RingPlus dropped a small bombshell on at least some of their free plan users two. Two different HowardForums as well as eight RingPlus Forum members users reported getting an email from the operator informing them that their free service was ending this Friday. The email says service ends Thursday, May 23 but the 23rd is Friday. RingPlus has confirmed on their forum that the terminations are effective Friday, May 23. The email reads:
"Dear Free Plan Member,
The team at RingPlus is very sorry to inform you that, despite our attempts, we have been unable to match you successfully to any advertisers in your zip code.
As you know, RingPlus Free Plans are sponsored by advertisers and their participation is necessary to pay for your service. Unfortunately, this means that we can no longer afford to absorb the cost of your Free Plan and must deactivate your Free Plan membership.
Your plan will continue to be active until Thursday, May 23rd, 2014, at 4:00PM PDT in order to give you the opportunity to switch to a paid plan with RingPlus or to another provider of your choosing.
Upgrading to a Paid Plan
However, for this week only, if you choose to stay with RingPlus we have a unique opportunity: upon switching plans, RingPlus will provide an additional top-up credit equal to the cost of the plan you choose. For example, if you choose the $1.99 Kate plan, we’ll kick in another $1.99.
Our plans are still the most affordable nationwide and have some of the most advanced in the phone industry, so please learn more at http://ringplus.net and pick which plan is right for you.
In the event you don’t undertake any action, the top up balance currently on your account will be automatically refunded to your credit card on file, and your Free Plan will be closed Thursday, May 23rd, 2014, at 4:00PM PDT
Again, we very much regret this deactivation of your Free Plan account and hope that you enjoyed your free membership sponsored by RingPlus. We wish you all the best, regardless if you continue as a paid RingPlus member or subscribe to another service.
The RingPlus Team"
The free plan has been offered several times over the last nine as a limited promotion. In it's latest iteration it gave users 200 minutes, 500 domestic or international texts and 50 MBs of data per month for free. Users hear audio ads during the time between when they place a call and when the called party or their voice mail answers. Free plan users are alssubject to minimum usage requirements such as making at least one outgoing call per week and 10 per month.
The sudden termination of free plans users who are meeting all the plan requirements is disappointing. However I still consider RingPlus' paid plans, particularly the "Lina" which induces unlimited minutes, unlimited domestic and international texts and 50 MB for $14.99 plus between $1.50 and $5/month in taxes, a great value.