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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!

Texas College Student Survives Fatal Texting-While-Driving Accident

In a recent post from the New York Daily News about texting and driving, Texas college student, Chance Bothe, was not only texting and driving, but had a creepy premonition that lead to his near-death experience.

Bothe was driving in January when he texted someone: “This is dumb,” and “If we keep doing this I’m going to wreck my truck, going to get in a car crash,” immediately before he drove his truck straight into a ravine. His truck’s engine landed on his lap. Luck or not, Bothe survived. Needless to say, he was left sustaining the following injuries: a broken neck, fractured skull, and traumatic brain injuries. He spent months not only recovering, but learning how to walk again. Now, Bothe plans to spread his story and teach people how dangerous texting and driving really is.

To emphasize on this point, a Car and Driver study claims that a driver’s reaction time while reading and responding to texts is much worse than while impaired with alcohol. All-in-all, texting and driving shows one has zero common sense. Check out the infographic below to learn more.

A Page Plus Public Service Announcement: Practice Safe Texting (Walking)

May 28th, 2012 1 comment

Did you hear about the guy that nearly walked into a live bear while texting? Check it out – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmhvdtX72eQ

As texting becomes more and more popular, the number of incidents caused by texting while walking is also rising. People who are too occupied with texting while walking are lending themselves to serious risk or injury. Let’s face it, technology can be a distraction.

Don’t believe it? Just find any crowded downtown metropolis and watch the mayhem. Look at how many people are looking down at their cell phones instead of forward. Still don’t believe it? As reported by an ABC news affiliate in South Bend, Indiana, Bonnie Miller fell six feet into a cold river connected to Lake Michigan as she tried to text and walk along a pier at the same time.

It’s pretty simple to understand that you can’t keep your eyes focused on two different places at once, such as your phone keyboard and where you’re walking. While safety and vigilance is suggested, there are ways to decrease risk for those who insist on walking and texting at the same time.

  1. Turn your phone camera into a walking guide - There are apps that use your cell phone’s camera as a forward viewer, showing what is in front of the walker, while texting on the phone. (Apps: Road SMS, Type N Walk, Walk Safe, Walk N Write)
  2. Use your voice to text – There are apps that will turn speech into text on your smart phone. A quick copy and paste from the transcript is safer than individual keystrokes typed into a mobile phone. (Apps: Dragon, ShoutOut, VoiceText).
  3. Walk with a “wing person” – Walking with a friend while texting allows your friend to be your set of eyes (assuming they too are not texting).

Of course, our best tip of all is to stop walking and texting all together. You can save yourself an injury or the injury of someone else by simply not walking, move out of the way and send a text. It sounds like common sense, but it’s not a common practice.

Just be aware and cautious. Accept the fact this is really happening and practice safe texting (or should we say practice safe walking?). You get the point.

Are you using any of these apps? What has been your experience walking while texting? Do you have a funny story related? What would you recommend to other Page Plus Cellular users?

More texting while walking incidents can be found here – http://www.fiercewireless.com/special-reports/5-worst-walking-and-texting-mishaps?utm_medium=nl&utm_source=internal