Pay As You Go (PayGo for short) plans aren’t as popular as they used to be but they can still be a good deal for customers who don’t use their phones very much. With PayGo you add money to your account which is used to pay for for service at a fixed rate per minute, message or MB of data used. The unused money in your account will expire unless you “top up” by adding more money before the expiration date.
Page Plus Cellular, a TracFone owned Verizon MVNO, has long offered one of the best PayGo plans. With Page Plus PayGo, the minimum top up is $ 10 every 120 days. That means you can pay as little as $ 2.50/month for cell phone service.
For arcane historical reasons, Page Plus has only allowed non-LTE phones to be activated on its PayGo plan. I believe that restriction originally came from Verizon which reportedly charged MVNOs a higher monthly line charge for LTE capable phones. With Verizon planing to shut down its 2G and 3G networks next year Page Plus has finally started to allow LTE phones on PayGo. Another change is that customers with LTE phones will be charged a flat six cents per minute for calls. As before, non-LTE phone users will still pay between four and 10 cents per minute based on the size of their top-ups, with larger top-ups getting cheaper minutes. If that sounds confusing here’s a table showing all the rates:
* $ 80 Top-Ups are only sold by dealers, not by Page Plus
The prices for messages, data and roaming are not changing and are the same for both LTE and non-LTE users:
- Data 5¢/MB
- Domestic texts: 5¢/each
- Outgoing international texts 20¢ each
- MMS (picture and group messages) 5¢ plus the cost of data used
- Domestic roaming 29¢/minute, 5¢/text
- Roaming in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands: 60¢/minute, 50¢/outgoing text, 25¢/incoming text
Obviously PayGo is not for most users. But if you or a family member uses a a combined total 100 of minutes and texts per month and little or no data, Page Plus PayGo will be one the least expensive available options.
Source: Page Plus Cellular