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The Advantages of Page Plus’ Nationwide Coverage

In today’s world, owning a cell phone has become a necessity. For most, it is also essential to have full reception wherever you are, at all times. We’ve all been there – the location in the middle of no-man’s-land where there is little to no cell phone reception – and you are in need of placing that important call or sending that urgent text message. In some instances you can’t seem to even get a signal in your own living room; so, you try next to the window; upstairs in the bedroom; and my personal favorite, raising your hand up in the air believing you will get a better signal if your phone is two feet higher. But still, nothing. Why should you have to resort to having conversations outside?

What’s the problem? You may be with a service provider that doesn’t offer coverage like Page Plus does. In most cases, smaller providers only have good coverage in the metro areas. But once you cross the line into more rural areas, the signal seems to become unreachable. However, Page Plus has got you covered!

One of the biggest benefits of being a Page Plus customer is the nationwide coverage on one of the largest networks in the United States. What does PPC’s coverage look like, you say? The coverage map on our website is convenient and easy to navigate. You can search by city, state and zip-code or narrow it down to your own address, if you like, to find the coverage in your area.

As we increasingly treat our phones like handheld computers, we rely on the network to perform our daily behaviors of living such as texting, calling, paying our bills via mobile device, etc. – and these are becoming increasingly more important than ever. The towers providing nationwide coverage gives you the ability to carry out these day-to-day actions without the fear of losing a signal. Another advantage of coverage throughout the nation means fewer dropped calls and less time (and money) spent trying to reconnect with the person on the other line.

A funny thing about cell-phone service is that a lot of customers complain about it, but don’t switch companies. It might be time for you to switch to Page Plus Cellular. Avoid the hassle dealing with non-reliable companies and enjoy talk and text anywhere, anytime, knowing you’re covered.

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!

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

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