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  PagePlus LTE Rumored, Possibly as Soon as Next Month
Posted by: BlastGT1 - 07-23-2014 10:27 PM - No Replies

PagePlus LTE Rumored, Possibly as Soon as Next Month

A post by Kitty of Kitty Wireless on the PagePlus dealer's user forum strongly hints that PagePlus Cellular will be offering LTE support in a month or two.

Kitty never comes right out and says the LTE word. In a forum thread titled "O.m.g", she just says that something that will make users "very, very, very, very, very..... x 100..... happy" is coming to PagePlus, and it involves SIM cards. PagePlus' current Verizon based 3G service doesn't use SIMs, but Verizon LTE requires them.

Verizon Prepaid finally got LTE last week so it was just a matter of time before the 4G technology filtered down to Verizon MVNOs. With PagePlus owned by TracFone, the largest US MVNO and a huge wholesale customer of Verizon, it's the logical choice to be the first MVNO to get LTE. I suspect that if PagePlus does get LTE, TracFone's other brands offering smartphones on Verizon; Straight Talk, NET10 and TracFone will get LTE around the same time.

As to when LTE, or whatever this exciting thing involving SIMs will arrive, Kitty is being coy about that too. saying only "I would wait until the end of August before buying a device."

Verizon Prepaid already offers LTE, but PagePlus has lower prices. Verizon's sole smartphone plan is $45/month for unlimited talk and text and 500MB of data. PagePlus charges $39.95 for unlimited T&T and 1GB of data or $29.95 for 1200 minutes, 3000 texts and 500MB of data.

One question about LTE is whether it will mean the end of PagePlus's ability to activate non-Verizon phones that have been "flashed" to work with Verizon. There have been rumors that Verizon wants to end the widespread usage of flashed Sprint, Cricket CDMA and other non-Verizon devices and might ban their activation when they enable MVNO LTE. Non-Verizon phones are incapable of supporting Verizon LTE and there's a huge supply of older Verizon LTE phones so I don't see the end of flashed phones being a big issue. Presumably current flashed phone users will be grandfathered until they switch devices.

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  Verizon Prepaid LTE Phones Now Available, $200 Galaxy S4 Refurb, $300 LG G2
Posted by: BlastGT1 - 07-21-2014 07:23 PM - No Replies

Verizon Prepaid LTE Phones Now Available, Including $200 Galaxy S4 Refurb, $300 LG G2

As promised, Verizon Wireless is now allowing LTE phones on its ALLSET prepaid plans. Verizon has some good deals on LTE phones on their site right down, including the Certified Pre-Owned (CPO, aka refurbished) Samsung Galaxy S4 for $199.99. Other available devices include the:

  • LG Lucid 3, $149.99
  • LG G2, $299.99
  • CPO Apple iPhone 5 16GB, $349.00
  • Motorola Moto X, $399.99
  • HTC One M8, $599.99
  • Samsung Galaxy S5, $599.99
Any clean ESN Verizon phone can also be activated on prepaid now. LTE phones use SIM cards. If you need a SIM card for a used phone, they are supposed to be available at any Verizon store or by calling customer care at 1-800-922-0204 (press 0 four times for a live operator).

Verizon's prepaid ALLSET smartphone plan is priced at $45/month for unlimited minutes, texts and MMS and 500 MB of data with tethering and hotspot allowed at no extra cost. The plan also includes unlimited texting to Mexico, Canada and Puerto Rico.

For a limited time ALLSET customers using auto pay get a bonus of 500MB of extra data per month. For additional data users can add the following "BRIDGE DATA" add-ons:
  • $5 - 500 MB good for 30 days
  • $10 - 1 GB good for 90 days
  • $20 - 3 GB good for 90 days
The BRIDGE add ons have their own expiration independent from the basic plan activation. You can "stack" two add ons and the second one will be held in reserve until the first one is used up or expires.

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  Recent News Rollup
Posted by: BlastGT1 - 07-14-2014 06:00 PM - Replies (3)

Recent News Rollup

In lieu of one post with a full article, here is a rollup with several recent, relevant pieces of news from the prepaid phone world, in easy to digest bite-sized chunks.

Quote:Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Details Being Finalized

A report from Asian publication, Nikkei, claims that SoftBank is nearing a deal which would pave the way for the long-rumored Sprint, T-Mobile merger. The report claims that the basic agreement between the Japanese carrier and Deutsche Telekom is in place, and just the final details need ironing out.

SoftBank is purportedly seeking to buy more than 50% of T-Mobile US shares from German telecoms giant, Deutsche Telekom, which currently owns a majority 67% stake. Nikkei reports that SoftBank will use cash and stock swaps to find the $16 billion (1.7 trillion yen) required to buy that 50% stake. As we’ve heard previously, SoftBank has approached a number of large financial institutions including Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan and Chase as well as Japan’s three major banks.

With the offer reportedly accepted and all the finances lined up, it’s now seemingly just a case of getting the deal and merger approved by the U.S. regulators.....

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Quote:Wireless Carriers Scared Of FCC Changing Definition Of Broadband

Recently, the FCC proposed to change the definition of broadband from 4 Mbps downstream/1 Mbps upstream to between 10-25 Mbps downstream/2.9 Mbps upstream. Much like in the past, wireless carriers and Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) are dead-set against such an increase as it would force them to upgrade infrastructure and would cause the number of ‘unserved’ areas in the country to rise significantly.

Specifically, wireless carriers such as Verizon must be petrified at the notion of raising the definition of broadband. Why? Because Verizon was able to recently pay off convince the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities that their DSL and wireless programs were good enough to be deemed sufficient to complete their state broadband obligations.

Verizon would much rather push off their wireless plans that are more expensive for consumers and costs less to maintain by Verizon. Any raise in definition would force Verizon to ACTUALLY upgrade dying landlines and/or their wireless service in areas where it is lacking.

Over the years, ISP's and wireless carriers have fought HARD to stop the FCC from ever raising the definition of broadband.....

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Quote:China Deems iPhone a National Security Threat

On Friday, China’s state run China Central Television (CCTV) deemed Apple’s iPhone a national security threat. The threat is due to Apple’s “Frequent Location” feature that is a part of Location Services on the iPhone. According to the Wall Street Journal, the fear is based around the information contained within this feature that would, in essence, enable anyone who had this information to know of China’s secrets.

Apple has not commented on the report, but according to their support page, the feature can be customized or turned off in the device settings. Apple also claims that the information collected is only kept on the device and it will not be sent to Apple without the user’s permission.

Due to fears that the US is spying on other countries, China included, this report comes as no surprise. The documents leaked by Edward Snowden claimed that the National Security Agency was provided information on Chinese leaders by companies such as Apple and Google.....

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