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RingPlus Launches $1.99/Month Plan

Sprint MVNO RingPlus has launched a new plan, the $1.99 "Kate" Plan. It includes 50 domestic minutes and 10 domestic or international SMS. Overage rates are 4¢/minute, 4¢/text, 4¢/MB and 9¢ per MMS picture messages.

In a lot of ways this is a better deal than RingPlus' famous, but no longer available. free plan. The free plan is supported by pre-call advertising and RingPlus wants you to make calls. So they have several rules to "encourage" making outbound calls. The rule that seems most likely to trip people up is one that says users service will be terminated if they don't make an outbound call at least once per week and 30 outbound calls per month.

If you don't want to worry about making calls just to keep from losing your account, the Kate plan, which isn't a promotional plan and isn't subject to the usage requirements, seems like the way to go.

The Kate Plan will be available starting 8 AM PT, Feb 10.

Source: RingPlus Forum

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  1. The Kate Plan?!? That's quite a name! What'll it be next, The Leopold Plan?!? ;)

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  2. The problem with their subscriber model, is that it is making it risky to sign up family, and other users, who, maybe, as kids, or seniors, will not use their phone so intensively, that they will meet these guidelines.
    Imagine signing up my grandma, as she uses her phone minimally, and needs an emergency phone, and finds that she cannot call a family member in a crisis, and legal liability issues arise.
    I think this is a dangerous model that RP is attempting for the mainstream market.

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    1. No, you should not put Grandma or kids on the free plan that calls for 30 outgoing calls per month. Do you really want kids and older people responding to ads? The $1.99 Kate plan might be fine for them. They do not have to make one voice call.

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  3. Does Ring Plus transmit voice calls over cellular or VOIP? Thanks

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    1. With a RingPlus phone, try calling this echo test number: 909-390-0003, count till you hear your echo, now try it with other phones.

      You will be surprised at the delay RingPlus has,

      I suspect this echo latency is caused by going from a Sprint cellular tower to some VOIP based network servers then back to the Sprint tower and to your phone.

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    2. After being a customer on R+ for awhile, I can tell you that call latency is a ongoing discussion on R+.

      http://discourse.ringplus.net/t/discussion-into-call-latency/659/13

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    3. The calls are routed to the RingPlus switch, which plays commercials, music, performs other services. Sometimes my calls do not connect the first try (busy switch?). Sometimes the voice at the other end breaks up, and sometimes they say my voice is breaking up. Happens on two phones. I did not have this problem with the same two phones on Platinumtel, Kajeet or Ting. I am on the free plan, and I do not want to pay if the voice quality is going to be the same on the other plans.

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    4. According to the Ring+ CTO:
      "As I've said in multiple other threads, we do not use VoIP to conduct our calls, but we do route over Sprint's 4G IMS-based packet-switched network2. We sit on the "Application Server" layer and interact directly with IMS core elements via dedicated fibre lines that aren't Internet accessible. We do this using the standard IMS-based protocols including SIP, Diameter, RTP, etc... This 4G IMS network is also the basis for future VoLTE offerings from Sprint, Verizon, ATT, and really anybody offering 4G - IMS runs all these 4G networks." They use SIP protocol, which is also used in VOIP. That caused a lot of back and forth discussion.
      To see the whole post, go about half page on the thread provided above:
      http://discourse.ringplus.net/t/discussion-into-call-latency/659/13. Click on the link the CTO includes for a detailed discussion.

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    5. Another good explanation from the RingPlus CTO post:
      Actually, the flow of a call would be going from Handset --> Sprint TDM/CDMA --> Sprint IMS --> RingPlus --> Sprint IMS --> Sprint TDM/CDMA --> Handset or PSTN. This is going to be the case until VoLTE is released, at which point we'll drop the entire Sprint TDM/CDMA segment.

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    6. Both my RingPlus flip phone connections 'go to sleep' after a while even when the home screen is on. No bars show on either phone, even in a strong Sprint signal area that has 4-5 bars on the phone on power up. At this sleep time, incoming calls go to voicemail and outgoing calls fail. Many times outgoing calls fail, even when I have 4 or 5 bars. I get messages like Signal faded, Call failed. Sometimes it works if I redial about 5 or 6 times. Sometimes launching the browser 'wakes up' the connection and I get full bars. It happens on both phones and a third Sprint phone. All three worked fine on 3 other Sprint MVNOs before RingPlus. I speculate that the RingPlus server is doing something strange to my connection.

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  4. Another new RingPlus plan: "The Afterhours." $6 for 300-50-10. Look for free plan, and it is on the same pagel

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  5. So... is there an app to automatically make sure a call is made to some meaningless number, for one, minute, once per week unless outgoing calls are made already? Should be easy

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  6. don't think it was mentioned but the $1.99 "Kate" Plan also has the ads like the free plan. not really a complaint just an observation. i really hope the company succeeds.

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