RingPlus announced several new plans today that include unlimited domestic voice minutes and a limited number of minutes to India, China and Israel. The plans are:
- BYOSD-Richard: $12.99 + taxes, Unlimited Voice, 50 SMS US & International, 10 MB Data, 50 Free International Minutes to China, India or Israel
- BYOSD-Lina: $14.99 + taxes, Unlimited Voice, Unlimited SMS US & International, 50 MB Data, 150 Free International Minutes to China, India or Israel
- BYOSD-Noelani: $17.99 + taxes, Unlimited Voice, Unlimited SMS US & International, 300 MB Data, 250 Free International Minutes to China, India or Israel
The new plans will be available starting at 10 AM PST on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. They are promotional plans and will only available to the an unspecified number of new subscribers. The announcement doesn't mention the price of additional texts, data or international minutes. On RingPlus' other plans overage is 2¢ per text or MB.
These plans are BYOSD (Bring Your Own Sprint Device) and are only available to customers who supply their own phone. RingPlus can activate most Sprint phones with the exception of iPhones, BlackBerrys and "Trios" (I think they mean Palm Treos). The phone must be clear for activation on Sprint (not reported lost or stolen or flagged for non-payment of a previous bill or ETF) but can't be currently active. You can check if a phone is allowed on the RingPlus site.
The "+ taxes" in the plans description's is new. Up to now taxes have been included in RingPlus plan prices, as they are with most prepaid operators. I wonder if RingPlus is going to start padding the bill with a bunch of bogus taxes and fees like postpaid operators (and a few prepaid ones) do.
RingPlus is best known for the promotional ad-supported free plan that was available to a limited number of customers for a few weeks after RingPlus launched in August. Today's press release announcing the new plans mentions that there will be another chance to sign up for free service which will include 350 minutes, 50 texts and 10MB of data on Dec 12 at 10AM.
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