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RingPlus To Offer No Extra Cost Global WiFi Calling With All Plans

Sprint MVNO RingPlus announced “RingPlus Global” today. It's a new WiFi calling feature that will let RingPlus customers make and receive calls anywhere in the world using their RingPlus US phone number and voicemail at the same pricing as domestic calls.

RingPlus Global will launch Friday May 23. 2014 and will be included with all RingPlus plans. RingPlus' says Global will work on Sprint smartphones, including iPhones. I suspect it will be implemented using custom RingPlus VOIP apps for iOS and Android.

RingPlus Plans start at $1.99/month, with unlimited calling available for $14.99 plus taxes. RingPlus Global seems like a good fit with RingPlus' other international features which include international calling plans starting at $14.99 plus taxes for unlimited domestic calls, unlimited domestic and international  texts and 150 minutes of international calls. RingPlus also offers InCall Cloud Translator, which translates calls on the fly between 10 different languages.

Source: RingPlus via PRWeb

Related:
Still Available: RingPlus $12.99 Unlimited Plan With International Calling to 100 Countries

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  1. do calls using the app over wifi use your plans minutes?

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    1. yes. can't expect it to free. read the last part of the first paragraph: "at the same pricing as domestic calls."

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  2. If implemented using custom android/IOS app, does this mean that I can use it for wi-fi calling when I am in the U.S and don't have sprint coverage ? If yes, that will be perfect since I don't get good sprint signal at home.

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    1. Yes there's no reason why it wouldn't.

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  3. Does RingPlus offer roaming in the US

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    1. Not currently. Supposedly they may offer extra cost roaming sometime in the future.

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    2. This is supposed to be the work around for roaming, so don't expect R+ to add roaming anytime soon or ever.

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  4. Isn't this the same as the many free calling apps from the app/play store

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    1. Not really because it lets you make and receive calls using you RingPlus phone number and voicemail.

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  5. So, yes you could bring your RingPlus phone along on a trip, but no you couldn't use it anywhere on a mobile network because the rest of the world is GSM. Anybody on RingPlus? How's the quality?

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  6. I've had RingPlus for a couple months and it works well except there is about a 3/4 second delay while talking. It makes the conversations a little awkward (talking over each other), but not bad. I tested it by calling myself on a landline and for whatever reason there is a distinct delay on the RingPlus phone but not on the Verizon wireless phone I tried.

    Ringplus has a good website and are responsive with emails to customer service.

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  7. RingPlus Global offers "global" calling anywhere in the US where there is Sprint coverage and anywhere in the world where you can find WiFi where you wouldn't need this services to make calls which is a good thing since CDMA phones don't work in most of the world

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  8. Fascinating how only Sprint MVNO's are doing these things.

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  9. An FYI to all Ring Plus Free Users. Here's what I received today, Thursday, May 15, 2014:

    Dear Free Plan Members:

    Important Account Information concerning only Free BYOSD accounts, not Paid Plan accounts.

    It’s that time of year when RingPlus must analyze our Free Plan accounts in relation to our advertisers who support them. This process will take a few days. We will inform you of the results on an ongoing basis as well as any changes to existing plans, rules or regulations that may occur.

    This analysis concerns only Free Plan accounts, not Paid Plan accounts.

    Beginning today, May 15, 2014, one major change will be that parties calling to Free Plan accounts may hear a RingPlus greeting. If you would like your callers to be exempt from this change, please upgrade to a paid plan now.

    In addition, we have already successfully completed our analysis of Free Plan accounts in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. Free Plan members in these areas will see no changes in their plans, rules or regulations.

    On behalf of our members, we thank our advertisers for their trust and funding of members in those areas.

    Sincerely,

    RingPlus Member Services

    HELLS_BELLS

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    1. Will this not cause confusion to those calling a RingPlus phone, they may think they dialed the wrong number and got a automated attendant system or voice mail.

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  10. Hello Dennis,
    You should also mention how R+ is going to or in the process to implement a "Greeting" to all incoming calls for those on the Free Plans. No real explanation as to what a "Greeting" entails?

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    1. I suspect it will be something like "The RingPlus member you are calling gets free mobile phone service. Visit ringplus.net for more information."

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    2. My problem with a "Greeting" is that is something like what you get when the cell service is turned off, suspended or not connected to a tower.

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    3. Except there are presently no free plans and when there are, they are only available for a short period of time and limited to so many subscribers. So it will more likely be "The RingPlus member you are calling gets Low Cost mobile phone service through RingPlus. Visit ringplus.net for more information." I would probably hang up the first call if I did not know better.
      We play our part for the free minutes by listening to ads during the ring back, which is what they have said how it would work all along. I should not have to shill for R+ on the other end with no recourse and the caller should not have to be subjected to any sort of greeting unless it is of their own free will!

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  11. I have tried 5 phones on my RingPlus lines, including an Android phone and a like-new iPhone 4S. All of them have an audio delay, and voice sound that cuts in and out, often skipping part of words. None of the phones did this on other Sprint MVNOs. Maybe it is because I am on the East coast, and their servers that process all calls are on the West coast? Whatever it is, I am going to switch to Red Pocket or Eco Mobile to get clear phone calls again.

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    1. I am on the west coast and have the same call quality problem no one can hear you and you can't hear them over your RingPlus phone
      And support doesn't help they made it sound like they never had this problem before and it must be the location I was calling from
      It's a RingPlus problem and they haven't fixed it

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  12. Personally, I don't think VOIP is anywhere near where it needs to be yet--not dinging RingPlus for this since I don't use the service. I work for a high-tech company and I use VOIP all the time to call all over the world and the calls vary from OK to terrible, with most usually below the quality of a bad cell phone signal. And that's running over wires. Add in WiFi on a handheld device and you've got the recipe for "communication" that is more like the walkie talkies we played with as kids. The price is right, but the quality has a long way to go.

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  13. I have a MagicJack Plus, NetTalk Dou, Google Voice on a OBi110, and Comcast voice.

    Comcast is by far the best VoIP solution I have used, I never have any problems with call quality (NO: dropped calls, poor audio, stuttering, drop outs, echo, no audio, low volume, delay, doesn't connect, blocked numbers, DTMF tones don't work, or random DTMF tones (really annoying on GV)). I wish I could say the same for the other 3 VoIP solutions I have, they all work very well most of the time, but only the NetTalk comes close to Comcast.

    One of my biggest gripes with both GV and RingPlus is that neither correctly handles a busy signal, you will NOT hear a busy signal, both just ring forever (actually, they give up and disconnect after 2-3 min). Even worse, neither GV nor RingPlus will play any informative msg, like: "The number you dialed, has ben disconnected and is no longer in service", or "The number you dialed has changed, the new number is ...", both just ring forever.

    So, any VoIP related problem you have, may be with the other end (which I have found to be common when you get a off-shore support center). If its on your end, you may have a ISP problem, cable/wire problem (I had to replace the cable coming to the house from the "drop" and Comcast had to replace the "drop" cable), or router problem: May need to upgrade the firmware, a firewall or configuration problem (QoS priority, SIP ALG, SPI, TCP and UDP Ports), or need to buy a new router (if your router is older, replace it with a newer one), none of the newer routers I have used needed any configuration changes or had any problems with any of my VoIP solutions.

    FYI: My GV/OBi setup is still working, lets hope Google doesn't pull the XMPP server plug for years to come.

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  14. "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 xxxxx, May xx, 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 xxxxx, May xxxx, 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.

    Best wishes,

    The RingPlus Team"

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  15. RingPlus just cancelled my free plan for the following reason:

    "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."

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