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RingPlus Reports 880% Annual Growth, Announces New Free Plans

Sprint MVNO RingPlus announced yesterday that it has grown, presumably in number of subscribers, by 44% per month for the last seven months and by 880% year over year. This impressive growth has undoubtedly been fueled by RingPlus' frequent promotions that offer new customers as many as 1600 minutes, 1600 texts and 1500 MB of data per month for free, in return for listening to ads when placing a call. RingPlus has also used social media marketing very effectively with its own frequent posts and by requiring new free plan customers to make a one-time post mentioning RingPlus on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.

In celebration of its impressive growth, RingPlus is running what may be its biggest promotion to date. Four of RingPlus' best free plans will be reopened to new subscribers from Noon PST 12/24 until Noon PST 12/27, "while supplies last". As a special bonus, signing up for one of these plans will not require posting on social media or completing a survey, as RingPlus free plans usually do. The following plans will be available:

Leonardo 2 Free Plan: 1500 minutes, 1500 texts and 1500 MB of data per month (tethering not included) for free.
Pricing: $15 (plus about 20% in taxes and fees) top up at activation and whenever the account balance reaches zero.

Leonardo 3 Free Plan: 1200 minutes, 1200 texts and 1200 MB of data per month (tethering included) for free. 
Pricing: $12 (plus about 20% in taxes and fees) top up at activation and whenever the account balance reaches zero.

Leonardo 4 Free Plan: 1400 minutes, 1400 texts and 1200 MB of data per month (tethering included) for free.
Pricing: $20 (plus about 20% in taxes and fees) top up at activation and whenever the account balance reaches zero.


Leonardo 5 Free Plan: 1600 minutes, 1600 texts and 1500 MB of data per month (tethering not included) for free.
Pricing: $16 (plus about 20% in taxes and fees) top up at activation and whenever the account balance reaches zero.

Although these plans are "free", in the sense that there's no monthly charge, a mandatory top-up of between $12 and $20 is required at sign-up and whenever the plan's cash balance reaches zero. The top up is not an activation fee, it sits in your RingPlus account as a credit that can be used to pay for overages (2¢ per minute, text or MB of data), MMS (4¢ ea.), phone number changes (99¢), device changes ($1.99), porting in a number ($6.99) or tethering on plans that don't include it ($1.99/day).

The free plans are for new activations only, but RingPlus didn't leave current customers completely out of its celebration. From 12/24 to 12/31, all RingPlus users, new and old, will be allowed to tether and use their phones as hotspots without the usual $1.99/day charge. Note that tethering and hotspot generally only work on Sprint postpaid phones and is blocked at the handset level on Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Sprint Prepaid handsets.

RingPlus also announced that starting January 1, 2016, customers will get a 1.5¢ account credit for every dollar they spend with RingPlus. In addition, RingPlus will open a new online store next year that will sell products and services promoted by RingPlus' pre-call advertising. When the store opens, each RingPlus member will receive a 33% off, up to $50 maximum, coupon good for purchases in the store.

RingPlus' growth is certainly impressive. However, I wonder how sustainable these free plans are. In return for listening to brief ads at the start of calls, RingPlus is giving customers plans that would cost at least $25/month from any non-Sprint based operator. RingPlus only requires customers to make one call every 60 days to keep service active. I can't believe that ad revenue covers costs. RingPlus has said that some of the free plans are sponsored by unnamed third parties. Marketing research seems like one sponsorship possibility. Another is Sprint itself which might be underwriting the free plans in an effort to prop up its subscriber numbers.  Whoever is footing the bill, customers obviously like free cell phone service.

To keep up with RingPlus promotions follow our continuously updated RingPlus Free Promotions Tracker.

Source: RingPlus Discourse Forum, Image Google+

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  1. Too bad CS is still bad (even if you pay) and they still have significant latency on calls. I guess if you want to mooch free service, this is the plan for you.

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  2. if you are super cheap, or if you are on a super tight budget, or if you are really super broke, then RingPlus has a super plan for you. but it's too bad that sprint has super crappy coverage.

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    1. Sorry but my wife and I are not as you say "super cheap, on a tight budget, or super broke"--in fact we are totally the opposite.
      We have used RP since beta--but we were smart enough to know not to sign up if you don't have good Sprint coverage--sorry it took you so long to figure that out!

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    2. D. None of the above.
      To me this is a hobby. Started exploring low cost cell about 5 years ago when I decided to stop putting AT&T execs' kids through college. Started with T-Mo's $30 plan. Then a few Paygo plans, a disastrous several months at Republic, Smartel and now finally RingPlus. But D___ the game is over. No plans (yet) cheaper than free.

      If you know how to get the most from these plans, they are VERY effextive - with the obvious caveat about coverage.

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    3. Since Beta, what Beta? If anything they are still Beta since there are a host of issues that has plagued the service since Aug 2013 and their Domestic service free plan roll out.

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  3. RingPlus is awesome! Way better than Freedompop I was using! Activation is easy and voice quality is good! Am canceling all my Freedompop phones and even my Tmobile services!

    Ringplus make cell phone services available to the masses NOT ripping off customers like all the major cell carriers. I never miss receiving bills from the "big" joker cell phone companies!

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  4. Every new plan they have is only for new customer. I would only be any good if your already a customer and switch to these plan. Nobody cares about free limited tethering for a few days.

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  5. They are reportedly having problems paying bills to a vendor. The question is how many paying customers do they have? They are not going to be around to offer any Valentine's Day promotions. If you like your number, port out now.

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    1. Put your number at Google Voice. Then it doesn't matter the future of your provider.

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    2. Re: Paying vendor issues
      How about you provide some proof and not just slander?

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    3. I heard same. Check hofo. Zip mark.

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    4. All I can find on HoFo is that Zipmark, a company that RingPlus used for verifying the addresses of customers who wanted to enable roaming is no longer providing that service for RingPlus. Someone speculated that one possible reason for the split could be that Zipmark didn't get paid. Companies end business relationships for many reasons besides unpaid bills. The reality is that outside of RingPlus and Zipmark management no one knows why the two companies parted ways.

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  6. Well thats a lot of growth...now fix your super-shotty voicemail system. Cant even review yur outgoing msg!? Depending on who is calling your RingPlus phone number...they may not even hear your outgoing message at all...meaning your caller simply hangs up confused and unsure. Fix this please!

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  7. I still wonder how they make ends meet while also giving away account credits and promos practically every week.

    Regardless, if it wasn't for their laughable support, selective forum moderation and the cult-like following they've amassed, RP would be a pretty decent MVNO.

    It's just a shame they're so damn shady.

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  8. For me ring plus has been great. I came in expecting the minimum. I grabbed an LG Volt with a new number, don't care about customer service,and don't care about voice mail. I need to make and receive calls, send and receive texts, and have a little web action for surfing and gps. If you are looking for a company to baby sit you or hold your hand, this ain't it. For FREE it's great!!

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  9. "Note that tethering and hotspot generally only work on Sprint postpaid phones and is blocked at the handset level on Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Sprint Prepaid handsets."
    Hotspot does not work on my Sprint postpaid iPhone 4S. Error message directs me to call Sprint or visit their mobile website.

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    1. The free tethering promo doesn't seem to have started yet. I suspect it will get turned on a Noon PT today along with the other promotions.

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    2. Tethering still does not work on my iPhone 4S, a Sprint postpaid phone.

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    3. An iPhone user on Discourse says theirs stated working after they updated their network profile.

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    4. Thanks, but I am using Sprint 23.0, the latest profile for my iPhone. And iOS 9.2, the latest OS.

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  10. I have used RingPlus since they first offered free plans, about 1.5 years ago.
    Merry Christmas, RingPlus staff! Thanks for all the free service. I really enjoy it.

    Tip: In the few instances when I can't make a clear call via RingPlus, I use Vonage Extensions app to make free calls using my Vonage home service plan. It works well on WiFi and cellular. Vonage lets you register 2 cellphones for use with Vonage Extensions app.

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  11. RingPlus wasn't a good fit for me as I do a lot of traveling with my work. However, I have setup numerous family members who live in good Sprint areas with RingPlus. All with new Sprint prepaid Moto E or Alcatel One-Touch Retro phones. None of them are very data dependent and mostly use for calls and text. There are a few quirks like sometimes not hearing the outgoing voicemail message "beep" of the voicemail timestamp will be off by a few hours or the occasional missing voicemail notification, but for FREE, these are all things they can live with.

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    1. Tip: If you don't live in the West, go to RingPlus account preferences and change your time zone.

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  12. Other than some gimmicks including a whopping 7 days to use the tether option, Ring Plus leaves out the current members for upgrades once again.
    No mention of reopening up the Upgrade wait list that included all the Leo Plans and including 5. There is one current upgrade wait list still open for Leo 3 only, but Ring Plus will not comment if they are even recognizing that old list.
    No one posting as having been upgraded recently and they do not normally upgrade while a promo is open, so we shall see what "our goal to upgrade 'most' by the end of the year" means.

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  13. I have used Ringplus since I live in a good Sprint area (philadelphia). I'd like to add a new line under my name and billing address. This new line will be used by my uncle who is living in 17601. I tried to look up for a coverage map on Ringplus but no luck. Can anyone help or point me to the coverage map? I want to make sure if the phone works in his area. Thanks.

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    1. Use the Boost Mobile map to view Sprint native coverage (same as RingPlus). 17601 looks good.

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  14. Will a virgin mobile or boost mobile phone be able to roam if activated on ring plus? What about sprint prepaid? Thanks in advance for any help.

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    1. They would except that it's not possible to enable roaming on RingPlus currently.

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  15. Thanks Dennis, I didn't realize that roaming wasn't possible yet. There is a section on their website that says it can be enabled, they should remove that before some customers get dissapointed.

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    1. RingPlus began supported roaming over a year a year agp. To enable it you had to link your RingPlus account to a bank account and also deposit $10 with a company called Zipmark. However, RingPlus and Zipmark, had a falling out recently so it's not currently possible to set up accounts for roaming. I think customers who set up roaming before RingPlus and Zipmark parted ways can still use it.

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  16. If you want Free Tethering on Ring Plus just root your phone and use one of the Root Required Apps on the Play Store. Works great on my LG F3.

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  17. You said that tethering is only possible on Sprint postpaid phones. But as far as I know, mobile hotspot is included in Sprint prepaid plans, so why wouldn't it just work on RingPlus?

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    1. Many of the Sprint brands prepaid Android phones have the HotSpot menu hidden. The LG Volt is one that I have heard does. There's a way to enable the menu using a shortcut app. If you can enable the menu or if its not hidden on you phonne and your RingPlus plan includes hotspot it should work. The tethering/hotspot option that RingPlus offers removes a network level hotspot block, it's up to the user to do whatever is necessary to enable it at the handset level.

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