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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?

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.

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.

Cell Phones and Kids – When Is The Right Time?

September 26th, 2012 1 comment

Considering a cell phone for your child and thinking about what age is the right age? The real question is not if, but when.

 

A YouthBeat survey from the first six months of 2012 found that 13% of children ages 6 to 10 already own one and that 12   is the most common age for that first device. 18% of kids get theirs at that age. Middle school is the clear-cut time according to Gwenn O’Keeffe, a pediatrician who last year co-wrote an American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report on children and social media. She reported, “There’s a huge developmental leap between fourth and eighth grades.” Of course many experts will still say that it still depends on many factors. Here are factors most often to consider when making that crucial decision:

Here are some factors for parents to consider offered by PBS Parents Magazine:

How independent are your kids?

—Do your children “need” to be in touch for safety reasons — or social ones?

—How responsible are they?

—Can they be trusted not to text during class, disturb others with their conversations, and to use the text, photo, and video functions responsibly (and not to embarrass or harass others)?
—Can they get behind the concept of limits for minutes talked and number of texts or do they need an inexpensive, unlimited text and talk plan like Page Plus offers?Other points to consider:

—Do they lose things easily or forget them?

—Do they understand that the device is not a toy and not something that can be replaced at will, over and over without a great expense?

—Are they aware of the potentials of invasion of privacy or security and identification breaches?

—Can they take care of technology?

When will your child be ready? At the end of the day it still depends on your child’s level of maturity, responsibility and need and guess what? Once the cell phone conversation ends, the ‘when to get a car’ question is right around the corner.

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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

 

 

From Beepers to Smartphones: The Story of Page Plus

Page Plus Cellular then and nowBelieve it or not, Page Plus Cellular used to go by the name of Page Plus Communications and was easily recognized as the place in Toledo, Ohio to purchase a pager (commonly referred to as a beeper). That’s right, I said pager. Our expertise was solely in the pager business in the early 90’s and to be honest, we did well! Of course, technology advanced and we had to keep up with what our customers truly wanted. So, in 1998, we became Page Plus Cellular and started selling nationwide prepaid cell phone service to customers in Ohio and Michigan, but why stop there? In 2000, Page Plus expanded to launch prepaid cell phone service nationwide. Today, we stand as one of the most experienced and reliable prepaid wireless providers in the nation on one of the largest networks in the United States. Many other prepaid providers have come and gone over the years, but Page Plus stood strong with our low rates and exceptional service. When it comes to choosing a cell phone provider, you might as well go with the company who is always ahead of the curve and continually saving its customers money – Page Plus Cellular.

 

 

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.