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Sign Up For RingPlus' Free Mobile Plan Today 10 AM to Noon PT: 200 Minutes, 500 Texts, 10 MB

Sprint MVNO 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.
Failure to abide by the rules will get your service terminated. If you don't want to abide the usage rules you can purchase a "Free Card" for $4.50/month that protects your account from cancellation for the breaking the minimum usage rules.

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.

If you want the free plan go to https://my.ringplus.net/device_validation_requests/new between 10 AM and Noon PT today and enter your phone's ESN or MEID. If your phone is eligible choose "FREE BYOSD" from the plan drop down. That option will only be available during the promotion.

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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  1. So tempting.

    But the minimum outgoing call requirements make it too risky for the relatives, neighbors and seniors in my circle to use.

    God forbid they need to call 911 or a family member in an emergency, and find that their mobile phone has stopped working.

    I have already experienced this myself with multiple prepaid MVNOs over the years.

    This may work for youth on a budget, who have access to the internet and computer proficiency, so they can DIY manage and tolerate the outages that will inevitably be a part of this FREE phone service promotion.

  2. You can always dial 911. The call goes through. It's required by law. 911 calls also bypass their advertisement system.

    1. Not true. I have had prepaids that could not dial 911.

      Would you chance it with your parents? Your grandma? Your kids?

    2. No chance, even a non active phone will work for 911

    3. The only place an inactive phone won't work for calling 911 is if there's no compatible signal available. Some Boost, Cricket, MetroPCS and Virgin phones are 1900 or 1700/1900 Mhz only and there are places where only 850 Mhz is available.

    4. One of the reasons I like service with roaming is that you can always call 911 when any roaming partner has a tower in range. My phones with a T-mobile SIM always show Emergency Only in Tmo coverage areas when there is no/too weak Tmo signal but AT&T has a tower in range. My phones with a Ptel SIM display No Service in the same spot, and 911 won't work.

    5. Even if the phone displays no service it will work for making 911 calls if there is a signal from any carrier on the frequencies and technology (CDMA or GSM) that the phone supports. It's the law.

  3. My lines are just backups. I also use them when I call a business, expect to be on hold a long time, or do not want a person or business to have my regular cell number. And sometimes they help me stay within my Vonage 300 minute plan limit (5c for extra minutes).

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