This originally started with a single post: Cell phones with WIFI, no data plan required.  I saw that post get a lot of traffic, and from the comments left it seemed this is a topic that a lot of people have in common with me.  So, I decided to create a page that contains the results of the research that I found.  I eventually switched to Page Plus Cellular and I’m very happy with it so far.

Page Plus Cellular is a prepaid cell phone service provider with nationwide coverage on one of the largest networks in the United States.  Page Plus uses Verizon Wireless to provide CDMA cellular service to it’s customers.  They offer plans that allow a customer to use a Smartphone without needing to purchase an expensive data plan.  If you have a smartphone that uses CDMA, you can have them try and set it up on Page Plus to see if it’ll work for you.

Verizon Wireless Phones Confirmed working on Page Plus

Phones page on Page Plus website

Motorola Droid

Samsung Omnia i910

Samsung Saga

Another List of phones from HowardForums.com

If you need help porting your existing number to a phone on Page Plus, see Festoons on EBay.  They’ll port your number for $0.99 and you can even get discounts on the Page Plus Prepaid plans through them.
UPDATE 03/16/2011: Festoons isn’t providing this service anymore.

Predictions and Rants on the future of Smartphones

In the smartphone market: Palm is about dead.  Blackberry is dying fast.  The big players are Apple and Google, with Microsoft fighting to catch up.

Here are some articles that I’ve read that show some interesting data on what consumers are trending to:

- 03/31/2010 – Why Blackberry users will defect – After what may become the final act for Palm, more attention is being paid to Blackberry.  From the article, “BlackBerry has long been the choice of tech-savvy executives who are wirelessly tethered to their jobs. But as evidenced in the study, only 7% of BlackBerry owners still use their device exclusively for work.”  The article goes on to say, “the BlackBerrys, the Palm Treos, and the Windows Mobile devices never successfully adopted the veneer of “recreational smartphones” nearly as well as Apple or Android.  Put simply, iPhones, Droids, and Nexus Ones just look like more fun. And as the “fun factor” became a significant reason why smartphones became as popular as they did, any manufacturer still focusing on the business aspects fell out of favor with users.”  Personally, I think it goes beyond just the “fun factor”.  The “fun factor” plays a very large role, but the lack of innovation in Palm and Blackberry further lead to a lack of excitement in their products.  Google and Apple provide more for less.  Palm and Blackberry seem to have that formula backwards and now they are paying a big price.  One last note, I know Apple and Google fans want to throw Microsoft in the same group as Palm and Blackberry, but you are missing some key features that gives Microsoft an advantage over Blackberry and Palm.  Namely, Bing and XBox Live.  These services platforms integrated into a wireless device (if they continue to be actively developed and continue to become more full featured) will allow Microsoft a chance at competing with Apple and Google.  The services platform integration (not the phones themselves) is what will determine the main players in this market down the road.

– 03/16/2010 – 40% of Blackberry users willing to trade in for an iPhone – An interesting note about my Blackberry theory: ArsTechnica had an article that showed that 40% of Blackberry users would switch to an iPhone, while 32% would switch to Google’s Nexus One.  Another side note from the article: “About 90 percent of current iPhone and Android users plan to stick with their current platform for their next phone upgrade.”

 

70 Responses to Cell phones with WIFI, no data plan required on Page Plus – and more

  1. Tina says:

    Can you monitor/turn on and off text on a web page with Page Plus?
    I want to use an iphone but got a data plan added automatically so I want to change.

  2. Vinney says:

    Hey Chris, I wanted to thank you for posting this. I was thinking about this exact same thing. Your post is great and easy to understand. I plan on doing same very soon. But was wondering if there was any issues porting your existing number from another provider to Page Plus?

  3. Paulette Brown says:

    I am using a motorola droid w/a pageplus wireless plan. Why does the internet go out reall quick on these phones….is there a plan out there in which the internet will last for 30 days…help…I need answers fast.

  4. Greg says:

    I want to make sure I understand this correctly. The new phones have wireless internet connectivity so that if you are near a hotspot you can get internet on the phone without using or needing the 3/4G data packages?

  5. Norm says:

    @Greg – Yep. This has been available for a few years. None of the wireless carriers promote it since it takes sales away from Data Plans. Best bet as I see it is AT&T (SIM card) and a Nokia C5-03. Latest Nokia’s not only have WiFi, they also have a GPS enabled navigator – and neither require a data plan. This phone can be bought for about $150 with no contract.

  6. Mike says:

    I just spoke with someone on page plus….they told me they can’t activate an Iphone….thats a bummer, not sure why i see all these articles online about people using iphones with page plus….guess this won’t any use for me afterall :(

  7. Alan Glasser says:

    @Norm What is the ATnT Sim card needed for in the Nokia? I’m a little green to all this so bare with me. If I pick up a Nokia C5-03 can’t I just call up Page Plus and they activate the phone? Also, will the Nokia support SIP/VoIP calling?

  8. ARMANDO says:

    i am looking for a cell phone that won’t need a data plan even though i have a verizon plan, they “verizon ” told me that there is a cell phone that can fit in my plan and don”t have to buy a data plan with it,it has WI FI and the cell is a PALM KIN II or PALM KIN I, i”m trying to find one used online

  9. mike says:

    Does anyone know if motorola razr or bionic works with page plus with data plan and mms?

  10. Misty says:

    I have been on page plus almost 2 years and love them. I have been using my incredible on their 1200 plan with no prob, but I just went to have my thunderbolt turned on and was told because page plus only supports 3g I couldnt. Has anyone been able to get the 4g phones to work on page plus? Any help pulling this off would be appreciated, as of right now my new phone is just an expensive paper weight :(

  11. Jdubs1211 says:

    Armando.. its the Microsoft Kin 2m or 1m you are referring to.. I currently have a Kin2m without a dataplan

  12. steve says:

    has anyone got a Samsung Focus to work on PagePlus? i will ask them too.
    thanks! data plans are total BS!

  13. Ani says:

    I have Page Plus for 2.5 years now. A year ago I got Palm Pixi with built in Wi-Fi. Installation takes a while but when it was all done I was so happy. Only that 3 months later the phone screen froze/blocked and I was never able to do anything with it anymore. I bought a new one, this time with a year warranty. Learned my lesson the first time. The second one is still working but the panel is all falling apart since first month. And this one is also rebooting by itself sometimes. I am waiting until it gets close to the year of warranty expiration so I can exchange it with a new one. Meanwhile if anyone knows of any other wi-fi built in phones that would work with Page Plus, please post, it will be appreciated. Now, don’t get me wrong about the Palm Pixi, it’s a wonderful small very light cute wi-fi phone but all the defects it has make me angry at times. If it wasn’t that I had to buy a second phone in 3 months time, I probably wouldn’t complain as much. But I bought the same phone for a friend and his phone followed my first phone’s destiny. The other nice thing was that Palm Pixi has Web OS software and it updates every day, so you don’t loose your phone’s info like contacts, pics, etc. And it updates your email contacts as well. That’s all for now…

  14. Fabiola says:

    I have my iphone 4 on page plus for two weeks. I went to a store where it had flyers of prepaid company’s and page plus was one of them. I just went in there said i want to connect my iphone with page plus and he said give me 15 mins. Sure enough 15 mins later phone was working perfectly, calls, web, and text but I cant send pics but it’s find i send them through email just not text pic. Web works perfectly. What i fist did was to get the lowest monthly charge which is $30 with 200mb to see if it was going to work and now i know it does so now i will be getting the $50 something a month unlimited everything :D

  15. CherryRose says:

    I have Verizon,and you can “suspend ” billing for 3 mo at a time,no huge data fees,I can’t receive,make calls,but can still use wireless to check mail,tect and chat with NO BILLING!! It’s great!.

  16. Austin says:

    I currently have an AT&T Gophone but I find that PagePlus offers more texts and calls for the same amount of money I’m paying now. When I asked how I could switch, the rep. directed me to H2O Wireless which doesn’t offer as good a value for what I’m looking for. How do I go about buying a phone (other than the incredibly limited selection they offer) that has wifi but will no attach a data plan? I’m basically looking to switch from AT&T to PagePlus but I don’t know how.

  17. Jesse says:

    Austin,
    You will need a new phone for PagePlus. The easiest way to get to where you want to go is to purchase a used Verizon phone on eBay or Craigslist and activate it on PagePlus. If you want to go cheap, you can deal straight with PagePlus or purchase a phone number port on eBay. If you want great customer service and people who know what they’re talking about, go with KittyWireless.com. I’ve been happily using them for several years now.

    The Droid 1 (original Droid), Droid X, Droid X2, HTC Incredible, or Palm Pixi Plus can all do what you’re after. They have wifi, and you can set them up with the Talk-n-Text 1200 plan, which is a monthly plan that includes 100MB of data per month. That’s not much data. The way I’ve been doing it with my Droid 1 (That I bought used 1.5 years ago) is to root it and install DroidWall. That’s a program that lets you limit the data used to just programs you want to use it, like email and the browser. Other background programs and updates can still use wifi when it’s available.

    Good luck!

  18. RobertN says:

    Man what a find…I am definitely moving over to Page Plus.
    Are there Windows based phones you can use in a similar manner?

  19. Carol says:

    I just spoke with AT&T about new phones without contracts but being able to use WIFI. What I ws told is if you have no contract and you try to access WIFI AT&T runs a scan and will pick up the use of WIFI and start charging you for data useage. And no they do not contact you before they add the cost, been there, done that!!! Their responese was,”check the fine print!”

  20. Junaid Ahmed says:

    nice and well done.

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