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RingPlus Announces Another Promo and a Twitter Powered Voicemail System

Sprint MVNO RingPlus has announced yet another promotion. The promo will be tomorrow, Thursday September 3, from 6 PM to 8 PM PDT. This time around the only promotional plan that will be available is the Diversity Plan.

Diversity includes 300 Minutes, 500 Texts and 300 MB per month for free. It requires a $5 initial top up (plus tax). Users are also required to maintain a balance of $5 or more in their account at all times.

After the initial $5, the plan is completely free as long as you never use more than 300 minutes, 500 texts or 300 MB in a month.

If you do use up all of your minutes, texts, or data you will be charged $4.99 for a package of 300 Min or 500 Texts, or 300 MB (whichever you went over). The package of minutes, texts or data is valid for two months.

For example, if you use your 300 minutes, RingPlus charges you $4.99 for 300 Minutes which will not expire for 2 months.

Diversity users can use add-ons to prevent being charged the $4.99 fee for going over their included minutes, texts or data.The following add-ons available:
  • Texts: 100 for $1, 1000 for $4, 2000 for $6, 5000 for $8 
  • Minutes: 100 for $1.80, 500 for $7, 1000 for $15, 2000 for $25 
  • Data (MB) 200 for $3, 500 for $7, 1000 for $8, 2000 for $16 
Add-ons are good for 30 days and do not rollover.

One thing to keep in mind is that if buying an add-on reduces your balance below $5, RingPlus will charge you $5 (plus tax) and add the $5 to your account to keep your balance above the required $5 minimum.

RingPlus also announced a new Twitter powered voicemail system that will be also be available starting tomorrow. Details are vague but it sounds like when callers reach your voicemail, a RingPlus robot will greet them speaking your latest tweet. I don't know if the new voicemail system will be be free but it will definitely be opt-in.

RingPlus free plans are ad-supported, when users place an outgoing call they hear ads in place of the usual ringing tone before a call is answered.  The ads stop instantly when the called party answered.

Source: RingPlus Discourse Forum

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  1. You mean 300 minutes...
    After the initial $5, the plan is completely free as long as you never use more than 200 minutes, 500 texts or 300 MB in a month.

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    1. Yes you're right, I've corrected the post, thanks.

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  2. I'll wait for a plan that automatically tops up when I hit zero, thank you very much. I have to leave $5 in my credit union share but they at least pay me a penny now and then.

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    1. Done.

      That's the VIP Pepper plan that tops up if you hit a zero balance.

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    2. Regular (non-VIP) Pepper also behaves this way. It's just that the VIP version has higher monthly allotments.

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  3. So wait, I go over and I pay $5 and it only refills the category that went over? Do they go to classes to learn how to create confusing business rules?

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    1. $5 bucks if you go over. if you go over only once a month and pay the $5, and if that's all you pay for the month, then that's a good deal. the most you may pay is probably $15 if you go over on each of min txt data. anyways, you should probably be on another plan if you have to use more.

      the people who are complaining are those who want completely FREE with no catches. too bad. Ring+ has to makes their moneys also to stay in business. advertising is not going to cover everything. the advertising helps keep the costs down. preferably free but cannot expect that across the board. so you will still have costs if you need more or if you go over.

      anyways if you go with diversity, just don't go over the alloted amounts. maybe just keep $10, and not just $5, as a balance, and you shouldn't be surprised and be ahead of the game.

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    2. Like Confusion? Embrace Diversity!

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  4. I signed up for Diversity last week and was surprised to learn that I was charged twice during the set up process. I was charged $6.10 each time and my account shows a balance of $10.00. I logged a support ticket and received this response several days later:

    "We do apologize for the delay here. Please note that Diversity requires a minimum Top Up of $5 to be maintained on the account. If you currently have less than a $5 Top Up balance, RingPlus will still allow you to switch over to Diversity, but you will get another Top Up of $5 charged and added to your account when you switch. The reason for this is that if your credit card is declined in the future, and you don’t’ have enough Top-Up balance to cover the automatic $4.99 add-on package feature of Diversity, you would lose the Diversity plan and be downgraded to the Truly Free plan."

    Doesn't make sense to me. Can anybody parse this out? Too soon to make any firm judgments about R+ but we're off to a shaky start.

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  5. Yes, thank you, VIP Pepper is the way to go.

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    1. Agreed, but who knows if VIP Pepper will be offered again. This company seems to keep their plans for a few months, then change them.

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  6. Ok if you sign up for it the first time. Why are they charging you twice. Your not switching from any plans. The initial sign up should be $5 and that's it. Why is it automatically top up after you signed up that's ridiculous. Somebody needs to look into this I'm switching my plan back to VIP pepper.

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    1. It's clearly a bug. I hope they fix it before tomorrow's promo.

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  7. Anyone been able to activate the Moto E on Ring Plus?

    Best buy has the Sprint Prepaid Moto E on sale for $40.

    Has anyone successfully activated one on Ring Plus?

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    1. If you already have an active smartphone, you can use the RingPlus ESN checker right there in the store. That's what I did when I checked on an Sprint Prepaid Alcatel Retro OneTouch and it worked out fine. If you can't check in-store, just write down the ESN of one of the Moto Es at Best Buy and then check it at home.

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    2. This method of checking in store can be inconclusive, the phone ESN should need to be activated by being scanned at the register. This is supposed to be a loss prevention tool for the store. It is not always the case, but, if the stores are restocking unopened returned phones then the ESN will remain activated. To remove any variables it would be best to purchase the device and then check the ESN. This works for Local retailers like Best Buy who have decent return policies, not so much for eBay purchase and such. If a model is known to activate on Ring Plus then it really should have no issue no matter where you purchase it from, but Murphy is alive and well.
      NIB Sprint pre-paid subsidiary devices should activate on Ring Plus without issue. Activation is different from fully functioning. Most of the issues reported are after activation and are usually a configuration problem that is not related to the hardware and can be fixed by Ring Plus C/S.
      It should not be, but if you do have an issue with the device after activation and C/S asks, just maintain the the device in question had been on the service it was intended for for 12 months.

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    3. Ahh. I see your point. My experience described above was for a Sprint Prepaid LG Volt at Best Buy and a Sprint Prepaid Alcatel Retro OneTouch at Target.

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    4. i got 3 moto e yesterday and was able to activate all on Diversity plan. I took a chance on buying all of them without checking it first but luckily it all went well.

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  8. Sounds like you just received a RingPlus moment.

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  9. I thought the Diversity plan had the same $5 requirement as the Pepper plan. Does the Pepper plan also require a $5 minimum balance at all times?
    I've never heard of anyone automatically charging you before your balance drops down to zero.

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    1. That's how Diversity works. It's still a good deal. It's almost the same as if there was a $5 activation fee. Except that unlike an activation fee you could recover the initial $5 by switching to a different plan and using it for overages, international calls, MMS, ESN changes or roaming.

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    2. Pepper plan only requires a non-zero balance.

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  10. VIP Pepper is still better in the sense that automatic top-ups don't get locked to one specific bucket.

    Diversity takes pretty heavy usage for it to come out ahead but at that point buying large addons is an even cheaper option.

    Regardless, plan is aptly named given its cumbersome nature and the fact that it's actually worse than the previous promo plans it usurped.

    Diversity was a terrible idea.

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    1. Diversity will give me more minutes and MB for free than VIP Pepper would have given, and I never use more than that. The $5 will be a one time cost. Diversity is an excellent idea!

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    2. blah blah blah. vip pepper is better. blah blah blah. diversity is better. blah blah blah. get over it people. you just don't want to pay anything when comes to these free plans. blah blah blah.

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    3. Why would anybody expect to pay for something that's advertised as free?

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  11. People I'am here to report that if you sign up for diversity tomorrow you will be charge 6.10 twice. I know this because it happens to me. This how it works. They will charge you 4.99 plus tax and then automatically top up because you are penny under 5 dollars. Your ringplus account balance will show $10 credit. Your debit or credit card will show two transactions for $6.10 each. If you have VIP pepper do not change it. Ringplus should be ashamed of themselves using his business tactics to get subscribers.

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    1. I would expect there to be only a $5 balance when you sign up not $10 or $9.99. Is yours exactly $10? I would try to get a partial refund.

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    2. I've asked RingPlus to explain or fix the double charging on Diversity. I'd like to find out how widespread the problem is

      If you activated Diversity on a new line or upgraded to it on a line with a zero balance please leave a comment saying whether you were charged $5 or $10.

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    3. A RingPlus representative told me just now that they are investigating the double charging ($10 rather than $5) issue on Diversity activations and will fix the bug and reimburse users who were overcharged.

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    4. Excellent. That makes Diversity as good of a deal as I expected it to be and as advertised.

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    5. I activated a new line and was charge 10 dollars instead of 5 dollars. I open and support ticket and was given automatically answer just like the other person you voice their displures with ringplus.

      "We do apologize for the delay here. Please note that Diversity requires a minimum Top Up of $5 to be maintained on the account. If you currently have less than a $5 Top Up balance, RingPlus will still allow you to switch over to Diversity, but you will get another Top Up of $5 charged and added to your account when you switch. The reason for this is that if your credit card is declined in the future, and you don’t’ have enough Top-Up balance to cover the automatic $4.99 add-on package feature of Diversity, you would lose the Diversity plan and be downgraded to the Truly Free plan."

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  12. Spring native coverage only? no roaming, right?

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  13. I think it's been mentioned quite a few times. Roaming is 14 cents per minute plus additional roaming data charges.

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  14. New voicemail has call redirection and the option to leave an SMS message instead.

    Their tweet reading option was either a partial troll or something they completely overvalued.

    Knowing them, maybe it's both.

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