PlatinumTel is a relatively unknown prepaid cell phone carrier that offers three different types of plans and a selection of QWERTY phones that texters will appreciate. Despite its use of the Sprint network, how well PlatinumTel's performs is a question. In addition, there are no reviews that discuss its customer service.
PlatinumTel offers a range of plan options. Real Paygo is a pay-as-your-go plan that starts at $10 for 90 days of access plus 5 cents per minute for talk, 2 cents per text and 10 cents per MB of web use. The $100 plan buys the same terms but is valid for an entire year.
The $45-per-month Unlimited Talk and Text plan includes unlimited calling and texting and comes with 150 MB of data storage. A cheaper plan is offered at $10 for six days of unlimited talk and text, but no data allowance. Some users on PrepaidReviews.com say to steer clear of the Unlimited plan, saying that it actually has hidden limits and that PlatinumTel cut off service for exceeding them. PlatinumTel also offers a Hybrid plan, starting at $20 for 15 days of service with 200 minutes and unlimited nights and weekends (texting and web cost extra). Editors at PrepaidReviews.com note that texting and web can get pricey with the Hybrid plan.
No information about performance. We didn't find any reviews of the PlatinumTel network's performance. However, it uses the Sprint network, which has wide coverage.
No information about customer service. PlatinumTel's customer service has not been reviewed.
QWERTY phones good for texters. Alex Colon at PCMag.com notes that PlatinumTel offers some good handsets, including QWERTY and Android models. User contributors to PrepaidReviews.com say that PlatinumTel's full QWERTY phones are good for data users and people who text a lot.
Review Credibility: Very Good For texters, PlatinumTel offers "some truly spectacular rates" and QWERTY phones, Alex Colon says. Colon also outlines PlatinumTel's other offerings, including unlimited plans and Android phones.
Review: The 10 Best Cheap Prepaid Phone Plans You've Never Heard Of, Alex Colon, July 24, 2012
Review Credibility: Fair Editors here give PlatinumTel one of their highest ratings, 4.5 stars out of 5. They say PlatinumTel's full QWERTY phones are good for data users, but its per-MB data charges aren't. More than 150 users rate the service, but these reviews are fairly evenly split between 5-star praise and 1-star dislike. Several reviewers say PlatinumTel cut off their service because they had reached the limit on their supposedly unlimited plans.
Review: PlatinumTel Prepaid, Editors of and Contributors to PrepaidReviews.com, As of December 2012