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RingPlus Promotions "Free" Phone, Port-In Credit and $8/GB Data

Sprint MVNO RingPlus has announced some promotional deals that it will be running at various times now through next week.

1: Fathers Day Promo

Promotion Dates: Friday, June 19, 2015, at 11:59PM PDT until Sunday, June 21, 2105, at 11:59PM PDT (or until we run out of phones).

This Father’s Day, buy your Dad a flip phone for just $19.99 from the RingPlus Phone Store at https://store.ringplus.net/, and get a $19.99 Top Up to your RingPlus account! We believe our partners have enough phones, but they may run out before the promotion ends, and we may have to close the promotion sooner. Please be sure to use your same email address in the RingPlus Phone Store that you use for your RingPlus account so we can give you your Top Up. This offer is only valid for current RingPlus Members with active lines. So, if you are not a RingPlus Member now, sign up!

2: Switch and Save Promo

Promotion Dates: Sunday, June 21, 2015, at 11:59PM PDT until Thursday, June 25, 2105, at 11:59PM PDT.

Switch to RingPlus and Save! Port-in any phone number from Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile (or one of their MVNOs) to RingPlus and get a $5 Top Up to your RingPlus account, plus no porting fee!

3: The Big $8 Gig Promo

Promotion Dates: Thursday, June 25, 2015, at 11:59PM PDT until Sunday, June 28, 2105, at 11:59PM PDT.

RingPlus is now offering its Big $8 Gig Promotion! For just $8 you can add 1GB of data to any RingPlus Plan, and it will auto renew on your account at the same rate until you opt out! Subject to the conditions below, this offer is available to any RingPlus Member whose account is active during the Promotion Dates. The 1GB add-on Members buy will be available for their use for the 30-day period beginning on the day they buy their 1GB, and then any unused data will expire.

Conditions: This offer is available only while supplies last, and is not available for hotspots, tablets, data-only devices, or cell phones used as data-primary devices.

These could be good deals overall. However there's a $25.42 charge for "standard UPS shipping" on the $19.99 flip phone which more than wipes out the $19.99 credit.

I'm not too keen about the restrictions on the Big $8 Gig promo which seem designed to make sure that most people don't actually use their Gigabyte of data. I wonder what the criteria is for deciding if a phone is being used as a "data-primary" device? I don't think I'm alone in spending far more time using the browser and data using apps on my phones than I do on calls or texting. Who actually needs a Gig a month if they don't use their phones primarily for data?

In other RingPlus news, the Free Plan is still available. It includes 200 minutes, 50 text messages, and 10 MB of LTE data per month for free. If you need more, it's 2¢ per minute, text or MB of data.

Source: RingPlus Discourse

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  1. "It is not available for hotspots, tablets, data-only devices, or cell phones used as data-primary devices"........
    So what good is it if you can't use it on ANYTHING including cellphones???

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    1. They should be clobbered for net neutrality violations for this. Make an example of them, in fact.

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    2. From an article at Money:

      To them, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed rules sound promising. For example, Verizon can't block Google Wallet on your smartphone, like it did in 2011. Your phone carrier can't block tethering apps, which turn your phone into an Internet hotspot for your laptop or tablet. AT&T can't block video chatting apps like FaceTime or Google Hangouts. And Comcast can't slow down file-sharing websites, like it did to BitTorrent a few years ago.

      http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/25/technology/net-neutrality-fcc/


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    3. You're completely misinterpreting. All they want is to make sure your phone is not being used as a data only device, like a tablet. You have to have an actual traditional cell phone plan, then you can add data to it. It could have been worded better on the RingPlus website, but this is what is meant.

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    4. I don't see how this ridiculous restriction on the use of the data we pay for is even allowed under the terms.

      I hope they get clobbered for this.

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  2. I wouldn't touch this company with a 12ft pole. Terrible all around.

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  3. Call quality on R+ is better than on FP and so it customer service ... I've dealt with both.

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    1. They are both horrible. If you like wasting time, and high blood pressure, sign up right away!

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  4. Isn't $8/GB a bit pricey? I thought the current rate for budget carriers was $5/GB.

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    1. That would mean 6 GB for $30.... that seems like a lot of data for the price. compared to just about almost all plans.

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    2. "Isn't $8/GB a bit pricey? I thought the current rate for budget carriers was $5/GB."

      You mean other budget carriers are $50 a GB.

      5 cents a megabyte is $50 a GB.

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    3. Who's talking about 5 cents per megabyte?

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  5. "Who's talking about 5 cents per megabyte?"

    That's a typical current rate for budget carriers such as AirVoice, Selectel, etc. in the terms in which they quote it. I think the person is thinking of that rate and mis-converting it to $5 a GB whereas it is actually $50 a GB.

    Nobody charges as low as $5 a GB (half a cent a megabyte).

    This is a fantastic deal.

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    1. "Nobody charges as low as $5 a GB (half a cent a megabyte).
      This is a fantastic deal."

      Cricket does, or did. Under their $55/auto pay "advanced" plan. 20 GB for $55 a month, which works out to $2.75 per GB.

      That plan was short lived. I was lucky to get it. But they still have the "pro" plan, $55 on auto pay for 10 GB per month.

      That's $5.50 per GB, which is pretty close to your "fantastic deal", and I can't think of anything that comes close to even this, for that matter.


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    2. Lucky me. I actually do have that plan, but I pay $3/GB @ $60/month, no auto pay. Its a fantastic deal.

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    3. What kind of download speeds are you getting with Cricket, out of curiosity. I know they limit it to 8 mbps but I have heard the average is actually closer to only 3 mbps. What has been your experience?

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  6. "That's $5.50 per GB, which is pretty close to your "fantastic deal", and I can't think of anything that comes close to even this, for that matter."

    Agreed if you need 10 GB a month.

    But the RingPlus offer only requires spending $8 a month for 1 GB

    That RingPlus offer is by far and away the best deal for people who want around 1 GB per month.

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  7. "That RingPlus offer is by far and away the best deal for people who want around 1 GB per month"

    ...provided they can put up with the terrible coverage footprint. I know I can't. I want to be able to use my phone on most places I go, rather than have no-bars in most places.

    Buy yes the Cricket deals are weak on the low end, for sure.

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  8. ...provided they can put up with the terrible coverage footprint. I know I can't. I want to be able "to use my phone on most places I go, rather than have no-bars in most places."

    It all depends on where you live. Sprint is top-rated or tied for top in some places including Chicago and Kansas City.

    It also depends on having a Spark triband LTE capable phone. A lot of people who have bad experiences have older Sprint phones that lack the 800 MHz band for wide-area and in-building coverage, and the 2600 MHz band for high speeds. In fact MOST Sprint mvno users are using older phones without these bands, unfortunately.

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  9. "t all depends on where you live. Sprint is top-rated or tied for top in some places including Chicago and Kansas City. "

    Yes, "it all depends". A caveat for all of the carriers. But it has to be used a lot more often with anything based on the T-Mobile or Sprint networks.

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  10. Dennis, can you or anyone else suggest an inexpensive Sprint phone that has Spark triband LTE, that I can activate on RingPlus? I believe most Sprint phones got tri-band starting in 2014, and since the phone needs to have been active on a Sprint acct for 12 months, I guess I am looking for a phone that came out during the first half of 2014 that I can search for on Ebay. Hopefully something that I can find for under $50-60 (used, or course).

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    1. Currently NEW Virgin/Boost phones are activating fine on RingPlus.

      So you can get LG Volt via BeFrugal.com.for $79.99 less BeFrugal rebate of $35 and coupon for further $10 discount with free shopping so net cost under $35 (plus $4 tax here).

      Or cheaper still, Lumia 635 for $30 at Best Buy less $25 rebate/gift card for net cost $5.

      See Slickdeals or Howard Forums for more info.

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  11. Are you sure NEW Virgin/Boost phones are activating fine? I have always read/heard (including on Prepaidphonenews.com) that the phone needs to have been active on a Sprint/Virgin/Boost acct for at least 12 months to fulfill Sprint's Financial Eligibility Conditions before Sprint will allow it to be used on an MVNO. If you are right, that is good news. Also, do you know if this applies to NEW Sprint Prepaid phones as well? I ask because I have also read that a lot of Virgin/Boost phones have the roaming capability factory disabled since they don't allow roaming, and so even though RingPlus does allow it, the phone is not capable of doing it. Sprint Prepaid, on the other hand, does allow some roaming, and so it's phones do not have that capability disabled.

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    1. No one can be sure about anything related to BYOSP. The 12 month rule is supposed to apply to all Sprint MVNOs

      But I have seen several reports of new Sprint Prepaid Moto E's activating on RingPlus recently. That's not supposed to happen and the most likely explanation is a Sprint or RingPlus bug. If it's a bug it could be fixed at any time.

      The only sure way of verifying if a phone will work on RingPlus is by entering the MEID at Check Your Device | RingPlus.

      Go to Target or BestBuy, copy the MEID off the package and test it with the link above. If it passes buy the phone and activate it immediately.

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    2. "Are you sure NEW Virgin/Boost phones are activating fine?"

      Yes, for now at least. It could change without notice, as Dennis says.



      " Also, do you know if this applies to NEW Sprint Prepaid phones as well? I ask because I have also read that a lot of Virgin/Boost phones have the roaming capability factory disabled since they don't allow roaming, and so even though RingPlus does allow it, the phone is not capable of doing it. Sprint Prepaid, on the other hand, does allow some roaming, and so it's phones do not have that capability disabled."

      There are fewer reports re Sprint Prepaid but there are some, as Dennis notes.
      I think roaming will work even on the Boost/Virgins because it is my understanding that they the phone is identical and it does not take on the Boost, Virgin, or Sprint personality until activation. We will see.

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    3. If I activate a brand new phone from Virgin/Boost/Sprint Prepaid on Ring Plus, will that void the manufacturer warranty on the new phone since it is activated on the "wrong" carrier? I get the feeling that unlocking/flashing a phone to a different carrier causes manufacturer warranties to be voided, so I wonder if this would be looked at the same way.

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    4. That would be up to the individual manufacturer but I would expect the manufacturer to honor their warranty foram obvious hardware defect like a non working microphone or camera flash.

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  12. Does Ring plus allow mobile hotspot? I can't seem to find that info on their website.

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  13. RingPlus' terms of service do not prohibit hotspot. However the firmware on most Sprint phones blocks it unless your are a Sprint customer and are paying extra for hotspot access.

    You should be able to make it work with a third party app on most phones. Rooting may be needed on Android phones and iPhones must be jailbroken to be able to enable hotspot.

    See: Tethering Cellphones only with native app no sprint hotspot - Help & Support / Device Related Questions - RingPlus Discourse for a discussion.

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