Flex Data gives you peace of mind knowing you can get more minutes, messages or data for those occasional heavy usage months. Think of it as “customizing” your plan so it fits your usage perfectly. By adding Flex Data, you essentially create your own plan that gives you the amount of minutes, messages and data that you really need month-to-month.
Adding Flex Data is easy. All you have to do is add a Standard Plan PIN ($10, $25 or $50) to your current active monthly plan. While the Standard Plan can be used for pay-as-you-go service, it can also act as a cash balance on your account. Don’t worry – by adding a Standard Plan PIN to your monthly plan, you will not be switched to the Standard Plan. The only way to go to the Standard Plan from a monthly plan is to call customer service and request it.
Once added, you can now use extra minutes, messages or data at the overage rate listed on your plan. For instance, if the data overage rate on your monthly plan is $0.05 per MB and you add a $10 PIN, you can now use 200 more MBs on your plan. Remember, you can use Flex Data for extra minutes or messages too.
Another reason Flex Data is flexible is that it rolls over month-to-month. You can add Flex Data to your plan and continue to use it month-to-month until it runs out. Your Flex Data will rollover as long as you continue to renew your monthly plan.
To start enjoying the benefits of Flex Data, visit the plans page, purchase a Standard Plan PIN and add it to your account. Remember, to use a Standard Plan PIN for Flex Data, it must be added to an account with an active monthly plan already on it.
If you have any further questions, contact customer service at 1-800-550-2436.
Did you know that over 113 cell phones are lost or stolen in the U.S. every minute? Losing your cell phone is like losing your credit card. With the amount of personal information stored on smartphones today, they’re just as important to protect as your purse or wallet. Follow these 4 simple tips to protect yourself from mobile theft:
- Lock your phone – Whether numerical or pattern based, having a pass code is the first step in stopping a thief from accessing your data.
- Be aware – If you’re traveling on a bus, in a coffee shop, grocery store or even at work, make sure you are aware of your surroundings and don’t leave your phone lying out of sight.
- Customize your device – There are a number of phone cases out there that can disguise your phone to be something unattractive to an onlooker. A good example is the silicone case designed to make your phone look like an old cassette tape.
- Store information on a cloud – Hard drives are becoming nearly non-existent these days. From Dropbox to Google Drive, there are plenty of free options to store your information so that a perpetrator can’t find access to it.
By following these tips, you should be able to prevent and/or prepare for mobile theft. To be even more prepared, download one of the many available phone locator apps. These apps allow the authorities to locate a stolen device. Not to mention, some of these apps will even snap a picture of the thief and send it to an online account when he/she attempts to unlock the device! We’re all susceptible to mobile theft, but with a level head, you can protect yourself from being victimized.
As the smartphone market grows, there continues to be more and more things to do with your smartphone. Let’s take a look at a few that popped up recently:
Getting Health Information on Smartphones
According to healthcare experts, smartphones are playing a bigger role in healthcare, and more changes will take place when providers connect with patients using smartphones and the related mobile apps.
According to a Manhattan Research survey, the number of U.S. adults using mobile phones for health-related activities, including looking up health information, grew from 61 million in 2011 to 75 million in 2012.
Mashable estimates that there are about 40,000 mobile health apps currently available for smartphones. They range from apps that help patients access their health records electronically, log exercise time, monitor blood pressure levels, track pregnancies, and check nearby pollen levels, among other things related to healthcare information.
Exercising with your Pet
One of the top reasons people get smartphones is to keep track of things and to make phone calls. One of the top reasons people get dogs is to have a companion for exercise. Pet exercise apps can now add spice to your exercise by tracking your paths, times, distance, pace and other fitness information. There is a community aspect that also allows you to share information with friends. Most of these types of apps are free, adding to the many things you can do with your smartphone.
Thirty percent of shoppers with smartphones said they search for better deals with their smartphones…while they’re shopping!
Smartphones are now part of several facets of the shopping experience, from getting shoppers to the store and in the door, to helping consumers compare prices and check availability. Smartphones also aid shoppers in interacting with their community and other shoppers across social networks, before, during and after the sale is complete.
Mobile shopping with smartphones is truly breaking down the walls of traditional brick-and-mortar stores by giving shoppers and consumers the ability to easily find a cheaper price or alternative product in another nearby store. Smartphone applications allow consumers to scan a product’s UPC bar code resulting in a list of prices for the same item or similar item at nearby stores or even through other, alternative online retailers. Smartphones are turning traditional stores into showrooms where customers test and research, but sometimes make their purchase elsewhere.
This truly is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what can be done with a smartphone that will only fuel higher usage, more apps, more conveniences and more consumer gratification.
Looking for a quick way to contact customer service? Wondering how many minutes, messages and data you have left in your plan? Want to be able to manage your account and refill your plan whenever you want? If you answered “yes,” then managing your account online at PagePlusCellular.com is the solution for you. Setting up an Online Account through Page Plus Cellular gives you access to the following:
- The ability to replenish your account whenever you want, 24/7
- Set up Auto Pay to automatically charge your credit card every month to renew your plan
- Monitor your monthly usage of minutes, messages and data
- Exclusive access to Live Chat with a customer service representative as another option for contacting customer service (Live Chat available during regular call center hours)
- Manage phone features
- Check call records
Take control of your Page Plus account by setting up an online account. Visit PagePlusCellular.com and set yours up today.