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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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Top Four Reasons You Should Be Using a Prepaid Cell Phone

While we intend this blog to be a means for you to find news, learn and to stay up to date with the latest information related to Page Plus

 

and the industry, we do want to answer one of the questions that we often get – what are the benefits of a prepaid cell phone? Here you go:

Prepaid Benefit #1 – No Pesky Contracts

With prepaid, there is no such thing as a contract. You pay for what you want, when you need it and that’s why prepaid is so simple.

Prepaid Benefit #2 – Flexibility of Use

Are you someone who only needs a phone in case of emergencies? Or, are you the type of person who can’t go a minute without his phone and is constantly blasting out text messages? It doesn’t matter. Why? Because prepaid is for everyone. Whether you need a pay-as-you-go plan for minimal, emergency use, or a monthly plan with unlimited talk, text and a bucket of data to keep up with social networking, there’s a plan for you.

Prepaid Benefit #3 – Save Tons of Money

By switching to prepaid, you can save an incredible amount of money. Most often, you can save more than half of what you pay to receive postpaid services. Plus, you get more bang for your buck. Page Plus Cellular offers The 55 plan which includes unlimited talk, unlimited text and 1 GB of data usage for just $55 a month. For that amount of usage on a postpaid plan, you could potentially spend well over $100.

Prepaid Benefit #4 – No Bill Shock

Have you ever opened up your cell phone bill and immediately felt your blood boil with rage? You’re not alone. Just about everybody has experienced “bill shock” and it’s not exactly a fun time. Fortunately, prepaid eliminates “bill shock” completely. You pay ahead of time for what you want, so there isn’t even a bill. If you happen to need more than what you paid for, just add more money. It’s pretty easy to say the least.