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RingPlus Reopens Free City Plans For San Francisco, LA and NYC Residents Only

Sprint MVNO RingPlus has quietly reopened their "City" plans for a limited time. These plans are only available to users with a New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area or Los Angeles zip code.

San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County residents can choose from two "Surf & Turf" plans, one free and one paid. 

FREE: 200 Minutes, 200 texts and 200 MB of data 
-or- 
Paid: Unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 750 MB of data for $19.99 

For New York City residents The free and paid Club 51" plans offer: 

Free: 300 minutes, 500 texts and 10 MB of data 
-or- 
Paid: Unlimited minutes, unlimited Texts and 200 MB of data for $12.99

Additional minutes, texts and MBs of data are 2¢ each and MMS picture messages are 7¢ each.

Update 4/11/2014: The Paid City Plans are still available but the free ones are not.

Plan prices do not include taxes which average about 20% on the paid plans and a dollar or two per month on the "free" plans. The free plans are also subject to Rules of the Road usage requirements including:
  • You must activate your phone and make a successful outgoing call within 24 hours after registering it or your account will be cancelled.
  • You must make a successful outbound call at least once per week and 10 successful outbound calls per month.
RingPlus is a BYOSD, "Bring Your Own Sprint device" service. They support most Sprint phones that aren't currently active on Sprint or another Sprint MVNO or flagged for non-payment or reported lost or stolen. Since earlier this week, the Sprint iPhone 4, 4S and 5 are now allowed. However, BlackBerrys, Palm phones, PTT devices, Sprint phone models released in the last 12 months and Boost and Virgin Mobile phones are NOT allowed. See this list of allowed and not allowed phones. You can check also if your phone is allowed by entering the MEID or ESN at htps://my.ringplus.net/device_validation_requests/new.

Eligibility for the City plans is by zip code. chick this list of eligible Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City zipcodes to see if yours is included.

The free City plans were last offered from 3/6 to 3/14. I don't know how long the availability window will be open this time, but if you are eligible and interested I recommend not procrastinating. To sign up go to http://ringplus.net/plans/city/. For more information visit the RingPlus Forums' Surf and Turf and Club 51 threads.

If you don't live in New York, LA or San Francisco, the 2014 Free BYOSD plan will be open to new activations Friday Mar 28, 2014 from noon to 12:30 PM PT. It includes 200 voice minutes, 500 domestic or international texts and 50 MB of data.

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  1. While they don't really do a good job at documenting this, the iPhone 5 can also be activated. The CTO made the statement here: http://discourse.ringplus.net/t/supported-devices-list/438/35

    It's interesting to watch the price trend at Swappa for the Sprint iPhone 5. As soon as the MVNOs could activate them, the price shot up. Goes to show you there is not a lot of demand for used Sprint phones to be used on their "Framily" plans. (Some may argue that there is not a lot of demand for ANY phone on Sprint, and they may be correct! :) )

    I really hope RingPlus's business model works out. I like their $9.99 Bella plan, but I'm a pretty light user. My wife uses the 2013 free plan and we dare not upgrade her to the 2014 due to the much more demanding call requirements.

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    1. I knew the iPhone 5 was eligible but forgot to include it. Thanks for reminding me.

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  2. The paid plans need to be corrected. S.F. plan is $19.99 while the NY plan is $12.99. I wish the SF plan is $12.99.

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    1. You're right. I've fixed the prices. Thanks for letting me know

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    2. Prices are correct for the cities involved, but you have the Paid Plans reversed!

      Paid Surf & Turf
      Open in San Francisco and LA
      Unlimited Voice Minutes
      Unlimited Global Text Messages
      750 Megabytes 3G/LTE Data
      19.99

      Paid Club 51
      Only Available in New York City
      Unlimited Voice Minutes
      Unlimited Global Text Messages
      200 Megabytes 3G/LTE Data
      12.99

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    3. Thanks for all you do Dennis!

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  3. I see that for Los Angeles County, zip code 93243 for Lebec which is in Kern County and zip codes 92821 and 92823 for Brea which are in Orange County are also included for the re-opened "Surf and Turf" plans.

    Did anyone catch that Ring Plus has also quietly introduced a new $33 plan, named "Jump" which includes unlimited voice and text and 2GB of LTE/3G data?

    HELLS_BELLS

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  4. for the free plans, do you have to listen to commercials before your outgoing call goes through? or do you receive telemarketing commercial phone calls, or receive spam texts??? what is the actual experience like if you are on a free plan with ringplus?

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    1. You hear ads instead of ringing tones during the time between when you press send and when the calling party answers.

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    2. There are no spam texts or telemarketing calls. If you call someone and they pick up immediately the ad stops.

      I do believe they start playing an ad a few seconds before the other line starts ringing, but it's not bad at all.

      RingPlus is pretty good for the money (free or even the paid plans). The main downsides are no roaming and 7 cents per MMS message. If that's not a deal breaker, I'd suggest trying them out. You'll be charged a little bit of tax to try the free plan, but you won't be out much if you don't like it.

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    3. thanks. long long long long time ago, used to a freebie long distance service where you call into a number, listen to a lot of commercials, and depending on how long you listen, then that's how much time you have on the call. it's good that's not what's happening with ringplus.

      oh, to clarify: do you get ads if you get a paid plan?

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    4. There are ads on the "Jump" plan but not the other paid plans. On the plans without ads you hear music or news instead of ads.

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    5. okay. so it's like radio instead of ringtones. it's kinda brilliant because the experience seems like the placed-on-hold experience but during the short ringing time listening to muzak/news/commercials or whatever BUT it's BEFORE the call is actually answered.

      oh, was just looking at their website and seems like the company has been around for a while with their particular ring tone technology where they own the underlying patent and winning court judgments with whatever monetary awards (probably huge amount$ ???) being put back into the company. seems like they are well funded based on that, and can do things their way, and therefore they may hopefully not be your run-of-the-mill mvno that could go belly up anytime soon.

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  5. Wow, the phone in the picture is amazing, just one problem its upside down Galaxy S3...

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    1. lol. oops. they'll probably tell you they want to turn the phone industry upside down.

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  6. I was able to activate in the last hour the free surf/turf plan with a San Jose zip code. Had to enter some codes manually, but Ring Plus's e-mail and link to the instructions were ample and was activated in about 15 minutes. Now I have a complete set of phones, 4 lines, 1 ATT (Airvoice), 1 Verizon (Page Plus) 1 T-Mobile (Lycamobile) 1 Sprint (Ring Plus) The monthly charges for all 4 phones is < $50 per month (I don't use much data, mostly WIFI, don't even use 1/2 of airvoice's allotment of 500MB).

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    1. almost wish lived in los angeles or san fran to get those freebie city plans. so if you live in a zip code that's close enough, then you may be able to get the freebie city plan? nice.

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