Page Plus Cellular is a smaller prepaid cell phone provider that offers national coverage through the Verizon network. Despite that, and despite its simple, straightforward plans with minutes good for 120 days, Page Plus Cellular gets mixed reviews from users and experts. Phone selection is a particular sore spot.
Cheap plans. The Page Plus Standard Voice Plan from Page Cellular costs 4 cents to 10 cents per minute, but the more minutes you buy the cheaper they become. For instance, with a $10 card minutes cost 10 cents (good for 120 days), but with an $80 card (good for 365 days) the cost drops to 4 cents per minute. Page Plus Cellular also offers monthly plans. The least expensive is $12 per month for 250 minutes, 250 text messages and 10 MB data. Unlimited talk and text plus 500 MB of data is available for Est. $40; plans with 2.5 GB of data (Est. $55) and 5 GB of data (Est. $70) are also available.
Uses the Verizon network. Page Plus uses the Verizon network, which blankets most of the U.S. However, as with Verizon, prepaid data users don't get access to Verizon's LTE network. Roaming is supported, but if you do roam into uncovered areas, Page Plus charges roaming fees of 29 cents per minute (20 cents on the unlimited monthly plans).
Not great. Page Plus Cellular does not show up in any of the major customer satisfaction surveys. However, the carrier receives a significant number of 1-star ratings at PrepaidReviews.com because of reviewers' poor experiences with the company's customer service.
Extremely limited. Page Plus has just three phone choices, including two entry-level Android devices. Subscribers say you can use any Verizon-compatible phone, but Page Plus warns that "While some phones not purchased directly from Page Plus or one of its dealers may work on the Page Plus network, we do not support them and their functionality may be limited."
One big plus point for Page Plus cellular, according to Sascha Segan, is that it runs on Verizon Wireless's award-winning network. The best deal is the 2,000-minute voice card for $80, valid for one year, which Segan calculates as $6.66 a month for a Verizon phone. The phone selection from Page Plus Cellular is "pretty weak."
Review: The Best Cheap Prepaid Phone Plans You've Never Heard Of, Sascha Segan, Nov. 22, 2013
Page Plus Cellular finishes in 12th place out of 14 services reviewed in this report of prepaid phone services for 2014. It receives below-average marks for plans and selection, with an above-average rating for features and full marks for customer support.
Review: 2014 Best Prepaid Cell Phone Reviews and Comparisons, Editors of TopTenReviews.com, Not Dated
Editors at PrepaidReviews.com give Page Plus Cellular 3 out of 5 stars. The variety of plans gets a thumbs-up, but the limited selection of phones and skimpy data allotments with most plans get a thumbs-down. More than 1,300 user reviewers give Page Plus Cellular a 3-star average rating. Those who rate the service lowest tend to do so because of poor experiences with the company's customer service.
Review: Page Plus Prepaid Wireless Service, Editors of and Contributors to PrepaidReviews.com, Not Dated