PagePlus Cellular has just announced a 1 GB "Leap Year" data promotion for new and existing users on "The 55" Plan. That plan normally provides unlimited voice and messaging plus 500 MB of data for $55/month. However, anyone who subscribes to the plan between
Existing "The 55" Plan users aren't left out either. As long as they renew between Jan
In other good news for data users, effective January
Unfortunately, users on the pay as you go "Standard" Plan are left out in the cold with these changes. Data on the Standard plan will still be charged at the obscene rate of 99¢/MB. Which is a shame. The trouble with monthly plans is that they force you to buy more than you need. With pay as you go you only pay for the minutes texts and data that you use and no more. That's the way all services should be charged. By gouging on pay as you go data, Page Plus is pushing users who want data toward monthly plans that will force many of them to pay for more voice or messaging than they need. Page Plus isn't alone in this, almost all the UScarriers either don't offer data on pay as you go or overcharge for.
In fact, there is exactly one US carrier with a reasonable pay as you go data rate. It's PlatinumTel a Sprint MVNO with 10¢/MB data, 5¢/minute voice and 2¢ texts.
Update: the start of the leap year promotion and reduced data overage charges was delayed until Jan 26, 2012 and is now live.
Via: Kitty Wireless Forum