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RingPlus Completely Revamps Plans, Here's What's Changed

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On the eve of the long 4th of July weekend, freemium Sprint MVNO RingPlus completely changed its plan lineup, replacing every single plan with something different.  In general, the changes include:

  • An allotment of MMS is now included every plan except the data-only plan.
  • On "free" plans, the minimum top-up which is charged at plan activation and whenever the plan balance reaches zero has been increased.
  • Paid plans, with the exception of the data-only plan, no longer require a top-up in addition to the monthly plan fee, but the monthly fees are higher.
  • All paid plans now include some international calling minutes
  • There are substantially fewer paid plans. All the plans with more than 3 GB of data per month have been eliminated. Additional data can be added to any plan, but it's expensive, $15 per GB per month or more.
  • There are now Member+ and non-Member+ versions of every plan. Member+ costs $39.99 for 3 months, $59.99 for six months, $99.99 per year or  $159.92 (paid in 8 monthly installments of $19.99) for a "Lifetime" Member+ subscription.
The tables below compare the old and new plans side by side.

"Free" Plans
Old Plan: Price (Top Up) New Non Member+ Plan: Price (Top Up) New Member+ Plan: Price (Top Up)
Truly Free 3: $0, ($0), 125 min, 50 SMS 15 MB, 5¢ overages Michelson, $0, ($9), 250 Min, 250 SMS, 250 MMS, 250 MB, 5¢ overages Chadwick, $0, ($5), 250 Min, 250 SMS, 250 MMS, 250 MB, 4¢ overages
Splash: $0, ($5), 500 min, 500 SMS, 500 MB, 5¢ overages Anderson, $0, ($18), 500 Min, 500 SMS, 500 MMS, 500 MB, 5¢ overages Davisson, $0, ($10), 500 Min, 500 SMS, 500 MMS, 500 MB, 4¢ overages
Ice Cream: $0, ($10), 1000 min, 1000 SMS, 1000 MB, 5¢ overages Lawrence, $0, ($27), 1000 Min, 1000 SMS, 1000 MMS, 1000 MB, 5¢ overages Stern, $0, ($15), 1000 Min, 1000 SMS, 1000 MMS, 1000 MB, 4¢ overages

Paid Plans
Old Plan: Price (Top Up) New Non Member+ Plan: Price New Member+ Plan; Price
Malevich: $9.99, ($15), unlimited min and SMS,  500 MB, 2¢ overages Bloch: $12.99, unlimited min and SMS, 500 MMS, 1 GB, 5¢ overages, 100 int'l min Bloch: $3.99, unlimited min and SMS, 500 MMS, 1 GB, 5¢ overages, 100 int'l min
Rivera: $12.99, ($15), unlimited min and SMS, 1 GB, 2¢ overages Kusch: $19.99, unlimited min and SMS, 1000 MMS, 2 GB, 4¢ overages, 200 int'l min Kusch: $9.99, unlimited min and SMS, 2000 MMS, 2 GB, 5¢ overages, 200 int'l min
Miro: $19.99, ($15), unlimited min and SMS, 2 GB, 2¢ overages Bridgman: $29.99, unlimited min and SMS, 1000 MMS, 3 GB, 4¢ overages, 300 int'l min Bridgman: $19.99, unlimited min, SMS and MMS, 3 GB, 5¢ overages, 300 int'l min
The old plan structure also included six additional plans priced from $29.99 to 109.99 which have been discontinued with no comparable replacements. All included unlimited talk and text and data allotments ranging from 3 GB to 40 GB per month.

Add-Ons: The  following add-ons can be added to any free or paid plan. Add-on renew monthly:

  • Minutes:  $5/250, $8/500, $15/1000
  • SMS: $4/250, $7/500, $12/1000
  • MMS: $5/250, $8/500, $15/1000
  • Data: $5/250 MB, $8/500 MB, $15/ 1 GB
Data Only Plan
Old Plan: Price  New Non Member+ Plan: Price (Top Up) New Member+ Plan; Price  (Top Up)
Rembrandt: $19.99 2000 MB, 2¢ overages Bardeen: $3.75, ($14.99), 500 MB, overage $14.99/GB Bardeen: $1.99 ($12.99), 500 MB, overage $12.99/GB

Looking at these plan changes, two things stand out. The changes seem intended to improve RingPlus' cash flow and make its revenue stream more consistent. I suspect that the majority of RingPlus customers manage their usage and rarely pay overages. That means that on free plans, the majority of revenue that Ring Plus sees is the initial top-up paid at activation, hence the higher top ups on free plans. On paid plans, the monthly prices have been raised, replacing the rarely used top-up fee.

The other change is the elimination of paid plans with large amounts of data. I'm guessing that Sprint changed its wholesale data price structure making the high data plans unprofitable to RingPlus. I've long believed that RingPlus and FreedomPop are being subsidized by Sprint to keep Sprint's sagging customer count up. Sprint gives the freenmium MVNOs cheap data so they can attach large numbers of relatively low data use customers inflating Sprint's connection count at a relatively low cost to Sprint. On the other hand, Sprint would rather keep the relatively few high spending, high data customers to itself.

Although these changes amount to a price increase for new  lines of service, RingPlus current customer's plans are grandfathered, at least for now. I still consider RingPlus a good value for light users who can use one of current plans without going over the plan limits and being hit with the relatively high overage rates. Just consider the initial top-up on free plans a one-time activation fee.

Source: RingPlus

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  1. Wow, thanks for making the comparison between the old and new plans!

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  2. Overages are now a high 5c T/T/MB where they were once an industry low 2C. They are supposedly going to add a Truly Free Plan 4 in the next week.
    They are seriously trying to push new subscribers to their $$ M+ membership. Note: if you do not maintain member Plus you lose all benefits and Plan associated with M+, so those 3-6-12 month plans would have to be renewed in order to maintain those M+ plans, etc.

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  3. I wonder how long before they cut off people with truly free plans.

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  4. Maybe some day they will start taking prepaid cards.

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  5. RP's constantly changing plans are reason enough I don't recommend anyone use their service. Plus $50/GB overage is insane.

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  6. its hard to keep up with all the changes. All for some free minutes I guess...not my cup of tea.

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    1. It is kinda hectic at times :). So I don't worry about it anymore. Got my N5x on a 4000/4000/4gb free plan a couple months back and that's way more than I need. I don't use the texts or minutes. All my calling and texting is through Hangouts so it's all data.

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    2. Hey, Anonymous, (the Anonymous who wrote "all my calling and texting is through Hangouts"...)

      How is the call quality on Hangouts? Do people on the other end realize it's VOIP? Do you get stuttering or cutouts

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    3. I agree. Once you have a good plan that meets your needs there is no reason to "keep up with all the changes." Some people make themselves sick seeing that others have a "better" plan than they do. That is silly when it comes to free plans. Enjoy the free minutes, sms and mobile data and be happy! We are.

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    4. how much do you pay for that? that is a hefty plan but I don't think its available any longer is it? Regardless, it just seems like every week there is some kind of new plan or new variation of existing ones. I couldn't do that. But I think you got a pretty good plan. Ive never tried Sprint based service so I wonder about that too...

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    5. You have to be careful with Sprint. This their most recent coverage map for the footprint allowed for MVNOs like RingPlus. It's much worse than Verizon or AT&T. Make sure you live in the small area covered by it and are sure you are OK with only sporadic coverage if you travel.

      prepaid map

      There's a reason Sprint charges a lot less.

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    6. I just looked at the Sprint prepaid map and its horribly skimpy. I cant see how people could really use that network with such little coverage compared to others. I don't care how cheap their service is. Id be afraid.

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    7. Yeah, it looks rather minimal. From their own map, about two or three states have good Sprint prepaid/MVNO coverage. And "good" would have to mean "about half of the state covered, and no more".

      Most states have 10% or so covered. Or even less.

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    8. Hope all had a great Independence Day! Mine was fantastic! Some info, the 4000/4000/4gb plan I have was called "Cheerful" and is not available any longer. I think I paid $29 one time top-up. No monthly charges after that. I mainly use Hangouts on WiFi but the Sprint data is good where I live so calls over LTE are fine as well. I've asked my wife a few times about call quality, she says they are fine. My end of the connection is fine as well. In a pinch I'll use the native dialer and RingPlus minutes. Those calls are considerably worse and the other person and I wind up talking over one another and have lots of fitful starts.

      It's free so I don't complain about coverage. I just enjoy it where I use it. It works great in my town and the two places I travel for family.

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  7. The plan comparison shows good news too. All new phone plans (except Anderson) for non-Member+ accounts show extra mobile data and/or MMS for the extra top-up fee or monthly price. The extra data and the MMS are worth the extra prices and make it far less likely that anyone would have to pay the higher overage fee under the new comparable plans.
    All the new phone plans provide unbeatable value and are certainly worth recommending.

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  8. They were bound to change things. The fanboys have all the free plans they want so they have been pressing RP for months to raise prices and start charging more upfront. Buh bye freemium model !!! Thanks fanboys.....
    Too bad the lacking social forum, RP's support and classifieds is failing.
    Add those failures to voice lag and I can see why they are charging for plans. LOL

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    1. I've heard this many times here, and I wonder if it is a canard coming from one person.

      It is hard to imagine even a comic book store kowtowing to the whining of "fanboys", let alone a corporation with a national reach like this.

      Evidence please! That in the case of RingPlus, matters are decided by forum trolls instead of in the boardroom.

      Of course you have none.

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    2. What is a "fanboy" anyway? are there any fangirls anywhere?

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    3. Of course. I have a few.

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    4. Who is actually enthusiastic about ring plus? An 11 who found an Optimus S on the side of a road and wants to activate it somewhere on her $2/wk allowance? I'm a thrifty DIY tech person, and I can't justify RP not even as a backup phone.

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    5. I recommend them as a backup phone. What's better that doesn't cost a ton more than RingPlus?

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    6. Smoke signals? Bouncing lasers of clouds? Emergency whistle? Marine sos transmitter?

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    7. Insert the T-MOBILE mascot here: an angry man holding a tin can and string.

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  9. I have ring plus on my Samsung phone but it's battery is not working. Where should I buy the phone that will work with ring plus.

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    1. I would say that your problem has nothing to do with RingPlus. Why don't you get another battery?

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    2. Another battery is the best option now that RingPlus won't activate new phones from BestBuy.

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    3. Thanks for the reply.I tried using another battery but it does not work. I am not sure if it is because I have old Samsung S2. So there is not any option with ringplus if I want to switch to another device?

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    4. To answer the OP's question. The following phones *should* work on RingPlus:
      -Inactive, fully paid for Sprint postpaid phones.
      -Boost, Virgin or Sprint Prepaid phones that have been used for 12 months on Boost, Virgin or Sprint Prepaid
      -Unlocked or Verizon iPhone 6s, 6s+, 6, 6+;
      -Nexus 5, 5X, 6 or 6P
      -Verizon iPhone 5s or 5c.
      * The only way to be sure a given phone will work on RingPlus is by trying to activate it by entering the phone's MEID on the RingPlus Device Check Page. Check the seller's return policies before buying a prepaid phone for use on RingPlus.

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    5. So Verizon iPhones do not have to be unlocked? It makes the game much easier?

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    6. Yes, the Verizon 5s and later do not need to be unlocked to work on RingPlus. You do need the proper Sprint SIM. Apple Stores will give you a SIM for free or you can buy one from Ting for $14 with shipping or from RingPlus for $15. RingPlus shipping has a reputation for being very slow.

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    7. Thank you so much for explaining.

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  10. Am I reading this right...all plans now require a credit card?

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    1. Correct. Unlike mainstream MVNO, there is no way to buy a Top-Up card with cash at a local store.

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    2. Duh. They're not going to pay a store and lose more money to give you free service. Use a prepaid credit card that RingPlus accepts.

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    3. Those seem as common as flying pigs. Tried prepaid Amex, Visa, MC, and R+ says failed AVS. Meanwhile they all work on PayPal.

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    4. Dennis, add the Moto G4 to that list. (FYI though the Nexus 5X is around the same price so it's really not worth it.)

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    5. What do you mean lose money? If a transaction is taking place at a store, customer money is on the table. Prepaid credit cards cost like $53 for a $50 card, and prepaid mobile operators that don't surcharge at the POS "surcharge" on the back end by marking up the paygo rates ($0.03 per minute instead of $0.027 or 1000 min / month instead of 1200). Building a margin into your service or product isn't rocket science.

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  11. the ringplus forum is the absolute worst. fanboy moderators and fanboy ethics committee members who are no better than idiot dlex wannabes who talk down to people who make legitimate criticisms.

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    1. The Moderators and EC members are there to control the conversation, period. The Forum is itself is in place to herd R+ members into one place so they can quell criticisms, control the message and the conversation. That is why any sort of criticism is immediately met with a rebuttal. The Mods and EC members are usually the first on the spot and then drown the conversation with paragraphs of anecdotes that read like a PR department release to defuse the criticisms or complaints. Spin and damage control.

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    2. You are unlikely to see uncensored criticism of any service on a forum run by the provider of the service.

      To me, RingPlus forum is no worse than the ones run by FreedomPop, Sprint, T-Mobile or AT&T. If you want to see a forum that's far worse than RingPlus', check out the ones for Straight Talk or any other TracFone brand.

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    3. "To me, RingPlus forum is no worse than the ones run by..."

      I'm waiting for evidence that RP's offerings are dictated by the ravings of trolls in the forums. I doubt we will get this ever, and the claims will come up every time RP changes their plans and/or raises their prices.

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    4. Re: I'm waiting for evidence...."
      I don't see where anyone said they offer plans to appease the trolls, not sure if you're dreaming or what? They do listen intently to the "fanboys" or "elected shills".
      I have to agree with anonymous above, any negative complaint or criticism is immediately boo-hoo'd off the forum and the thread is either closed or becomes quickly buried. Don't believe me go to the forum and watch. It's pretty easy for anyone with some common sense to see that the moderators and the EC members elected each other, they suck up to each other by using the like buttons and they drink all the kool-aid that management feeds them. The truth is if you're lucky enough to have no issues then you have been extremely lucky. The mods heavily censor the forum but Dennis is right,I suppose that is in the best interest of RP better yet if you can ignore the mods like hhfpphone and subhobroto then you'll be better off. Don't expect much help if you need it but do expect to be criticized by the above if you say anything negative (even though it's fact). Good luck

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    5. Did to finally get enough budget to hire a forum admin, or is it just volunteer inmates running the asylum now? A few years ago when I was struggling to get any sort of assistance by phone, web ticket, or forum, the forum was FULL of complaints and flaming roasts. Ring Plus didn't even have enough money to answer the phone,m much less delete 80&+ of the negative forum posts each day. Guess that's changed now. If you want Sprint backup service, go with Ting. It's a few bucks a month, but they run their business like butter .

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    6. "Dennis Bournique
      You are unlikely to see uncensored criticism of any service on a forum run by the provider of the service."

      All the more reason for users to bring their issues and discussions over to other forums like, for instance, Howard Forums. The R+ FanBots still troll HoFo , but it is not as intense and you can speak more openly without direct retribution from R+. I wish more R+ users knew about and used HoFo. Of course here as well.:)

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  12. Time to take a second look at Freedom Pop.

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    1. FreedomPop is rather tricksy about trying to get you to pay for stuff you never ordered.

      Time to really look at options on the AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon networks... before trying FreedomPop.

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    2. FreedomPop has GSM now, so they are not limited by Sprint network and Sprint phone aging rules like RingPlus.

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    3. Freepop gsm is limited to voip over 3.5 g. High latency with UK servers. Ringplus sounds better.

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    4. I've never had a problem with FP GSM latency that I know of. Hangouts works good enough for my needs on it. Sometimes it doesn't want to dial out but I can live with that.

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    5. I still think r+ is better than fp. I can't stand fp setup. For example, texting is not straight to the phone, which limits some apps. r+ should have MMS to begin with, so I am annoyed with that.

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  13. don't see the Michelson, Anderson, Lawrence free plans for non-member+ in the Change Your Plan section of my ringplus dashboard account. only see member+ plans. not good. don't want any stinking member+

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    1. what makes someone a member or not member? you have to buy a membership?

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    2. member+ is the premium version where you pay to have member+ benefits on a line, but not the whole account if you have several lines on an account. it can get expensive if you get member+ for each line that you may have on an account. member+ is a premium membership to milk more money out of the customer. ringplus is definitely not really free if you get member+

      don't get milked. don't get member+

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    3. Yes. Member+ costs $39.99 for 3 months, $59.99 for six months, $99.99. Add that to the monthly plan cost to get the real cost of the plan.

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    4. Look again. The plans are there unless you have been badmouthing on the forum and they crippled your account for complaining about free service.

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    5. Everyone with service is a member.

      Member+ you have to buy, see prices above in Dennis' excellent summary article.

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    6. RE. "don't see the Michelson, Anderson, Lawrence free plans for non-member+ in the Change Your Plan section of my ringplus dashboard account."

      Non-Member+ free plans are typically not available for plan changes.
      Occasionally, promotional free plans are eligible for plan changes for a limited time.

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    7. Much of what is included with Member Plus should just be basic service for all, like being able to actually get a response and a resolution to a Support Ticket in less than a few weeks. Many even post that even when you pay for Member Plus they can't provide that basic service.

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    8. The new, free, non-Member+ plans are shown under Upgrade Plan in your account if you have a Totally Free plan. Otherwise only the Member+ versions are listed.

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    9. look again? badmouthing on the forum about the free service? what are you talking about?

      i don't even bother much with the social forum. my only complaint is don't want any stinking paid member+ when only want to upgrade to a better free plan. so the ringplus management should have no reason to blackball me as you are insinuating. and even if they do such vengeful activity, then it just shows how amateur they operation really is. and i doubt that's the case.

      glad you don't run ringplus with your vengeful unprofessional intent.

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  14. RP still has to address the glaring problem of Sprint's anemic, non-roaming network.

    Heavier spenders aren't going to pay full price for phones and service if their coverage is inadequate.

    What's more, if Sprint isn't subsidizing RP phones or service anymore, there's no longer any good reason to piggyback on them rather than AT&T or T-mobile.

    Honestly, it just seems like RP is basically digging its own grave, instead of just partnering with a GSM carrier and calling it a day.

    Regardless, Karl forbid you mention on their forum that RP has questionable judgment, lest the shills attack and ban-inate you from all directions.

    Such is the self-defeating mentality of those who dismiss all criticism as mere "whining and entitlement."

    RIP RingPlus.

    You did this to yourself.

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    1. The problem is they are bound to Sprint and their IMS system, they can not just pick up and move the service over to T-Mobile or Verizon at the flick of a switch. I would say AT&T is out as an option due to their past litigation against them over the RBT patent.

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    2. This is nonsense. My RingPlus phone roams on Verizon:
      "RP still has to address the glaring problem of Sprint's anemic, non-roaming network."

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    3. Roaming is not the same as native coverage. It is very expensive. You might as well get Verizon post-paid for the cost of roaming onto Verizon from RingPlus.

      The point stands. It's on a anemic network.

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  15. "Honestly, it just seems like RP is basically digging its own grave, instead of just partnering with a GSM carrier and calling it a day."

    Why "A GSM Carrier"? Wouldn't it be better to say that RP might be a lot better partnering with AT&T (GSM) or Verizon (CDMA)?

    Partnering with T-Mobile would be better than with Sprint, but not hugely better (in terms of nationwide coverage).

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    As for me? I have a RP phone for a backup, and for USB tether data. I put up with the poor coverage for it. I've paid a total of $30 ever for it.

    Compare that to when I was on Virgin, and I paid $35 to $45 a MONTH for the same poor coverage I get on this backup RingPlus phone.

    RP is a steal compared to anything on Sprint, if you are willing to put up with the iffy coverage. That has not changed.

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  16. Cheaphones. I have an s2 works good on ringplus. I bought new batteries on eBay,2pack for about $9. One lasted 3 months the other over 9 months still working on. The s2 on ringplus sips data even though it is on 3g only

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  17. I have a second generation Moto E on Ringplus and the screen just shattered. I know never activated Sprint prepaid phones can't be used directly but can I take the sim card from my broken phone and put it in the new phone like GSM or must I swap the MEID with Ringplus? If I must do that I assume a never activated Sprint prepaid phone will no longer be accepted.

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    1. Unfortunately SIM swapping doesn't work on Sprint Network devices. Sprint requires the MEID and ICCID to both be registered before the device will connect.

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  18. Thank you Dennis for clarifying the ICCID SIM requirements for Sprint.

    Will Ringplus allow me to move my ICCID SIM from my broken Moto E to an unlocked phone like the Nexus 6 or must I buy a new SIM?

    Thank you

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    1. I don't think spo. According to Ting the Moto e SIM is only comparable with the Noto e and LG G4: Ting CDMA micro SIM B4 - Mobile phone | Ting.

      The Nexus 6 needs a different SIM SKU: Ting CDMA nano SIM C5 - Mobile phone | Ting.

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  19. I'd hate to be the engineer maintaining their back end operations software tools. They must have 100,000 lines of code for all these grandfathered plans and complex rules they are constantly creating ...

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    1. Or probably some sort of parallel database table, tracking the plans that are probably slightly less numerous than the total number of customers.

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  20. Will Boost refurb ( CPO ) phones work on Ringplus with the presumption they were used 12 months before being refurbished? Boost doesn't provide the ESN so there is no easy to verify it as far as I know.

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  21. Dennis,

    Why would Sprint subsidize RingPlus or freedompop to prop their subscriber count?

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    1. When a company's customer base shrinks it's a negative signal to investors and potential lenders.

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