"WE'LL BE RE-OPENING PLANS AGAIN ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 17TH AT 12:00PM PDT. SEE YOU THEN!".
Other than message, RingPlus has not given any explanation for why its not activating new lines or allowing plan changes. There's already a thread on the RingPlus Forum where several members are speculating that this shutdown marks the beginning of the end for RingPlus.
However, I think it's too early to panic. It's true that with MVNOs, stopping new activations usually precedes going out of business. But RingPlus is an unusual company with a history of sudden changes to its plans and services. In addition. with the exception of announcing new plan promotions and "flash sales", RingPlus generally does a poor job of communicating with its users. I think this is intentional and is done to create publicity, as forum users and tech blogs, including this one, speculate on what RingPlus's latest cryptic message means.
I believe there is a high likelihood that RingPlus is simply making changes to its activation process and it will be back to business as usual at noon Monday. However, I would not be surprised to see some changes to the RingPlus plan lineup when activations resume. In the meantime RingPlus service is still up and running and the Member Dashboard seems functional with the exception of plan changes.
RingPlus Wireless is an ad-supported freemium MVNO that launched in August, 2013. RingPlus offers free and paid plans. Most plans are supported by audio advertising that plays before the called party answers when placing a call. RingPlus free plans include an allotment of minutes, SMS. MMS and data. Free plans have no monthly cost but require an initial top-up of $9 to $27 at activation. For more about RingPlus plans and pricing see our RingPlus Prepaid Operator Profile.
Update 17-Oct-2017: 1 PM PT: RingPlus has postponed reopening activations until tomorrow. They posted on their site that:
"WE NEED JUST A BIT MORE TIME! WE'LL BE RE-OPENING PLANS AGAIN ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18TH AT 12:00PM PDT. SEE YOU THEN!"
Update 18-Oct-2017: 5:25 PM PT: Activations and plan changes are still not available. RingPlus has updated their site with:
"WE'RE STILL WORKING AWAY AND WILL BE RE-OPENING WITH NEW PLANS AGAIN VERY SOON. SEE YOU THEN!"
At least they confirmed there will be new plans.
Update 20-Oct-2016: 520 PM PT: Activations are back! All the old plans are gone. There are five new plans, all of them are "Mad" plans.