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:
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.
- 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'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.