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RingPlus Changes Pricing For Some Services, Says Today's Future Promotion To Be the Last

Freemium Sprint MVNO 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 NameFuture 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.

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  1. I would consider RingPlus as my backup for voice & text-only service if it weren't for the fact that it's so difficulty getting a compatible phone! This is why I hate the restrictive nature of CDMA (Sprint & Verizon). For now Lycamobile is my choice when it comes to low-cost auxiliary mobile phone service.

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  2. It's very easy to get a phone to use on RingPlus now. Just take a smartphone to Best Buy and enter the MEID or IMEI of an entry-level or an end-of-life mid or high-end phone into the RingPlus checker. If it flunks, try another phone. Swappa sellers are posting screenshots of the Ting ESN check results in their ads. My experience is that if it works on Ting, RingPlus takes it too. If a seller didn't post or mention Ting, almost all of them will enter and post the results from Ting or RingPlus ESN checkers if you ask. A few online stores sell refurbished phones with a 30-day money back for any reason policy, so you won't get stuck with a phone that doesn't work. Phone selection and/or risk is no excuse for avoiding RingPlus now.

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    1. I would hardly consider all those steps as "easy." The steps you outlined are quite complicated (with trial n' error methodology to boot) in comparison to Lycamobile's (and other GSM-based MVNOs) QUICK pop-in-SIM-card-into-any-unlocked-GSM-phone-and-go method... without all those IMEI/MEID checking nonsense.

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    2. oh come on. it's easy. go to your local best buy. grab a LG Volt. or some other cheap sprint prepaid phone. look at the MEID on the box. pull out your working smartphone that is working on your not-so-secret plan. go to the ringplus ESN/MEID checker webpage and see if it clears. if that's a new phone (not a return), it should pass. buy the phone, actually register the phone on ringplus. and you are done. easy peasy.

      you're just too scared to look at a string of MEID numbers to get something that's cheaper than your not-so-secret plan.

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    3. Yes. I have had no trouble at all activating new Sprint Prepaid phones like the LG Volt, LG Tribute, HTC 510, and the Alcatel One Touch Retro, for family members. Checking the IMEDs in-store (Best Buy) was a breeze. While the selection of new Sprint Prepaid phones is limited, each one fit each family member's needs and most of them are taking advantage of the free service. RingPlus doesn't quite fit with me, but does with many.

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    4. It's no secret how easy it is to get on RingPlus. Just grab any clean Sprint ESN and try it. Our ancient Kyocera Rio Royale from Virgin Mobile was fine with them. If you need an excuse for change, do it for network diversity. With two phones you can access all 4 networks. RingPlus roams on Verizon and regional carriers for 14c/minute, a lot less than PagePlus or Puppy Wireless.

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    5. SD said: "in comparison to Lycamobile's (and other GSM-based MVNOs) QUICK pop-in-SIM-card-into-any-unlocked-GSM-phone-and-go method... without all those IMEI/MEID checking nonsense."

      I think you have it backwards. I did exactly what was mentioned with checking the MEID from looking at a product box, and putting the number into my phone to check on a web site while standing in a Best Buy. It is hard to imagine something more convenient.

      Your method involves actually opening the box and sticking sim cards in!!!

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    6. "It's no secret how easy it is to get on RingPlus. Just grab any clean Sprint ESN and try it."

      Just don't do it with a Kyocera Rise.The actual phone configuration screen matches nothing seen on any web site (where they apparently put generic activation stuff into the web pages without checking to see if it applies to the specific phone).

      The Kyocera Rise is a tight little phone with an excellent keyboard, but lacks the ability to do data on RingPlus.

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  3. Dennis, where do you see that tethering is included? I don't see it.

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    1. Sorry, copy/paste typo. Tethering and hotspot are not included with Future 11 AFAIK.

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  4. I don't get the 1000+. Plus what is my question?

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    1. It's explained in the post

      "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."

      If you follow the Discourse link you can see how many bonus units you would get if the promo were to end now. You will actually get more as the promotion doesn't end for almost 2 hours today plus 3 more hours tomorrow.

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  5. *Best Rural Network Deal: Postpaid VZW Moto G for $35 on eBay - With Walmarts Total Wireless Plan. *Best GSM Deal: Cricket's Autopay $35, no tax, with any ATT phone.
    *Eventhough I'm in a rural area, I still went with RingPlus. I can confirm very good call quality with SIP/VOIP wifi network calling that simply offsets any cellular connection issues. Zoiper (android app) is excellent & most importantly with Ring Plus, through there wifi calling app, you are always using your original cellular phone number for outgoing and incoming. Side Note: Sprint phones have notorious call quality issues. I have always had very good luck with the LG G2's on GSM networks. With Sprint...eeek! Suggestion: Best Sprint phone for $100 is still the Note 2, L900 - great phone! Thanx again Dennis, for all your hard work!

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  6. The extra bonus minutes, texts and data to be added 24 hours after the promotion ends is really starting to pickup. This is going to be the best R+ deal of them all.

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  7. So if you were not on the wait list as of the 12th then there is No upgrade opportunity for current members.
    Maybe 20 people posted getting upgraded from the last wait list which was only for those who who added before the 12th so effectively no upgrade going forward for even those who added themselves to the wait list even a week ago.
    Ring Plus would never comment on how the wait list operated so many balked at adding their name to it and for good reason, they will upgrade you to what ever plan they decide to upgrade you to whether you want it. Many got "upgraded" from 1500/1500/500 with tethering to 1000/1000/1000 no tethering and fewer min/text.

    As I write, outgoing and incoming calling is FUBAR.

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  8. RingPlus did not stop the Phase 11 activations at 3PM today. I just signed up.

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  9. I got 3 lines upgraded to 1000/1000/1000. Didn't even know it until I logged in.

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  10. Hey Dennis, which one is better Airvoice or H2o?

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    1. They both use ATT MVNO. But price of H20 is more atractive than Airvoice. Remember, no call-forwarding from H20 even though they said they support it. They both also have LTE now.

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    2. AFAIK Airvoice doesn't have LTE. It even says they don't on their web site.
      On the other hand Airvoice has much better customer support than H2O.

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  11. The cost of setting up an existing RingPlus number for Google Voice forwarding will be $20. Since they stopped supporting "dial additional digit" functionality on an incoming call several months back, one cannot set a RP number as a GV forwarding number. The only way Google does the verification needs this functionality. The other alternative is to port a RP number out to different carrier, set up GV forwarding, and bring it back in. So far, it cost $7.99 to RP, plus the minimum cost to start the other carrier's service, and now it would be $20 for the RP part. What else can be done to discourage those abominable GV users?

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    1. Only some phones on RingPlus have trouble verifying as a Google Voice forwarding phone using the dialer. I've activated a Samsung Factor flip phone and Nexus S 4G Android phone with Google Voice with no problems while on RingPlus.

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    2. There are many ways to set up GV forwarding. First, you can do like normal, using desktop and browser. Secondly, call-in your number and setup as temporary number. Or last, download GV app to your R+ android phone, and let it verify itself. The last method does not involve in any touch-tone, then you should not have any problem. Good luck.

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    3. "What else can be done to discourage those abominable GV users?"

      Try Ring Plus double billing you for calling a GV number forwarded to a Ring Plus Device.
      On my bill when I call a Ring Plus device that has a GV number forwarded to it I get billed for the GV number and the Number that is associated with the device.

      October 21, 2015 at 8:41am PDT
      Outbound
      (840) 240-xxxx
      1
      $0.00
      October 21, 2015 at 8:41am PDT
      Outbound
      (840) 214-xxxx
      1
      $0.00
      October 21, 2015 at 8:13am PDT
      Outbound
      (840) 240-xxxx
      19
      $0.00
      October 21, 2015 at 8:13am PDT
      Outbound
      (840) 214-xxxx
      19
      $0.00
      October 21, 2015 at 8:00am PDT
      Outbound
      (840) 240-xxxx
      2
      $0.00
      October 21, 2015 at 8:00am PDT
      Outbound
      (840) 214-xxxx
      2
      $0.00
      Two simultaneous calls. The bottom number is the GV number and the top number is the number given to the device

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  12. Does anybody know if Ring+ can tell you activated a second line?

    My Free line with Ring+ never got canceled like friends of mine did, so I want to keep it just in case these new fangled plans get terminated after a few months.

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  13. Yeah, I agreed, he is right. If a person A has R+ number, and A also has a GV number that FW to his R+. So when person B(R+ user) call A-GV number, B will be charged 2 amount: 1 amount against the A-GV, and another amount against A-R+. This is a stupid bug.

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  14. My experience so far leads me to believe that anyone calling from a Ring Plus device to your GV number forwarded to your R+ device will see your R+ number and your GV number in their billing and double billed.

    So much for anonymity of your R+ device number and I am sure the caller will enjoy paying double.

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  15. RingPlus Future Phase 9 is still available. 1500-1500-500.

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  16. If you want a $5 top-up instead of $10, you can still sign up for Phase 9. It shows an automatic top-up of $5 now.

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  17. Bought a Boost LG volt 2 - not happy with the call quality, seems to be muffled on my end. Any suggestions what Sprint or Boost phone to get?

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  18. Why waste time complaining about 2xzero billing when there is a real outrage to whine about? Those MMS charges! I mean, these Future plans were advertised and promoted everywhere as FREE, and then you get your line going and BAM, you get hit with charges for MMS and group messaging, text only messages! False advertising! It was in tiny print! How am I supposed to see that tiny 4c when they had FREE, free, free pasted everywhere! Time to call the FCC and find a lawyer. I mean, I am being charged MY MONEY for MMS and group text-only messages that I did not send! That's not right! Got a group picture message sent to 4 people yesterday, including me. Four people sent text only comments on the dumb picture of a T-shirt and I got charged 5x4c of my balance! At this rate I am going to have to pay another $10 of MY MONEY plus $1.78 tax for every 250 of these things. I know I can turn off MMS in my Dashboard and pay nothing, or turn off MMS and group messages on my phone, but that's not FAIR! It's not my fault I'm being charged for these messages that I did not even send. Isn't everybody just OUTRAGED about this???!!!

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    1. What do you mean 2x zero, whoever calls your GV number forwarded to a R+ device from a R+ device using their R+ device number is getting 2x the minutes deducted from their allotment and their R+ device number shows in the callers billing history.

      4c MMS charges are clearly stated and group messages are classified as MMS, so you really have no complaints. Mostly frigging iPhone users and there are settings on the device than can help alleviate the issue. Set the device so it does not auto download MMS to start.

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    2. It looks to me like they are just making fun of the people who were complaining about being charged two free minutes vs 1 (in a very rare situation). People like you, apparently.

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    3. Sorry, but it is not free if you pay for overages or you are on a paid plan. It is also not all that rare since many have added plans for family and friends, so the chances are even greater that whomever is calling you may incur fraudulent double billing.

      Bottom line, is is not right what they are doing!

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  19. I'm signed up with Future 11, does anybody know what I need to do to get the "plus" minutes/sms/data?

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    1. It's supposed to be automatic, no action on your part is required.

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  20. RingPlus announced a new promo that starts tomorrow. Name your own plan, and get it free or at the price you offer. Your plan will automatically be upgraded if and when RingPlus improves its plans in the future. Default free plan is 1500-1500-500, with $15 initial top-up.

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  21. Psssh, my daughter was charged a $15 top up plus taxes on the Phase 9 plan. I hope they give her a refund. She wants to cancel it and I don't blame her.

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    1. Did you check her Dashboard? Phase 9 only provides 500MB of mobile data. If your daughter was watching video and went way past 500MB, it takes several hours (at least) for Sprint to report that to RingPlus. If she used more than an extra 500 MB, RingPlus probably charged her the right amount for a top-up. $5 regular top-up, plus $10. If this happens again, she can turn off mobile data in the Dashboard until the next plan renewal and avoid extra charges.

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