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A Guide to International Calling on Page Plus

Do you have friends and/or family outside of the United States? Would you like to speak to them more frequently but those long distance charges are just too pricey?

We’re excited to announce that Page Plus International Calling is more affordable than ever! You can now take your conversation to over 1,000 destinations worldwide at inexpensive, low per-minute rates.

There are two different ways to take advantage of International Calling minutes available on Page Plus.

The $9 Global Calling Card
For an affordable price of just $9, the Global Calling card allows you to call over 440 countries including mobile phones and landlines. More calling destinations are included with the Global card than with the free, included minutes in the three monthly plans. This card is an add-on that can be combined with any monthly or Standard pay-as-you-go plan!

The Global card has no expiration date!
This means that your card balance will never expire, given that the customer has remaining minutes, and the account is in an active status.

The cash balance of the $9 Global card is specifically used for international calling. It is treated separately from a pay-as-you-go balance or an additional cash balance on a monthly plan.

If you are using the $9 Global plan in conjunction with a calling plan with a specified number of calling minutes (non-unlimited), international calls will reduce the available balance in your Global plan as well as deduct the call minutes from your regular calling plan.

To see the list of available individual countries and rates, click here.

Monthly Plans with International Calling
Three of our monthly plans now include an allowance of FREE international minutes for the same great price(s)! The $69.95 plan includes 400 international minutes; The 55 plan includes 200 international minutes; The Unlimited Talk n Text ($39.95) plan includes 100 international minutes.

Calls will be charged the same flat rate regardless of country. Calling any country in this list will simply deduct from the available international minutes in the plan. So, whether you’re calling Chile or the Netherlands, it’s the same rate! International Calling minutes work just like voice minutes – they expire at the same time as the monthly plan they’re included in.

How to use International Calling on Page Plus

To use international calling, there is an access code you must dial first:

  • 212-202-6521, press “Send,” wait for the prompt
  • Dial 011 or + and the international number you’re calling followed by the pound (#) sign
  • For Canada, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, use “1″ instead of 011 or +

Check out our NEW Page Plus International Calling Application for iPhone and Android!

Connect globally faster than ever! With this app, you do not have to dial the access code when calling internationally. You can call by dialing the international number directly or selecting from a contact.

 Appstore Googleplay

 

Freedom of Choice

A couple of years ago, we did a wacky (I mean creative) YouTube video called “Page Plus Gives You the Freedom to Control Your Cell Phone Bill.” It was based (loosely) on the movie Braveheart – the actor was running around in blue and white face paint yelling “Freedom!”

The video got a whopping 1,600 views – hardly viral. But despite the lackluster performance of the video, the concept of “freedom” still applies to no-contract (prepaid) wireless service from Page Plus. In fact, with new wireless customers choosing no-contract service over contract service by a ratio of 10 to 1 (Entner), it’s more relevant than ever. Here are four reasons why:

1. No Contract: Of course, not having a two-year contract is the most obvious example of freedom. People are realizing in droves that they not only can have the freedom of not being stuck in a two-year contract, but that no-contract service is actually cheaper than postpaid! The last statistic I saw was that over 25% of U.S. wireless customers are now on no-contract service, and that percentage is growing by 23% a year. Of course that still pales to other countries (in Western Europe, for example, 70% of wireless customers are on prepaid), but the point is that the trend is growing rapidly here in the U.S.

2. Switching Plans: The ability to quickly and easily switch plans is another “freedom” you have with Page Plus. Since your service is month-to-month, if you find that your plan isn’t big enough for your usage this month, you can simply change to a higher plan next month. And even better, you can even customize your service plan if your usage happens to fall between two plans. All you have to do is carry an extra cash balance on your account to be used for “overages.” For example, if you run out of data a couple of days short of your renewal date, but you still have voice minutes and texts left, you can continue to use more data at the overage rate of your plan and just pay for it out of your cash balance.

3. Control Your Budget: One of the primary benefits of no-contract service is that you have the freedom to control your budget. Because the service is prepaid, it eliminates the possibility of “bill shock” – the surprise postpaid customers can get when they (or someone in their family) rack up a huge, unexpected bill. With prepaid, there is no bill. You use what you pay for. Of course there are a couple of ways to continue your service if you run out of something (minutes, texts or data) – you can add cash for overages, as described above, or simply renew your monthly plan early. No matter whose cell phone you’re paying for – your own, or your teenager’s or college student’s – YOU control your budget.

4. Phone Selection: Some companies only let you use their phones on their service. They don’t have BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Or they’ll limit you to only use feature phones (not smartphones) on certain plans, or require you to pay for a data plan with certain smartphones. With Page Plus, you can use any of our phones on any of our plans. You can use any of the phones available directly from us or from our dealers, plus all the 3G CDMA phones that we’ve approved in the past. That’s freedom of choice!

So get out your blue and white face paint everybody, and celebrate YOUR freedom!

There’s Still a Need for Pay-As-You-Go Cell Phone Service

While many cell phone users today are on some type of monthly service plan that includes allotments of voice minutes, texts and data, there is still a fairly large segment for whom a “pay-as-you-go” plan is still the most economical way to go. These are the people who have a glovebox phone for emergencies, or have multiple devices for different uses, or whose minimal usage simply does not justify a large monthly plan of talk/text/data that they will never use. These “low-usage” people come from all walks of life, from children to the elderly.

Long before Page Plus Cellular offered monthly talk/text/data bundle plans, pay-as-you-go cell phone service was the only service it offered. While the demand for it has certainly diminished over time with the explosion of text messaging and data usage, there is still a sizeable niche for the pay-as-you-go crowd. It is still a very affordable option for those whose limited cell phone usage makes it the most economical way for them to go. For example, an $80 Standard (pay-as-you-go) plan from Page Plus provides 2,000 talk minutes and lasts for a full year. That’s just $.04 a minute. Or, at the very minimal usage, a $10 Standard plan provides 100 minutes and lasts 120 days.

While there are other service providers out there who also offer pay-as-you-go service, Page Plus remains one of the most competitive. For example, you may have seen TV commercials from Consumer Cellular that show a group of retirees sitting around a camp fire talking about how their monthly cell phone bill can be as low as $10-$15. But in a direct comparison, their pay-as-you-go service is not nearly as cheap as Page Plus Cellular’s. Since the Page Plus plan lasts for 120 days (only 30 days for Consumer Cellular), here’s a direct comparison for 80 minutes of talk time over a 4-month period:

Consumer Cellular

Page Plus Cellular

Monthly Service Fee

$10.00

$0.50

Per Minute Rate

$0.25

$0.10 (or less)

Total Cost for 80 Minutes Used Over 4 Months

$60.00

$10.00

 

As you can see, Page Plus is clearly the more affordable way to go, saving you $50 over a 4-month period compared to Consumer Cellular. And this is based on Page Plus’ highest per-minute rate of $0.10 – consider that if the $80 plan is used, the per-minute rate is just $0.04/minute, and the savings are even greater! So, if you fit into the low-usage group, you should consider no-contract, pay-as-you-go cell phone service from Page Plus Cellular for more affordable rates. To learn more, visit the Page Plus website at www.PagePlusCellular.com.

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!

Switch to Prepaid and Cut Your Mobile Phone Bill in Half

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

Cell Phones and Kids – When Is The Right Time?

September 26th, 2012 1 comment

Considering a cell phone for your child and thinking about what age is the right age? The real question is not if, but when.

 

A YouthBeat survey from the first six months of 2012 found that 13% of children ages 6 to 10 already own one and that 12   is the most common age for that first device. 18% of kids get theirs at that age. Middle school is the clear-cut time according to Gwenn O’Keeffe, a pediatrician who last year co-wrote an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report on children and social media. She reported, “There’s a huge developmental leap between fourth and eighth grades.” Of course many experts will still say that it still depends on many factors. Here are factors most often to consider when making that crucial decision:

Here are some factors for parents to consider offered by PBS Parents Magazine:

How independent are your kids?

—Do your children “need” to be in touch for safety reasons — or social ones?

—How responsible are they?

—Can they be trusted not to text during class, disturb others with their conversations, and to use the text, photo, and video functions responsibly (and not to embarrass or harass others)?
—Can they get behind the concept of limits for minutes talked and number of texts or do they need an inexpensive, unlimited text and talk plan like Page Plus offers?Other points to consider:

—Do they lose things easily or forget them?

—Do they understand that the device is not a toy and not something that can be replaced at will, over and over without a great expense?

—Are they aware of the potentials of invasion of privacy or security and identification breaches?

—Can they take care of technology?

When will your child be ready? At the end of the day it still depends on your child’s level of maturity, responsibility and need and guess what? Once the cell phone conversation ends, the ‘when to get a car’ question is right around the corner.

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Do You Really Need Unlimited Data? Not Likely.

 

 

 

From time to time, comments crop up that “Page Plus needs to offer more data.” Some people actually believe – falsely – that they must have an unlimited data plan. In reality, however, the vast majority of smartphone users do not use more than 2 GB (gigabytes) of data per month, according to research firm NPD Connected Intelligence. The data was collected from smartphone users of Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. In fact, if you single out Verizon Wireless, only 3% of customers use more than 3 GB per month.

The “power users” in that 3% group simply tend to be more vocal about “needing” more data. They tend to stream a lot of audio and video, and don’t take advantage of Wi-Fi hot spots to supplement their cellular data usage.

And that’s strictly smartphone users. If you include feature (non-smart) phones, the average U.S. mobile subscriber uses just 450 MB (that’s megabytes, not gigabytes) of data per month, according to Q1 2012 data from research firm Nielsen.

We all need to analyze our actual data usage, use Wi-Fi when practical, and choose the plan that’s right for us. The Page Plus “55” plan, for instance, provides 2 GB of data per month, which is more than enough for 97% of people. Plus, it includes unlimited talking and unlimited texting, all for just $55 per month. So the next time you hear someone say they need unlimited data, you can do them a favor by showing them how they can save money, and at the same time get as much data as they are likely to actually need.

Page Plus Blog Post – Frequently Asked Questions – Part I

August 8th, 2012 8 comments
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On our website under the support tab you will find the answers to many of the Frequently Asked Questions that we get.  We try to answer the most common questions here as well as offer you other convenient ways of support. We have online chat, Our Facebook Page and Twitter. We’d like to share some of the questions we have recently received from some of those platforms to further help answer the common questions:

Q:  I see you post lots of information on Twitter and Facebook. Some of it applies directly to consumers buying and using Page Plus products and services and some of it is industry related. What is your intent for doing this?

A: The intent is to share interesting, relevant information from the telecom industry. Of course not every post will appeal to everyone in the group, but if every post was a pitch for Page Plus, people would probably get turned off and lose interest. By all means, if you have things you think the group would benefit from, please share!

 

Q: What happens once I purchase a PIN from Page Plus Cellular?

A: If you purchased PINs from the Page Plus website, you would have received an email with the PINs listed. If you don’t see it in your in box, you can check your junk folder.

 

Q: What is the best way to find a Page Plus Cellular dealer in my area?

A: You can find a Page Plus Cellular dealer near you by using the Store Locator on the Page Plus Cellular website:

http://www.pagepluscellular.com/Why%20Page%20Plus/Store%20Locator.aspx

 

Q: How do I know if I am in an area covered by Page Plus Cellular’s network?

A: Page Plus operates on the largest network in the country, but it is possible that you are in a non-coverage area. When in doubt, you can check the coverage map online. http://www.pagepluscellular.com/Why%20Page%20Plus/Coverage%20Map.aspx

 

Q: I keep hearing about the term “flashing.” What exactly does that mean?

A: Flashing is reprogramming of a phone to make it work on another carrier (Example: Sprint to Page Plus). There are websites that will flash phones for you for a small fee and get your phone ready to activate on Page Plus (Just Google “Flash to Page Plus”). Once you do this, you can activate your phone on Page Plus and it will no longer be on it’s previous network.

 

Q: Will AT&T network phones work on Page Plus Cellular’s network like Verizon phones?

A: AT&T is a GSM network, so their phones will not work. On the other hand, Verizon is CDMA which will work no problem depending on the device. So, make sure the phone you want to activate on Page Plus is CDMA and is not a prepaid retail packaged device (Prepaid phone purchased from Wal Mart, Target, etc.)

 

Q: What Android devices work best on Page Plus Cellular’s network?

A: If you want to know what Android devices work best, check out this forum thread – http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1554383-What-phone-are-you-using-on-PagePlus/page40

 

Q: How does one become a Page Plus Cellular dealer?

A: If you are interested in becoming a Page Plus dealer visit this page on the Page Plus Cellular website: http://www.pagepluscellular.com/Dealers.aspx

 

 

Stress-Free Tips to Keep Your Data Under Control

There’s no doubt data is becoming a defining factor in choosing one’s cell phone plan, but with all the limitations, how do you manage to stay connected? The answer is simple – take control of your data usage. There are many ways to stay within your limits, and it doesn’t even take much effort. Keep your data under control with these stress-free tips:

  1. Take advantage of WiFi – With WiFi hotspots available almost everywhere, and most likely in your home, you won’t even need to use cellular data. Oftentimes, WiFi gives you faster Internet speeds and cuts down on load times. Not to mention, by using WiFi, you can dramatically increase your battery life.
  2. Download Data Management Apps – If you are using an Android powered device, there are many apps that allow you to turn cellular data on/off and monitor your usage. Browse through the Google Play store and find one that suits your needs best.
  3. Keep Track By Accessing Your Online Account – With Page Plus, you have access to an online account which keeps track of your remaining data usage for the month. Access your existing account or register for free here. On the go? Text BAL to 7243 to receive a free text update of your remaining minutes, texts and data usage.
  4. Add On More Data – If you happen to run out of data or just want more as backup, add a Standard plan PIN (which will act as an extra cash balance on your monthly plan) to your account to be able to use additional data. For example, if you are on the Talk n Text 1200 plan and add a $10 Standard plan PIN to your account, you will get 100 MB more usage for the month since the overage rate on this plan is only 10 cents per MB.