RingPlus will be opening its promotional Free Plan to new activations today Feb 10 from 10 AM to Noon Pacific Tine. The plan includes 200 voice minutes, 500 domestic or international texts and 10 MB of data at no cost. Additional minutes, texts and MBs of data are 2¢ each and MMS picture messages are 7¢ each.
The free plan is only offered occasionally, the last time it was available was in December. Unlike RingPlus' previous free service promos, which were limited to as few as 1000 activations, RingPlus says this promo will be open for the full two hours from 10 AM until noon PST. There will be no limit on the number of accounts that can be activated during the two hour window.
The free plan is at least partly supported by audio advertisements that play during the time between when a call is placed and the called party or voice mail answers. To insure that the ads reach an audience there are some some minimum usage rules that users must follow to be able to keep their free service. The main ones are
- You must activate your phone and make a successful outgoing call within 24 hours after registering it or your account will be cancelled.
- You must make a successful outbound call at least once per week and 10 successful outbound calls per month.
The free plan is BYOSD (Bring Your Own Sprint Phone). You need a clean ESN, not currently active Sprint phone. In common with other Sprint MVNOs, Ring Plus can not activate iPhones, BlackBerrys, Palm phones, PTT devices or Boost or Virgin Mobile phones or phones launched by Sprint in the last 12 months. There's a list of allowed and not allowed phones on the Ring Plus Forum. You also can check if your phone is allowed by entering the MEID or ESN at https://my.ringplus.net/device_validation_requests/new.
A valid email address and a credit or debit card number (for overages) is required at signup. RingPlus says they will not automatically charge your card. If and when you need more minutes, texts or data you use your stored credit card to buy credit. The minimum purchase is $5 and balances do not expire.
Once you register a phone successfully you should see a screen with your new RingPlus number, MSL code, which is the password needed to open hidden programming menus, and basic programming information. The easiest way to activate most Sprint phones is to do a network reset or a factory reset which will cause the phone to reboot and start the hands free activation process. A factory reset will delete all user data (messages, contacts, photos and user installed ringtones or apps) from the phone, so back up anything you care about to a memory card, PC or cloud service before doing a factory reset. A network reset, which isn't available on all phones, wipes network settings only without affecting user data.
Another way of activating Sprint phones that preserves user data is by using a hidden programming menu and entering the MDN (phone number) and MSID and then doing an Update Profile and Update PRL. The manual programming process varies depending on the phone make and model. RingPlus has a forum post with instructions that work on many models. You can also find detailed programming instructions for most Sprint phones at support.sprint.com/support/devicelistpage. Choose your phone model from the list and then click the "Program Your..." link in the right sidebar.
RingPlus can only provide limited support for free plan users. The best place to get help is the RingPlus Forum.
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Source: RingPlus on Twitter
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