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General Tips for Porting Your Phone Number to Page Plus

Did you know you can switch to Page Plus and keep your current phone number? Page Plus allows you to keep your number through a simple process called a port-in. Here’s how to do it:

  • Don’t terminate your existing service. Your old operator account must be active at the start of the port. Porting will automatically close your old account. If you cancel service before the port completes, your account will be closed prematurely and you will lose your number.
  • Gather the information you need. All carriers require a minimum amount of information needed: the number you are porting and the account number and a PIN or password. Most also ask for the account holder’s name and billing address.
  • Initiate a number port with the carrier you are switching to. Most carriers let you do a port online. A few require you to call.
  • 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. Please allow up to three (3) hours before contacting customer service to check the status of your port.

Dennis Bournique (@yeswap) covers the US prepaid mobile industry at www.prepaidphonenews.com

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!

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!

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

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.