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Prepaid News Bytes: PagePlus LTE, Seletel Data Increase, RingPlus Roaming and More

Today seems to be a day with lots of little prepaid news stories popping up in my browser and inbox. Without further ado here they are.

PagePlus LTE: Denny Scher, PagePlus Marketing Manager, posted on HowardForums today; "Yes, 4G LTE is coming to Page Plus. I won't announce a date at this time, but it's not too far off." Although PagePlus dealers have made similar statements, this is the first time anyone in PagePlus Management has publicly confirmed that PagePlus will be getting LTE. Your guess is as good as mine as to what constitutes "not too far off". There's no shortage of rumors however, with predicted time frames for PagePlus getting LTE ranging from the end of this month to early next year.

RingPlus roaming: Over on the RingPlus forum, several readers are reported hearing pre-call announcements or getting texts stating that "Roaming will be available September 1st." I'm pretty certain roaming will cost extra but so far RingPlus hasn't disclosed the price or whether it will include roaming data or just talk and text.

T-Mobile to launch "Simply Prepaid": WirelessWeek is reporting that T-Mobile is recruiting dealers for a new chain of franchised stores to be called "Simply Mobile Prepaid". The new stores would exclusively sell brands that use the T-Mobile network including; T-Mobile itself; T-Mobile owned GoSmart; Univision Mobile, a joint venture between T-Mobile and the Spanish language TV network; and independent T-Mobile MVNO Ultra Mobile. More T-Mobile MVNOs may be added to the lineup later.

Selectel Data Increase and LTE: Verizon MVNO Selectel Wireless has notified its dealers that the $30/month plan users be getting more data. Effective August 15 the plan will include 500MB of data, up from the current 300MB. The $30 plan also includes 1300 voice minutes and 3000 texts. Dealers were also told that Select will be getting LTE data "soon". Update: Selectel's $75 Yearly plan is also getting a messaging increase from 1500 texts to 2000 also on Aug 15. The yearly plan also includes 2000 voice minutes. The changes to both plans are retroactive, users don't have to wait until their plan renewal date to get the added data or texts.

New PTel 25% Off Coupon: T-Mobile MVNO PTel Mobile is targeting customers of Spot Mobile with a coupon good for 25% off the price of any puchase That includes a monthly plan PIN and a SIM or SIM plus phone. Spot is T-Mobile MVNO which is shutting down Sept 7. The coupon code is PTSPOTME and it can actually be used by any new to PTel customer whether they are coming from Spot or not.  I believe the airtime PIN is tied to the SIM so this deal won't work for current PTEL customers.

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  1. Simply Mobile is to close to Simple Mobile. The lawyers will have a field day.

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    1. Until Carlos Slim makes his own "Simple-E Movil"

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  2. Nope. They did not sue over "Simple Choice."

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  3. I totally agree with that. Simply is too close. And Tracfone may be hurting from a bruising they took with losing the case about "unlimited" data (they aren't very good defensively), usually operate with the attitude of the best defense is a good offense. They are very tough legally and will be probably clashing with Tmobile over this.

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  4. "T-Mobile is recruiting dealers for a new chain of franchised stores to be called "Simply Mobile." Not that I see in Wireless Week or elsewhere. The name is "Simply Prepaid."
    Simply Mobile is an independent cellular store in Sacramento. Am Movil will not sue just over "Simply Prepaid."

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  5. If Tmobile starts to make too much money then they'll come a calling. With a summons...

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  6. Who want's to bet with me......
    Page Plus LTE in late September..... :)

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  7. This is strange - I didn't think Ultra Mobile is owned by T-Mobile, whereas the other 3 brands are... Wouldn't create friction in terms of competition for the non-T-Mobile owned MVNO?

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    1. No. Ultra and other MVNOs they recruit will actually benefit from the extra visibility and status of being in the same store with T-Mobile brands. The focus is on the customer, and meeting their needs. T-Mobile benefits no matter which company is best fit for the customer. The challenge is varying company spiffs that may be passed on to the sales staff; it they are not competitive, sales people will be tempted to steer customers to a brand that might not be best for them.

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    2. I totally agree. If they don't set up a good and strong spiff for the dealers then they will not push the product. I own 4 dealers and I'm always promoting Simple Mobile because they pay the most between all the MVNO's. Even though there might be a better choice for the customer. As a dealer if you don't make money you can't survive for long. Thats why a lot of MVNO's have closed their doors, if dealers don't sell their products is because the compensation is not great.

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  8. I wonder if LTE access will cost more. I hope the pricing structure will remain the same as I think I'll like 5GB of data for 69.95 per month from Page Plus.

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  9. i don't care what anyone says about Ringplus but there are number one.2 cents for minutes, text, and data plus roaming. number one

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    1. Ring+ is great for data!!! Have the Ring+ $2 kate plan on an iphone and only want the data at two cents per megabyte. have to keep extra money on the account to cover the data, but two cents per megabyte is a bargain!

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  10. RingPlus has the worst voice quality, the worst echo and has one of the slowest CS departments around. If you don't care about that, it's clear that price is the only number one for you.

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    1. Try, Ultra, Skyview and some others. CS is absolutely abysmal.

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    2. agree with about voice calls on Ring+ ... but personally myself don't care about voice quality because only want DATA. and never need to call CS because people who need the CS baby handholding are lame whimps anyways. lol. but just data for me and two cents per megabyte is great. all the complaining about voice calls is nonsense crap to me. only want cheap data, but don't need too much data (only need about no more than ten megabytes) and therefore thank goodness for Ring+

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    3. Wow! Unless you still make enough Voice calls to qualify for the free plan and live in the right ad area, you pay RingPlus $2.74/month Kate plan (w/tax). Plus extra payments of $5 minimum, I think, for 10mb of data. That works out to 29.4c/mb! And you "only want cheap data."

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  11. Selectel's $30 plan will include 500MB but their $40 plan only has 200MB. What are they thinking?

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    1. It does look out of kilter. However, the $40 one has a lot more (unlimited) minutes and text.

      I kind of think they are in between upgrading the data on the $15 and $40 plan also.

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    2. PagePlus has 1GB with unlimited talk and text for $40. Selectel's $40 plan doesn't make sense.

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  12. Selectel has a larger network: with Verizon POST-paid. Page Plus is on the crippled, smaller prepaid network. That is why I chose Selectel. The customer service has been unbelievably good too.

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    1. Isn't the only difference between the Verizon postpaid and prepaid network that postpaid includes free roaming on other networks?

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    2. Voice roaming is included with Selectel, while on Page Plus you have to pay extra for voice roaming. They both are reported to have included text roaming. There is no data roaming on Selectel or Page Plus. Without the clarification that the extra coverage only applies to talk the suggestion of postpaid coverage can be a bit misleading.

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    3. Is this true?

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    4. It's true that Selectel has no extra cost voice roaming and voice roaming costs extra on PagePlus. Both have no extra cost text roaming but no data roaming.

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  13. Selectel's datahistory is non-existent (voice shows only last 10 outgoing calls), so one has to guess. And it seems they error on their side, so sporadic phone use can eat up data quickly.

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  14. Ptel did not honor promo code PTSPOTME and charged my card the full price despite giving me the discount in the shopping cart when I ordered. So far Ptel customer service has been less than helpful.

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  15. With the recent offerings by especially the group discounts and few fairly descent low end phones(and as well the ATT Gophone Walmart 45 plan, Verizon Allset plan) , Page Plus has lost a lot of its appeal. The ATT network coverage is very close to that of Verzion. 4 lines for $100 w/500 mb then unlimited throtteld data plus having GSM byod freedom . Page Plus has lost its edge for monthly plans ( except for those people that need VZW ).

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  16. It appears RingPlus is preparing for roaming.

    I am a very long-time Sprint customer, going back to the time in southern California when Cox Communications actually operated it's own cellular service in the Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas markets using the Sprint PCS brand name.

    Because of work needs, I have had a couple of Airave devices, one that is always turned on in my home, and set for coverage up to 8,000 square feet, and another Airave device that I will use when I am traveling for work to areas where the Sprint signal is not available.

    As many know, very few of the Sprint MVNO's have negotiated the use by their customers the Airave device. A few MVNO's such as Ting allow it's customers to use Airave. Republic Wireless allows it's customers to make and receive calls and text through the Airave device, but does not sell and/or support any Airave devices.

    For whatever reason when I use my RingPlus number/device in an Airave coverage area (primarily my home), I am able to receive incoming voice calls, along with text messages, but cannot make any outbound voice calls.

    That all has changed as of Thursday, August, 28, 2014 as I am now able to make outbound voice calls using my RingPlus device all at the same time using my Airave device in my home. The area where I live has no available Sprint coverage. No bars, nothing and it has always been that way since I have lived in this location. In fact, the only wireless carrier that can be used is Verizon Wireless.

    Now, when I turn off the Airave device, I am not able to make any voice calls using my RingPlus phone/device, so at least from my one example, either roaming has not been turned on yet for Verizon, or more likely, roaming with Verizon is not going to be available for RingPlus customers.

    What this tells me is that RingPlus has re-negotiated it''s agreement with Sprint, and among other changes now allows RingPlus customers to make voice calls, text and data when in an Airave coverage area.

    HELLS_BELLS

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