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Page Plus Intros Power Text
June 08, 2009
By Vivek Naik, TMCnet Contributor

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Page Plus Cellular has unveiled its latest prepaid mobile handset add-on bundle service plan called Power Text, which is available in two variants and targets subscribers who perpetually send text messages.

 
Officials at the company say that the first plan option allows users to send 2,000 text messages for $10.95 per month, which equates to approximately 67 messages per day in an average calendar month of 30 days, and the second variant allows 5,000 text messages for $ 19.95 per month, or nearly 167 messages per day.
 
"This is an incredible plan for heavy users of text messaging, and we are seeing more and more texting in the usage patterns of our customers,” said Dean McDowell, Chief Financial Officer for Page Plus, in a statement. “This plan brings the per text cost down to less than half a penny. I'm not aware of any other text plan out there that offers a text messaging rate this low."
 
There is a plan from another company, TMCnet has reported earlier, that not only allows users unlimited text messages for $ 19.95 per month with a no contract tag (News - Alert) attached to it, but also throws in absolutely unlimited email along with data downloads and uploads within the same packaged offering. The only possible condition is that one has to make an initial investment to purchase the texting and push email device.
 
Officials at Page Plus say that the Power Text plan can be combined with any of its other offerings with the lone exception of its Talk n Text plan, which already allows 1,500 voice minutes plus 1,500 text messages for $ 39.95 per month.
 
The new plan, automatically renews every 30 calendar days from the date of activation and can also be topped up with any one of three options: by subscribing for additional Power Text, via a standard Page Plus airtime cards, or by transacting with a Personal Identification Number.
 
The one area of caution for consumers is that once the limits of either the 2,000 or 5,000 SMS’s per month plans are exceeded, then the additional text messages are billed at the normal rate of the default service plan for that customer, the company said.
 
While prevention of ‘Bill Shock’ may possibly be covered within the plan variants, it is not in evidence in the official release. ‘No Bill Shock’ has recently been passed into law by the European Union, reported TMCnet, and is becoming popular in the U.S. and the rest of the world and now also provides billing information updates for local and interstate usage, besides international coverage.

Vivek Naik is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Vivek's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Amy Tierney

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