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Updated: RingPlus "Truly Free" Plan (No Credit or Debit Card Required) Opens 3 PM PDT Today

Sprint MVNO RingPlus, which has generated a lot of buzz by offering free ad supported cell phone service, is about to launch yet another free plan, its third in three weeks.

The new plan dubbed the Truly Free Cell Service Plan will be available starting Wednesday July 15, 3 PM PDT at ringplus.net. The plan's signature feature will be that, unlike RingPlus' other free plans, users do not need to provide a credit or debit card number when signing up. All that's required is an email address and Sprint compatible phone.

The Truly Free plan will come with 125 minutes, 40 texts and 10MB of data per month. Additional minutes, texts and MBs of data are 2¢ each. A credit or debit card or a bank account number for direct debit are required to be able to purchase additional service.

The Truly Free Plan joins RingPlus' two other current free plans. Here's how the three plans differ:
  • The original Free Plan has 200 minutes, 50 text messages, and 10 MB of data. A credit or debit card is required, but auto-pay is not. This plan has been continuously available since June 13.
  • The Pepper Plan has 250 minutes, 500 texts and 10 MB of data. A card and enrolling in auto-pay are both required. Pepper is available intermittently. It's been open to new activations for a few hours three times since June 30. It's currently closed to new users but will open for 24 hours starting at 3 PM 5/15/15
  • The Truly Free Plan has 125 minutes, 40 texts and 10MB data per month. A credit or debit card is not required. As this plan has the least potential for monetization I expect it to open only briefly.
plansAll three free plans are sponsored by audio advertisements that play during the time between when a call is placed and the called party or voice mail answers instead of the normal ringing tone. The other two free plans require the user to make at least one outgoing call every 60 days to keep the plan. I expect the Truly Free Plan to have a similar requirement.

To use RingPlus you need a Sprint phone that's not currently in service with Sprint or a Sprint MVNO and has been fully paid for. Phones for Sprint's Boost Mobile , Virgin Mobile and Sprint Prepaid prepaid brands are supposed have been used for 12 months with the service they were sold for before being eligible for MVNO use. However, this requirement doesn't seem to be enforced consistently with several users reporting being to activate brand new phones from Sprint's prepaid brands on RingPlus. Actually, Sprint is super inconsistent about whether any given phone can be used on one of its MVNOs. I recommend never buying any prepaid or postpaid Sprint network phone for use on RingPlus without first entering its MEID serial number on RingPlus' Check Your Device page to verify eligibility.

Update 7/9: RingPlus has announced that on Wednesday July 15 the following plans will be available:
1) Free Plan with Credit Card 200Min 50 Text 10MB (ongoing, no closing time determined)
2) Truly Free Plan (no Credit Card needed) 125 Min 40 Text 10 MB (ongoing, no closing time determined)
3) Pepper ($5 Top up required) 250 Min 500 Text 10MB (closes after 24hrs)
4) Add 1 GB per Month for $8 (closing after 24hrs)
5) Free Ports in or out with new port-ins getting a $2 account credit that never expires (closing after 24hrs)

The opening time on the 15th for all of the above plans and promos will be
3 PM PDT.
Update 7/14: per RingPlus. the four promotional offers ( Truly Free Plan, Pepper Plan, 1 GB/month and free ports in/out with a $2 credit) listed above will be available starting at 3 PM 7/15/15.

Source: RingPlus Discourse

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  1. I wonder if these non-stop plan changes are a headache for their customer service.

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    1. must be a headache for YOU if you think it is.

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  2. I wouldn't be surprised if the Truly Free planwasnt just a limited time offer. While it has the least potential for monetization, I imagine that RingPlus makes more money on the ads than the overages. The more subscribers, the more ad revenue. Hence, RingPlus has an interest in making it as easy as possible for people to activate new lines.

    My two cents. Given their history, I wouldn't be surprised if the Truly Free plan was a limited time offer only. Lol.

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    1. From RingPlus_PR on their discourse forum regarding their current promos:

      1) Free Plan with Credit Card 200Min 50 Text 10MB (ongoing, no closing time determined)
      2) Truly Free Plan (no Credit Card needed) 125 Min 40 Text 10 MB (ongoing, no closing time determined)
      3) Pepper ($5 Top up required) 250 Min 500 Text 10MB (closes after 24hrs)
      4) Add One 1 GiG per Month for $8 (closing after 24hrs)
      5) Free Ports in/out + $2 Top ups (closing after 24hrs)

      The opening time on the 15th for all of the above plans and promos will be announced within the next couple of days.

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    2. Thought I'd give a heads-up to those following this deal that a counter on their homepage is counting down to 3 PM Pacific Daylight Time tomorrow.

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  3. I signed up for the free plan before pepper. The 200 minute one and every time i use it my phone has to boot up and it always tries to do a hands free activation even though it's already on ring plus. Irs annoying because i treat this as an emergency phone and it takes about 5 minutes for the hands free thing to realize it's already activated. And no data at all. Though i really don't care about that.

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    1. Gee, maybe open up a support ticket and explain the issue to them and they can sort it out. It is probably just a provisioning issue if the device is actually able to make/receive a call or text.

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  4. This seems great. Other than the poor Sprint coverage.

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    1. yeah poor coverage wherever YOU are, but great for those who live in places that have better coverage than where YOU are.

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    2. Sorry, might have sounded nice when you said it, but that does not make it true.

      Overall, Sprint has poor coverage. You can't get around that. Even with the cop-out "where you live", which fails when you take the phone out of your house, anyway. It's not great for those that have good coverage in their houses, of course, because mobile phones are mobile.

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    3. Sprint native coverage is geographically limited. This is documented on their coverage maps.

      If Sprint doesn't work for you, don't use it. Complaining about Sprint coverage is kind of pointless, it is what it is and is sufficient for many people.

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  5. 125 minutes probably costs them $1 wholesale.

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  6. I wouldn't use a service like this if they paid me to do it! I see and hear enough ads I have no interest in as it is. To each his own I suppose.

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    1. FYI, I've never heard a single in-call ad on either of my free plan phones. Only my preselected music stations. R+ is actually a solid MVNO now that their pre-2015 latency problems appear to be solved.

      If you're feeling adventurous you can even go to Target right now, grab a cheap Speakeasy and (providing the ESN checks out) throw it on the Truly Free Plan to see for yourself what R+ service is really like.

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    2. heard an ad as the first thing heard yesterday when making a call.

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    3. What is a Speakeasy? I google searched Target and Speakeasy and got nothing related to cell phones. I want to grab a cheap phone and try it out on R+.

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    4. SpeakEasy is the model name for a cheap alcatel flip phone.

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    5. It's a Virgin Mobile phone, BTW. $19.99 list price, often on sale for $9.99-$14.99.

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    6. I just went to Best Buy and picked up a VM Alcatel Speakeasy for $14.99.

      It didn't pass the R+ checker, or at least it gave this error:
      "There appears to be an error with your submission. Please double check your MEID or ESN and try again in a few minutes, or contact support for further assistance."

      The only reason that I considered getting it is because my MIL broke her VM phone.

      I had been setting up a new smartphone for her on R+ but was hoping to let her learn how to use the new smartphone and still have the flip phone on VM for 3 more months.

      BTW, she's grandfathered into VM paygo - $20 gets her 100 minutes for 3 months or 200 minutes for 1 month.

      She doesn't seem to accumulate any rollover $. Not sure if she's using all the minutes or missing her deadline or it doesn't rollover, but it's not been a good value and I've been trying to get her off that plan for years.

      BTW, does anyone know how to swap phones on VM? Is it a simple process and will this Speakeasy work on a grandfathered VM PAYG plan?

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    7. I also experienced this issue on the 11th and was able to activate my device a few hours later.

      There was a glitch with the ESN Check Tool that gave that error, but it has since been investigated and repaired according to the R+ CTO, by the way all this happened on a Saturday.

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  7. Dennis -- Have you seen T-Mobile's latest announcement? According to what I've read, T-Mobile's new free roaming in Canada & Mexico offering is going to be available to all of T-Mobile's Simple Choice postpaid and prepaid customers.

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  8. Hope you cover the new Cricket announced hotspot.

    And how they do this NEW with the net neutrality in place?

    OFF TOPIC i know.

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    1. Hasn't a lot of the Ringplus problem been them tricking you into paying for stuff on your credit card you didn't want or order... and doesn't this completely go away on the free plans that do not require a card?

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    2. RP has never charged me for anything I didn't order. Now FREEDOMPOP on the other hand, is STILL trying to charge me $3.99 per month for Premiere Service plan that I cancelled four months ago.

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  9. Ringplus has been horrible in the past.
    I would suggest against buying a new phone to try them out.

    Plus, look at how hateful the staff is when they respond to the criticism.

    Major turn off.

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    1. Where are you seeing this hateful behavior? RingPlus staff on the Discourse forum seem to be treating customers with respect. There are some obnoxious users on th forum but they aren't employees.

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    2. Dennis,
      they pose as users, just like the Anonymous user posts above.

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    3. Impossible to prove. You could just as easily be someone working for a RingPlus competitor.

      Unfortunately there's no way to tell who's a sock puppet on the Internet.

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    4. Et tu Dennis?

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    5. True, I could be a shill or a sock puppet for one or more mobile operators. I'm not but I can't prove it.

      Every company has its fanboys and haters but I doubt that many of them are employees or competitors. Do Apple fanboys and Android haters all work for Apple?

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    6. The poster will slip up sometimes and use the word "we" when describing an action to be performed by R+. Also, the poster will comment with knowledge that only an R+ employee can know.
      True story.

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    7. Can you post links to a post where a supposed non-employee says something that only a employee would know? Also a link to a post where the same employee makes a hateful comment to a user?

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  10. While I can agree that RingPlus has not been so great in the past, there have been
    recent improvements. I kept an original free plan, but stopped using it due to call latency and missed texts. In the past few months I tested the service again and those issues have disappeared. Since then, some family members and a few friends have signed up on my recommendation and are now enjoying low cost / no cost Sprint service without complaints. At least two of them are using Virgin Mobile flip phones that were bought for less than $5 on closeout and had never been previously activated. Works for them.

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  11. I know there are extra charges for voice roaming and data roaming, but what about text roaming?

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    1. Domestic text roaming is free.

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  12. Just signed up for the totally free plan without a hiccup, got a free phone number local to my area and already made my first call. I have to say the audio quality of the call on my BYOD Boost Mobile LS620 was nothing to write home about. But it's hard to complain about the cost :/

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    1. Signed up for a Totally Free plan, as well. I used a never activated Virgin Kyocera S2100 flip phone. It even programed itself when I pressed "Activate" from the phone's menu. Gave it to my "technophobe" aunt who lives in a strong Sprint area, doesn't really travel anywhere anymore, and consistantly uses less talk and text per month than what is allotted by RingPlus. She got signed up for one of the smallest Verizon plans at about $30 a month a few years ago. She's happy and I am now her "phone guy".

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    2. I have to take back my comment about the audio quality of my RingPlus call using the LG LS620. When I called from a Google Voice number to my RingPlus number the quality was very good, not quite HD SIP but very good nonetheless. Definitely sounds better than my daily driver Atrix HD on ATT.

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  13. I activated a used Virgin Kyocera K10 Royale. Hardest part was manual programming; the regular ##MSL# or any other ##_# dialing doesn't work on this phone. Finally found that 111111 and push option key got me to the programming menu. Phone works fine; no echo or voice cutout.

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  14. All 3 of the free plans are still available for selection in my RingPlus account now.

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  15. Got a handful of old Sprint phones and will activate one or two. Good for backup phones in the cars. Just throw it in the cubby charge once a month and make an outgoing call once a month.

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