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RingPlus Free Plan Will Be Available Again Mar 28

Sprint MVNO RingPlus announced today on Twitter and their Forum that the 2014 Free BYOSD plan will be open to new activations Friday Mar 28, 2014 from noon to 12:30 PM PT.

The plan includes 200 voice minutes, 500 domestic or international texts and 50 MB of data at no cost. Additional minutes, texts and MBs of data are 2¢ each and MMS picture messages are 7¢ each. Although advertised as free, RingPlus actually charges about a dollar a month for telecom taxes. There are also some rules of the road that must followed to avoid account termination. Still an excellent deal.

RingPlus also says that customers who are currently on the 2013 Free BYOSD Plan and want to switch the 2014 Free BYOSD Plan, can email a request with their phone number and ESN to support@ringplus.net by 10PM PST March 27th, 2014 and they will be switched effective 3/27. The 2013 Free plan came with 325 minutes, 70 texts and 10 MB of data so switching means gaining 430 texts and 40 MB but losing 125 minutes and being subject to the 2014 rules of the road instead of the 2013 ones.

The free plan is BYOSD (Bring Your Own Sprint Phone) only deal. You need a clean ESN, not currently active Sprint phone. In common with other Sprint MVNOs, Ring Plus can not activate BlackBerrys, Palm phones, PTT devices or Boost or Virgin Mobile phones or phones launched by Sprint in the last 12 months. There's a list of allowed and not allowed phones on the Ring Plus Forum.

At the moment you can't activate iPhones either, but RingPlus said yesterday that they will be accepting the iPhone 5, 4S and 4 beginning in two weeks. Assuming that timetable is accurate, iPhones will be supported on or before Mar 27, one day before the free plan promo. However that assumes that Sprint, who is responsible for blocking iPhones, manages to unblock them in the promised two weeks.

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  1. No thank you. This company will go bankrupt just like PrepaYd, good look.

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    1. Wrong. Advertising makes Google billions a year, I'm sure it can cover a couple phone contracts.

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  2. Update 3/13/14 - The 2014 Free BYOSD Plan includes 200 min / 500 SMS / 50 MB data beginning on 3/28/14 at 12noon PST.

    getting more data. nice. yet the gotchas of having to make actual voice calls may be a bit much if you really do NOT make too many calls, but instead are someone who mostly texts and does internet.

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    1. 50 MB it is. Thanks for letting me know. The post has been updated.

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  3. Can we switch to the 2013 plan for more minutes? Haha.

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  4. Did anyone ever get the 200MB free data to work in the last round of free plan?

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  5. Why does anyone even bother with the service? Call quality is bad even in a good cell area. It may or may not be VOIP, but it certainly sounds below/on par VOIP quality.

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    1. what??? are you saying ring+ is actually a voip service???

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    2. It is not Voice over Internet as most understand VoIP to be. There is a lengthy discussion over this issue on their Discourse forum and HoFo. RingPlus does occasionally have voice outages that do not effect text or data use, why, because they do route all calls through their servers to facilitate the ring-back feature of their service and there is an occasional glitch. As far as call quality, I have Ting - Zact - VM and RingPlus and they all exhibit the same call quality. In my case it has been slightly garbled since March of 2013 when Sprint started the facade of Network Vision in our area, so my issue is with Sprint and not expressly RingPlus. Call quality has been pretty much a non issue on the forums? The intermittent outages is another issue altogether and can be frustrating, but they usually only last an hour or so and both text and data still function.

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    3. The way RingPlus routes the calls from cellular, over extra Sprint digital links to and from their servers, and back to cellular definitely introduces latency issues, not to mention any server response (or non-response) times. I called an echo test number and I can definitely hear more lag than with Eco Mobile. I NEVER had this issue with Ting, Kajeet or Virgin.

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    4. ok thanks. so, ring+ calls suck and have the occasional voice outages. my general impression and experience with people using sprint and sprint mvnos for voice calls is that the calls have a tendency to suck anyways. but if texts and particularly data are reasonably okay, then ring+ will end up being all good for me. just got a cheap $100 used Sprint iPhone 4 and want to put it on ring+ to try out as a backup iphone (my main iPhone 5 is on AT&T GoPhone) where the sprint iphone may eventually most likely go to a relative (as a replacement for her ipod touch but she'll continue doing voice calls on her verizon feature phone because that's just how she does things).

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  6. I agree that voice quality is bad. Sound cuts in and out on most calls, even with good signal. I tried another phone but no improvement. If it was not free I would cancel service. This is only good for a backup and calls that are not important. I would not trust my main number with them.

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  7. My wife uses RingPlus and I continuously ask her how she likes it. It was actually her idea to use it when I told her it was free. I figured she'd be on it for a week and then we'd switch to something like Ting. She's still on it and she says she has no complaints!

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