Page Plus Cellular reasonable pay as you go data pricing to go along with their already reasonable pay as you go voice and messaging rates?
In case you forgot, here's a quick refresher. Since Dec 5, 2012, if a monthly plan priced at $29.95 or higher fails to renew due to insufficient funds and the account has a balance that's at least $5, the plan switches to new overage rates of 5¢ per voice minute, 5¢ per text message and 5¢ per MB of data. These rates supposedly will remain in effect indefinitely provided the user adds at least $10/month to the account.
That means that after an initial cost of $29.95, you get a pay as you go plan with rates of 5¢ per minute, 5¢ per message and 5¢ per MB of data and a requireminimum top-up of $10 every thirty days. For someone like me who doesn't talk or text that much and only uses a few hundred MBs of data per month MEBILS would be an unbeatable deal, especially as it's on Verizon's great network. No one else offers 5¢/MB data on pay as you go. TalkForGood, another Verizon MVNO, has 6¢/MB data but charges a $6 monthly fee that drives the effective cost of 200 MB/month to $18 versus MEBILS' $10.
Unfortunately users on the Kitty Wireless Forum have discovered a show stopper bug. MEBILS starts out OK. When a $29.95 monthly plan expires with a balance between $5 and $29.94, MEBILS rates do kick in. However when you add a $10 PIN to cover the next month, the plan reverts to the Page Plus "Standard" plan, which has a crazy-expensive data rate of 99¢/MB! If you don't add the $10 the plan will revert to Standard after 30 days as well. So either way you lose.
According to Kitty at Kitty Wireless, Page Plus management is aware of the issue and acknowledges it as a bug. But Kitty doesn't expect it to be fixed until sometime after the holidays.
So, if you were counting on MEBILS for 5¢/MB data it looks like you will need to keep waiting. In the meantime TalkForGood is starting to look better and better.