RingPlus is changing the prices of some of the services effective October 30:
The charge to port a number to RingPlus which is currently $7.99 will be reduced to $6.99 the first time the number has been ported in. However if you port a number out and then back in the charge will be $20. Apparently a small number of users were frequently porting numbers in and out or RingPlus, and this fee increase is designed to discourage that practice.
The fee for changing from one phone to a different one on the same line (ESN Change) is going up from 99¢ to $1.99.
The minimum top-up amount is increasing from $5 to $10. This only applies to user-initiated top-ups. Plans with automatic $5 top-ups are not affected. RingPlus is blaming this increase on increasing fees and expenses related to credit card payment processing.
I don't see these changes as much of an issue for most users. If you can deal with the quirks of the service, RingPlus is still an amazing bargain with prices stating at free. Speaking of free, RingPlus is opening a new promotional plan today at noon PT that includes 1000+ minutes, messages and MBs of data for free. RingPlus says this will be the last of the Future Trial promotions, all of which offered 1000 minutes and messages and 500 MBs or more for free. I think this means that future promotions will be less generous, probably around 250 minutes, messages and MBs. This is probably you last chance to get a free plan this good.
Here are the details of todays promotion from the Prepaid Phone News RingPlus Promotions Tracker:
Promotion Name: Future Trials Phase 11 – The Consumer Endorsement Trial
When: Noon to 3 PM PDT Thursday 10/22 and Friday 10/23 at ringplus.net/#plans.
For: New activations only.
Plan Details: 1000 minutes, 1000 texts and 1000 MB of data per month for free. Plus additional free voice, text, and data based upon deal popularity in various forums and social networks. Overage rate is 2¢ per minute, text or MB of data. Overages are deducted from the plan balance.
Pricing: $10 (plus about 20% in taxes and fees) top up at activation (added to plan balance) and whenever the account balance reaches zero.
Special requirements: None
For more information see this RingPlus Discourse Forum post.