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.
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.