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RingPlus Announces New Plans, Says No More Free Signups Until December

New Sprint MVNO RingPlus Wireless which has been generating buzz with promotions that let a limited number of users sign up for free ad-supported mobile phone service, announced new paid monthly plans on their forum today. RingPlus also says there will be no more free service promotions until December 10.

When the free promotion reopens in three months it will include more free minutes and texts; 325 minutes instead of 300, 70 texts, up from the current 50. It will also come with 10 MB of free data per month. Currently the free plan doesn't come with any included data although data is available at 2¢/MB.  Additional minutes and texts are also 2¢ each.

The new plans, which will be available starting Sunday Sept. 15 at 8 AM PDT range in price from $5.99 to $35 per month. They are ad-free, although according to RingPlus, users will hear "music and entertainment content" in place of ads.

Price per Month Included Minutes Additional Minutes Included Texts Additional Texts Included Data Additional Data
$5.99 none 2¢/minute none 2¢/each none 2¢/MB
$7.99 300 2¢/minute 300 2¢/each none 2¢/MB
$9.99 400 2¢/minute 400 texts 2¢/each 300 MB 2¢/MB
$35.00 Unlimited N/A Unlimited N/A 1200 MB 2¢/MB

The new plans are a mixed bag. The cheapest plan, which charges you $5.99 plan just for the privilege of having a RingPlus number with no included minutes, texts or data, is unappealing. But the other three plans are all excellent deals. RingPlus is calling these plans promotions so apparently they will only be available to new users for a limited time.I sure hope the sign up window is longer than the last free promotion which closed just 9 minutes after it opened!


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  1. Glad to see all these mnvo activities. They are probably anticipating freedompop. The $8 is not too shabby, at least pre-freedompop.

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    1. freedompop is very limited if you want it truly free, and their service isn't that great.

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  2. Hofo ID: Grateful4adviceSeptember 13, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    For your readers who prefer Tmobile coverage, Lycamobile is nearly as inexpensive as Ringplus.

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    1. Data costs 3X though. And Lyca rounds up data enough that small sessions like auto email checking and background data cost more than you would expect for 6c/mb. I turned those settings off. At 2c/mb I am using these features on RingPlus+

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    2. Hofo Id Grateful4adviceSeptember 14, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Thanks for the heads up on data rounding.

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  3. Do they have roaming? It looks like it on their coverage map

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  4. how is their data speed? Can I use any Sprint phone?

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    1. I am getting normal Sprint data speed on two EVDO RevA phones. In other words, relatively slow but usable.

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  5. The $9.99 plan is superb...it also includes 300 megs...this plan fits me perfectly

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    1. You save $5/month compared to the "free" BYOD plan if you use everything this plan provides.
      Break-even point is 500 extra units over the free 300/50.

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  6. I want to warn folks about the problem of RingPlus, even the paid plan. I had quite a few missed incoming call and dead silence on the outgoing calls on my ad-supported free plan. Those were all billed strangely, so I contacted support. After many back and forth emails, they gave me an excuse of busy server, so I checked my suspicion with a friend that manages mobile system for a living, including call routing. He agreed with my concern.

    RingPlus is not like normal MNVO, they route the calls to their own server, so they can play that ad. The paid plan plays music instead of ad, but the calls are still routed to their system. RingPlus support told me the reason for the dead silence and unprocessed calls is caused by their server being very busy. It is very clear that if their ad server is under load, you are screwed. So this means a completion depend on Sprint's system load + RingPlus' system load.

    It's definitely not as reliable as the other MMVO that let Sprint process the entire call. I won't complaint because it's free but that's pretty hard to accept for a paid plan, in which you'd have expectation of reliability on the service, especially during emergencies.

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  7. The new lineup looks competitive but it sucks that it's only available for a limited time again

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  8. The new plans say "Nationwide Coverage - Roaming Additional", I didn't think they had roaming?

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    1. As far as I know there's no roaming. Maybe they will add extra cost roaming soon. The "roaming additional" may also be a left handed way of disclosing that the roaming areas shown on the RingPlus coverage map aren't included with the service.

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  9. Since Verizon phones are CDMA will they work on any of the sprint mvnos?

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    1. Sprint only allows its MVNOs to activate Sprint branded phones.

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  10. Any information on porting?

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    1. This was posted on the RingPlus forum by one of the RingPlus peopls:

      "RingPlus will fully allow porting of your numbers into RP. It's not currently available, but keep a keen eye on the Dashboard this week. There may be a nominal charge to port in, as we're charged to submit the request to the inter-carrier porting system."

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  11. Hello:

    Has anyone USE a Kyocera S2100 from Virgin. I ACTIVATE A $7.99 "HAZEL" plan.

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  12. Careful with Virgin phones -- they can deactivate you at any time (same with Boost Mobile).

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  13. You can get the $35/month Unlimited TnT with 1.2GB data plan free together with a free LC Lucid 2 or equivalent model smartphone if you live in TN and sign up for health care on the healthcare.gov exchange through the Community Health Alliance (CHA) co-op. Nashville Business Journal http://www.bizjournals.com/nashville/blog/2013/09/tns-health-insurance-co-op-offers.html This is made possible by a $73M federal grant to the CHA. If you qualify and want this deal, you should hurry. The TN Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has asked Community Health Alliance, the statewide health insurance co-op, to stop its cell phone promotion for now, since it may violate state law, which prohibits insurers from using rebates or incentives unless they are disclosed in policy filings as a "wellness incentive." Because the cell phone promotion was not put into the filings originally submitted to HHS, the co-op is potentially violating the state law.

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    1. The CHA's phone program has nothing to do with RingPlus.

      I don't know if it was a good deal or not (that depends on the cost CHA's health plans compared with plans from other providers) but the CHA program has already been put on hold and is no longer mentioned on the CHA site.

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  14. I was one the lucky few to have successfully opened a 300/50 BYOSD Ring Plus account.

    Over the past couple of weeks, I see that the "dashboard" has been updated which now displays the number of free minutes used, number of free text messages used, and any paid data used.

    My plan was successfully renewed without an interruption of service, nor did I utilize all of the "free" minutes and text messages. I did add a few dollars to try out the data. In my area of southern California, it appears that Softbank/Sprint has either upgraded the towers to 4G LTE (I'm using a 3G Smartphone), or Softbank/Sprint has very few customers (their own or other Sprint MVNO's) as my average download speed is about 2.0 mb, and the upload is about 1.5 mb.

    For my usage, the free service has worked as advertised, and as far as the quality of the voice calls, up to now, it has been fine.

    The Ring Plus free ad/announcement gimmick runs until either the called party answers, or the call goes to voice mail, and for me, I have not had a problem with calls completing. I've also noticed that the "ads" are updated with a different greeting each day, by letting you know what day it is. On Friday, the greeting asked callers if they would like to give their opinion on the government shutdown.

    I've seen the comments on roaming, and for me personally, there are areas I travel to within southern California that do not have native Sprint service. In these areas, I have been able to make calls using the service with my Ring Plus phone/device. From what I have read and from what others have posted, it appears that Ring Plus has not negotiated a roaming agreement with Sprint, so it could be a glitch on Sprint's side by permitting roaming for Ring Plus customers beyond Sprint's own native network.

    Also, Ring Plus does not work with the Sprint Airave device.

    HELLS_BELLS

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