TracFone’s Page Plus Cellular has finally updated its $ 12 plan. The Twelve, as the plan is called, now includes 500 minutes, 500 SMS or MMS and 100 MB of data, twice as many minutes and messages and ten times as much data as before. It’s still a “3G-only” plan, meaning that only non-LTE capable phones are allowed.
The 3G only restriction has been around since 2014 when LTE phones were first allowed on Verizon MVNOs. Supposedly Verizon charged MVNOs extra for LTE so Page Plus compensated by blocking LTE capable phones on its least expensive plans. I find it hard to believe that LTE service still costs TracFone more than 3G. Verizon has announced that they plan to shut 2G and 3G down at the end of 2019, so you would think they would be encouraging customers with non-LTE phones to upgrade. I suspect that real reason for the no LTE phones rule is that Page Plus wants to get users to switch to a more expensive plan. The lowest cost Page Plus plan that allows LTE phones costs $ 29.95/month.
In any case, if you want to use Page Plus’ $ 12 plan you are going to have to find a Verizon whitelisted, non-LTE phone. Or better yet, use a different Verizon MVNO like Red Pocket, US Mobile or Expo Mobile that and allows LTE phones on low cost plans.
Here’s the current Page Plus Plan line up:
- $ 69.95/month ($ 64 with auto refill) – unlimited talk and messaging, unlimited high spreed data
- $ 55/month ($ 50 with auto refill) – unlimited talk and messaging, unlimited data throttled to 64 kbps after 10 GB
- $ 39.95/month ($ 36 with auto refill) – unlimited talk and messaging, unlimited data throttled to 64 kbps after 3 GB
- $ 29.95/month ($ 27 with auto refill) – 1500 minutes, unlimited messaging, unlimited data throttled to 64 kbps after 1 GB
- $ 12/month ($ 10 with auto refill) – 500 minutes, 500 SMS or MMS, 100 MB data. Non-LTE phones only
- Pay As You GO – minimum top up $ 10 every 120 days, 4¢-10¢/min, 5¢SMS or MMS, 10¢/MB. Non-LTE phones only.
Page Plus charges state and local sales and e911 taxes in all states that have them plus a 1.5% Federal Universal Service Fee and a 0.2% Regulatory Cost Recovery Fee. Users can avoid the taxes by buying airtime from online vendors. Page Plus terms of service prohibit hotspot and tethering.
Source: Page Plus Cellular