TracFone owned Verizon MVNO Page Plus Cellular notified its dealers today that, effective Jan. 15, 2015 it will only be able to activate PagePlus phones and post-paid Verizon phones. It will also no longer activate Verizon LTE phones that have been "flashed" to disable LTE so that they can be used on Page Plus' 3G-only pay as you and $12/month plans. Here's the full message:
This change has been rumored to be coming since early this year. I believe that Verizon is imposing the new rules on PagePlus. The policy banning non-Verizon phones has been effect at other Verizon MVNO's since July. It's believed that TracFone requested and received a temporary exemption from the new rules to resolve an issue where the Verizon system rejected many PagePlus branded phones as un-supported devices.
The change will mainly effect Page Plus users and dealers who have been buying inexpensive Sprint, Cricket CDMA and other non-Verizon phones and flashing them to work on Page Plus. It also blocks users who want to use a modern LTE Verizon phone on the Page Plus pay as you go or $12 plans. Page Plus currently doesn't allow LTE phones on those two plans unless they are programmed ("flashed") to work as 3G devices. Hopefully, Page Plus will begin permitting Verizon LTE phones on the lower priced plans without flashing.
The policy change should have no effect on users who currently have a non-Verizon phone active on Page Plus. I'm sure that current flashed phones will be grandfathered and will continue to work as long as the user doesn't do anything to the account that would cause a deactivation, such as putting a different phone on the account, doing an ESN reset to fix data issues or letting the account expire for non-payment.
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