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RingPlus to Offer Content Sponsored Free Cellphone Service

Today Sprint MVNO RingPlus announced the launch of a new "content sponsored" free cell phone plan operating under a new wholesale agreement with Sprint. 

The content sponsored Free Plan will launch on Saturday, June 13, 2015 starting at 3 PM PDT, at ringplus.net. It will include 200 minutes, 50 text messages, and 10 MB of LTE data at no charge. Overages will be billed at two cents per minute, text, or MB. The plan will use Sprint's Wholesale Mobile Integration (WMI) connection in combination with RingPlus’ patented ringback tone media channel technology to create a new content sponsored Media Channel. 

The RingPlus Media Channel will play interactive radio style content including music, news and relevant deals from sponsors to the callers in place of the usual ringing tone that callers hear before a call is answered. Users can customize their experience by selecting from a range of music by genre and news stations by interests.
When a user hears content of interest to them like a coupon offer, music, or news story, they can press the five key on their phone and receive a text message or an email containing a coupon or additional information.

RingPlus has offered free plans intermittently in the past. Up to now they have been limited time promotions that were only available to new signups for a short while. I think the longest one lasted two weeks and shortest less than 7 minutes. Previous free plans have also had "rules of the road" that included a requirement to make at least one outgoing call per week and 10 outgoing calls per month. On their forum, RingPlus employees have said that the new free plan will have similar rules.

RingPlus is also launching a revised paid plan structure on June 13. To learn more about the new plans see: RingPlus Plans and Prices Changing June 13

Source: RingPlus

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  1. Don't the paid plans have the same adds as this new free plan?

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  2. There are no ads and there never have been on the paid plans. In so many words the CEO has said they will be trying to sell us stuff on this new free plan, so there will be commercial adverts of some sort. It says "sponsored content", so I guess they may be playing the same content, but brought to you by blank?

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    1. There ARE indeed ads.
      RP ads, at least.
      On my paid plan, I just heard yesterday '...press 5 for more info...' before the music radio station came on...

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    2. Post the content of that ad then.

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  3. Better option: Google Hangouts (free) on Freedompop

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    1. Don't you have to pay for Freedompop, and wouldn't Google Hangouts quickly consume the 10 mb of LTE data?

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    2. Freedompop gives you 512MB of free 4G data every month.

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    3. Voice over Sprint 3G IP is about the worst option available to anyone, anywhere. If you can't get LTE where you need to talk, forget it.

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  4. I thought about this deal for my Stepson who we want to get a hold of when he's out and he seldom has money for a smartphone. But the overage charges killed that idea. I thought it would be a food stamp phone on steroids. Not the case.

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    1. Too bad. You are missing an opportunity to teach him how to manage money, whether his or yours.

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    2. Overage charges on what service. R+ are the lowest going?

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  5. I will try out the free plan on a flip phone to see if the problems are finally fixed. RingPlus works fine on a new LG Tribute, but was crap on 6 different phones before that, including a new iPhone 4S.

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    1. What version of LG Tribute did you get to work on RingPlus, Sprint prepaid or Virgin?

      Does anybody know if it matters which?

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    2. I don't think it matters anymore, none of the three will work until they have been in service with Boost, Virgin or Sprint Prepaid for 12 months.

      There was a brief window that started in January and ended Feb 15 when Sprint's eligibility checker was being reworked and was allowing prepaid devices to activate on MVNOs.

      If you want to try copy IMEIs from phone packages at BestBuy or Target and try them with the RingPlus validator.

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    3. The RingPlus website states the following:

      "The BYOSD program allows only Sprint branded devices. Do not activate Blackberry, Palm, Push-to-Talk, Virgin, or Boost Mobile phones. The phone must not be currently active on any other network."

      The above has no mention of Sprint Prepaid, does this mean if a Sprint Prepaid device passes the eligibility checker, you are not in violation of the TOS and will not have your account terminated?

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    4. You wouldn't be in violation of the TOS but I doubt you will be able to activate a Sprint Prepaid phone. If you manage the get a phone activated I don't think RingPlus will cut you off unless you brag to their reps that you are running an unsupported phone.

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  6. In my single test of an old Virgin Mobile phone, all seems to be well.

    I punched in the MEID of this LG Optimus V Virgin Mobile-branded phone and was greeted with "Congratulations, your device (Lg VMU LG VM670 KIT PLVM670ADR) will work on RingPlus! You can sign up and activate your device immediately by registering below."

    I also don't see the above-noted prohibition on VM phones listed on the "Bring Your Own Sprint Device Check Tool" web page. I see this:

    "Device Limitations

    RingPlus is currently unavailable to activate the following types of devices:

    Palm
    Blackberry
    Push-to-Talk
    Flashed Devices
    Rooted Devices
    All other devices are subject to carrier-enforced eligbility requirements."

    See: https://my.ringplus.net/device_validation_requests/new

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    1. YMMV if you did not ask VM or Boost to release the ESN before deactivating the device, but this is now somewhat contentious. I do think VM and possibly Boost released the ESNs of a lot of older devices so they are showing clear. So seeing the Optimus V clear is not necessarily indicative of newer VM/Boost devices.
      Sprint Pre-Paid has not been around for a year so none of their devices are eligible for BYOD.

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    2. I just ported out of my Virgin acct 5 days ago and went to a Tmobile phone with that phone num. I want to get a 2nd phone num with R+ using my Virgin phone. So you're sayng that since I never asked Virgin to release my ESN before I ported out, it is now too late to ask them/they won't do it anymore??

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