Say hello to PlatinumTel, also known as Ptel Mobile. It started as a Sprint MVNO (CDMA) but switched to a...
PTel Mobile Prepaid Cellphone Plans
Say hello to PlatinumTel, also known as Ptel Mobile. It started as a Sprint MVNO (CDMA) but switched to a T-Mobile MVNO (GSM) a few years ago. Confused about what we mean by MVNO? It stands for mobile virtual network operator and basically means that Ptel doesn’t own the wireless technology it uses. It leases wireless technology from T-Mobile and then retails it back to us, the consumers, at reduced rates.
What we have therefore is the perfect 3G/4G wireless company for consumers who want T-Mobile-grade speeds at prices that won’t rob them blind.
- Compatibility With Unlocked GSM Phones
- Zero Added Fees
- Some BlackBerry Compatibility
PTel Mobile only offers two monthly plans, but they are priced at highly competitive rates.
- $40 | Unlimited Talk, Text, Web, Global Text
- $50 | Unlimited Talk, Text, Web, Global Text
The only difference between the two is that the $40 plan offers 4G speeds for the first 250MB of data, while the $50 plan offers 4G speeds for the first 2GB of data.
Note also that both plans come with both free SMS and MMS messaging. Plus, you may make as many 411 calls as you desire without having to worry about extraneous fees..
Here’s the kicker: international dialing to over 40 countries (China, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany and many others) costs only a penny per minute.
Usage Based Plans
- $0.05/Minute | Talk
- $0.02 | Text
- $0.10 | 1MB
- $0.02 | Global Text
- $0.02 | MMS
- $0.50 | 441
Every single plan automatically comes with free voicemail, call waiting, caller ID, 3-way calling and online account management.
Ptel Mobile charges zero added fees to your plans, meaning no activation fee, no deactivation fee, no roaming fee and no domestic long distance fee. Furthermore, you can recharge either your pay-as-you-go or monthly plans through several methods.
As a pay-as-you-go customer, you can buy Airtime Top-Up cards in denominations of $10, $20, $30, $40, $50 and $100. There’s also an additional service known as Cash Top-Up. It’s available at a few select retailers and works for both pay-as-you-go and monthly plans. It basically lets you refill your plan with any amount between $10 and $150.
You can use any unlocked GSM phone with Platinum Tel’s service, but to take advantage of its 3G/4G data capabilities, the phone must be capable of operating on the AWS 1700/2100 bands. Some BlackBerry devices also work on Ptel, but the network doesn’t support proprietary services like BlackBerry mail and BlackBerry messenger.
PTel mobile also offers a slew of devices directly on its website, from simple ones like the Nokia 1616 and Alcatel OT-665 to more advanced mobile phones like the Samsung T749 Highlight, HTC Wildfire 5 and LG P999 Optimus G2X.
Help & Support
PlatinumTel online offers email and phone support, but it does include a large database of information on its website for customers who need assistance.
In conclusion, PTel Mobile is not a bad network, but it is unfortunately limited by somewhat thin coverage. It offers the best coverage in Texas and the worst coverage in the West. Meanwhile, the East gets thorough coverage in metropolitan areas, but not-so-great coverage in more rural areas. Where it does shine, however, is with its affordable monthly plans and ridiculously budget-friend pay-as-you-go option. Also don’t forget that it supports a whole slew of GSM phones.