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RingPlus Resumes Activations With New Plan Lineup

Freemium Sprint MVNO RingPlus, which had created consternation among its users by shutting down activations and plan changes. is back. Activations resumed today with a new, much smaller plan line up. At the moment only five plans are available:

  • 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 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.
Prices do not include taxes. Unlike most prepaid operators, RingPlus adds postpaid style 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 regulatory surcharges and fees.

Surprisingly, all the new plans are "Mad" plans which are routed directly through Sprint. There are currently no ad supported "RingPlus Radio" plans available. The ad supported plans which have audio ads that play instead of the usual ringback tone before a call is answered. The ad supported plans have long suffered from noticeable voice latency which some users found unacceptable. RingPlus recently announced that had identified the cause of the latency and were working with Sprint to eliminate it. I'm guessing that RingPlus is holding back on releasing new ad supported plans until the latency fix is in place.

RingPlus suspended activations last Friday, Oct 14. Historically when MVNOs stop activating new customers for more than a day or two the MVNO goes out of business soon after. Mobile operators typically block an MVNO's activations when the MVNO is hopelessly behind in its payments. RingPlus said that its activation shutdown was to make system updates, presumably to fix the latency issue with ad-supported plans. I suspect that they ran into issues with the fix and resumed activations with a limited number of non-ad supported plans to reassure customers and industry watchers that RingPlus was still in business.

Source: RingPlus

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  1. It took them a week to come up with these laughable plans?

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  2. Glad to see at least Mad plans come back for now.
    Hope they get the lag fix implemented soon.

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  3. Didn't RingPlus also offer hotspot data plans at some point?

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  4. These plans or a joke . The asking for a lot and giveing little in return no thank you

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  5. One would think the Mad plans could have been offered continuously if a latency fix was the cause. Ringplus' lack of transparency is troubling.

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  6. RingPlus is such a joke. They keep changing plans every week. They promised to fix the latency (after denying it exist) and still haven't made any progress. Now they're basically pushing paid plans. Absolute scam, pyramid scheme, Ponzi scheme. They're done. Finished.

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  7. There is a problem with latency? Wasn't latency just part of the free and premium plans because they were so cheap? Does that mean that the free and premium plans won't have call latency anymore?

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  8. The Mad Feast looks like a deal at $9.99.

    Dale

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  9. I love R+. Have not paid (much) for cellular service for a year for 5 lines. Excellent coverage on Sprint in my area. The new truly free mad plan is tremendous!

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  10. Why does R+ charge post-paid fees for prepaid service?

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    1. Because they can. Mobile operators, including MVNO are allowed to pass any and all telecom related business taxes on to consumers. Traditionally prepaid providers have not passed telecom taxes on. Lately more and more prepaid operators, including Ting, TPO, Chitchat, Republic and RingPlus have stated passing on telecom taxes.

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  11. Well I'll be, they are back! I still believe they are on shaky ground though. Why play these games with their current and future customers?

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  12. I love the graphic you chose of someone using a Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

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    1. I thought the flaming in the graphic was from RP+ customer due to "Freemium Sprint MVNO RingPlus, which had created consternation among its users by shutting down activations and plan changes." :)

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    2. The image is RingPlus' Facebook and Twitter profile picture. I think they are trying to say that they have read hot deals.

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    3. The guy in the image must be falling backwards from the unbelievably hot new deals then ;) .

      Dennis, which MVNO(s)/carriers provide your cell phone service?

      Have you ever considered putting that in your About link on this site?

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    4. Firy explosions, and cell phones.

      Wow, that's something no one has ever associated together, ever. Great idea!

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    5. @Anonymous 12:23 PM: I currently use FreedomPop and RingPlus mainly with legacy Gold Rewards T-Mobile PayGo as a backup. I manage Virgin Mobile and TracFone AT&T BYOP accounts for family members.

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  13. How does the new paid plans stack up with other Sprint MVNO's? Presuming that they stay in business it seems like a good deal. Hopefully the free plans that I have are grandfathered in.

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  14. Back getting more free number out

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  15. I havent experience the latency issue as much of a problem at all, considering the price. However, if i were actually paying, my expectations would be higher.

    What happens to those with prior plan options? Grandfathered in as always? Hope so. Id like to keep my 1200md free plan whatever it was called.

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    1. Current users are grandfathered.

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    2. As opposed to "Consumer Cellular", where current users are grandfathers.

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  16. The new plans are almost as worthless as the moderators. could they have been the ones to suggest the new junk plans?

    I see chelle, jamielei & hhfpphone are being very aggressive at removing posts in the new plans thread by anyone that says anything negative about the plans.

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  17. Someone pointed out on HF the new equipment swap fee of $5. Used to be $2.

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    1. Yes, that is correct. I did swap Yesterday it was $1.99 and now it is showing $4.99 :-/

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    2. Yes. Just confirmed on one of my accounts. Although my family has been pretty satisfied with RingPlus these past few years, that price increase sucks.

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    3. Well the fanboy/mods on the site have been asking for price increases. They have to protect their own interests, they don't care about anything else. That's why we all ended up with price increases and crap plans. You can thank the fanboys.

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  18. They starting to up the fees that how they make money. Hopeing we don't notice. 4.99 swap fee now.

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