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Updated: RingPlus Free Cellphone Plan Still Available

Signups for Sprint MVNO RingPlus' Free plan opened Saturday June 13 at 3 PM Pacific Daylight Time. 

Past free plan sign ups have been limited to a specific number of activations and have not lasted long, under 7 minutes in one case, although other free plan sign ups have been open for several days. I have no idea how long this one will last but I recommend you be ready to hit https://ringplus.net starting just before 3 PM PDT.

Update 6/16/2015: the free plan is still available. 

The plan provides 200 minutes, 50 text messages, and 10 MB of LTE data per month for free. If you need more, you can add funds to your account to create a credit balance which will be used to pay for overages at 2¢ per minute, text or MB of data. 

The free plan is sponsored by audio advertisements that play, instead of the normal ringing tone, during the time between when a call is placed and the called party or voice mail answers. The free plan will have minimum usage guidelines requiring users to to make a minimum of outgoing call sso that they hear some ads. The guidelines haven't been released yet, but when RingPlus offered free plans in the past the requirement was to make at least one outgoing call per week and 10 outgoing calls per month.

Update:  The only usage requirement for the current free plan is to make at least one outgoing call every 60 days.

At launch the free plan will only be available to new activations. The hardest part about activating on any Sprint MVNO is finding a phone that works. Sprint has some byzantine rules designed to block phones that haven't generated enough for revenue for Sprint from activating on MVNOs. No one, not even Sprint support personnel seem to know exactly how these rules work, but in general only the following phones are supposed to work:
  • Used Sprint phones that have been completely paid off by the original owner completing the terms of their contract or equipment installment plan or paying an early termination fee.
  • Phones from Sprint's prepaid brands (Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile or Sprint Prepaid) that have been used for at least 12 months on the Sprint brand they were sold for.
  • Brand new Sprint postpaid phones that were purchased at full retail price from Sprint or a manufacturer store like the Apple Store for iPhones or Google Play for Nexus devices.
  • Phones purchased from independent Sprint MVNOs like Ting or TextNow.
In reality the rules don't always work as advertised and some phones that should work don't. The only sure way to know if Sprint will allow a phone to be activated on RingPlus is by checking its MEID or ESN using RingPlus' online Check Your Device your device tool.

The details of RingPlus' free plans have been know to change to change at the last minute. Watch RingPlus' Discourse user forum, especially this thread for the latest news.

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  1. Do you have to register a credit card for their free or paid services ?

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    1. Yes, unless things have changed recently a credit or debit card number is required at sign up for all plans. RingPlus will not automatically charge you card for overages on the free plan, you have to explicitly add funds to your account if you want to use overages. I believe the minimum you can add $5. I have not heard of any issues with with unexpected charges or inappropriate uses of cards or cardholder information by RingPlus.

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  2. Thank you Dennis.

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  3. I think I just activated an old virgin phone on a free ring plus plan.

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    1. Me again. The old virgin phone didn't actually work on ring plus.

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    2. What device? What was the issue?

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  4. You successfully registered a new account, virgin lg, on the Free Plan plan. Your credit card was charged $0.00. See your invoice for details.
    3 minutes ago

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  5. My buddy just signed up for a free account seconds ago, so it looks like they are letting people in early.

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    1. There are some activation tips here: RingPlus Help Center.

      I've found that I usually have to do a factory reset on Sprint network founds before they will successfully activate on a new number or service.

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    2. I was able to activate a Virgin Mobile HTC One V for talk and text but have not been able to get mobile data to work and could not find any support online. Anyone have a suggestion as to how I can get data to work?

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    3. Hi Dennis,
      "do a factory reset on Sprint network founds"
      You mean a factory reset of the phone, OR?

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    4. It should say: I've found that I usually have to do a factory reset on Sprint network phones before they will successfully activate on a new number or service.

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    5. Thanks Dennis

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  6. I could not find a working phone, so i activated on another non-working "ESN" clear phone. Hope to buy a used sprint phone on ebay and change the device. but is there any rule that i have to make calls within a specified period...?

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    1. RingPlus hasn't published the rules for this latest free plan yet. The last time they offered a free plan a successful outgoing call within 24 hours was required.

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    2. Hardly matters since the free plan is going to be offered indefinitely. At least that is what I gather reading the posts and it was said that the ability to change a current plan to a free plan is in the works, so that means it will certainly be around for a few days at minimum.
      I think R+ has some backing on this deal, so they probably want to bring on board a large subscriber base?
      Not to mention they have not posted the ROR yet, so it will be hard to enforce the 24hrs rule if you don't know it exists. They really should have posted the ROR in advance so everyone really knows what they are going in!

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    3. Well I take that back, ROR just posted:

      " Hello all!

      Welcome to the 2015 Free Plan and congratulations on getting your free cell phone service. Here are the general guidelines:

      Free Plans with no voice usage (outbound calls) for more than 60 days may be expired.

      Follow our General Terms and Conditions: ringplus.net/legal/members/

      That's it! Enjoy"

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  7. I was going for the middle plan but apparently they don't want my money. Brilliant.

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    1. I imagine the RingPlus activation and payment systems are overloaded right now. If you want a paid plan wait a day or two for the free plan rush to die down.

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    2. switch my phone to the new joy plan - early after 1pm! woohoo!

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    3. Paid plans are typically closed when the freebie one is available. This prevents people who are part of the rush to get free plans from accidently signing up for a paid plan.

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  8. Does anybody know how roaming is charged on ring+? Am i asked if i want to roam before i roam? If I am automatically charged $.14 per minute without realizing that I am roaming, it could get expensive.

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  9. Dennis, RingPlus' site is accepting my Virgin mobile phone MEID and is offering for me to sign up. If I don't like Ring Plus service for some reason, can I switch back to Virgin, or will my phone be forever considered a Ring Plus phone from now on and be excluded from returning to Virgin because of the byzantine rules you mention that Sprint has for which phones work with which carriers??

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    1. Yes you can. Ask RingPlus to release your MEID .

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    2. Also, they say I have to do a PRL update, Profile Update, and MMSC so that it will work on R+'s approved towers and service. You also mention above that a factory reset may be required. Will any of these steps cause me to lose my texts that are saved on the phone, my visual voicemails that have been downloaded to the phone, my contacts saved to the phone, or other downloads and apps that are saved to the phone? I have not backed any of that up yet so I don't want to lose them.

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    3. A factory reset will wipe everything and return the phone's software and settings to their defaults. PRL and profile updates and MMSC settings will not affect your content so try them first.

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  10. With regard to the roaming question: Roaming can be enabled or disabled in the customer's dashboard. Most phones can be set to "Sprint only," "Roam" or "Automatic." Keep the phone in "Sprint only" until you don't have a signal & switch to roaming. Make call. I don't believe you get a warning when you make the roaming call. The 0.14 cost per minute comes out of the topped off balance and cannot exceed your total. I have had roaming enabled but my phone in Sprint only mode without the fear of running up (or down) my balance.

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    1. You can't use Ring+ roaming until you add cash using a bank account, not a credit card.

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  11. I changed from Kate to Joy, Better than before..

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  12. My MEID for my carrier unlocked AT&T iPhone 6 Plus is recognized by RingPlus Device Check Tool but gives the following response and error when submitting registration -- "There was a problem activating your account. undefined method `[]' for nil:NilClass" My H2O SIM card is removed and the iPhone is connected to WIFI after a restart.

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    1. I added the ICCID to the RingPlus registration and received a different error: "Device could not be activated: 990004007 - No paired ICCID available for the ESN 089xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxE2. I am guessing that since the ICCID is from the H20 SIM, then the RingPlus/Sprint database does not list this pair of MEID and ICCID.

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    2. Only Sprint phones can be used on Sprint MVNOs and LTE phones require a Sprint LTE SIM.

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  13. GREAT PLANS FOR CHILDREN 10 & UP

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    1. also, these are great plans for adults who think they are still kids 10 & up.

      lol

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    2. I'm an old timer and I've found the perfect use for this. I have the T-Mobile 100 minute/U/U 5gb LTE plan. I use Hangouts and a GV number so the only time I have to use those minutes are when I'm in the car. I activated an old Sprint smartphone and will leave it in the car to make calls using its minutes instead. Win_Win and FREE. Can't beat it.

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    3. unless they are in a emergency and cannot reach anyone because of no ring after dialing, or latency, or static, or echo, or just plain RP/Sprint network outage.

      No thanks.

      Don't want dead kids...

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    4. hey no-thanks-dead-kids, quit being a hater.

      if sprint is bad or non-existent in your area, then don't use.

      but if sprint is plentiful and great in your area, like in my area, then go use.

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  14. u can try ROK MOBILE, it has 5 gb data and unlimited voice for 33 dollars per month( 99 for 3 months)

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    1. * The $99 and $239.94 plans are only available to new subscribers
      *Upon completion purchased specials revert to the standard rate of $49.99 per month.

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    2. 3 months for $99 is a promo for new users. After 3 months ROK charges $49.99/month.

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  15. I changed from Kate to Joy and used 14 minutes, when I verified my ringplus account there was a charge of 3 cents per minutes in domestic included calls

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    1. That doesn't sound right. Joy should include 200 minutes and 2¢/minute afer the 200 minutes is used.

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  16. @ AnonymousJune 13, 2015 at 8:15 PM
    The HTC One V has a software block built in and you won't get data to function. This is a problem with many older Virgin Devices. I don't believe this is an issue with any device released in the last year, maybe year and half.

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    1. I planned on using a Virgin Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2, which I bought 2 years ago. Will I have this same problem?

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  17. Will MMS work on this plan ? (Beyond the 10 mb)

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    1. MMS are 4¢ each. I believe that includes the cost of data used.

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  18. The RingPlus cellphone store is open for business:
    https://store.ringplus.net
    Don't worry about the Sprint FEC; these phones will all work with RingPlus service.

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    1. OK, but I do worry about the $27.58 UPS standard delivery charge.
      There is no other shipping option on my screen.

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  19. RingPlus Promotions - https://discourse.ringplus.net/t/new-ringplus-promotions/3824

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