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Verizon and Verizon MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared

Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) esell mobile airtime, messaging and data services from one of the major operators, often at a lower price than the operator itself. Some well known MVNOs include TracFone and Straight Talk.

Although Verizon is the second largest US mobile operator there are relatively few Verizon MVNOs. I don't know why that's the case. Perhaps Verizon has higher requirements for MVNOs or less attractive wholesale rates. Although they are few in number, several of the Verizon MVNOs do offer some very good deals. Here are brief descriptions of Verizon prepaid and all the notable Verizon MVNOs.

Verizon Wireless has over 117 million subscribers including 5.4 million prepaid customers. Verizon's own prepaid plans are priced somewhat higher than comparable plans from Verizon MVNOs. In return for paying more, customers get 24/7 phone support, access to support at Verizon stores and the availability of attractively priced shrink wrapped prepaid phones at big box stores. Off network roaming is available at 20¢/minute. Tethering is not allowed on any of Verizon's prepaid phone plans.

Page Plus Cellular was founded in 1993 making it one of the oldest MVNOs. Page Plus sells non-smartphones and Android phones and allows BYOD (bring your own device) for most CDMA phones except Verizon prepaid phones and iPhones. In spite of the official ban on iPhones, numerous users have reported being able to activate and use iPhones on Page Plus. Like the other operators listed here, Page Plus provides no support for BYOD devices, the user is responsible for BYOD device programming. Page Plus allows tethering on all plans. Off network roaming is available at extra cost.

Page Plus was acquired by America Movil's TracFone in January, 2014.

Selectel Wireless launched in May, 2013. Selectel's monthly plans are similar to comparably priced plans from PagePlus. Selectel $10 Flex card can be used to pay for overage on any of the monthly plans or Selectel's $75 yearly plan. The Flex Card has attractive rares (5¢/voice minute, 5¢/SMS, 5¢/MB of data) and is unusual in that the funds on it never expire. Selectel includes no extra charge voice and SMS off-network roaming.

Straight Talk, NET10 and TracFone are US brands of Mexico based América Móvil, the fourth largest mobile operator in the world and the largest US MVNO with over 22 million users. There is a separate portfolio of devices for each América Móvil brand and phones can only be activated on the brand they were sold for. BYOP is available for non-LTE Verizon phones except iPhones and BlackBerrys. NET10 and Straight Talk also sell their own branded feature phones and smartphones including the iPhone. The smartphones can only be activated on unlimited monthly plans. TracFone offers both feature phones and Android phones which use on the Verizon network.

Off network roaming is included at no extra cost on the TracFone and NET10 pay as you go feature phone plans but is not available on Net10 or Straight Talk monthly plans or with smartphones or BYOP devices on TracFone. América Móvil does not allow tethering on any plan.

H2O CDMA is part of Locus Telecommunications which was founded in 1993 and has been in the prepaid wireless business since 2000. Locus was acquired by KDDI Corporation, Japan's second largest mobile operator in 2010. Today Locus seems focused on its AT&T MVNO operations under the H2O Wireless brand. H2O CDMA's pay as you go only plans haven't been updated in many years and are no longer competitively priced. BYOD is supported and activation of any CDMA device except Verizon prepaid phones appears to be possible. Off network roaming is available for 99¢/minute. Tethering is allowed but with data charged at $1.56/MB I don't recommend it.

BYO Wireless is the newest Verizon MVNO, launching in December, 2013. BYO offers service on the Verizon native network (no roaming). As its name suggest, BYO Wireless is aimed at the Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) user. Like other Verizon MVNOs, BYO can activate clean ESN, non-LTE, non-prepaid Verizon phones. Payment is by credit or debit card only with optional autopay. Online account management is available showing plan expiration data and minutes, texts and data remaining.

Here's a table comparing Verizon's own prepaid monthly plans with those of the Verizon MVNOs that offer monthly or yearly plans .
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Monthly & Yearly Plans
Plan Monthly Cost Activation Fee Voice SMS MMS Data
BYO $5 $5+ 6 none 100 100 none none
BYO $10 $10+ 6 none 250 250 none 100 MB/$5
Page Plus The $12 $12 none - $10 250, overage 5¢ 250 (SMS or MMS), overage 5¢ 250 (MMS or SMS), overgae 5¢ 10 MB, overage 10¢/MB
Selectel Value Plan $15 none - $30 5 300 2 300 2 300 1, 2 15 MB 2
BYO $15 $15+ 6 none 350 unlimited uses data 50 MB
BYO $20 $20+ 6 none 500 unlimited uses data 250 MB
NET10 750 Minute Plan 3 $25 none 750 "minutes" (also used for texts and data) 1 ninute each 3.5 minutes each (average) 1 minute per minute of browsing
Page Plus Talk n Text 1200 $29.95 none - $10 1200,overage 5¢ 3000 (SMS or MMS), overage 5¢ 3000 (MMS or SMS), overgae 5¢ 500 MB, overage 5¢/MB
Selectel Talk & Text $30 none - $30 5 1300, overage 5¢ 2 3000, overage 5¢ 2 3000, overage 5¢ 1, 2 300 MB, overage 5¢ / MB 2
Straight Talk All You Need 3 $30 none 1000 1000 (SMS or MMS) 1000 (SMS or MMS) 30 MB
BYO $30 $30+ 6 none 1000 unlimited cost of data 400 MB
Verizon Allset $35 3 none 500 unlimited unlimited 500 MB 4
Page Plus Talk n TXT Unlimited $39.95 none - $10 unlimited unlimited unlimited 500 MB, overage 5¢/MB
Selectel Unlimited Plan $40.00 none - $30 5 unlimited unlimited
unlimited 200 MB, overage 5¢ / MB 2
BYO $40 $40+ 6 none unlimited unlimited cost of data 500 MB
Straight Talk Unlimited $45.00 $14.99 unlimited unlimited unlimited Unlimited, throttled to 128 Kbps after 2.5 GB
Verizon Allset $45.00 none unlimited unlimited unlimited 500 MB 4
NET10 Unlimited $50.00 $9.99 unlimited unlimited unlimited Unlimited, throttled to 128 Kbps after 2.5 GB
Selectel Data User Plan $55.00 none - $30 unlimited unlimited
unlimited 2 GB, overage 5¢ / MB 2
Page Plus The 55 $55.00 none - $10 unlimited unlimited unlimited 2.5 GB, overage 5¢/MB
Page Plus $69.95 Plan $69.95 none - $10 unlimited unlimited unlimited 5 GB, overage 5¢/MB
Selectel Yearly Plan $75.00 / Year
($6.25 / Month)
none - $30 5 2000 (167 / month) 1500 (125 / month)
none 2 none 2
1 Selectel MMS consumes data and is only available if data allowance is not exhaused
2 Selectel overage -  5¢ per minute, message or MB of available using a $10 Smart Card
3 Non-smartphones only
all online airtime purchases.
Add on "Bridge" data packages available: $5 500 MB/30 days, $10 1GB/90 days, $20 3GB/90 days
5 Selectel charges $15 too activate its own phones and $30 to activate customer's BYOD phones. Some Selectel dealers offer free activations.
6 BYO charges taxes and fees averaging 7%.  Add-on packages available: $5 - 100 minutes, texts or MB, $10 - 250 minutes or 2000 texts or 250 MB, $15 - 400 minutes or 4000 texts or 400 MB


Most of the Verizon MVNOs offer pay as you go plans. The table below compares them with Verizon's own pay as you go plans.
PAYGO Plans
Plan Minimum Monthly Cost Voice SMS MMS Data
Page Plus Standard Plan 1 $2.50 4¢ - 10 ¢ 5¢ + cost of data 10¢/MB
TracFone 2 $6.67 4.4¢ - 33¢ 1.5¢ - 11¢ 11¢ - 88¢ 2.2¢ - 16.5¢ per minute of browsing
TracFone 3 $6.67 4.4¢ - 11¢ 4.4¢ - 11¢ 8.8¢ - 22¢ 4.4¢ - 11¢ / MB
Verizon Pay As You Go 2 $10 25¢ 20¢ 4 25¢ 4 unlimited 99¢ on days used
Verizon 99¢/Day 2,5 $10 10¢/min, unlimited M2M 10¢ 4 25¢ 4 unlimited 99¢ on days used
Verizon 1.99¢/Day 2,5 $10 unlimited 4 25¢ 4 unlimited 99¢ on days used
H2O CDMA $10 4¢-12¢ 10¢ 35¢ + cost of data .0015/KB ($1.56/MB)
NET10 2 $15 10¢ 33¢ (average) 10¢ per minute of browsing
1 Page Plus charges a 50¢/month fee on the Standard Plan
2 Non-Smartphones only
3 Android phones and BYOP only
4 Or use a messaging pack: $10/month - 250 texts or MMS + unlimited texting to from Verizon customers, $20.month - unlimited texts and MMS
5 The daily fee on these plans is charged and deducted from your account only on days you make or receive calls, and is valid until 11:59 p.m. (incoming and outgoing texts do not trigger the daily charge). Checking voice mail from the prepaid phone will trigger the charge.

Last updated April. 9, 2014 - PagePlus PAYGO data and MMS price cuts.

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  1. What is the definition of a "Verizon prepaid phone"? Is it only phones explicitly branded as Verizon Prepaid, such as the cheap feature phones found in blister packs at Walmart, or is it ANY Verizon phone purchased and activated on a prepaid account, such as the slightly discounted high-end Android phones sold at Verizon stores? I don't want to buy a $550 phone at Verizon and find out it won't work on Page Plus!

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    1. A Verizon prepaid phone is any phone labeled and marketed specifically for prepaid use. The most expensive Verizon prepaid phone is currently the $430.99 HTC Rhyme Prepaid so your $550 phone should be OK.

      Page Plus is also unable to activate any phone that was last used on a Verizon prepaid plan. These phones can be cleared for Page Plus activation by temporarily swapping them on to a post paid Verizon account.

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    2. The latin phrase is caveat emptor. If you plan to spend as much as $550 for a phone, then you really need to perform your own due diligence. As a general comment, prepaid handsets purchased in big box stores will not work on Page Plus based on the numerous posts on Kitty Wireless homepage and forums. The good news is the most expensive Verizon labeled prepaid smartphone found at Walmart is the Samsung Illusion and retails under $100.

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    3. One more thing. Page Plus currently supports 3G phones. If you want the latest 4G LTE phones, then you are S.O.L. If I am not mistaken, the Droid X2 has the largest screen for a 3G smartphone that works on Page Plus.

      Also, iPhones are not officially supported on Page Plus.

      Based on the aforementioned facts, I passed on Page Plus and might get an iPhone 5 from Straight Talk for $45 a month.

      Good luck.

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    4. You can check the ESN of a Verizon phone before buying it to activate on Pageplus.

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    5. I would be real careful about considering Straight Talk. Here are the significant downsides of dealing with them: their customer service is in Manila (Phillipines) and there are many reports of being double charged and having service shut off without any given reason. This is too much of a risk to pay a lot of money for an iPhone only to have it cut off - especially because I'll bet that the Straight Talk version of the iPhone is crippled to work for Straight Talk only. iPhones activate just fine on Page Plus. You're better off buying a Verizon iPhone 4 or 4S on Amazon with a clean/clear ESN and activating on Page Plus. This is what I've done. I've been using an iPhone on Page Plus since July 2012 without any problem.

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    6. Anonymous, Page Plus only supports the handful of phones they sell. They allow any clean-ESN, non--Verizon prepaid phone to be activated including LTE phones. The problem with LTE phones is programming them which is difficult and with at least one model, the Galaxy Nexus impossible. The LTE programming issue effects all Verizon MVNOs not just Page Plus.

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    7. @Yeswap -- I apologize for not being clear. You can't have the latest 4G LTE phones, the one with big displays with the fastest processors along with bells and whistles while running 4G speeds on Page Plus. And, as you correctly pointed out, the average user is not a programmer and instead just want a buy and then proceed to use the phone. So to be clear, you will end up with an expensive LTE 4G phone running on 3G and then ask yourself why perform the Chinese Fire Drill?

      @paleomatty, I am happy you still get your iPhone on Page Plus. For every one success story about the iPhone on Page Plus, I read about two failures. Again, as I stated earlier iPhones are not OFFICIALLY supported by Page Plus.

      Going to Straight Talk is a personal choice. I can get the iPhone 4S or 4 with Verzion, but it will cost me at least $60 a month (or cost me as low as $30 a month with VM). I prefer to get the latest iPhone 5 and pay $45. I am not a talker nor send texts, and I don't play on using much data on the phone. But, I really want to replace my aging iPod Touch 4G and my current Android device (currently $25 a month with VM) with an iPhone. For me, the iPhone 5 would replace two devices with one and I get a better network at a cost of $45 a month.

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  2. TalkForGood's site says: "Tethering is included with the Smart Plan."

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    1. According to Cellguru.net's review of TalkForGood, "Voice coverage appears to be identical to postpaid (free voice roaming on other providers such as U.S. Cellular and Sprint). Can't confirm text or data roaming." http://www.cellguru.net/prepaid_compare.htm

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    2. Thanks for the updates, CellGuru is a reliable source and I found the reference to tethering being allowed on the Talk For Good site. I've corrected the post.

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    3. I trust CellGuru but I just took a look at Talk For Good's coverage map and it's clearly Verizon native network only.

      Note the big rectangular area of no coverage in the middle of Wisconsin or blob no coverage just North of Nashville TN. These a extra cost roaming on Verizon prepaid and Page Plus. I also spoke to Talk For Good's customer support who told me that there is no roaming. Perhaps the map was updated recently.

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    4. I have straight talk and just learned it really isn't unlimited everything. If you go over a certain amount they will turn it off, for example, apparently I used the internet too much and they shut it off until I the next cycle. Also, their fine print says you can't download music, or videos and there are certain other things they don't want you to do or you will be kicked off the plan. This is why I am looking for a new company.

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  3. Very useful article.
    I suggest you footnote the 50c/month fee on the Pageplus standard Pay-Go plan.

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  4. Great reviews. I've seen Verizon & T-Mobile recently. How about AT&T & it's MVNOs.

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  5. Nice write up Yeswap. I followed you on yeswap many years ago and came across this site when I switched to prepaid recently. I can't believe how much money I'm saving with prepaid now. More people would save so much more if they overcame the "prepaid stigma." Nice work you do.

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  6. From what I have read, Straight Talk does not support LTE with the Verizon iPhone.
    To go fast, wouldn't it be better to buy an unlocked iPhone 5 and use it on AT&T or Tmobile "4G?"
    As long as you have their coverage, you will run a lot faster than Verizon 3G.
    Seems like this would be worth an extra $5/month to get about the same gb data that Straight Talk allows.
    If you don't like your MVNO you can switch. Don't you have to flash or hack the Straight Talk iPhone to use it elsewhere?

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    1. Alternately, is the Straight Talk sim slot unlocked like the real Verizon iPhone? Then you could use an ATT or Tmob sim.

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    2. I realize that LTE will not work with the alternate method.

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    3. The ST sim slot is NOT locked. If you do not activate the iPhone at Walmart, first activate the phone with iTunes,
      then the ATT or Tmob / MVNO sims will work.

      I prefer the unlocked GSM model, so I can use ATT or Tmobile LTE once it is available without a contract.

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    4. Yes, AT&T or T-Mobile HSPA+ (in refarmed 1900 Mhz areas only) are capable of significantly higher data speeds than Verizon EV-DO.

      The Straight Talk iPhone's GSM side is unlocked so you could use it on AT&T or T-Mobile without modifying the phone. Nothing needs to be changed on the phone to activate it on Straight Talk after using it on AT&T or T-Mobile

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  7. The secret to activating an iPhone on Page Plus is simply not to tell them what device it is. Sure, they are able to tell what the device is based on ESN but if you don't raise the subject, I'll bet it works more often.

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  8. So Next G Mobile has access to Verizon's Pre and Post Paid networks at no additional cost? If this is true, very cool!

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  9. The Next G website mentions under Pay Go details and Data Add On details that data requires a smartphone. I cannot find your Pay Go Note 2 restriction that says Pay Go is not available on smartphones on their website.

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    1. The footnote was wrong. It was supposed to be 3. Taxes and fees... not no smartphones

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  10. The Talk4Good website is completely reorganized.
    It is very easy to understand and compare plans now.
    It is so much better that Germain Barrios may have helped them with the redo ;-)

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  11. Hi Yeswap,
    Can I activate a TalkForGood account with a Sprint device if I call them? Their activation site is down and not working. I only want to activate an account and get a number to port, I don't need any functionality. Is this possible?

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    1. Do you have the MSL? To complete the activation on Verizon or a Verizon MVNO you need to make an outgoing call. So you would need to be able to manually program the Sprint phone and have some call credit. It would probably be easier to do it through a Page Plus dealer that has free activations and gives $2 in strater credit

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    2. I would like to do this too. I tried two Sprint phones on Pageplus, since I have their MSL. ESNs are OK, Pageplus activates them, and I program them manually but cannot make a call. I do not know how to manually update the PRL, which may be the problem. The Sprint phones will not auto-program on Verizon to do this.
      Any ideas that do not involve using phone software?

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    3. Sprint phones on Page Plus should work. If you aren't using a modified PRL you need to turn on roaming in the phone settings. If you are unable to make a call with roaming on possible reasons are:

      Page Plus has the wrong MEID or ESN. If the phone has an MEID, (most phones made in the last 5 years do), use the MEID not the ESN. Never use a pESN.

      Wrong MDN and/or MIN entered in the phone or the phone didn't save the MDN and MIN.

      No call credit on the account. If you activated directly through Page Plus you do nnot receive any intial credit and will need to add some to make a call.

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    4. Thanks. I will try again.

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    5. I turned on roaming after programming the phone. I have call credit on the line. Now I can make calls, but Pageplus requires me to enter the dialed number a second time, so I must be roaming on Sprint.

      I guess Pageplus will charge me the 29c/min roaming fee on all calls unless I can manually change the PRL?

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    6. Pageplus is charging me 29c/minute for outgoing and incoming calls.
      Their call records list each of my calls twice now, but they only charge me once.

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    7. Yes you are roaming. I though your goal was just to get a local number to port to a different operator. Now that you are active on Page Plus you should be able to port.

      If you want to use the phone on Page Plus without roaming you probably need to load a Verizon PRL.
      If you can't load a PRL, some phones have a menu option to manually select the network, either a list of available networks or a choice of Automatic A or Automatic B. One of those might get you Verizon.

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    8. Thanks again. My K1m has an option for Roaming Only; I will try that. None of my Sanyo phones give me those other options.

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    9. My Sprint/Boost/Ptel Moto K1m is now working fine on Pageplus, using your tip to force Roaming Only.
      The screen says Digital Roaming, and I must OK the call "at roaming rates" every time, but Pageplus is only charging me their regular rate.

      Thanks very much!
      One less phone to recycle after Ptel closes Sprint service this summer.

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  12. Next G has an option to add 250mb of data for $10 to the $50 and $60 plans.

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  13. Just wanted to let you know the link for Page Plus Cellular above is wrong. The correct url is http://www.pagepluscellular.com

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    1. The shorter pagepluscellular.com version used to work the same with or without the leading "www." which is the way it should be for searcg engine optimization.

      The recent PagePlus redesign seems to have has broken the http://pagepluscellular.com version. Thanks for letting me know, I've added the www. although I expect that PagePlus will fix the broken link eventually.

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  14. So let me get this straight, if I go to the apple store and buy an unsubsidized unlocked iPhone 5, I can use it on Talk For Good, The Next G, and if I'm lucky maybe Page plus?

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    1. No, no one has found a way to use an unlocked iPhone from the Apple Store on any US CDMA opperator.

      You can use a Verizon iPhone 4 or 4S on Page Plus, Talk For Good or Next G. The Straight Talk iPhone 5 may also work.

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    2. I see... How about using an iPhone 5 on T-Mobile's $30 5gb plan? Will I be able to get 5gb of "4G" speed before being throttled or do I have to be in one of those select cities that have been re-framed to be "iPhone friendly" to get high speed data?

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    3. The Verizon iPhone 5 will not activate through the PagePlus dealer portal from what I have read. The SIM slot is unlocked, so you could use a Verizon iPhone 5 on Tmobile or AT&T for now (no LTE).

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    4. You need to be in one of the 47 Metro areas that have been refarmed to get 3/4G on the 1900 MHz channel.

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    5. At leat one person claims to have successfully activated a Straight Talk iPhone 5 on Page Plus: iPhone 5 from Straight Talk activated on Page Plus with Success

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    6. I read the forum and it looks like a good deal if you're lucky and it works. But say I tried that and I'm a proud owner of an iPhone 5 on Page Plus and (scenario time), lets say something surreal happens like... AT&T lowers data rates for it's mvno's and actually makes data relatively affordable. And now I want to switch to a AT&T mvno, could I do that?

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    7. The GSM side of the Straight Talk iPhone 5 is unlocked and it will work on AT&T MVNOs.

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    8. Nice! Well I don't see why someone wouldn't get the straight talk iPhone 5 from Walmart and at least try and get it on a Verizon mvno and if all fails you can still use it on a AT&T or T-Mobile mvno.

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  15. Yeah I was afraid you would say that. It looks like I'm stuck using Consumer Cellulars $35/mo. 150min, 4000texts, and 400mb of data till T-Mobile gets their act together. Thanks for clarifying though.

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    1. You could also go with:
      1. GoPhone $25 plan with 250 min, unlim texts and $25/$5 data option. 500mb/month for $40. Less than Consumer, since you will not pay postpaid taxes.
      2. AirVoice $40 Unlim plan + 500mb. Less than Consumer; no taxes.
      3. PureTalk Unlim+, $44/month for unlim + 600mb. Not much more than Consumer, since you won't pay postpaid taxes.

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  16. Regarding the NextG PayGo plan on the table, Note 3 say you can add the data option. This is what the NextG FAQ says about data on PayGo:
    "If you are on our Pay-as-you-Go or Data only plans, you cannot use MMS. When your current plan expires, upgrade your plan so you may take advantage of the IM feature." Does this mean that the data option is not available on PayGo?

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    1. If you have the $10/month data addon MMS should work.

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    2. I checked with NextG CS in TX, "Please tell me whether I can use the $10, 250mb data option with the Pay-Go service plan."

      They just sent me this note:

      "The $10 - 250mb Add-On can only be added to a $40 Voice and Text plan or higher... Thanks"

      You may want to update the Pay-Go table above, NextG data column.

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    3. Thanks for letting me know. I've updated the table to indicate that there's no data on the NextG pay as yo go plan.

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  17. I currently use an iPhone 4S on Page Plus Cellular $55 plan with 2GB data, and haven't ever had any issues with it. The only thing that doesn't work is Visual Voicemail, but I downloaded an App that supports VVM, which works flawlessly. 3G data worked off the bat, as well as MMS, incoming & outgoing. The plan comes out to $58 per month with tax, and is about $50 cheaper than Verizon wanted to charge me to use my 4S.

    Also, at time of activation it had a Bad ESN from having a past due balance, but exclusivecellular.com activated it for free, knowing that it had a Bad ESN (well, i'm not sure if they knew, it was just a form on their homepage that automatically activated it).

    A lot of people say Bad ESN phones can't be activated on Page Plus, but I had gotten it shut off about a week before they activated it. I got an e-mail like 2 minutes later and all I had to do was *228 to get it working.

    It's a Verizon iPhone 4S 32GB, and i'm one happy Page Plus Customer! :)

    I know exclusivecellular.com charges $1.00 to activate sometimes, but when I got it done it was free, even for an iPhone, and i'm pretty sure they're still doing it for free

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  18. Dennis,

    I know Tracfone and Net10 don't require a credit card to purchase minutes or activate a phone. Could you tell me please if PagePlus or Talk for good, requires a credit card? It's much better for me to use cash, paypal, or Amazon which takes it out of my bank account. Thank you in advance for your help.

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    1. I know Amazon takes paypal.

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  19. Dennis, Just wondering if you still use a portrait-Qwerty keyboard, and if so would you mind sharing what one you use? I'm curious because I'm looking for a portrait qwerty keyboard style no contract phone. Thanks!

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    1. I currently use a touchscreen Android phone. I've owned three portrait QWERTY phones. I liked the keyboards on the Nokia E71 and Pixi Plus. I rate them roughly equal. The other QWERTY phone was a Nokia Asha 303. I did not like the Asha's keyboard at all. Lots of typos with that one. Keyboards with prominently rounded keys like the Pixi's seem to work the best for me.

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  20. Talk for Good is selling phones now, and has low prices on a variety of feature phones and low-end smartphones. E.G., New Moto Citrus for $70 and Kyocera Milano for $80 have one-year warranties. Refurb "A" LG Vortex for $98 and Ally for $127 have 90-day warranty.

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    1. Talk for Good's plans pay has been down for maintenance for at least a day now. I wonder what's happening with their plans?

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  21. Lots of complaints on this blog about no Verizon LTE with MVNOs. There are a lot of people who talk a lot at night and on weekends who could take advantage of the "secret" Verizon $70 plan* with 2GB of LTE. iPhones and Android phones welcome. No, it's not prepaid.
    http://www.gottabemobile.com/2013/03/27/verizons-secret-70-iphone-android-plan-revealed/

    *still available AFAIK

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  22. Tracfone PAYGO Plan: Note 1 should be changed to Note 2, Non-Smartphones only, unless you update that footnote for the new Tracfone smartphone.

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    1. I've fixed the footnote and updated the post to include TracFone's new Android phones. Thanks for letting me know.

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  23. Dennis: NextG has finally fixed the contradiction with their PayGo rates, so you can update the table. $10 for 90 days, with 5c/minute or text:
    https://www.nextgmobile.com/product/paygo-16

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  24. Sridhara-syama dasaMarch 5, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Hi Dennis

    I have a Blackberry that I purchased from Straight Talk last year - that I am no longer using. It used to run on the Verizon network. Can I use this Blackberry phone (Curve 9310) with any other Verizon MVNO?

    We don't need any data - just as long as the phone and text works we are good. Actually looking for a good pay-as-you-go plan from a Verizon MVNO.

    Hare Krishna
    Sridhara-syama dasa

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    1. Your best bet is probably Page Plus which has free activation that includes an initial $2 credit if you activate through a dealer like Kitty Wireless. I'm not sure if it the Straight Talk BlackBerry will work but some of the Straight Talk Android phones have been successfully activated on Page Plus.

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  25. For the simpleton who has an iphone on the verizon network, it was a gift from a friend who no longer uses it, what would be recommended as the EASIEST and QUICKEST way to reactivate the phone as prepaid with a new number???? Thanks for the info!!!

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    1. Only the Verizon iPhone 4 and 4S can be activated on prepaid. The iPhone 5 and latter can't be activated on any Verizon based prepaid plan.

      The iPhone 4 and 4S can be activated on Verizon Prepaid or any of the MVNOs listed above. Verizon Prepaid is the easiest, with the best support although it's not the least expensive. To activate your iPhone on Verizon prepaid go to activate online at http://www.verizonwireless.com/activate or calling (800) 294-6804.

      Page Plus (800) 550-2436 is a good less expensive alternative to Verizon Prepaid. Call them at

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