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RingPlus Adds More Plans, Raises Fees for Device Swaps and Other Services

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It looks like things are slowly returning to normal at RingPlus Mobile. The freemium Sprint MVNO, which had suddenly stopped activating new lines last week, reopened activations Thursday with five plans. RingPlus added a new phone plan and three new data device plans yesterday. Here's the current plan lineup (plans added yesterday in bold):

Phone Plans:

  • Mad Truly Free Plan: 50 minutes, 50 SMS, 50 MMS, 50 MB, no overages, no auto top up.
  • Mad Fiesta Free Plan: 500 minutes, 500 SMS, 500 MMS, 500 MB, 5¢/minute, SMS, MMS or MB overage, $19.99 auto top up at activation and if plan balance falls below $2.
  • Mad Fun $2.99/month 300 minutes, 300 SMS, 300 MMS, 300 MB. Overage 5¢ per Min, SMS, MMS or MB.
  • Mad Feast: $9.99/month unlimited minutes, SMS and MMS, 500 MB. Overage data $15/GB.
  • Mad Festival: $14.99/month unlimited minutes, SMS and MMS, 1000 MB. Overage data $12/GB.
  • Mad Jubilee: $19.99/month unlimited minutes, SMS and MMS, 2000 MB. Overage data $10/GB.
Data Device Plans:

  • Mad Light $5.99/month 500 MB, tethering included, overage 5¢/MB
  • Mad Torch $10.99/month 1 GB, tethering included, overage 5¢/MB
  • Mad Blaze $21.99/month 2 GB, tethering included, overage 5¢/MB
Furthering the return to normalcy, RingPlus is running another of its frequent Flash Promos today. From now until 10 PM PT today, you can activate a line of service on the "Free MAD Promo" plan which includes 1000 minutes, 1000 SMS, 1000 MMS and unlimited data. The first 1000 MB of data is at full speed followed by unlimited 2G data for the rest of the plan month. The plan is "free" in the sense that there's no recurring monthly charge. However there's a $15 (plus about 20% in taxes and fees) top up required at activation and whenever the account balance is zero. The top is added to your plan balance to cover overage charges of 5¢ per extra minute, text or MMS and for other services like device swaps and phone number changes.

In the not so good news department, RingPlus raised its prices for most of its add-on services yesterday. THe new fees are:

  • Phone number change: $2.99 + tax (was 99¢)
  • Device (phone) change: $4.99 +tax (was $1.99)
  • Port in a number: $10.00 + tax (was $6.99)
  • Multiple port-ins of the same number: $20 (no change)
All of RingPlus' current phone plans are "Mad" plans which means that calls are routed directly over the Sprint network. Unlike RingPlus' regular plans, which are currently unavailable for new lines of service, the Mad plans do not have ads. I'm guessing the fee increases are an effort to make up for the loss of ad revenue.

Update 10/23: Mad Truly Free Plan discontinued.

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  1. From the beginning I don't see how free stuff will last forever, hike in price bounce to happen. However, I can see it is a bad idea if RP keep jack up price to a point where competition no longer attract then grow will slow down.

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  2. Glad to see they raised prices and are charging the abusers more money.

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    1. What R+ really needs to do is figure out a way to charge the high data users or at least throttle them so tightly that they leave for another carrier.

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    2. Totally agree. One user was complaining about line being suspended due to being used to run an adult chat service.

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    3. No abuse has ever been cited by anyone.

      You might as well be saying that RingPlus is a victim of Klingon attacks.

      Simply no evidence.

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    4. re: Running a business: Using your line for business purposes is against the TOS but I'd bet that more than 50% of users do just that! If you start by removing those people that would go a long way in saving the cost that R+ pays Sprint. Punish the streamers and those using their phones for hotspots by simply charging for plans with more than say 500 or 1000mb of data. There is no reason in today's society with all the free hotspots that anyone would use huge chunks of data unless they are abusers!

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    5. "Using your line for business purposes is against the TOS but I'd bet that more than 50% of users do just that!"

      Which still isn't any sort of abuse.

      "Punish the streamers ..."

      Again, not any sort of abuse. And punishing streamers is actually illegal under current law.

      Sorry, Mr. Pants On Fire. Using all of the data, minutes, and texts that you signed up for on you plan is merely being wise, not "abuse".

      " There is no reason in today's society with all the free hotspots that anyone would use huge chunks of data unless they are abusers!"

      Wow. There we have it. Mr Pants-On-Fire calling those who make use of cell data plans (instead of using unsafe, rare hotspots with difficult signon screens) abusers.

      Sorry, you won't convince anyone that using what they pay for is abuse.

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    6. You can always tell who the abusers are because they are always the 1st to argue that they aren't one.

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    7. No,this applies across the board: no one here has cited an example of abuse.

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    8. So singing up for a plan with x amount of talk/text/minutes then using said talk/text/minutes is now considered abuse?

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  3. Thought I'd mention that according to another subscriber, today's "Free Mad Plan" promo is for new activations only, and is actually $30+tax, half of it ($15) is an activation fee and the other half is the top-up. So it's more comprable to other $30/mo. Sprint-network offerings unless one stays on the plan longer than a month.

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  4. "normalcy" is not a word

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    1. Da heck id ain't!

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    2. ""normalcy" is not a word"

      Ah, those millennials and their tiny vocabularies.

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    3. Seem to be quite a large number of those here and even more using R+. Millennial = no job, basement dweller, full time forum troll.

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    4. Seeing that you're typing this on a computer or phone it would be so easy to plug the word into Google to see if it's a real word.

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  5. i used to swap phones, when i get bored of phones, but i dont think that i can do it anymore for 4.99 + tax.

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    1. How many times a month do you swap anyway? How is this even marginally a concern given you are probably not having a monthly bill to pay.

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    2. If Ringplus were GSM based they couldn't charge you for swapping your phones which would only require you to move your SIM from one phone to the other.

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    3. That must be a millennial thing. LOL

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    4. Hmmm, I was thinking I could just swap SIMs, maybe it isn't that easy with RingPlus? Looking a buying a MotoG4Play that supports all four carriers. I was thinking it would be as simple as pulling out the Google FI data sim (using T mobile), put my Ringplus SIM in and power cycle the phone. Sounds like this wouldn't work (without also paying five bucks)?

      For which services would this work? I had thought you could switch between say PagePlus/Verizon and T-mobile just by power cycling with the correct SIM in.

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    5. SIM swapping doesn't work on the Sprint network. Sprint activation associates the SIM to a specific phone

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  6. This is the first sign of Ringplus going under. When you start charging for stuff that you didn't in the beginning and when people start looking somewhere else.

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    1. Um, these are the same things Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, etc, all do. There are new charges for made up BS all the time. I guess they are going under too.

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    2. Only maniacal number-changes and phone-swappers.

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    3. people on rp seem to swap their phones as much as they change their underwear

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  7. These plans are much better, but their overage and add-on pricing isn't market-rate. R+ needs to stabilize their plans and stop putting out so many free/flash promos.

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    1. Looks like the new paid Mad Plans may become staples.

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  8. The Mad truly free plan appears to be gone.

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  9. Those complaining about higher device swap fees are highly suspect to be doing something shady. How many times a year should a normal person swap phones or change phone numbers? Really, those people with need to change device and phone numbers need to go buy burner phones off the rack.

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    1. This is like this who scream "Abuser!" without giving evidence. "Shady"? You have no evidence of that. Silly? That's more likely.

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    2. "Those complaining about higher device swap fees are highly suspect to be doing something shady."

      You must not have had GSM service before.

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    3. And we are still looking for examples of abusers.

      None given so far.

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    4. The loudest to SCREAM are always guilty, funny how thieves exhibit the same behavior.

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    5. Yet, you haven't ever presented something someone should feel guilty about.

      By linking thieves into this, you are now implying that those who use the exact amount of a service/product they paid for are also thieves.

      I know your type... you are the type of guy who sits in the booth waiting to wag your finger and scream at any customer in the Chinese buffet who eats more than a fortune cookie.

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    6. My guess is you know an awful lot about the "buffet".

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    7. re:"you are the type"

      You sound like the typical age using ringplus.

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    8. I am thinking that you don't know much about this subject of you portray those who use 6GB in a 6GB plan they paid for as villains and hogs, or even doing anything slightly wrong.

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  10. Using a RingPlus line for business calls cannot possibly be "abuse", since there is no difference to R+ costs if you use 500 minutes to call grandma or 500 minutes to call clients .

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  11. i been with ringplus since the first free plan. Karl and his team showed me there are nice people behind a cellphones carrier. i will gladly give them the cash out my pocket. no other ceo will give you his email address and fix a problem personally. did i mention the prices!

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  12. I had to quit using RingPlus for my adult chat, i mean business line, too much delay between "oh baby!" comments.

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  13. I just read on the RP Social Forum that they have started to throttle.
    Testing mine now & it does not look good.

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    1. Is that a surprise? They have people using 4,5,6gb of data and paying almost nothing. The money has to come from somewhere to pay sprint for these data hogs. I say throttle the hogs and let them go somewhere else for their free ride.

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    2. They aren't hogs, that's a small amount. And actually nothing on Ringplus is free. They have paid for a service, and they are using the service they paid for. They are not abusers, they are not hogs, and there is nothing wrong. You certainly have't described anything like a free ride.

      It's ridiculous that customers keep getting bashed for using the services that they paid for and nothing more than that. I say they are wise for making the best use of their money.

      If a carrier sells people service, and the customers don't make full use of what they purchase, then if anything the carriers are getting a free ride.

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    3. Entitled much? Back to your basement. haha

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    4. "thats a small amount"
      Sprint says the normal user does not exceed 2.5GB/month
      So I'd say that 6GB is not normal, and that makes YOU not so normal. Oh wait no life=normal now days!!

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    5. Entitled...like any consumer, to the good and services paid for.

      "So I'd say that 6GB is not normal"

      If you have signed up for a service that gives you 6GB or more a month, it is normal to use that amount. If you aren't, you are a spendthrift.

      I am amazed at the stupidity. You sound like the type of guy who would by a six pack of beer, and drink one, and pour the rest down the drain. Every time.

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    6. I can see both sides of the abuser argument but obviously they are raising fees for one reason or another. Our family is older, we have wifi in our home, a built in GPS in all our cars and we don't play the social media or Pokemon child games so we rarely find the need for cell data in fact I would doubt that either me or the hubby use even close to half our alloted data. I'd like to think that since RP is nice enough to give us free phone service that we then have a certain responsibility to not use more data or minutes than necessary, even if we don't come close to our allotment. We do that by using wifi at home or the office, using our landlines and by being generally a responsible adult. We're older and have a different respect for RP than some do--that's just who we are.

      Best of luck to all RP members.

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    7. 5 reason why I need lots of data:
      1) I have 22 followers on facecrook, I need to check every 5 minutes to make sure I have gotten a few likes otherwise I feel bad about myself.
      2) I have 35 followers on Instagram and my followers expect me to post at least one picture an hour. This morning I had a burnt pop tart so I posted that, for lunch I expect to send a pic of a bag of chips. My fans need to know but pics use a lot of data.
      3) Snapchat, my other 1/2 expects me to send a pic of my private parts every couple hours. I just sent one of me on the potty.
      4) I run an adult webcam chat business. Video chat requires
      an huge amount of data but I need to keep my clients happy.
      5) I have no sense of direction so I always need mapquest to find directions from the street corner I work back to the rental in the trailer park.
      That is why I need alot of data so quit calling me an abuser.

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    8. I don't use any of those. I doubt any of those who need a decent amount of data do, either. I stream a lot of music and download a lot of podcasts, however, and I watch 10 or 20 minutes of tech review videos a month. I end up using about 18 gb of data this way.

      But you miss the point: there is no way you are an abuse if you are GETTING YOUR MONEY's WORTH by using all of the 6GB that you paid for.

      Still waiting for examples of abuse....

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    9. 18 gb of data

      You are the reason Rp has stopped offering and will eliminate hi data plans. Good job.............


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    10. You're probably correct about using 18g of data, the real issue is that person is probably streaming for free and likely the music has been illegally downloaded. People like that never pay for anything because they are selfish. That's society now days.

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    11. More like "probably not correct" to both trolls. I stream many gigs of data through the paid Google Play streaming service.

      And it is through the data allowance I paid for.

      No different from a RingPkus customer streaming 6gb of music on the 6gb plan they paid for.

      Complete fail by the trolls trying to paint as villains those who make full use of paid for monthly data allowances.

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  14. Over FIVE DOLLARS just to transfer MY PHONES around on MY NUMBERS! FreedomPop is looking better and better everyday now if you don't need a huge amount of data.

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  15. I have a HTC Desire 510 that was briefly activated on Boost last fall before Sprint implemented their draconian phone policy. Can I activate it on Ring Plus? Thanks

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    1. Maybe, to find out enter the phone's IMEI on RingPlus'Check Your Device page.

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    2. mine they released after one year from the date of purchase. i used it on boost only for about 3 months.

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  16. the new R+ voip dialer to fix the lag is making R+ look a bit like some freedompop wannabe. they seem to say this is temporary but you know that R+ is late on everything. looks like a fail and that R+ is making bad moves.

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    1. It's not a VOIP dialer. It's a native dialer that will also offer the option of VOIP if you're out of Sprint's service area. Calls will still be routed over Sprint cellular voice unless you choose VOIP.

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    2. It's only a concept, they have not even started working on the dialer and it's being said that it will not be available for 3 months or more. Why would you announce a new dialer and get the troops all riled up before you even produce or beta test the idea?
      Another big dream that will likely never work, just like most R+ ideas!

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  17. Ringplus' data went from 25Mb down to .25, so that is a 99% loss. So, pretty much gone.

    Freedompop still 6Mb down and 1 up. Looks like they need to be reconsidered.

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  18. Ringlus getting rid of customers who they gave free plans to by 99% throttle. Seems like they they are setting themselves up to sued. I won't trust them again.

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  19. Feel like Ringplus scammed me, a concept I rarely use. Roped me into paying $50 for using 2Gb and now, those plans are gone.

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  20. You can blame the fanboys and the shills. They will do and say anything to get you to fork over your cash and then they say--I didn't say that!
    These people consume so much kool-aid that even they don't know the real truth! If you had a chance to visit the rp forum and look at the question/answer session by staff you would see just who the suck ups are...it would make you throw up in your mouth! GET RID OF THE MODERATORS..useless!

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  21. Don't believe Ringplus' promos. They do this free plan with data but then now retract it within a month. Classic bait and switch. And raking in the cash.

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  22. Does Ringplus charge the $2.99 number change fee to your credit card or take it from your Ringplus balance?

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    1. When I did a phone change the fee was deducted from my balance. I think phone number change fees would also be from your balance.

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