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Why Everyone’s Moving to No-Contract Cell Phone Service

 

Today, nearly everyone uses a cell phone, but not everyone wants a two-year commitment. Most people don’t even realize there is an alternative to contract cell phone plans. That alternative is actually quite simple – no-contract (prepaid) cell phone service. According to the NPD Group, a global information company, in the first quarter of 2013, one-third (36 percent) of smartphone sales were represented by prepaid. Furthermore, according to CTIA’s semi-annual report, the total number of prepaid users grew 23.4 percent to 76.4 million in 2012 from 71.7 million in 2011. You may wonder – why are so many people switching to prepaid? The popular answer would be that it’s cheaper. However, there are several other rewarding benefits causing people to switch to prepaid.

As already stated, the primary benefit to no-contract cell phone service is saving money. If you’ve read the blog post Keeping it “no-contract” Since 1998, you’ll be familiar with the fact that you can save over $1,000 over the course of a two-year contract by choosing Page Plus Cellular. It’s hard not to save money when our prepaid cell phone plans are nearly half the cost of most contract plans. Not to mention, there’s no “bill shock” with Page Plus – you don’t receive a bill in the mail so we won’t deck you with pesky overages. That’s the beauty of prepaid – you pay for what you need ahead of time. If you happen to run out of usage, simply add more minutes, messages or data to your account (see blog post: How to Get More Data on Your Monthly Plan for more information). Essentially, you have the freedom to do what you want. If you want to switch to another plan, just switch. If you want your account to be replenished automatically month-to-month, just set up Auto Refill. We believe in cell phone freedom without the red tape and we’ve been doing it since 1998, so it’s safe to say – you’re in good hands!

Another reason our no-contract cell phone service is becoming more popular than ever is the fact that we’re straight up about our service. You may have heard that some of the major contract carriers are offering payment plans on their phones now. What they don’t tell you is that you’re really not saving any money in the long-run. Considering they haven’t lowered their service plans, you’re essentially paying the same amount (if not more), but in monthly increments. With Page Plus, we sell you phones at competitive prices, match you up with the best monthly plan for your needs and don’t require you to sign any contracts whatsoever. As mentioned before, we’re straight up about our service – no hidden fees; no gimmicks.

Everyone’s moving to no-contract cell phone service for the right reasons – it’s simple, convenient and smart. In addition to the general prepaid benefits explained above, Page Plus offers some extra benefits. To learn more on why you should choose Page Plus as your no-contract service provider, click here.

Now that you know why no-contract cell phone service is trending, give us a call at 1-800-550-2436, or visit www.PagePlusCellular.com today to make the switch to one of the leading providers in prepaid cell phone service.

How to Keep Your Stuff When Switching From One Android Smartphone to Another

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, you’ve had your Android smartphone for quite some time now and feel the need to switch to a newer Android powered device. Problem is, you’re too comfortable with the setup on your current device and don’t want to start from scratch all over again. It’s okay! You can seamlessly transfer over everything from your current Android device to your new one.

Remember when you were forced to create a Gmail account before accessing your current Android device? Although it didn’t make sense at the time, it will now. Your Gmail account automatically backs up all applications, music, etc. downloaded from the Google Play Store, contacts, email, calendars, Chrome browser data, Google Talk chat logs, some systems settings and third-party app data. The most important things are backed up automatically so that you don’t have to worry about losing your email, contacts, apps, or even Wi-Fi passwords that were previously saved. Before you start, you may want to connect to Wi-Fi to conserve your data usage. Then, once you get your new Android device booted up, just login to your Gmail account and everything should start transferring over on its own.

While all the above mentioned information is automatically backed up via Gmail, it’s important to understand what information is not backed up. Google will not back up your SMS messages, Google authenticator data, game progress, logins or app settings. If you must have this information transferred over, you may want to consider an application geared towards backing up all data.

Now, you’re probably wondering – what about my photos?

The most practical way to save your photos is to back them up to your SD card and install that same SD card onto your new Android device. To ensure your photos are automatically synced to your SD card, simply go to your camera application, click on settings, scroll down to storage and choose your SD card. Now, all photos taken will be automatically saved to the SD card installed on your device.

The alternative route is to backup your photos to a cloud-based system such as Google+. If you’ve already installed the Google+ app, you can enable “Instant Upload” for your photos. Now, any photos taken will be automatically uploaded to a private album in your Google+ account online. On the other hand, you could use the Dropbox or Facebook applications to automatically upload photos online.

In a nutshell, your Gmail account will automatically back up the most important data by default. Remember, photos can easily be saved to an SD card, or cloud-based backup system. Have you used any backup applications to transfer over information on your Android device? Feel free to drop a comment below and suggest your favorites.

Keeping it “no-contract” Since 1998

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)
Total cost $2,499.99

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)
Total cost $1,469.95

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!

10 Reasons to Switch to Page Plus

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.

Save Money On Your Cell Phone Bill!

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Battery Saving Tips for Your Android Smartphone

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.

Switch to Page Plus and Keep Your Phone Number

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.

How to Get More Data on Your Monthly Plan

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.

4 Simple Tips to Protect Yourself From Mobile Theft

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:

  1. Lock your phone – Whether numerical or pattern based, having a pass code is the first step in stopping a thief from accessing your data.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Save Time With Online Account Management

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.