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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?

  1. Lax Rao
    August 30th, 2013 at 15:53 | #1

    I love Pageplus cellular and have made my family, many friends and relatives to move from Verzon, ATT to Pageplus cellular. But PagePlus does not currently offer Auto Refill via Electronic Funds Transfer or ACH Deposit. This would be a great option for people like myself and my parents who do not have credit cards or do not want to use debit cards for security purpose. Please try to add EFT/ACH Auto Refill option soon.

  2. Angela Williams
    September 3rd, 2013 at 21:15 | #2

    Are you able to keep your same number?

  3. Kiev500
    November 8th, 2013 at 19:25 | #3

    Is this a charge every month, or a charge every billing cycle, which seems to be approximately every 120 days?

  4. November 10th, 2013 at 02:33 | #4

    You ccan also look at the number of bars that are on your phone too test
    the signal strength. At places where signals level is very low, thesee
    devices can bee verry useful. I’ll spare the world the horror and we’ll just agree that cell service could be much improved across the board.

  5. November 22nd, 2013 at 00:31 | #5

    Hello.This article was really fascinating, especially since I was searching for thoughts on this issue
    last Tuesday.

  6. Susan
    November 22nd, 2013 at 07:21 | #6

    I had the traditional postpaid phone for myself and my teenager. I didn’t want to lock myself into a two year contract for my teenager, especially if I felt she shouldn’t have phone privileges for awhile for some reason. So I checked out prepaid and got it for her. I loved it so much, I cancellled my traditional postpaid phone and got prepaid for myself. I will never go back to postpaid again. I have saved so much money by using Page Plus. People complain that company’s shouldn’t be allowed to make them sign a two year contract, but when another option comes along, they don’t accept it. I can’t figure that one out!

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