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Update - Ended: RingPlus Will Reopen Free Mobile Phone Plan Signups at 10 AM PDT Today

If you missed getting into Sprint MVNO RingPlus' free mobile service last week you will get another chance later this week. RingPlus Tweeted that the signup window will reopen at 10AM Pacific Time, today Thursday, Sep. 12.

Update: the promotion's quoted was filled in 30 minutes. Also, it looks like this might have been the last of the RingPlus free service promotions. After it was over RingPlus tweeted "Tomorrow Ringplus will announce a new line of BYOSD plans starting at $5.99, up to our New BYOSD Unlimited plan for 35.99. STAY CONNECTED !"

The free plan comes with 300 minutes and 50 texts per month at no charge. Additional minutes and texts are 2¢ each. Data is also available for 2¢/MB. The service is ad-supported, when you make a call, a recorded sales pitch plays during the time when  you normally hear a ringing tone before the called party or voice mail answers.

The free plan is a promotion with limited availability. Last time, the quota was met and signups ended after just 25 minutes. To be eligible for the plan you need you need a clean ESN Sprint phone that's not currently in service with Sprint or another Sprint MVNO.

When signups begin Thursday, go to https://my.ringplus.net/device_validation_requests/new and enter your phone's ESN. If your device is eligible you can  activate the phone immediately. To get the free plan choose "BYOSD" from the plan drop down. A valid email address and a credit or debit card number (for overages) is required although RingPlus says they won't charge you card automatically. If needed, you fund data and overage minutes and texts by adding $5 or more (plus a 45¢ processing fee)  to your account using a form on the RingPlus site.

Once you get in to the plan you need to do a factory reset of your phone and it should activate automatically. Warning: a factory reset will delete your contacts, messages, calendar events and settings as as well as any pictures, music and ringtones in phone memory. Back up anything you want to keep to the SD card or a PC.  Some Sprint phones have a Network Reset menu option that just clears the network settings, allowing hands free activation to occur without deleting user content so use that instead of a factory reset if it's available.

Since the last signup RingPlus as added a user forum to their site and posted a BOYSD Plan Rules document. Some of the rules include:
  • iPhones, Palms, Blackberries, push to talk devices, as well as Virgin, Boost and other MVNO phones are not allowed.
  • You must complete an outgoing call within 24 hours of activation or your account will be cancelled.
  • Your account will be cancelled if you don't either use your phone to make calls "regularly" or  add funds and use them for data or texts.
  • Support is by email (support at ringplus dot net) only. There is no phone support.
  • A user is not allowed to have multiple active phones. It's OK to activate extra phones for family members or friends as long as each phone is being used by a different person. 
The rules seem reasonable. The one phone per user rule is to keep people from gaming the system to get more than 300 free minutes or 50 free texts per month. Requiring that either calls be made or paid services be used insures that each customer is generating at least a little revenue.

During previous signups for the free plan, the RingPlus site was badly overloaded which many users getting errors trying to reach it.  RingPlus says they are adding more capacity. If you get an error try refreshing your browser. A trick that's worked for me is to use multiple different browsers like Chrome, Firefox and Opera and refreshing each one as soon as it throws an error. With a bit of luck you will eventually get through.


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  1. And still no word from FreedomPop. hmmmm

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    1. The FreePop iPhone sleeve is a year late...They still do not have the trade in offer posted for WiMax to LTE modems...Dont hold your breath or wear out your hmmmm for their free phone service.

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  2. I desperately need a Sprint phone or any clean ESN to activate this...

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  3. When instructing users to do a "Factory Reset", a warning should be issued to let them know that all user information (contacts, texts, and photos) may (or will) be deleted.

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    1. Good point. I've added a warning to the post.

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    2. My Ptel phone worked without doing a factory reset, I just followed the RingPlus instructions to Update the MSID and the MDN settings.

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    3. Does data work? Normally hands free activation is required to configure it. MSID and MDN is all that's needed for voice and SMS.

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    4. I don't know if data works, is a factory reset required to get it working?

      I could not get the PRL to update, but it would not with Ptel either.

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    5. A factory reset or network reset will trigger the Sprint back end to initiate a hands free activation which will configure data and probably allow the PRL to update as well.

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    6. My experience with activating a Sprint HTC Touch Pro 2 on RingPlus is that I needed to use ##786# to bring up EPST menu and reset to start self activation (MSL was needed for reset action to complete). Profile update and and PRL update kept on failing until I added $2 to activate data service. Looks like some smartphones will need data service for profile update. Default Sprint network setting works for cellular data.

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  4. Since Ring Plus is a California-based company, I'm surprised that they are charging customers a .45c processing fee top ups.

    Unless Ring Plus is a governmental agency, public entity or school/public university, or a electric, gas or water utility (telephone and cable are NOT included) as approved by the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission), if Ring Plus charges (or their credit card/debit card processor) a processing fee for top-ups (or any other transaction), this would be in violation of California Civil Code, Section 1748.1(a).

    I'm surprised that the Ring Plus legal counsel did not catch this illegality of imposing fees (however they are called; processing fee, handling fee, convenience fee or otherwise) when using either a credit and/or debit card for top ups.

    If you are charged the processing fee, contact Ring Plus to have the fee refunded. If they do not refund the fee, you are entitled to three times the amount of the processing fee (treble damages) and payment by Ring Plus of your court/filing fees by the small claims court. Whether the court/judge will grant additional monies, such as lost time from work, etc. would be at the discretion of the presiding small claims court judge.

    If anybody has been charged the processing fee for top ups, please post here.

    What are those capitalist-pigs at Ring Plus thinking?

    HELLS_BELLS

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  5. Ring Worm Plus?

    sorry, yes understand that "Ring" means the phone ringing

    but the name of this mvno just makes me laugh. lol

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  6. if we have two phones , can we sign each one for husband and wife

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    1. Yes, RingPlus says multiple phones for multiple people on one account is OK.

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  7. What if I have two personalities, does that count? :)

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    1. Depends. Will they both use their phone regularly? ;-)

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    2. One phone per ear! Both will get used :)

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  8. If you are not successful at signing up for the BYOSD plan from Ring Plus on Thursday, September 12, 2013, there is always.....

    http://www.420-wireless.com/

    Hurry, you can be one of the first 1000 to sign up!

    Not sure if this is a joke or a real MVNO. They say their primary network is T-Mobile, but also mention AT&T along with Verizon and Sprint. If T-Mobile is 420 Wireless' primary carrier, they must have been smoking too much 420 when they forgot that Verizon and Sprint use CDMA technology.

    I know...420 Wireless is going to use a brand new techonology...it's an all-network compatible phone device that also functions as a bong or marijuana pipe...lol

    420 Wireless might be worth looking into, as they may also have free service, because they will probably be too high and forget to bill you!

    I guess anybody/anyone/anything can become a MVNO...too funny

    HELLS_BELLS

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