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Page Plus To Block Flashed Phones After Jan 15

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:

Phone Activation Policy Change 

There will be a policy change going into effect January 15th, 2015 and we want to let you know now so that you have time to prepare. 

At that time, our system will no longer allow the activation of devices that are not approved by Page Plus. This includes reprogrammed, or "flashed" devices from other carriers, and all flashed 4G devices from any carrier. 

For questions about this policy change, contact Dealer Support at [number removed], via email at [address removed], or via Live Chat.

Page Plus Cellular 

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.

Related:
Selectel Wireless Is No Longer Able to Activate Non-Verizon Phones
Verizon May Block Page Plus From Activating Non-Verizon Phones Aug 1
Developing: Verizon May Block MVNOs From Activating Non-Verizon Phones

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  1. Can anyone explain to me, why on God's green earth, would you want to use Verizon or Sprint service, with all those draconian BYOP rules, Vs T-mobile or at&t, where you can use ANY compatible phone with no restrictions what so ever???

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    1. Verizon used to be the "king of the hill", the best service in town by far, so they basically can get away with those "Draconian" restrictions. But at&t is inching much closer, Verizon is still a bit better, but not by much, and certainly not enough for anyone to take the BYOD abuse, unless you are a complete moron.

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    2. I have Verizon and can freely switch my Sims, by the way even trying to compare T-Mobile
      to Verizon.

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    3. I guess 120 million people on Verizon's network appreciate having a signal, remember Verizon cared to roll out LTE long before T-Mobile or Sprint, and even at&t.

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    4. Lol, I'd say T-Mobile's itty bitty network is "Draconian" !

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    5. Why on earth? Because Verizon has the best coverage, that's why. So that is a good reason to see first if there is a good deal on a Verizon MVNO before going on to the others.

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    6. Why? Coverage. Coverage. Coverage. Bring your T-Mobile phone outside my local city where I work daily, and you will have a paperweight in your pocket. While with Verizon Prepaid, I get coverage everywhere. Not everybody is chasing cheap data.
      Verizon's coverage is King.

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    7. T-Mobile offers free roaming on AT&T and local carriers. AT&T now covers more than 300M people, so their coverage is virtually as extensive as Verizon's. They have 264M people on LTE now, 4M more than planned and more than Sprint's 260M. By the end of 2015, T-Mobile plans to cover 300M people. Don't waste your money based on coverage old news and myths. Check the maps.

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    8. Because PagePlus - where else can you purchase full mobile service for $2.50/month?

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    9. Been talking to an ebay merchant who flashes phones for use with PagePlus. He's still doing it, and claims that it works fine. He activates the phones before sending them to customers.

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  2. Where does it say January 15th in the full message? To me NO activations means nothing so no grandfather clause.

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    1. The formatting of the copied message was broken hiding the date. It's fixed now. The change only affects activation. Currently activated phones are not affected unless they become deactivated and need to be re-activated.

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  3. Will it is still be possible to activate phones like the ST Optimus Fuel on PagePlus? Does this policy change affect that?

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    1. Probably, although I don't think we will know for sure until the change goes into effect.

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  4. All comments on this issue are great. PagePlus has become another corporate minion for America Movil. Hence the further restrictions to further ensure their monopoly on the available phones.

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    1. Good comment, but from a pedantic point of view, I will object to the usage of "monopoly" devoid of meaning. As one of a group of several MVNO/prepaids which is associated with one of four major carriers, PagePlus by definition can only be any kind of monopoly at all in the hyperbole of imagination.

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  5. I've warned my friends since Page Plus started to allow 4G LTE that soon their Flashed phones or phones that they want to flash will probably not work. I have been singing that they had better never be late one day on their prepaid account meaning never let it run out even for 1 minute or they could be forced into buying a PagePlus LTE phone or post paid Verizon LTE phone that has not been turned off for failure to pay. I guess after the 15th everyone had better never be late one day for payment or their phone will stop and they will be buying a new phone. Its one way to force people to keep paying for their phones. Sort of like a contract plan without the contract.

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    1. I don't think that is entirely correct. The way it works now is that failing to renew a monthly plan or running out funds on pay as you go causes a Page Plus account to be suspended, not deactivated. You have 30-60 days after suspension to add funds before the account is deactivated. Adding funds to a suspended account causes it to resume with no-reactivation needed.

      So running out of funds on paygo or failing to renew should not immediately make a flashed phone unusable on PagePlus. Of course, TracFone could change the rules at any time

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  6. I verified with PPC yesterday: If the bill cycle lapses, a flashed/non verizon phone cannot be reactivated.

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    1. Interesting but I wouldn't count on CS to know the mechanics of something that hasn't been implemented yet. We won't know for sure until someone with a flashed phone lets it lapse.

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  7. You will have 5 days to keep your flashed phone active once the plan expires. After 5 days the system will not allow CS to add a PIN/plan. Free advice... Pay your "Bill" on time

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  8. Can a PPC acct/pho number be used on/with Google Voice? esp 12.95 plan??

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    1. Google Voice works well with Page Plus
      You can forward a Google Voice number to Page Plus.
      PagePlus supports conditional call forwarding so you can also use Google Voice as your voicemail for your PagePlus number.

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  9. Will Page Plus take my Verizon wireless Droid Blackberry?... I have a previous existing account right now.

    I just need to know if I have to flash it or not?

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    1. There's no such thing as a Droid BlackBerry. I have no idea what phone you are asking about.

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    2. Yes, just get a pageplus Sim card. My blackberry has a pp 29.99 plan

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