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

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 thoughts on “Cell phones with WIFI, no data plan required on Page Plus – and more

  1. 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 😀

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  2. 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!.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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!

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

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  6. 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!”

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