Low cost carrier Page Plus is one of the prepaid subscribers operated by TracFone Wireless. Although you may not be familiar with the name, you surely heard of the company’s other brands, like NET10 Wireless, Straight Talk or Walmart Family Wireless. Page Plus seems to stand out of the other TracFone subsidiaries by offering best performance and rich selection of both phones and service plans.
Looking for a cheap prepaid service provider? If you consider Page Plus, here’s everything you should know about this carrier. Compare pros and cons before you put your money down.
Page Plus is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that relays on Verizon Wireless network. It’s surely a good news for its customers, because Verizon is well known for its LTE services quality, best download speeds and great coverage. Although Page Plus supports roaming if you’re out of Verizon’s reach, you will pay 20 cents per minute if on a prepaid plan, or 29 cents when using Pay Plus’ pay-as-you-go plans.
To benefit from Page Plus, you simply need to own a phone compatible with Verizon’s CDMA network and purchase a Page Plus SIM card which starts at $4.95, or cheaper if you’re lucky enough to take advantage of the carrier’s periodical sales.
If you don’t have a CDMA-dedicated handset, then you can buy a new model straight from Page Plus online store. The store offers 47 different phones with prices ranging from $19.99 for the Alcatel One Touch Pop Icon up to $899.99 for the latest Galaxy S8+. When purchasing new phone you have two options to choose, you can either buy it paying the full price outright or lease the device while signing up for SmartPay Leasing program. Truth to be told, leasing is the less advisable option, as by the time you pay off your device, it will cost you more than twice the regular price. How to find out if your phone is compatible with Page Plus? Simply enter the handset’s IMEI number during activation.
Pay Plus offer contains five contract-free prepaid monthly plans with pricing beginning as low as $12 for 250 minutes of talk time, 250 texts and 10MB (3G) data and ends at $69.99 for unlimited calls, texts and 10GB LTE data. Meanwhile, for $29.99 you can benefit from unlimited talk time, texts and 1GB data, which cheaper than at Verizon. If you exceed the limits, you will be charged 10 cents per megabyte and 5 cents per text or minute of talk time. It isn’t cheap but still better than when on the Page Plus’ most affordable pay-as-you-go plan. Note that only the first two bargain-basement plans are worth your attention, as when going directly Verizon for $40 or slightly more you will also get unlimited calls, texts and similar data limits. In addition, you can cut the cost of your monthly payments by $3.99 or $5 with AutoPay, however the discount applies only to the $39.95, $55 and $69.95 plans.
As for roaming, then traveling to Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, you will be hosted by you will have to pay 50 cents for sending a massage and 25 cents for receiving a message. Quite expensive, isn’t it?
Except for traditional prepaid plans Page Plus offers pay-as-you-go plans. However, the truth is that there aren’t particularly competitive when compared with other carriers. When on the cheapest Page Plus pay-as-you-go plan, you will get 100 minutes for $10, or 2,000 minutes for $80 if choosing the most expensive variant. In the former case, one minute costs you 10 cents, in the latter – 4 cents, which sounds more reasonable. All pay-as-you-go plans have one thing in common, no matter which option you choose, you pay extra for everything else than regular domestic calls. You will be charged 29 cents for minute of roaming calls, 5 cents for roaming message and 10 cents per megabyte. What’s more when you need to send a pic via MMS, you will be charged for both the text and the data. Minutes within pay-as-you-go plans expire after 120 days. After each preloading of the prepaid account the 120 days starts over again. The 120 days rule doesn’t apply to the biggest bucket of services.
Well, a few years ago Page Plus offered one big feature that you wouldn’t find at any other carrier. It was the ability to bring your own device to Verizon’s network. Things have changed, and nowadays porting with your existing device isn’t something unique. Almost all carriers today allow their subscribers to use their old phone with new services, providing that the device is compatible with particular network. So sadly, there’s hardly no Page Plus special feature worth recommending.
The carrier offers many well-known “table stakes” features like the three-way calling, call forwarding and caller ID. Furthermore, note that although Page Plus doesn’t block tethering or hotspot use, both are often made inaccessible or restricted on Verizon-branded handsets. This means that if you bring your old Verizon-dedicated phone to Page Plus, there is a risk that you might not be allowed to access these two features.
The bad news is that Page Plus is widely criticized for the constantly lowering standards of their services. Even the most loyal users of the carrier accuse it for going downhill after the merge with by América Móvil (the parent company of TracFone) in 2014. Negative comments regarding billing, charges and customer service are pretty common. Despite that Page Plus still seems to be an option worth considering when in need for a cheap prepaid plan especially if you aren’t interested in data allotment. Remember that you can take advantage of the Verizon’s coverage for just $12 per month. Just remember, you get what you paid for.
source: Page Plus Wireless