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RingPlus Changes Plans And Will Offer Extra Cost Roaming

Sprint MVNO RingPlus has made lots of changes to their plans. The plan changes, which are effective immediately are:
  • $1.99 Kate Plan - the overage rate has increased from 2¢ to 4¢ per minute, text or MB of data 
  • $4.99 Harrison Plan - (price cut, was $5.99), included SMS are increasing from 50 to 100 and the overage rate is going from 2¢ to 3¢ per minute, text or MB of data.
  • $7.99 Hazel Plan - now comes with 100MB of data rather than none
  • $14.99 Lina Plan which had unlimited minutes and texts and 50MB of data has been been renamed the Andrea plan and includes 600 minutes and texts and 400MB of data.
  • $17.99 Noelani Plan gets its data increased from 300MB to 400MB
  • The "City Plans", which were only available in the New Your City, Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas, are no longer available to new subs.
Current RingPlus users are grandfathered and can keep their existing plans, including the lower overage rates on the Kate and Harrison plans, provided they don't switch plans.

There are also two new plans:
  • $8.99 James - 50 minutes, 200 texts and 50MB
  • $29.99 Data - 300 minute, unlimited texts and 2GB of data
RingPlus announced that they will offer extra cost roaming beginning  Sept 15. Voice roaming will cost 14¢/minute and roaming data will be priced at 55¢ per MB.

RingPlus' has added WiFi calling minutes to most of their plans. Using these included WiFi calling minutes doesn't count against regular plan minutes. The WiFi calling feature uses a SIP gateway and should work with any 3rd party mobile or PC SIP program. RingPlus recommends cSipSimple for Android, Media5-Fone for Android and Jitsi for Windows,  Mac Os X and Linux. See the table below for the amount of WiFi calling included with each plan.

The price per MMS (picture, video, audio) message, which used to be 7¢ each on all plans, now varies by plan. It's 9¢ on the $1.99 Kate plan, 8¢ on $4.99 Harrison plan, 7¢ on the $7.99 Hazel and $8.99 James plans and 6¢ on all the other plans.

Confused yet? I certainly am. Here's a table listing all the changes:
Plan Monthly Cost Voice SMS MMS Data WiFi Calling
Ring Plus Kate $1.99+ 1 50 overage 4¢/ea 10, overage 4¢/ea 9¢/ea 4¢/MB LTE none
Ring Plus Harrison $4.99+ 1 100 overage 3¢/ea 100, overage 3¢/ea 8¢/ea 3¢/MB LTE 75 min
RingPlus Hazel $7.99+ 1 300 overage 2¢/min 300 overage 2¢/ea 7¢/ea 100MB,  overage 2¢/MB LTE 100 min
RingPlus James $8.99+ 1 50 overage 2¢/min 200 overage 2¢/ea 7¢/ea 300 MB LTE, overage 2¢/MB  unlimited
RingPlus Bella $9.99+ 1 400 overage 2¢/min 400 overage 2¢/ea 6¢/ea 300 MB LTE, overage 2¢/MB  200 min
RingPlus Andrea $14.99+ 1 600 600 6¢/ea 400 MB LTE, overage 2¢/MB  unlimited
RingPlus Noelani $17.99+ 1 unlimited unlimited 6¢/ea 400 MB LTE, overage 2¢/MB  unlimited
RingPlus Data $29.99+ 1 300 unlimited 6¢/ea 2 GB LTE, overage 2¢/MB  unlimited
RingPlus Jump $33+ 1 unlimited unlimited 6¢/ea 2.5 GB LTE, overage 2¢/MB unlimited
1 RingPlus adds taxes and fees averaging 20% to all plan and overage prices. The Taxes and fees are charged in all states including ones like like California and New Hampshire that don't normally tax prepaid airtime.

Related: Sprint and Sprint MVNO Prepaid Plans Compared


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  1. While most other providers are price cutting on better networks, the opposite is happening with Ring Plus. I'm confused .....

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    1. They only increased the cost of overages on Kate and Harrison plans, while decreasing the the Harrison Plan cost and giving it more text would be considered a decrease in net cost.
      All the plans from the Bella on down the overage on MMS were decreased and from the Hazel on down WiFi minutes were added to the plans that do not count against your Plan Minutes. I would consider that a decrease in costs.

      So the Bella has 400 min + 200 WiFi minutes for a total of 600 min.

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  2. The BYOD note mentions no Boost Mobile phones. I recall that at one point people will using Boost Moto G phones on Ring Plus. Has somehting changed ?

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    1. I do not know of any Sprint MVNO that states you can BYOD Boost/VM devices to their service. The Moto G on Ting is an anomaly that Ting is turning a blind eye to and there is no guarantee to the devices activated on Ting, except Ting usually will grandfather any device activated. Try activating any other Boost device on Ting. You should have no problem activating the Moto G on R+ or any other MVNO, but at best it would be use at your own risk. While R+ specifically states No Boost or Virgin Device they are the only MVNO that I know of that you can actually activate them and use them. Besides, many Boost Mobile and Virgin mobile devices have software blocks that keep you from updating the Profile and PRLs and or roaming features.

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  3. I wonder why I didn't get an email from them. Poor form. I am a current customer.

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  4. After using them for a year, they have the worst reliability, voice quality, and bugs galore.

    Their service is really unusable, for the typical phone customer, and generally makes the entire MVNO market look bad. The poster child of how bad phone service can be in the 4G era. I'm sure being on Sprint doesn't help them any either. But still.

    I stopped recommending them to people. And now when my friends and relatives call or write to complain why their RP phone I put them on, is not working again, I just tell them, "I told you, this is like the homeless, or student with no money, service". "you get what you pay for."

    So I've lost a lot of credibility thanks to Ring Minus.

    They should change their name to Ring Please!

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    1. I've been using RingPlus for over a year. I guess I'm not a "typical phone customer."

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  5. All the plans allow for WiFi calling. The plans that show WiFi minutes just means that those minutes do not count against your regular minutes.

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  6. Isn't that the most convoluted plan ever. With 8 names that don't mean anything.

    No doubt Sprint will buy it outright some day, and add 23 more names and convolutions, including 3 Kates, 1 Katie, and 2 Caits to keep customers guessing.

    If there are any customers left.

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    1. I can assure you there are many happy customers left. I've already set up WiFi on a spare (non-activated) Verizon and am enjoying my extra 200 minutes.

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    2. Yeah, choice is a terrible thing, isn't it. The 8 names may not mean "anything" until you figure out that the names are actually attached to various plans -- and, since the plans all clearly show exactly what they offer ... voila', suddenly the names mean something. If you need help figuring it out, just give me a shout. It's not rocket science.

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  7. RP said: "After using them for a year, they have the worst reliability, voice quality, and bugs galore."

    I think this must be Ring's mascot: click here.... and they leave their customers like this guy.

    Personally, I am looking to jump from a Sprint-based pseudo MVNO to something better. To go to "Ring Plus" would be go to just a worse Sprint-based MVNO. Whether or not I took their Hortense, Blanche, Ringo, or Butternut plan.

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  8. And, to refer to their slogan, here is what it looks like when you have a RingPlus moment...

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    1. Yeah, I'm laughing all the way to the bank. $9.99 + tax for 400 minutes, 400 texts and 300 MBs of data. And NOW I get 200 more voice minutes using WiFi. Tell me where you can match this price. (Take your time. I know you can't.) Plus now, I can roam with WiFi or pay 14 cents a minute (which is 6 cents cheaper than Verizon charges for roaming on the their own expensive prepaid plans).

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    2. RingPlus does something ... really weird. Yes, they use Sprint voice switched circuits for cellular OTA, but then instead of using POTS backhaul from Sprint towers, they ... recompress the voice data and slap it on a packet switched IP network and transport it somewhere else before they finally drop it into the POTS network. The voice quality, latency, and jitter are terrible, but I'm sure it saves them some money on interstate phone circuit use ...

      Here's hoping we get real VoLTE and fast.

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    3. Surprised the above didn't mention the tin cans, the hamster wheels, and trained monkeys also found in the Ring+ VOIP architecture.

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  9. As RP said above "Ring Please". I'm surprised this place is still around. I left them after they cut off my freebie account which was usable only on occasion. Voice quality was crap. I'd consider paying a few bucks a month just to keep the number active, but why pay for something when it works so poorly.

    With GV/Hangouts integration, who cares about wifi calling. Use the free GV minutes instead. At least the other end will be able to hear what you're saying.

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    1. "I'm surprised this place is still around. I left them after they cut off my freebie account which was usable only on occasion."

      Sounds like you have an undesirable living arrangement. It was uneconomic to provide free service to a base that lives in a zip code that advertisers find unappealing. Funny how you allow yourself to believe you "left them" when you were eliminated from the free ad-subsidized service, because you did not fit the valuable demographics they are going after. In other words, cool story bro...

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    2. Keep drinking the ringplus koolaid my friend. I could have paid to stay on. I chose not to because their service was poor. Taking into account the down time, poor voice quality, why pay for garbage...

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  10. The image says unlimited plans starting at $8.99. Where?

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  11. The James plan includes unlimited WiFi calling @ $8.99

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  12. This article is wrong about unlimited WiFi calling. RingPlus never had unlimited WiFi calling until now. When WiFi calling (aka FluidCall) was first introduced, it simply deducted from regular voice minutes. If no voice minutes were available, WiFi calling just charged as overage minutes, just like normal cell calling. So, there was never unlimited WiFi calling, unlike what the article states.

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    1. Excuse me.. but how is this article wrong.. and where does it say that RingPlus had unlimited WiFi calling until now ? rather all it appears to say is
      to quote:

      "RingPlus' has added WiFi calling minutes to most of their plans"


      but regardless from the other negative comments (much less the confluented nature of its plans.. this doesn't seem very appealing.... comparatively....

      even to determine your best choice between the RP plans one needs to use an algebraic equation.. and use estimates of monthly use seasonally if not individual monthly totals and
      not just "average" comparisons while additionally calculating the taxes and fees on the summation of plan price and minutes, mms , data costs(which varies between the plans as well)etc... additionally wifi minutes and whether their availability at your time of deisred usage must be calculated into the equation..

      LOL if you really want to do that much high school homework... then by all means dust off the old calculator or open the app
      (provided first, of course that Sprint works in your areas of travel)

      And when the premise of someone coming to your mvno is to save money and there's indecision and confusion with so many internally different pricing schemes.. likely it's a MARKETING WIN FOR ANOTHER COMPANIES !
      as many will likely decide it's "easier to Not fight though it but just switch" to somebody else..

      And choosing to limit the number of "FREE" WIFI minutes within some plans when it's someone else;s wifi data being consumed ......seems telling anyway..
      rather than simply providing such access at the base rate pricing....i.e. "unlimited WiFI Minutes" could have been the real "Plus" of RingPlus... and a marketing win...

      But hopefully some other MVNO's will take a chance with such free Wifi apps to attempt to stay competitive with carriers newer pricing schemes,,,,

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    2. The article originally did say that RingPlus used to have unlimited calling on all plans. I corrected it after the other Anonymous pointed out the error.

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    3. Thanks for the FYI comment, Dennis... Great that you made the effort to be prompt with updating it and are striving to keep your articles as accurate as possible!

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    4. There are no" Free" WiFi minutes, they are simply included with the plans. Not bad when traveling out of the States with a CDMA device I might add.

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  13. Frankly, a lot of these comments are just plain wrong. I've been using them for over a year (on free plans and on regular ones) and I've had no real issues.

    They do seem to update things very often, and that can occasionally cause a couple hours of bugs, but it's usually when they're giving us something new or extra. What other MVNO offers wifi calling along with their usual minutes?

    But it's the internet, the place people say negative anonymous things they would never put their real name behind. So here's a positive anonymous one.

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    1. It's like commending them for selling sunshine. Calls over WiFi are already free. No MVNO needs to "offer" it.

      But its the Internet. People are fooled by scams and sold the Brooklyn Bridge all the time.

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    2. Hey there brainiac, you don't have to jump through so many hoops to use the WiFi calling and/or a different number.

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    3. I just install a VOIP app once... and go. It's not rocket science.

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    4. "What other MVNO offers wifi calling along with their usual minutes?"

      That is like asking what other MVNO offers Angry Birds along with their usual minutes. You just snag VOIP off the app market or play store. There ya go...

      Works with every MVNO listed on the right bar in this site. Including the ones that went out of business. In fact, you don't even need an MVNO.

      But if it makes you happier, I will set up my own MVNO called "Anonymobile", and you can send me several dollars ever month for the privilege of using all of those free VOIP apps over Wifi. Excuse me, going to get a bigger piggy bank...

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  14. ring+ is crap for calls. because sprint has always been crap for calls in my area. add the ring+ crap with calls going through their server on all calls and it's even more crap.

    but really only using it for the data and therefore it's like who cares. lol

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  15. i live in Philadelphia area and my Ringplus is perfect

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  16. I have two accounts with ringplus one free and one afterhours for six dollars a month. I hope ringplus stays in business because it works for me in Florida.

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  17. To enable roaming, RingPlus must have access to your checking account!

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    1. "To enable roaming, RingPlus must have access to your checking account!" is a completely false statement!

      R+ CTO "Just to be clear about the Zipmark eCheck stuff; it's just a different way to top up your account -- it really acts like a check and nothing more.

      RingPlus cannot access your bank account, and we can't withdraw any funds of any kinds. It's a "push-only" system, so only you can tell us how much money, and Zipmark sends it to us.

      This is entirely for account verification purposes, so we can be sure people are who they say there are before activating roaming (due to the much higher costs of roaming.)

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    2. If you're the CTO, why be Anonymous?
      You're just proving everyone's point by hiding.

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    3. The first anonymous isn't claiming to be the RingPlus CTO. He or she is quoting what the CTO said on the RingPlus Forum.

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  18. I agree with the original poster; RingPlus is raising prices and giving customers fewer minutes. Poor service + higher prices = no bargain

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