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RingPlus Promo Tracker: Mad Avatar Free Plan 275 Min, 275 SMS, 275 MMS and 500 MB Now Available

Freemium Sprint MVNO RingPlus runs frequent promotions that let you sign for free cell phone plans that include very generous allotments of minutes, texts and data.

There are so many of these promos with different eligibility requirements and availability windows that it's hard to figure out what's available when and to whom.

To try and make it a little easier to keep track of RingPlus promotions, this post is intended to be a cheat sheet of current and upcoming RingPlus offers. It will be updated frequently and will always be on the PrepaidPhoneNews desktop site's front page in the "Current Refill and Plan Deals" section.

Current & Upcoming RingPlus Free Plans

Last Updated 9:20 PM PDT 11/30

NameMad Avatar Free Plan

When: From 11 PM Tue. Nov 29 until further notice.

Whereringplus.net/#plans for new activations, my.ringplus.net for upgrades

For: For new activations  and upgrades

Plan Details:

For New Activations: 275 cellular and 500 VoIP minutes, 275 SMS, 275 MMS and 500 MB of full speed LTE data. Tethering included.

For Upgrades: 275 cellular and 500 VoIP minutes, 275 SMS, 275 MMS and 750 MB of full speed LTE data. Tethering included.

Overage rate is 10¢ per minute, SMS, MMS or MB. Overages are deducted from the plan balance.

Pricing: There's a $5 activation fee (plus about 20% in taxes and fees, charged to users credit card) plus a $15 top up at activation (added to plan balance) and whenever the account balance is less than $5. The activation fee is waived for upgrades.

Special conditions:
When new RingPlus dialer apps become available, which is supposed to happen in December, users will require to use one of the dialers. There will be two dialers available:

  • A "Smart Dialer" Android app that routes calls directly over the Sprint network.  
  • A VoIP Dialer for Android and iOS that will make all calls using VoIP on WiFi or cellular data. 

Both dialers will support all RingPlus in-call applications, presumably including the Ring Back Radio ad serving platform.

This plan doesn't include voicemail (available for $1.50/month extra) or call waiting/3-way calling ($2/month extra).

For more information see this RingPlus Forum post.

"Rules of the road" for all RingPlus Free plans:


  • Must make an outgoing call at least once every 60 days. This is critical, RingPlus is enforcing this rule.
  • Only one free plan per physical user, multiple free lines on the same account are OK as long as used by different people.

Switching plans:

If you are a current RingPlus user here's how to switch plans.
  • Log in to your RingPlus Dashboard.
  • Click the box in the top right that lists the phone and phone number you want to switch plans on.
  • Click Upgrade Plan (under Account Settings)
  • Click Select this Plan for the plan you want to switch to.
  • If you are upgrading from one free plan to another free plan you must choose the upgrade at "Next Billing Cycle" option, immediate changes between free plans are not permitted.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Change My Plan.
  • If you are doing the upgrade in a phone browser there's a dialog box asking you to confirm the upgrade that pops up off screen. You must scroll around to find and click on the dialog or the upgrade will not happen. This is not an issue if you use a PC.
  • The most confusing thing for me is that if you are upgrading to take effect at the next billing cycle, there's no confirmation that the upgrade succeed. After confirming the upgrade you are taken back to a screen showing your old pre-upgrade plan with no indication that you have a pending upgrade scheduled. To confirm the upgrade you have to go back to your main Dashboard page where you should see a message like "You changed SAMSUNG DEVICE's plan to VIP Pepper, which will be become active on September 3, 2015".

Member+:

Member+ is a subscription "club" that costs $18.99/month for 6 months ($159.92 total) for a "Lifetime" membership or $99.99/year, $59.99/6 months or $39.99/3 months. Member+ membership has the following benefits:

  • 3% top-up bonus
  • Priority customer support.
  • RingPlus Store discounts.
  • Exclusive Member+ only promotional plans and data add-ons.
  • Member+ subscribers will have two extra days to sign up for some promotional planss
  • Free ESNs (device) swaps

Supported Phones:

RingPlus can activate most inactive Sprint postpaid phones as well as the unlocked iPhone 6s, 6s+, 6, 6+, or Nexus 5, 5X, 6 or 6P from T-Mobile, Verizon, or ATT; and the Verizon iPhone 5s or 5c. Enter the phone's MEID (on a label on the outside of the phone packaging) on the RingPlus Device Check Page to see if your phone can be activated on RingPlus.

Effective April 17, 2016, Sprint will no longer allow new never activated Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Sprint Prepaid phones to be activated on MVNOs. Phones from these prepaid brands must be used for 12 months on the service they were sold for before they can be activated on Sprint MVNOs, including RingPlus.

Phones are available from the Ring Plus Store and through RingPlus Classifieds.

Tethering (on plans that include it) generally only works "out of the box" with postpaid Sprint phones that have a Hotspot menu item.

RingPlus Tips:

Phone activation: 

If your phone is brand new, turn it on and off and allow the Hands Free Activation process to complete.

If your phone is used, perform a network reset to wipe out the previous network settings and prepare the phone for activation. To perform a network reset:

  • iPhone and iPad: Open the dialer and dial ##UPDATE## (##873283#) and tap Call.
  • Most Android phones and feature phones: Open the dialer and dial ##SCRTN# (##72786#) - if prompted for your passcode enter your phone's six digit MSL which can be found in the Your Device section of your my.ringplus.net account page. After performing a network reset the phone will restart and run Hands Free Activation to complete the activation process
  • Google Nexus Phones: Open the dialer and dial *#*#72786#*#* - if prompted for your passcode enter your phone's six digit MSL which can be found in the Your Device section of your my.ringplus.net account page. After performing a network reset the phone will restart and run Hands Free Activation to complete the activation process
  • Virgin Mobile Android and feature phones: If ##72786# doesn't work to bring up the network reset prompt, dial ##VIRGIN# (##873283#) and choose Edit. If prompted for your passcode enter your phone's six digit MSL which can be found in the Your Device section of your my.ringplus.net account page. Then change the MDN to 0000001234 and the MSID to 0000005678. The restart the phone and Handsfree activation should run. If it doesn't click or tap the Activate Phone option on the home screen.

RingPlus Resources:

RingPlus Social Forum
RingPlus on Facebook
RingPlus on Twitter


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  1. Don't bother with anything but a "Mad" plan if you're ever going to make calls with it. The 1 second latency R+ has given up on fixing is a nightmare. Their unreliable voicemail is a joke. And their service outages are all too frequent. Expect some or all these problems with data on their "Surfing" research plans, but it might be more tolerable there than in calls.

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    1. mad plan + experimental surfing data???

      so they are moving their rinky dinky servers from voice calls to internet surfing. their rinky dinky server outages are going kill their internet. and users will all be whining and crying.

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    2. The latency IS a real PITA, but can be avoided by using a VoIP app such as Google Hangouts - this uses data instead of minutes (at a rate of about 1MB/min), but has worked well for me (I just make a single regular call every once in a while to ensure I meet their 1 call every 60 days requirement). Since data doesn't really go through any RP servers (that I can tell), I've been able to use that when RP is having a service outage. Voicemail has always worked fine for me, delivered as an email once you set it up properly.

      I got in on the unlimited offering last time and it works fine for me - using Opera Max as a VPN seems to bypass their throttling when it gets too much. I *DO* try to avoid abusing the plan by using WiFi whenever possible - I want my unlimited RP plan to stick around as long as it can. When I can't WiFi, I download videos rather than streaming them because I sometimes have to go back a bit in the video to catch something I missed and that seems to cause excessive usage. I was watching a ~300MB video once and had to skip back in the show a few times and I checked after I was done and found I had consumed nearly 2GB for some reason. Ever since I've been downloading first - doing what I can to keep this nice plan going.

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  2. Correct me if I'm wrong but the "hot pastrami sandwich" deal (7k mins, 7k texts, 7k MMS, and 7k mb of LTE data) is the best free plan on ring plus so far. I was - and still am - concerned about the TOS changes, but I upgraded to this plan anyway. The data alone (putting aside issues with voice) make this a no brainer).

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  3. Voice quality is a problem for me too but data is fine. Ringplus' data is better than Freedompop.

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    1. RingPlus and FreedomPop are both Sprint. Data on RingPlus is the same (speed, coverage) as on FreedomPop.

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    2. Ringplus better than Freedompop: I should clarify that better means a lot more data. Freedompop's free plan for whatsapp should come to google voice, so texting from google voice is a no brainer. I can see why hangouts video chat can consumer too much data, thus, a problem for a free plan.

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  4. Ringplus pretty good in the East Coast. Not much latency, LTE speeds most places..just remember to make one call a month for a minute atleast to keep account active

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    1. Yep, I have not noticed any latency recently.

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  5. Just reporting a possible error in this post. As far as I can tell, RingPlus doesn't charge any taxes on plan activation fees that are charged directly to your credit card. They seem to charge taxes only on top-ups and add-ons.

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  6. Time for a new graphic for this article.
    Michelangelo has been CANCELLED!

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    1. Time for a new graphic for this article.
      All Non Mad Plans going back to August 2013 CANCELLED!

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  7. Update/Corrections:
    1. Mad Pops includes 200 minutes, not 100. 100 Cellular, 100 VOIP.
    2. Mad Plum inludes 200 Cellular minutes, 300 VOIP minutes.

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    1. And neither include voicemail or call waiting/3-way calling, they cost $1.50 & $2 per month respectively.

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    2. I've updated the post with the new cellular and VoIP minutes amounts and the voicemail and call waiting/3-way calling fees.

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  8. Update/Correction:
    3. Data add-ons renew every month according to the current Plans page, not every 3 months.

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    1. The special "recommended" add-ons for the Thanksgiving plans last 90 days according to the both forum post announcing the plans and also when I choose to upgrade to one of the plans from my Dashboard.

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    2. I see that too, even if I add a NEW line with a Thanksgiving plan. However, the RingPlus main page says:

      "ADD ONS
      Any of our Free and Premium Plans can be combined with the following Add Ons, which can (be) directly purchased during sign-up and will renew every month"

      Is the monthly allowance used first, before any Add-On data that rolled over?

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    3. Logically (not that RingPlus does things logically) the statement you quoted from the main page refers to the add-ons listed on that page, which are different than the recommended add-ons for the Thanksgiving plans.

      I don't know whether plan data or add-on data is used first.

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  9. I locked in the Mad Plum Upgrade for my flip phone line; 200 cellular minutes included.

    My cash balance was $10, so there was no fee or top-up required. The change is scheduled to change on Dec 4, so it should survive the expiration of Mad Plum on Nov 28 (Mad Pops expires then too).

    BTW Mad Pops still requires an Add On as part of the order, so it's not really a free plan.

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  10. Mad Pops Upgrade requires a Required Add-On, but there are none listed.

    You cannot buy Mad Pops Upgrade by just selecting a Recommended Add-On from the list (e.g., voicemail for $1.50).

    Because of this, you cannot switch to Mad Pops Upgrade until they fix the order page.
    There is no option to just pay the $5 activation fee.

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    1. The Mad Pops upgrade glitz has been fixed. Upgrades are free if you have a balance of $2.01 or more, otherwise a $5 + tax top up will occur.

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  11. RingPlus customers on free plans have two strategies if they are not on a Mad plan or scheduled to switch to a free one:
    1. Pick Mad Plum now. If a better plan arrives before their renewal date, choose it instead.
    2. Do nothing. Gamble that R+ will announce better new free plans before their 7-day Holding Plan ends (Mad Plum expires after Nov 28).

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  12. Please correct your post: Mad Plum shows tether as costing $20 a month, and not included/free.

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    1. Where are you seeing $20 for tethering?

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    2. I have plum. I look at the plan I have and see Add Ons below. I click on that. The first one is $20 tether.

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    3. The Social post announcing the plans says tethering is included with Plum. So the fact that it's showing as a $20 add-on is either a glitch or bait and switch. Have you tried tethering? Maybe it works without the add-on.

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    4. Tethering seems to work. Now, I hope I don't get automatically charged $20 to use it!

      If it really is free with Plum, I'd call it less a "glitch" than lazy careless web site creation. Like they forgot or don't bother to tailor the add-ons to show up only with plans they apply to.

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  13. "RingPlus can activate most inactive Sprint postpaid phones as well as the unlocked iPhone 6s, 6s+, 6, 6+, or Nexus 5, 5X, 6 or 6P from T-Mobile, Verizon, or ATT; and the Verizon iPhone 5s or 5c. Enter the phone's MEID (on a label on the outside of the phone packaging) on the RingPlus Device Check Page to see if your phone can be activated on RingPlus."

    I upgraded my Sprint iPhone 5s to "Mad Plum" with no issue...

    1) Should your list be changed?

    or

    2) There is really a problem with the upgrade because my phone is not listed, and RP will kill the account despite it having upgraded and working up until now?

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    1. What needs to be updated? Your Sprint iPhone 5s can be activated because it meets the criteria of being an "inactive Sprint postpaid phone".

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  14. Just switched to the "Mad Plum Upgrade." My current balance was at $$10.95, so that covered it and I wasn't charged any additional top-up. We'll see how it goes. Not a big change for me from Leonardo 3. Had 1200MB, tethering included, now 1000MB tethering included. No problems here. yet...

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  15. Family Score on R+ Week:
    2 lines to Mad Plum Upgrade (iPhone, flip phone). No extra $ required. ($10.01, $24 balances).
    1 line from Totally Free 2 to Mad Fiesta (iPhone): $23 for $19.99 top up.
    1 line from Hot Pastrami to Mad Cocoa (iPhone). $4.99 from cash balance, plus $46 for 4GB/3mo.
    1 line to Mad Pops (flip), after the glitch was fixed. No extra $ required ($2.09 bal.)
    1 VIP Pepper line cancelled (dumb-phone, $1.38 balance).

    Total Price Increase: $21.49/mo. average for Mad Cocoa only (unlimited data after 1.8GB avg./mo. LTE).
    Not too bad. $74 paid+used to fix 5 lines, and only $1.38 abandoned.
    5 lines now have normal latency, and no music or commercials.
    The worst part? About 5 hours of reading angry/confused/provocative forum comments.

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  16. If you don't pay for voicemail, will it keep ringing or do they dump the call to a "we're sorry" message after a few rings?

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    1. I just tested calling my RingPlus number. After six rings, the caller hears a message saying "The party you have called is unavailable at this time. Please try again latter."

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