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Free Future Phase 3 open 1000/1000/1000 Voice/Text/MB to every new subscriber

New sign-ups over the CNET link are required to re-tweet the ringplus article directly from the CNET website – as well as link their Twitter account to their ringplus account. The CNET article can be found here after 9:30 am pacific time:

http://www.cnet.com/news/got-a-sp...vice-plan/

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https://discourse.ringplus.net/t/...30-am/5227
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Future Plan Overview

This is a free plan that includes 1000 Minutes / 1000 SMS / 1000 MB per month.

If you want to keep the plan beyond one month, you must add money to your account (minimum $5.00 top up). A positive top up balance has to be maintained on the account to pay for potential overages, which are billed at 2 cents per minute, text, and MB. Your credit card with be automatically charged for another $5.00 top up every time your balance reaches $0.00. Top-Up balances do not expire and can be used to pay for overages, add-ons, or other RingPlus fees (like ESN swaps, port-ins, or number changes). The free plans have no monthly fees or line charge, etc. If you don't use overages or exhaust your initial top up balance, you do not need any more top up and you will pay nothing each month.


Overage Rates

4? MMS (can be disabled in the Dashboard)
3? International SMS
2? All other overages (minutes, SMS, MB)


General FAQ

Q: Is MMS included in the plan?
Answer: No, MMS is not included in any RingPlus plan. RingPlus plans only include domestic SMS in their text allotments. Each MMS is charged at the MMS overage rate (currently 4?). To use MMS, you must have an existing top up balance to deduct from.

Q: Do I have to maintain a top up balance?
Answer: Yes, if you want to keep the Future Plan beyond the first month. To keep the Future Plan, you have to add a minimum $5 top up before the month is over. Once you've added a top up, the balance never expires. If your balance ever reaches zero (due to overages, etc.), your credit card will be charged automatically for another $5 top up.

Q: What happens if I go over my allotment?
Answer: You will be charged overage, deducted from your top up balance. If you run out of top up balance, your credit card will be automatically charged $5 (+ tax) to replenish your top-up. If you anticipate needing more than your free allotment amounts, you can purchase add-ons, which are additional monthly amounts of minutes, sms, or data. For example, the 1 GB data add-on is $8 / month.

Q: How do I monitor my balance or usage?
Answer: RingPlus Dashboard website [ringplus.net], or the RP Samara Android app [google.com].

Q: Can I set hard usage limits (ex: 1000 minutes, 1000 sms, 1000 MB, etc)?
Answer: No, you cannot set hard caps, but you can manually deactivate voice, text, or data for the Dashboard website at any time to prevent further usage.

Q: How do I disable MMS (or minutes, data, etc.)?
Answer: You can enable or disable MMS and other services from RingPlus Dashboard > Account > Manage Device

Q: Can I use WiFi calling (aka Fluidcall)?
Answer: Yes. You can set up your phone for Wifi calling if you'd rather not use regular cell towers (or are unable to get good reception). WiFi calling (aka RingPlus Fluidcall) can be used over any internet connection worldwide, including WiFi, 3G, or LTE, and is compatible with most SIP client applications. Click here [ringplus.net] for more information on WiFi Fluidcall or check out your Dashboard [ringplus.net] for setup instructions.

Q: What's required for WiFi calling / Fluidcall?
Answer: You can use a hardware device like the Obi or any software SIP client/application on your computer or mobile device. WiFi calling uses your RingPlus phone number and is treated just like regular cell calls. You can find your SIP login settings from the website Dashboard.

Q: Are there other fees?
Answer: Charges for additional services:
  • $7.99 port-in fee. Your account will be charged after your phone number transfer is successfully completed.
  • $0.99 ESN/device swap fee.
  • $0.99 change phone number fee. You cannot choose the new number. It is automatically assigned based on your credit card billing zip code.
  • All RingPlus fees are deducted from your top-up balance (not your credit card). You must have an available top-up balance in order to do anything that requires a fee. Minimum top-up is $5 + tax.
  • Taxes can vary widely depending on locale. Average seems to be around 20%. Tax is only charged when adding money to your top-up balance.

Q. Can you roam to non-Sprint towers such as Verizon?

Roaming can provide coverage in areas where Sprint coverage is too weak to connect. For example, you could roam to a Verizon tower when a Sprint tower was not in the area. With RingPlus, you have to register through another company to enable roaming.

To enable roaming, you have to link your checking account to Zipmark, so be aware of the extensive personal information they require, which should be a concern to anyone in this day and age of identity theft and the ordeal that can get you into for the rest of your life.

They require:
  • 1) Real name
  • 2) Drivers license number
  • 3) Last 4 of your Social Security number (worse than you think)
  • 4) Checking account number
  • 5) Birth date

List of phones that have been confirmed compatible (please add to this list)
  1. Sprint prepaid LG Volt (never activated before), however newly canceled Virgin Mobile LG Volt failed to pass verification (already activated on network error)
  2. Sprint Prepaid Moto E (never activated)
  3. Sprint LG Tribute
  4. Sprint Prepaid Samsung Galaxy S3 - SPH-L710T (BB Black Friday deal last year - never activated)
  5. Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4. SPH-L720. Non spark version. Regular phone, activated, deactived when I got a new phone.
  6. Sprint Apple iPhone 4s
  7. Boost Mobile Kyocera Hydro (not previously activated)
  8. Boost Mobile ZTE Speed
  9. Boost mobile LG Realm
  10. Boost Moto G (activated with Boost a year ago for 1 month)
  11. Boost Samsung Galaxy Rush M830
  12. Boost Sharp Aquos Crystal (not previously activated)
  13. Virgin Mobile Galaxy S2
  14. Virgin Mobile LG Volt (never activated before)
  15. Virgin Mobile Motorola Triumph
  16. Virgin Mobile Optimus V
  17. Virgin Mobile ZTE Awe/N800 (never activated before)
  18. TING samsung galaxy s3
  19. Republic wireless moto-g
  20. Motorola/Google Nexus 6 (XT1103)
  21. Motorola Photon Q
  22. Sprint LG G2 (use IMEI, MEID did not work for me)
  23. LG Nexus 5 (Purchased from US Google Play Store)


Original Announcement

From the Discourse post:

Free Future Phase 3 open 1000/1000/1000 Voice/Text/MB to every new subscriber at 9:30 am

New sign-ups over the CNET link are required to re-tweet the ringplus article directly from the CNET website - as well as link their Twitter account to their ringplus account. The CNET article can be found here after 9:30 am pacific time:

http://www.cnet.com/news/got-a-sp...vice-plan/
Got a Sprint phone? Get a free mobile service plan - CNET

Or buy a compatible phone for just $50. Either way, you'll score a surprising amount of minutes, text messages and data. So what's the catch?

RingPlus Free Cell Service: 1000 Min 1000 Text 1000 MB/LTE absolutely free/per month (Tuesday, September 29, 2015, from 9AM to 9PM PDT while supplies last.)

RingPlus Cell Service:

? Absolutely Free (1000 Min Voice, 1000 Text and 1000 MB LTE) per Month

? No Contract

? No Activation Fee

? Bring Your Own Sprint Device (Real cell service, no VoIP)

? Free Voice Mail to email (Including emergency number set up and social-network integration)

? Free Parental Control Features (Black-list, white list calls, text by number and time as well as Data)

? Over 30 RingBack Radio Stations Included from Billboard to 100 to Classical and World News let you stay current.

? WiFi Calling over Sip clients available

? Open Developer APIs

How to get the Cell Service

Important - Share the link to this CNET's The Cheapskate article - featuring the Future Free Plan via Twitter and include #ringplus within your tweet.

To get this plan, you can Bring Your Own Sprint Device to activate on RingPlus (you can check if your device is eligible with the RingPlus Check Tool (https://my.ringplus.net/device_va...quests/new )

, or If you don't have a Sprint phone you can activate, you can buy an HTC Desire 510 (B-Stock) for just $50 (plus applicable taxes and shipping charges) or any other available phone in the RingPlus Store during the promo time at https://store.ringplus.net16.

If you ordered a cell phone it will be shipped within 3 weeks, If you use your own Sprint Phone you continue with the instructions on the website ( www.ringplus.net10 ) and you will be able to enjoy free cell service already today.
Keeping the Plan Longer (5$ one time top-up)

After the first month on the Plan, if you want to keep it, the Plan will require a minimum $5.00 Top-Up balance to be maintained on the account for overages which are billed at 2 cents per minute, text, and MB. This means your credit card on file will be automatically charged $5.00 every time your Top-Up balance goes to $0.00. To be clear, the Top-Up balance will always be available for you to use, and it will not expire. So, it's not a monthly fee, or line charge, etc. If you don't use overages, you will not have to Top Up, and you will pay nothing each month. (certain required telecommunications fees will apply) at https://ringplus.net6.

MORE INFO http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/ shows more info on both plans.
also Howard forums might help http://www.howardforums.com/showt...nges/page7 chock full of ads though. ugh

Credit card rejected? https://discourse.ringplus.net/t/...ted/2187/2

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Free Research Phase 3 open 1000/1000/1000 to every new subscriber …

As promised, here is the explanation about today’s offerings for both new and existing Members.

We are currently in Phase 3. And tonight The Phase 3 Future Plan (Members Only) plan will open (starting at 9PM PDT). Here’s why we had to start the existing Member plan AFTER the promo for new members today:

a) The allotment for current members able to switch is tied to the total subscription rate of the Future Plan experiment.

b) A promo for new Members, together with CNET, is will be running as of 9:30am PDT, and will last until 9PM PSD today, Tuesday Sep 29 2015. (Or until max subscription allotment for new members is reached. Don’t worry the contingency for existing users is reserved)

Clearly, the two events are linked together, so the promos have to go in this specific order. The more new subscribers we get, the larger the number of existing members who can switch.

New sign-ups over the CNET link are required to re-tweet the article directly from the CNET website – as well as link their Twitter account to their ringplus account. The CNET article can be found here after 9:30 am pacific time: http://www.cnet.com/cheapskate

- KarlRingPlus CEO

https://discourse.ringplus.net/t/...pm/5188/79
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Last edited by helpme363 September 29, 2015 at 10:26 AM
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Successfully get the Activate a new line with future - Phas 3.0 but then I get this message:

Your device is not allowed to register for another free plan until October 12, 2015 (which is true, it was on another RIngplus account that I swapped phones on before I knew about this promotion).

Will it hold this promotional plan until then? Anyone know?
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Last edited by zipdab September 29, 2015 at 10:25 AM
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So new customers have a lot of time to sign up.
Existing customers have to wait until 9pm to sign up???

What do they mean by "The more new subscribers we get, the larger the number of existing members who can switch."?
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So can you sign up today and buy the phone later or do you need a phone to register?
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From Ringplus forum https://discourse.ringplus.net/t/...pm/5188/78


We are currently in Phase 3. And tonight The Phase 3 Future Plan (Members Only) plan will open (starting at 9PM PDT). Here’s why we had to start the existing Member plan AFTER the promo for new members today:

a) The allotment for current members able to switch is tied to the total subscription rate of the Future Plan experiment.

b) A promo for new Members, together with CNET, is will be running as of 9:30am PDT, and will last until 9PM PSD today, Tuesday Sep 29 2015. (Or until max subscription allotment for new members is reached. Don’t worry the contingency for existing users is reserved)

Clearly, the two events are linked together, so the promos have to go in this specific order. The more new subscribers we get, the larger the number of existing members who can switch.

New sign-ups over the CNET link are required to re-tweet the article directly from the CNET website – as well as link their Twitter account to their ringplus account. The CNET article can be found here after 9:30 am pacific time: http://www.cnet.com/cheapskate/59
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Quote from zipdab View Post :
Successfully get the Activate a new line with future - Phas 3.0 but then I get this message:

Your device is not allowed to register for another free plan until October 12, 2015 (which is true, it was on another RIngplus account that I swapped phones on before I knew about this promotion).

Will it hold this promotional plan until then? Anyone know?
My Ringplus phone is a Moto E Sprint Prepaid which I picked up from Best Buy for $40. The LG Volt is also $40 but every nearby BB I've checked has been out of stock. You can check stock on BB site before heading over.
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Anyone know the chances of this plan getting canceled in the future?
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So can you sign up today and buy the phone later or do you need a phone to register?
You need a phone to activate.
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Anyone know the chances of this plan getting canceled in the future?
Very possible. In the past (early 2014, i think) they cancelled a bunch of people on a free plan but I believe the CEO has said they've changed their business plan so they're viable now. He also stated this deal was limited to certain amount of signups because of the financial consequences of it (read: these plans very well could lose money so we're not letting many people sign up) so that may encourage them to drop the plan at some point.

That being said, I've signed up for the future plane 2.0 (identical to this plan but it was for new customers) and I expect it to last between 1-2 years which will result in a ton of savings over my current plan.
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this promo for existing customer is confusing as hell. I linked up my tweeter acct already , but my ringplus acct still doesn't show the 1000/1000/1000 upgrade. it says to tweet the CNET article, which I did already too. what am I missing?
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Do I need to "Provision Your Device on RingPlus"? I still got my phone in the box and don't want to set it up right now. Can I skip this step or will I loose the Future Plan?
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Anyone know the chances of this plan getting canceled in the future?
100%. They've done this earlier as well. Not reliable.
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So can I cancel and close my truely free plan right now and then go and sign up?

how come next to the future plan it says "sign in" instead of "sign up"

Eh frack it

Burnt up another $30 Sprint Moto E - hate this phone but oh well
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