Page Plus charging taxes and fees now
Now that Verizon MVNO Page Plus Cellular is acquired by TracFone, America Movil’s U.S. subsidiary, changes are inevitable. One of the first changes under the influence of TracFone is Page Plus charging taxes and fees now when customers buy airtime on their website. Up until now, Page Plus did that only to Ohio residents but that’s where PagePlus is based. Customers of other TracFone subsidiaries, Straight Talk, Net10 and Simple Mobile, are also required to pay taxes and fees.
Taxes and fees depend on the state and city and include sales tax, fee for Federal Universal Service, Regulatory Cost Recovery and 911 fee. If customers purchase airtime from CallingMart.com for example, they can avoid those.
However, not all changes that Page Plus Cellular is making now that’s owned by TracFone are bad for customers. Kitty Wireless, PagePlus’s online dealer, has announced couple of days ago lowering data and MMS rates on its Standard plan in mid-April. The Pay As You Go data rate will be 10 cents per MB instead of 99 cents per MB while MMS rate (picture, video and audio) will be 5 cents instead of 25 cents per message. Page Plus’s dealer also announced adding more data to two of its monthly plans in the coming months.
TracFone has acquired Page Plus in January 16, 2014. Since than, paying taxes and fees is added which is a negative change while positive changes (like cheaper pay as you go data, messages and adding more data to monthly plans) are coming soon. What Page Plus customers fear the most, U.S. based customer service becoming not U.S. based, is unaffected for now.
Source: Prepaid Phone News