Kitty Wireless reported that Page Plus would be making some exciting changes to their prepaid monthly plans.
These changes, dubbed the "Monthly Expired Bundle-in-Limbo Solution" or MEBILS for short by users on the Kitty Wireless Forum, were supposed to 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.
The way MEBILS was supposed to work was that:
- Page Plus would adopt a standardized overage rate of 5¢ per minute, 5¢ per text and 5¢ per MB of data for all monthly plans priced at $29.95 and higher. That change went into effect Nov 8, 2012.
- Users on monthly plans that failed to renew due to insufficient funds but who had at least a $5 balance would be charged the new overage rates instead of the 12¢/minute, 99¢/MB and 5¢/SMS that PagePlus used to charge on plans that failed to renew. That change went into effect Dec 5th, 2012.
- Users on expired monthly plans would be able to keep the 5¢ per minute, MB and SMS rates indefinitely by adding at least $10 every 30 days.
It now appears that MEBILS is dead. Kitty Wireless posted the following statement on the Kitty Forum:
We have just received word from Page Plus, that due to the technical difficulty that this unknown bug has presented, MEBILS is being tabled for now and will not go forward.The 5¢ overage rates on monthly plans $29.95 and up are still listed on the Page Plus site, so that part is likely here to stay. But MEBIL's promise of low cost pay as you go data seems to be gone for good.
I apologize for the inconvenience, but I truly think this is best, since it tables the entire issue for now, and other options may be pursued in the future. Officially, though, for now, please do not expect MEBILS to function as we had hoped, and do not expect this bug to be fixed anytime soon.
I wanted to let you know so that you can properly make plans.
The 5¢ per minute/MB/SMS non-renewal rate is also in doubt. Howard Forums user TheMountainMan reported that when his monthly plan expired with a balance of nearly $10, the 12¢/minute rate kicked in immediately. The user was told by Page Plus customer support that the 12¢ rate was correct because his plan has expired. I suspect that's not the case as the lower non-renewal rates were announced by Page Plus marketing manager, Denny Scher and have been working for nearly a month.
Update: Page Plus' Denny Scher has posted on Howard Forums that the 5¢ per minute, MB or SMS monthly plan non-renewal rate is still in effect. So TheMountainMan's experience of the non-renewal rate of 12¢/minute is apparently a glitch which PagePlus should make right.