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RingPlus Revamps Plan Lineup, Adds New Free Plans

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Ad-supported, freemium Sprint MVNO RingPlus has made some changes to its list of regular, non-promotional plans.

The Truly Free Plan 2 which included 125 Minutes, 50 SMS and 15 MB per month for free has been discontinued. It's been replaced by a new Truly Free 3 plan that comes with the same 125 Minutes, 50 SMS and 15 MB per month for free. What has changed is that the overage rate for usage beyond the plan limits has been increased for two to four cents per overage minute, text or MB. Most Truly Free Plan users are unlikely to ever pay any overage fees. That's because the  big selling point of the Truly Free plans is that they don't require customers to provide a debit or credit card number when signing up. A card can be added if desired to cover overages, but there are better RingPlus plans available if you are willing to add a card..

Also discontinued is the Michelangelo Free Plan that required a $10 top-up at activation and when the account balanced reached zero. It came with 1000 Minutes, 1000 SMS, 500 MB of data and a 2¢ per minute, text or MB overage rate.

Michaelangelo has been replaced by two new free plans:

  • The Splash Free Plan with 500 minutes, 500 texts, 500 MB, 5¢ overages and a $5 top at activation and if the account balance hits zero.
  • The Ice Cream Free Plan with 1000 minutes, 1000 texts, 1000 MB, 5¢ overages and a $10 top at activation and if the account balance reaches zero.
Unlike most previous RingPlus Free plans, Ice Cream and Splash are available to current members who wish to change plans as well as for new activations by current or new customers.

RingPlus also seems to have discontinued two of its paid plans. Gone are the

  • The $49.00/month Seurat plan with unlimited minutes and texts, 6 GB data, 2¢ overages and a $20 top-up requirement.
  • The $59.99 Klimt with unlimited minutes and texts, 8 GB of data, 2¢ overages and a $20 top-up requirement.
There's no replacement for Seurat and Klimt which leaves a pretty big gap between $39.99 and $69.99 in the RingPlus' paid plan portfolio as listed in below:
Plan Auto Top-Up 2 Monthly Cost Voice SMS Data Notes
Truly Free 3 $0 $0 125 50 15 MB No credit card required. Overages: 5¢ per minute, SMS, MB
Splash $5 $0 500 500 500 MB Overages: 5¢ per minute, SMS, MB
Ice Cream $10 $0 1000 1000 1000 MB Overages: 5¢ per minute, SMS, MB
Malevich $15 $9.99+ 1 unlimited unlimited 500 MB Overages: 2¢ per minute, SMS, MB
Rivera $15 $12.99+ 1 unlimited unlimited 1 GB Overages: 2¢ per minute, SMS, MB
Rembrandt $0 $19.99+ 1 none none 2000 MB Data only plan for tablets and hotspots only. Overages: 2¢ per minute, SMS, MB
Miro $15 $19.99+ 1 unlimited unlimited 2 GB Overages: 2¢ per minute, SMS, MB
Gauguin $15 $29.99+ 1 unlimited unlimited 3 GB Overages: 2¢ per minute, SMS, MB
Kandinsky $15 $39.99+ 1 unlimited unlimited 4 GB Overages: 2¢ per minute, SMS, MB
Vermeer $25 $69.99+ 1 unlimited unlimited 10 GB Overages: 2¢ per minute, SMS, MB
Modigliani $25 $79.99+ 1 unlimited unlimited 20 GB Overages: 2¢ per minute, SMS, MB
Monet $25 $89.99+ 1 unlimited unlimited 30 GB Overages: 2¢ per minute, SMS, MB
Van Gogh $30 $109.99+ 1 unlimited unlimited 40 GB Overages: 2¢ per minute, SMS, MB
1 Plus taxes and fees of 10-30% to plan prices. Taxes and fees vary by state and include the usual sales taxes plus pass-throughs of telecom business taxes and fees.
2 Auto top up is charged at activation (added to plan balance) and whenever the account balance reaches zero. The balance is used to cover overages at 2¢ (5¢ on the Truly Free 3 and Spash plans) per minute, text or MB of data and for services like phone number changes.

In addition to the regular plans listed above, RingPlus frequently offers promotional plans with very generous allotments of free minutes, text and data in return for a top up fee. For example from 5 PM PT to 9 PM PT today, Thursday May 12, there's a free plan available with 3750 minutes, 3750 texts and 3750 MB of data per month for free (after a $27 top up). See our regularly updated RingPlus Promo Tracker for a list of current RingPlus free plan promotions.

Both free and paid RingPlus' plans are partially ad supported. Audio ads,which are mainly music snippets with an option to buy the track being played, are used in place of the usual ringing tone before a call is answered. Users can press the five key on their phone and get a text message or email containing a click-to-purchase link, discount coupon, or additional information.

Although RingPlus calls use traditional cellular voice, rather than VOIP, the ad injection platform adds increased latency (delay) to calls that some users consider unacceptable.

RingPlus can activate most Sprint postpaid phones as well as the Verizon iPhone 5s or 5c and latter and "universal" phones like unlocked iPhone 6s, 6s+, 6, 6+, or Nexus 5, 5X, 6 or 6P.  You can use the RingPlus Device Check Page to verify that your phone can be activated on RingPlus.



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  1. I think I'll stick with my Pepper plan for now.

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  2. They are now coming with big data allotments because may be they dont have many new signups.

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    1. People have been saying this for literally years. Untrue and, frankly, just trollish

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    2. then why they are not allowing existing members to change their plans to these high data plans. most of their high data plans are only for new members. they do not have much new sign ups that why they are coming up with high data plans only for new sign ups

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    3. Actually they are. Ice Cream and Splash are available to current members who wish to change plans.

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    4. I love it when someone expresses their opinion, if it's not liked by one of the fanboys they call the person a troll. I guess that's what we are to expect from many of the lower class they attract.

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  3. Wish they would just move me from the Michaelangelo to the Ice cream one. I took what I could get at the time and I can an manage with only 500 MB but a GB would be better.

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    1. You can switch. Ice Cream and Splash are available to current members who wish to change plans. I need to add that fact to the post.

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    2. Yes! I just switched all three of the phones I have on to Ice Cream. Didn't realize the upgrade was there until I looked. Thanks for the response! 😃

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  4. RingPlus is not a good service. Calls have a huge lag between speaking and hearing because of the ads. When you attach your twitter account every caller gets a readout of your latest tweets in the voicemail menu. You have to pay per MMS (and they raised the price to $0.05). They have absolutely no customer service, so if something goes wrong with your port say goodbye to your phone number. There are plenty of cheap plans that don't have these issues.

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    1. You sound like a perfect candidate for a postpaid Verizon plan.

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    2. Wow I can't believe you said that about the OP. Please everyone, let's keep things civil. :)

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    3. Maybe you're right. I should have said 'Assurance Wireless.'

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    4. "Calls have a huge lag..."

      I was in the same situation with you, with my Moto G.

      I switched to a LG Stylo, about a month ago, and I think because its 4G, the voice is like a normal carrier.

      I still miss my Moto G, 3G, as the Stylo is sluggish, and the camera is horrible, no matter what the reviews online say...the GPS is pretty fast tho, unlike previous LG phones I have tried.

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  5. Is there a link that provides the BYOD phones that now work on RingPlus?

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    1. No there isn't and if there was it wouldn't be very reliable. It's up to Sprint whether a phone will work on its network and Sprint is very arbitrary and inconsistent about what phones they will allow.

      The following types of phones *should* work on RingPlus, assuming they haven't reported lost or stolen:

      Fully paid for (no EIP, ETF or unpaid Sprint bill by the last owner) new or used Sprint postpaid phones.

      Sprint prepaid (Boost, Virgin, SPP) phones that have been used for 12 or more months on the brand they were sold for.

      The Verizon iPhone 5s or 5c and latter.

      The unlocked iPhone 6s, 6s+, 6, 6+, or Nexus 5, 5X, 6P or 2015 Moto X Pure Edition.

      The real test of whether a phone will work on RingPlus is to run its MEID through RingPlus' checker.

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    2. Thank you Dennis

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    3. Nexus 6 also works with RP.

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  6. If one were to use a Verizon iPhone 5c/s could I switch my T-Mobile and ring Plus SIM in and out as desired without calling either company?

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    1. As far as I know you should be able to do that.

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  7. Splash is very similar to my current plan Jasmine but is better because overages are single units instead of $5 bundles.
    So now this question is relevant for me: my existing account balance is >$5, which is the minimum balance requirement of Splash, so would I still be billed $5 amount upon switching to Splash?

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    1. As long as you have a balance you won't be billed for a top up when switching plans.

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    2. Thanks very much. I didn't know this question would be answered on the confirmation page after selecting the Splash plan, oh well :)

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    3. Does any balance qualify? For example, if I have a $7 balance can I switch to Ice Cream without paying anything else now, or can I only switch to Splash free because I have more than $5 balance?

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    4. Yes, provided RingPlus doesn't change the way its worked in the past, as long as you have any balance, even a penny, you won't be charged when switching plans.

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  8. How do i port my number away from tmobile. I know my account number but what is my pin where do you get that from.

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    1. it is the pin the that u gave when you created your online tmobile account.

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    2. This is tmobile postpaid not prepaid

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    3. If you didn't select a PIN when you pigned up, try the last 4 of your social security number.

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    4. If you forgot your T-Mobile postpaid passcode you need to call the porting department at 1-877-789-3106 and ask them for it.

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  9. RingPlus? RingMinus is proper. No more phone selection from prepaid. Now they are hurting for sign ups. I would be a sign up if it weren't such a pita finding a good phone,like as in not at least a year old.

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    1. You can activate a Nexus 5x or 6p.

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    2. You can activate a Nexus 5x or 6p. I know I can but for me it's all about getting the bargain,which was the new prepaid phones.

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    3. Yet some people still say those phones weren't subsidized.

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  10. Higher overage rates, the elimination of data addons and increased phone prices make RP a lot less attractive than it used to be.

    And then you still have to jump through hoops to get the best free plans, because they're still not open to current lines (especially those without Member+).

    I hope their cash grabs are worth it, because they won't be grabbing my cash anymore.

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    1. People are leaving faster than they can recruit new suckers.

      I agree the hoops are out of control but thats mostly because
      rp is listening to the fanboys, even M+ is a failure--you can thank
      the fanboys for that too and the high topups and fees, yup--thank the fanbots. You can thank hhfpp the loser mod for many of the fees...he just keeps preaching more fees and rp listens to that group on social. You said it right--hope the cash grabs are worth it.

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    2. RP's customer problems probably won't matter for very long.

      Even if they've hooked a few loyal whales, it's hard to imagine RP succeeding in the long term.

      After all, the key to running a successful ponzi scheme is keeping everyone involved happy.

      But then, if critics are ignored in favor of appeasing yes-men, the scheme eventually starts to fall apart once people notice the emperor's new clothes aren't actually real.

      This results in more cash grabs, despite the fact that they're nothing more than a shortsighted gamble which only increase the risk of customer turnover.

      Rather than building a solid MVNO and improving on it over the course of a few years, I wouldn't be surprised if RP just continued crafting ever more arcane pricing structures until they wind up convoluting themselves into obscurity.

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  11. Were do I get a nano SIM for RingPlus? Sprint stores won't sell me a nano SIM unless I activate a new line and RingPlus shipped me a micro SIM twice when I ordered a nano SIM.

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    1. Ting ships fast and has all 8 different Sprint SIMs in stock. There site lists which SIM to use for every Sprint phone: Ting | SIM cards - Find the right SIM card for your phone.

      If you have an iPhone, Apple Stores will give you a Sprint SIM for free.

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  12. what about tethering for the new plans here? included or extra?
    I have the Leonardo 3 which includes tethering on the 1200MB data. Can I stay on this plan? It doesn't seem like they are kicking me of it yet. hope I can keep it as is...

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    1. You can keep your plan. Tethering is not an option for Splash and Ice Cream. It is an option for Cool Breeze, a promo that just ended (2500 x 3).

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    2. If you don't mind starting another new plan and paying $27, you can get the Seashore plan today only. 3750 x 3 free each month. Tethering is optional, and you can add 1GB each month for $8.95 plus tax. At the risk of waking the R+ hoop haters, this is a great deal and well worth the ~$31 one-time payment.

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    3. I know that reading this link will make all the RingPlus haters' heads spin, but there are lots more ways to get the Seashore Plan, 3750 x3 today, even if you don't have a spare Sprint MEID to use:
      https://social.ringplus.net/discussion/4956

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    4. "you can add 1GB each month for $8.95 plus tax"

      All I see is 1GB for $18.

      Before that it was nothing but Member+ addons.

      Then again, I'm on the Michelangelo plan (and keeping it just in case I need another number to port).

      Anyway, either the $9 addon is already gone for good, or RP is now gimping older plans to try and pressure customers into upgrading.

      Either way, they don't inspire much confidence in their service.

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    5. The $8.95/gb was only available on some RingPlus plans like Seashore.

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    6. IIRC, there used to be a better 1GB addon available to ALL plans.

      Then they got rid of it at the expense of current customers.

      Now, only new customers on new plans matter, at least until next week's promo.

      But I guess that's just par for the course when it comes to RP.

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  13. can you use a nano sim card from one sprint phone and put it in another sprint phone and work on Ringplus or do you have to get a brand new one?

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    1. You can reuse a Sprint nano-SIM as long as it is the correct Sprint part number for the new phone. You much also do a RingPlus MEID change for the new phone.

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  14. Thank you Dennis for recommending Ting for Nano SIMS.

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  15. ringplus is a nightmare if you port your number. do NOT port your number. you will be in for delays of days or weeks or longer. or you may lose your number! at least one person has lost their number! the ringplus fanboys say it would never happen. it did! read it in their forum. one person ported their number and it was stuck in porting limbo for a week and then it was released back into the pool of available numbers that someone then got. that person's family and friends try calling and some stranger answers! do NOT port your number to ringplus. you will be asking for the nightmare of losing your number!

    if you want ringplus, just get a new number. do NOT port your number. it is just better to get a new number. the staff at ringplus are so understaffed to the point of being overwhelmed with all the failing ports at ringplus. do NOT port to ringplus.

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    1. I ported my number to RingPlus. Went thru in less than a day. Worked perfectly. Don't believe the scary stories.

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    2. it's true. go read it in the ringplus forum. was posted today. guy lost his number. ringplus is having a total porting meltdown nightmare right now.

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    3. a lot of people are stuck in porting limbo. one person reports his number went to someone else after trying to port to ringplus. it is apparently a big sprint problem for everyone on sprint mvnos but ringplus is getting hit the worse because of their lack of manpower (ringplus is so cheap they do not have enough employees to keep up with the problem). yeah, if it was me wanting to move to ringplus, would instead put it off until if they ever get this current crisis under control.

      haha, the crisis before was the stupid upgrade lists. now it's the escalation of the porting mishaps. it's like a shot in the dark: some get lucky to port immediately while others get stuck for days or weeks in porting limbo.

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    4. the R+ porting situation is currently a mess. would advise to not port at this time.

      here is what has been repeatedly posted in various porting message threads at the R+ social forum:

      "Unfortunately, RingPlus has experienced severe complications within our porting department due to our carrier partner's internal system updates. In most cases, port out and port in requests initiated between 5/13 and 5/21 are nearly completed and are pending activation on our system. Please standby as we continue to work with our carrier partner to resolve any remaining errors and complete the porting process in a timely manner. If the port in has not yet completed, please submit a ticket under PORT IN and include the phone number currently displaying in your RingPlus account and the number you are porting in. Please excuse the delay as we are experiencing a high volume of ports impacted by these errors. In addition, port outs have also been impacted by our carrier partner's internal system updates."

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    5. a really big bad blackeye for ringplus. a lot of people in the forum are upset and angry by this awful situation. they probably now wish they never heard of ringplus. the mods over there are doing a lot of handholding in the forum. the situation will most likely get resolved. but not soon enough. being stuck in porting limbo for days or even weeks is totally unacceptable.

      agree that porting to ringplus is something you do NOT want to do. particularly at this time.

      now just watch ringplus come up with something like a "Limbo" promo to capitalize on this situation or to at least to reward (compensate) those affected by this porting catastrophe.

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    6. hundreds and hundreds are affected. it's a terrible overwhelming situation as originally mentioned above.

      straight from ringplus:

      @startledmarmot:
      "Hey everyone - just a status update that we're still working with Sprint to clean up the hundreds and hundreds of ports that have been affected. We've had multiple support staff working on it full time for the past two weeks" [....]


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    7. what a disaster. not porting my number to ring plus.

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    8. here's the guy who lost his number. the poster boy for the R+ Sprint Porting Debacle. go look him up in the R+ forum.

      @sc4lien:
      "I'm a R+ statistic. I had my old T-Mobile phone number Ported to R+ And they had lost my number. Now it has been released by Sprint to the general pool. It's been a week long nightmare without ever waking up. Ticket #35746"

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    9. would file a complaint with the FCC if that was my number getting lost and dumped back into the available pool of numbers and then snatched up by someone else!!!

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