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Updated: RingPlus Cuts Junior Plan Overage Rates, Adds 100 MB/Month Bonus

Sprint MVNO RingPlus is running a another limited time promotion today: Here are the details: 

On Thursday Sept 17 and Sunday Sept 20, from 9 AM to 9 PM PDT, RingPlus will open up the Diversity plan to new activations. 

In addition to Diversity, a new plan called Junior will be available during both promotions. Junior includes 10 minutes, 10 Texts and 10 MB per day (300 of each per month). 

Like Diversity, Junior requires a $5 minimum balance in your account at all times. As soon as you activate the plan, your card will be charged $5 plus tax. Any time your balance dips below $5, you card will be charged $5 plus tax and $5 will be added to your account balance for future charges.
  • If you use more then 10 minutes in a day you will be charged $2 $1 (deducted from your balance) for unlimited minutes for 24 hours.
  • If you go over 10 texts in a day you will be charged $2 50¢ for unlimited texts for 24 hours.
  • If you go over 10 MB in a day you will be charged 2¢ per extra MB until the end of the day.
Update 9/20: For today's (Sunday) promo, RingPlus has made some improvements to the Junior plan.
  • The Voice overage price has been lowered to $1 (was $2) for 24 hours of unlimited talk
  • The text overage price has been cut from $1 50¢ for 24 hours of unlimited texting
  • The data overage rate is still 50¢. 
  • In addition, anyone activating any new plan today Sunday Sept. 20 will get an extra 100 MB of data added to their account every moth for free.
I know RingPlus is trying to be innovative with Junior, but it seems inferior to Diversity for most users. They both require a $5 minimum balance and include 300 MB and 300 minutes per month. But Diversity gives you 500 texts per month compared with Junior's 300. More importantly, Junior's 10 minute or text per day limit makes it much more likely that you will go over and get hit with a $2 charge. The only use case I can think of where Junior makes sense is for someone who needs to talk on the phone 4 or fewer days per month for more 6 hours total on those days and uses minutes and texts sparingly the rest of the month.

The better of the two promotional plans seems to be Diversity. It comes with 300 minutes, 500 texts, and 300 MB of full speed 4G LTE data per month for free. If you do use up all of your 300 minutes, 500 texts, or 300 MB data in a month, you will be charged $4.99 (taken from your account balance of $5 or more) for a package of 300 Minutes or 500 Texts, or 300 MB (whichever you went over). The $4.99 package of minutes, texts or data is valid for two months. Like Junior, Diversity requires maintaining a $5 minimum balance.

The RingPlus Store will be offering free loaner phones again during both promos. This time around there will be a choice of five phones. There's no charge for borrowing a phone but a deposit is required and shipping is $20. You get the deposit back if you return the phone working and in good condition. Phone borrowers also get an account credit. Here are the available phones:
Phone Deposit Top Up Free Plan Top Up Paid Plan
HTC Desire 510 (B-stock Refurb) $50 $5 $10
iPhone 4 8GB (Refurb) $90 $5 $10
HTC EVO Shift 4G (New) $100 $5 $10
iPhone 4s 8GB (Refurb) $120 $5 $10
Samsung Galaxy S3 (A-Stock Refurb) $150 $5 $10
The S3 is the SPH-L710 single-band LTE model, not the  SPH-L710T tri-band LTE one.

None of these phones particularly excite me. The iPhones and the EVO Shift are 3G only on RingPlus, which doesn't support the EVO's soon to be shut down WiMAX 4G. Fortunately, you can also use any Sprint MVNO compatible phone on RingPlus. If you aren't sure if your phone is compatible you can check it here. Current RingPlus members can also upgrade or downgrade to Diversity or Junior during either promo. The change will take effect on the member's current plan renewal date, not immediately.

Starting 9/16 at noon PDT, current RingPlus members will be able to enroll in RingPlus' Pulse, a new scheme where members can turn their phones into paid public WiFi hotspots. When others use the hotspot the member gets half of whatever the person using the hotspot paid. RingPlus has not disclosed how much hotspot users will be charged but has said that Pulse hotspot usage will not count against the member's data allowance. Members can enroll in Pulse in the Add-On's section of their RingPlus account portal. Pulse is a limited tine offer, enrollment ends Sept. 30 at noon PDT.

Updated 9/20: lower overage pricing on the Junior Plan and 100 NB per month activation bonus.

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  1. I don't think Junior is a good plan, very easy to go over 10 min in one day!

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    1. They created a bad one to show how good another one.

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    2. Not necessarily. It's a niche plan, but claiming they did this to highlight a better plan sounds like a conspiracy theory (so safely remove the aluminum foil hat lol). This plan is perfect for people that have a single purpose emergency phone in the car, RV, panic room, or even if you have a kid that you don't want to have a phone for everyday use - just emergencies. I'd rather pay $2 for 24 hours than pay $5.99 (and it's not unlimited) in an emergency. Obviously it may never get used considering I'm talking about an emergency phone and not a daily driver phone. I'm on T-Mobile prepaid, so having an emergency phone on a different carrier network is perfect. And other than a minimum top up I don't have to worry about any costs involved with keeping a line alive unlike with those other prepaid carriers that have something similar but have higher upfront cost, sim expiration dates, balance expiration dates, etc. and these providers give nothing free like even 10 minutes for minor emergencies like Ring Plus does.

      If you use the phone a lot and everyday then this plan is not for you. If that your situation that still doesn't mean this plan is somehow eye-opening because it doesn't come close to, for example Ring Plus's $19.99 plan. Um, that's too obvious, i hope most people don't require help figuring that out.

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  2. "a new scheme " seems the right wording!!! and the "deposits" is more than other carriers sell the phone for.. (and not to be too WARNING BUT seeing how mvno's disappear quite often... considering those deposits as payments wouldn't be too unwise..if you can get a refund (and phone is not considered 'damaged' or you do ruin it--- just the cost of doing business!!.) a bonus...
    but if 'diversity' lasts a while.. and very low usage....$$$ still wouldn't be too bad...

    but if they're willing to PAY UP for users to provide hotspot services... maybe a scheme for those seeking true freebie phone service unless again it's pocket change and the hotspot provider is still paying to use their phones too....

    of course where spirit is going to work that's where someone else needs a hotspot???

    Dennis keep us informed.... on the new schemes... Ringplus seems to be keeping you busy lately!!

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  3. The new pulse plan wifi hotspot tether is 0.00 per year pre signup in BETA I did signup any way through account portal add ons

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  4. There is a new Magic Rewards program. You earn free extra use just by using your phone. The extra minutes, sms or data is applied to a second phone line. You sign up for a free Matching Magic Phone Plan to get these rewards. https://magic.ringplus.net

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  5. iPhone not on the website. I think only the Desire 510 is Tri-Band.

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  6. RingPlus used to be good. Now they've started taking the MVNO in a new direction where all the offers and promos are blatant cash grabs. It wouldn't be hard to hit $185+/mo ($5 + $2x3x30) on Junior...which is probably what they're hoping for.

    They've even started censoring criticism on Discourse. As an example, it looks like thread comparing VIP Pepper to Diversity suddenly disappeared.

    IIRC, it had a spreadsheet proving that Diversity wasn't actually better unless your usage fit within a few select usage tiers (based on intervals of 50, I think).

    Their overall tone seems to have shifted from "free service / feedback welcome" to "free candy / shut up."

    It's actually kind of sad to see them sink so low. They're still a good deal when it comes to Spark phones and cheap service, but I'm starting to worry about their long term viability if they're that desperate to cash in and shut down discussion.

    Maybe it's time to take that US Mobile sim out of the sock drawer. You know, just in case.

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    1. Here's the thread with the spreadsheet comparing plans. RingPlus said they deleted it temporarily to remove some bigoted comments but it's now back: Making Sense of all of the Add-on and Plan Options ***includes Diversity plan - General - RingPlus Discourse

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    2. Bigoted comments? Sounds fishy.

      I saw them pruning a bunch of individual comments in one of the promo threads just the other day, all without having to close or delete it.

      It's a bit suspect that they'd actually need to remove an entire thread this time.

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    3. What's sad is that they have SO many plans that it takes an accounting analyst several hours to make heads or tails of the offerings.

      Another detail left out in the analysis is that R+ uses high latency VOIP over 3G data instead of POTS trunking at your local cell tower, which makes comparing the service to Ting fairly unequal. The forums are full of voice delay / echo complaints -- (some users report 1200 msec!!) which pushes makes the "intelligibility" of an interactive conversation really challenging.

      As a second line / emergency phone, you really can't beat free, but I wouldn't pay for this service.

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    4. RingPlus doesn't use VOIP; they use traditional cellular voice.

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  7. The "Totally Free Plan" which doesn't require a credit card
    doesn't appear to have an "Add Ons" section.

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    1. What did you expect, free Add Ons? How are you going to pay for them? Bitcoins?

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    2. The Pulse sign up is on the Add Ons page. Pulse is free to activate so it could be made available to truly Free plan users.

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  8. My first month of Ring+ pepper is over, I am very pleased. The money I saved on a normal phone bill just made my LG free. Next month the money I am saving can go towards other bills. No more cell phone bill for me!! Dennis you are the Man!!

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  9. i see two invoices for the same amount in zipmark services for activating roaming.

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  10. The 19.99$ plan us the cheapest prepaid plan with unlimited talk and text and 1Gig of data?

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  11. I signed up for RingPlus during their September 13th promo (which offered either Diversity + BYOSD, or Diversity + a HTC Desire 510 loaner), opting to bring over a Samsung Galaxy S2 I'd used on Ting. (Used an older deactivated-from-Ting device to open the R+ account first, though.) Looking for new-to-me upgrade/replacement for the S2 on eBay -- but only bidding on devices where either the seller or I can confirm that the ESN is clean for R+ activation. (I'd pop over to Best Buy and pick up one of their $40 LG Volts instead, but the Best Buys closest to me don't have them in stock -- and I'm leery about ordering one online if I can't confirm the device is good-to-go on R+ first.)

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    1. I have been using a Sprint LG Volt from Best Buy ($39.99) for over a month now, no problems.

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  12. Dennis, Ring Plus has maintained the 3 free plans but discontinued the lower cost plans. The cheapest paid plan is now the $9.99 Delight (700talk/300text/300mb).

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  13. So with diversity i would end up with 400 mb data each month (300 + 100) ?

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  14. These frequent plan changes and bonuses don't make me want to sign up. They make me want to wait for a better promotion or promotional plan.

    Pity the person who signed up for a paid plan yesterday and missed a extra 100MB free because they gave RingPlus money too soon.

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    1. I signed up a month ago on the pepper plan. It cost me $40 for a brand new lg volt from BB and $6.00 to ring+. If the whole thing craps the bed tomorrow I'm out the 6 bucks. Pretty hard to criticize what I'm getting!

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  15. How do you know it's 400mb instead of 300? Don't see it online...

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