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4G LTE Comes to Page Plus; Now More Phone Options

The long-awaited anticipation of Page Plus 4G LTE service is finally here! And yes, we’re just as excited as you are.  Page Plus provides fast, efficient 4G LTE service for your compatible LTE device. There are a few things you need in order to use 4G LTE; an approved LTE device, a Page Plus SIM card and a monthly plan.

We offer four monthly plans that provide 4G LTE service; The Talk n Text 1200, Unlimited Talk n Text, The 55 and the $69.95.

Page Plus 4G LTE SIM cards are available in three different sizes – standard, micro and nano. You will need to purchase the correct size for your device.

  • If the 4G LTE SIM card slot in your device requires a nano size, you will need the Page Plus Nano SIM card.
  • If your device uses a standard or micros size, you will need the standard/micro Page Plus Dual SIM card.
    • The Dual SIM is a two-in-one; use caution with the dual SIM card when detaching to the correct size (standard or micro) for your phone. 

You can refer to the size chart on our website here. SIM cards are available for purchase through the Page Plus website for $4.95 each. They are also sold by authorized Page Plus dealers.

Are you looking for a phone that will work with Page Plus 4G LTE service? You can shop on our partner website, Quality One Wireless or any authorized Page Plus dealer which you can use our Store Locator to find. Authorized dealers provide new and pre-owned 4G devices for sale in their stores and on their websites. Also, you can check with friends or family members – many perfectly good phones end up in a drawer when someone upgrades to a newer phone.

You can activate a device through the Page Plus website, by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-550-2436 or by visiting a local dealer.

You might be wondering: can I still use a 3G device on Page Plus? The answer is yes. With the exception of The 12 and Standard plans, which are 3G-only, all of our monthly plans are “mirrored” for 3G and 4G. When you activate a device, our system will determine if your device is 3G or 4G, and activate it onto the appropriate service.

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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

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!

The Advantages of Page Plus’ Hybrid Payment System

The no-contract, prepaid world of cell phone service works a little differently than traditional postpaid. Traditional postpaid customers are used to receiving a bill every month for the services they’ve used in the previous month, and having to write a check and mail it, or pay their bill online. In prepaid, however, you pay upfront for a set amount of usage. People have their preferences for different reasons, but Page Plus combines the two into a “hybrid” payment system that combines the best of both worlds.

Let’s start with postpaid. For people who are not familiar with prepaid, this is the only way they know. You use however much talk, text and data services this month, and get billed for it next month. And of course there are all the additional fees, taxes and “overages” that can inflate your bill. So many additional fees, in fact, that a survey by the FCC determined that 30 million Americans – or one in six mobile users – has experienced “bill shock.” In traditional postpaid you typically get locked into a 2-year contract, and it is the most expensive option for service.

No-contract (prepaid) service works differently. You pay in advance for a monthly plan that includes a set amount of voice minutes, text/picture messages and data. When you run out of something, that service simply stops working until your plan renews the following month. (Except if you are a Page Plus customer, you can add an additional cash balance to your plan to continue using a service if you run out early). Therefore, prepaid customers do not experience the dreaded “bill shock,” and prepaid service is cheaper than postpaid.

Then there is the convenience factor. Some people want to get a cell phone bill every month so they remember to pay it. In prepaid, it is the customer’s responsibility to take the action of purchasing airtime and applying it to their account before their plan expires each month, or they will find themselves without service.

Page Plus takes the convenience factor of postpaid, and combines it with the less-expensive, no-contract advantages of prepaid, into a hybrid payment system that combines the best of both worlds. The system is called Auto Refill. With Auto Refill, you don’t get a bill that you have to pay, and you also don’t have to take any action to renew your prepaid plan each month. You simply set up an online account, register for Auto Refill, and your plan will be automatically renewed each month and charged to a credit card.

Many Page Plus customers find that setting up Auto Refill on their accounts allows them to enjoy the “set-it-and-forget-it” convenience factor of not having to worry about having to do anything to renew their plan every month. Combine that with the benefits of nationwide coverage, cheaper plans, and not having a contract, and why would anyone want to stay on traditional postpaid?

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

More Things To Do With Your Smartphone – Continuing to Fuel the Growth

October 26th, 2012 1 comment

 

As the smartphone market grows, there continues to be more and more things to do with your smartphone. Let’s take a look at a few that popped up recently:

Getting Health Information on Smartphones

According to healthcare experts, smartphones are playing a bigger role in healthcare, and more changes will take place when providers connect with patients using smartphones and the related mobile apps.

According to a Manhattan Research survey, the number of U.S. adults using mobile phones for health-related activities, including looking up health information, grew from 61 million in 2011 to 75 million in 2012.

Mashable estimates that there are about 40,000 mobile health apps currently available for smartphones.  They range from apps that help patients access their health records electronically, log exercise time, monitor blood pressure levels, track pregnancies, and check nearby pollen levels, among other things related to healthcare information.

Exercising with your Pet

One of the top reasons people get smartphones is to keep track of things and to make phone calls. One of the top reasons people get dogs is to have a companion for exercise. Pet exercise apps can now add spice to your exercise by tracking your paths, times, distance, pace and other fitness information. There is a community aspect that also allows you to share information with friends. Most of these types of apps are free, adding to the many things you can do with your smartphone.

Smartphone Shopping

Thirty percent of shoppers with smartphones said they search for better deals with their smartphones…while they’re shopping!

Smartphones are now part of several facets of the shopping experience, from getting shoppers to the store and in the door, to helping consumers compare prices and check availability. Smartphones also aid shoppers in interacting with their community and other shoppers across social networks, before, during and after the sale is complete.

Mobile shopping with smartphones is truly breaking down the walls of traditional brick-and-mortar stores by giving shoppers and consumers the ability to easily find a cheaper price or alternative product in another nearby store. Smartphone applications allow consumers to scan a product’s UPC bar code resulting in a list of prices for the same item or similar item at nearby stores or even through other, alternative online retailers. Smartphones are turning traditional stores into showrooms where customers test and research, but sometimes make their purchase elsewhere.

This truly is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what can be done with a smartphone that will only fuel higher usage, more apps, more conveniences and more consumer gratification.

Even This Owl Was Shocked to Hear How Much Money Can Be Saved By Switching to Page Plus

Wait, you saved how much by switching to Page Plus?!?

 

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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.

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.