Sprint MVNO RingPlus is revamping their plans and pricing effective this Saturday June 13. The plans were announced yesterday on the RingPlus Forum and are being tweaked based on user input and are subject to change before launch.
There are a lot of changes some good, some bad. The main differences I see are:
- International texts are no longer included at no extra cost. It will cost 3¢ to send an international text on all the plan new plans.
- The sliding scale prices that made MMS and voice, text and data overages cheaper on higher priced plans have been replaced by a flat 4¢ per MMS and 2¢ per overage minute, text or MB of data on all the new plans.
- More minutes, texts and data are included on lower priced new plans but there's less data for the money on the higher priced new plans.
- Wifi calling is now available on all plans, but WiFi calling minutes come out of plan minutes on new plans instead of the separate buckets of WiFi calling minutes that were included with most of the old plans.
|Plan||Monthly Cost||Voice||WiFi Calling||SMS||IntN'l SMS||MMS||Data||Overage|
|New Big Surprise||Free||200||available||50||3¢ ea||4¢/ea||10 MB||2¢|
|Old Ian||99¢ + 1||10||10||included||9¢/ea||4¢|
|Old Kate||$1.99+ 1||50||10||included||9¢/ea||4¢|
|New Joy||$1.99+ 1||200||available||200||3¢/ea||4¢/ea||50 MB||2¢|
|Old Harrison||$4.99+ 1||100||75||100||included||8¢/ea||3¢|
|New Mint||$4.99+ 1||300||available||500||3¢/ea||4¢/ea||100 MB||2¢|
|Old Hazel||$7.99+ 1||300||100||300||included||7¢/ea||100 MB||2¢|
|Old James||$8.99+ 1||50||unlimited||200||included||7¢/ea||300 MB||2¢|
|Old Bella||$9.99+ 1||400||200||400||included||6¢/ea||300 MB||2¢|
|New Bella||$9.99+ 1||400||200||400||3¢/ea||4¢/ea||300 MB||2¢|
|Old Noelani||$17.99+ 1||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||included||6¢/ea||400 MB||2¢|
|New Harmony||$19.99+ 1||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||3¢/ea||4¢/ea||1 GB||2¢|
|Old Grant||$23.99+ 1||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||included||6¢/ea||1 GB||2¢|
|Old Data||$26.99+ 1||300||unlimited||unlimited||included||4¢/ea||2 GB||2¢|
|Old Jump||$29.99+ 1||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||included||4¢/ea||2.5 GB||2¢|
|New Revel||$29.99+ 1||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||3¢/ea||4¢/ea||2 GB||2¢|
|Old Pro||$33.00+ 1||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||included||4¢/ea||3 GB||2¢|
|New Hiper||$39.99+ 1||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||3¢/ea||4¢/ea||3 GB||2¢|
|New Bliss||$49.99+ 1||unlimited||unlimited||unlimited||3¢/ea||4¢/ea||5 GB||2¢|
Current users are grandfathered and can keep their current plans and pricing or switch to one of the new plans if they prefer.
I don't know what the "Big Surprise" plan is going to be but based on its placement in image below from the RingPlus Forum it looks it will cost less than $1.99/month. There's some speculation that it might even be a new Free Ad Supported plan like the ones RingPlus offered when they first launched.
Update 2:45 PM 6/10: RingPlus just announced that the "Big Surprise" is a new content sponsored free plan with 200 minutes, 50 text messages, and 10 MB of LTE data per month. Overages will be charged at 2¢ per minute, text or MB of data. There will be guidelines requiring users to "make calls and let us sell you some deals" According to Ring Plus Founder and CTO Karl Seelig.
In general I like the new plans which seem to focus on providing more value at the lower price points. The added minutes and texts and the 2¢/MB overage rate for data make the $1.99 Joy and $4.99 Mint plans really attractive for someone like me who doesn't need a lot of minutes or texts and has WiFi available most of the day yet still needs to access email, navigation and the web while away from WiFi.
On the other hand, all the new unlimited talk and text plans priced above $20 are either more expensive or include less data than their old equivalents. As long as you are OK with Boost Mobile's phone selection and limited BYOP, Boost's plans are a better value than anything from RingPlus or any other MVNO offer at $30/month and up
Source: RingPlus Discourse Forum
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