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  We're Sorry About The Downtime
Posted by: BlastGT1 - 10-16-2014 05:43 AM - Replies (7)

For those who noticed, we're sorry about the downtime. Unfortunately, we had to deal with a webhost which had control of our domain name and decided to be insanely stupid about resolving the issue, and forcing us to cough up money to renew a domain name which HADN'T EVEN EXPIRED YET.

The domain name will be transferred to a more trustworthy registrar ASAP, and in the meantime, thanks to all the money we were forced to cough up, our domain name has now been paid up for two more years. As we said on Facebook while all of this was going on, we're not going anywhere. We love being there for all of you, and things like this just serve to remind us that we DO make an impact in the community.

Thanks to all of you who worried about us and stuck around patiently. You are the reason we are here, and will continue to be here.

~UPP Staff

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  Page Plus Getting LTE In October
Posted by: BlastGT1 - 09-10-2014 06:27 AM - Replies (1)

Page Plus Getting LTE In October

Some 11 or so hours ago, I personally received an email from Kitty Wireless, the largest independent dealer for Page Plus Cellular, a Verizon MVNO that's been around since 1993, and was itself earlier this year acquired by TracFone. The subject of that email? "Page Plus Announces 4g LTE Access Starting in October!"

Finally, the concrete information I've been waiting for! Let me give you a little back story on why I can't describe how badly I've been wanting this to happen. My HTC Rezound, a Verizon LTE phone, put me through hell initially in my attempts to get it completely flashed for Page Plus with working Talk/Text/MMS/3G Data in November of last year. It was a royal pain in the behind at times, but the experience was well worth it, and saved me from shelling out 50 bucks to have someone flash it for me. It was very rewarding, and I got a phone I'd had my eye on for some time.

However, it was with one major caveat: My choice of custom ROMs was severely limited. I could only flash HTC Sense-based ROMs because those are the only ones in which diag mode works, enabling access to manually program everything so that all features work. AOSP-based ROMs would not work because I could get absolutely no service, which I believe is due to the fact that programming data for LTE phones is stored on the SIM card, as opposed to NVRAM, for at least some things. Using a brand new Verizon LTE SIM card did not help, as it would simply try to activate continuously with Verizon, meaning no data or MMS would be possible. If I flashed any ROM at all, no matter if it was Sense-based or not, programming settings would be partially wiped out, and I would have to go through the whole programming process again, and as stated above, this could only be done on a Sense-based ROM!

Suffice it to say that I've felt fairly unfulfilled in my experience with this phone due to the issue mentioned above. However, now that I know my withdrawal symptoms from lack of ROM options is nearly over, I am VERY EXCITED! But wait, there's more!

A little over two hours ago, I got a second email from Kitty Wireless, and they are now taking pre-orders for Page Plus LTE SIM cards! Holy crap, are you kidding!? Give me two! And yes, I just ordered two, at $5.99 apiece. They are expected to be delivered around the last week of September, although Kitty Wireless customers who regularly purchase Page Plus PINs through Kitty, either one-time or autopay, will be given priority. This means I might have to wait a little while longer since I typically try to squeeze out every last penny of savings, but if I've learned anything with regards to Kitty Wireless over this last year and a half, it's that Kitty genuinely cares about her customers, and will do her absolute best to satisfy demand, period. I don't trust in many people or things in this world, but Kitty has earned my trust through service and attitude.

According to Kitty:

  • No plan price increases are expected
  • The "Standard" Pay As You Go and $12 plans not only won't be getting LTE access but LTE capable devices won't be allowed on those plans, at least initially.
  • It will still be possible to flash Verizon LTE phones and use them on the $12 and pay as you go plans.
  • For LTE phones on an LTE plan, it will be possible to switch phones by moving the SIM card from one phone to the other, ESN changes will not be necessary.
If you're like me and already have service through Page Plus, you can pre-order a SIM card by CLICKING HERE. They will cost $5.99 apiece with free shipping, limit 5 per customer, and only Normal and Nano SIMs are available at this time. The image below shows the common SIM cards out there.

[Image: Normal-Micro-and-Nano-SIM.jpg]

If you've considered using Page Plus for service but have been waiting, now is the time to go for it. If you have active service with another carrier, CLICK HERE to get started on porting your number through Kitty Wireless. It's free, and they currently have a special promotion which will get you 20% off on your first month of service on the $29.95 plan or higher, or 60% off your first month if you are porting in from AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, T-Mobile or Verizon postpaid.

By the way, if you decide to start with or switch service to Page Plus through Kitty Wireless because you read this news post, be sure to let them know that UnleashedPrepaids.com sent you, assuming you are asked for referral info. UPP won't get any kind of monetary gain from it, but it would be nice to let them know you heard about it from us, as it will help us spread the word about our community just a little bit further. Android-smile

Happy Shopping!

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  Boost Mobile Announces "Data Boost" Plans, Double the Data For Less
Posted by: BlastGT1 - 09-04-2014 05:41 PM - No Replies

Boost Mobile Announces "Data Boost" Plans, Double the Data For Less

Sprint's Boost Mobile unveiled new Data Boost promotional plans today that double the included high speed data and are $5/month cheaper than the Boost's equivalent regular plans. The new Data Boost plans are only available until Nov. 3, but customers who switch to one before that date get to keep them indefinitely provided then keep their account active and don't change plans. Current customers can switch to one of the new plans using the My Account page on the Boost Website.

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  • $35/month: unlimited talk, text and data with the first 1GB at high speeds
  • $45/month: unlimited talk, text and data with the first 5GB at high speeds
  • $55/month: unlimited talk, text and data with the first 10GB at high speeds
As always with Boost, streaming video is throttled to "3G" speeds which on the Sprint network probably means 3.1 Mbps at most. After the high speed data allowance is used up, data speeds (including streaming media) are throttled to just 128 Kbps.

I expect that Boost's new promotion will trigger a round of price cutting by the competition, especially T-Mobile's MetroPCS. Even before the new Boost plans were leaked, Metro was rumored to be bringing back the 4 lines for $100 promotion as well as increasing the amount of high speed data from 500MB to 1GB on the $40 plan and from 2.5GB to 3Gb on the $50 plan. I wouldn't be surprised to see MetroPCS go even further to match or even beat Boost's offer. Eventually I expect all four major operators to be drawn into a new round of price cutting.

While good for user in the short run, the new prepaid price war is going to be hard on the MVNOs who will be hard pressed to match their network operator partner's own plans. MVNOs have been responsible for much of the value and innovation in the prepaid industry. If MVNOs can't survive, prices will ultimately rise and consumers will lose. Hopefully the operators will cut their wholesale prices to allow the MVNOs to compete.

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