Home - , , - Page Plus "MEBILS" Low Cost PayGo Data "Plan' Delayed

Page Plus "MEBILS" Low Cost PayGo Data "Plan' Delayed

Verizon MVNO Page Plus Cellular's recent plan changes which include more data on the $29.95 and $39.95 plans and lower overage rates on all monthly plans priced at $29.95  and higher are now live (details here).

However there is another change to the monthly plans that hasn't happened yet. That change will effect what happens when a monthly plan expires because there aren't sufficient funds in the account to renew.

Currently, a few hours after expiration, monthly plans switch to pay as you go with rates of 12¢/minute, 5¢/text and 99¢/MB of data.

Sometime soon, if the expired plan holder's account balance is at least $5 at the moment the plan expires, Page Plus will charge for usage on the expired plan at the new overage rates of 5¢ per voice minute, text or MB of data. The new lower overage rates will remain in effect indefinitely provided the user adds at least $10/month to the account. This is a positive change for monthly plan users who are short on cash or just forgetful.

To me, the most exciting part of these changes is that they will also make it possible to use a monthly plan as a pay as go plan with rates of 5¢ per voice minute, 5¢ per text message and 5¢ per MB of data and a $10 monthly minimum payment. Over at the Kitty Wireless Forum, they have dubbed this new "plan" the Monthly Expired Bundle-in-Limbo Solution (MEBILS).

However these changes haven't happened yet. I don't know if they have just been delayed or if Page Plus management changed their minds. As far as I know the MEBILS feature was never publicly  announced or confirmed by anyone in Page Plus management, but was communicated to Page Plus authorized users.  I will publish an update when I know more.


Comment Page :
  1. Perhaps they feel no pressure to do so since Ultra Mobile hasn't managed to launch their paygo service yet. (Or perhaps I am connecting dots where none exist.)

  2. Compared to other carriers, Pageplus is very generous and customer friendly on their monthly plans. for those asking for the "MEBILS", they are way too greedy.

    1. Yes, I agree. Businesses are in business to make a profit. Customer's should not be making such demands as to undermine this basic premise.

    2. I don't see anybody here making demands. The change that would make MEBILS possible was first mentioned by Page Plus in a message to dealers. If Page Plus has changed their plans so be it. I hope MEBILS becomes a reality but the decision is ultimately up to Page Plus Cellular.

  3. Monthly plans are not suitable for everyone. For light users prepaid plans are often more economical but $.99/MB is, as you put it, way too greedy.

    American mobile carriers are gouging customers on data service. It's the current cash cow for them and they are trying to milk as much money out of it as they can. Even at $.05/MB it's still $50/GB and is only suitable for up to a couple hundred MBs of use before you are better off with a monthly plan if you use that much data consistently.

    Perhaps Page Plus did not anticipate customers leveraging the more lenient overage system into a long term $.05 per M/T/MB prepaid plan. One of their re-sellers is not only promoting this "plan" but planning to automate the process to make it even easier for customers to stay in "limbo". They only proposed these overage rates on the $30 or higher plans. I can't imagine they meant to undercut the higher monthly, or their standard .12/.05/.99, plans with $.05/unit prepaid. I suspect they left the 12 plan out specifically because $12/mo with $.05 overage would cannibalize their $30/mo customer base.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see Page Plus drop the "renewal" aspect of the lower overage rates if they are implemented.

Comment Page :