RingPlus is a low cost innovative MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) which operates using the Sprint network. They pride themselves in offering a wide range of cheap cell phone plans which are very competitive to other providers such as Ting and Republic Wireless. They even have some free cell phone plan options too, although with some caveats. Lets take a deeper look, shall we?
Cell Phone Plans
The RingPlus range of plans has a good amount of versatility and is sure to provide a good plan option for most anyone living in an area with good coverage on the Sprint network. The plans range from an astonishingly low $0 per month up to a $50 per month for its most expensive option. There’s a total of eight plans that gradually increases minutes, texts, and data for each tiered level.
All the plans are no-contract so you don’t get locked in to any one plan. In addition, there is a “Jump Button” feature you can access from your phone which allows you to tap into your next month’s available minutes, text messages, or data should you run low on the current month. In addition, they also offer the ability to “Top-up” on minutes, texts, data by paying a little more in the middle of the month. These options help to make budgeting for your cell phone service much more flexible since you’d only need to pay for what you need when you need it.
Free Phone Plans
As of June 2015 RingPlus started offering a new Free plan which includes 200 cell minutes, 50 SMS text messages, and up to 10MB of data. RingPlus subsidizes this free cost through wholesale deals with the Sprint network and their Ringback media tone technology which plays advertisements instead of dialing tones when calling someone.
There are also additional charges that come with extra usage on all the plans, such as 4 cents for each MMS message, 3 cents for International text messages, and 2 cent for overage on your maximum allocated talk, text, and data included in your monthly plan.
BYOD – Bring Your Own Device
Anyone who wants to sign-up would need to bring their own Sprint device in which they can activate on the new service. Most Sprint enabled phones should work but you can double check by visiting their phone verification page.
In June 2015, RingPlus introduced a phone store which offers new and used phones that are compatible with RingPlus service in case you don’t have a phone that can be brought over from another provider.
One thing that RingPlus is doing to set itself apart from it’s competitors like Ting, is the extra in-phone features they offer with the plan that you don’t see with other wireless carriers. Here are a few that are a nice touch:
Free Voicemail To Email Service
Unlike companies like Verizon that have the nerve to charge it’s customers a $2.99 monthly fee just for access to visual voicemail or T-mobile that also charges $2.99/month for it’s visual voicemail to text service, Ringplus offers this type of thing completely free. Their Voicemail to Email app has the ability to transcribe voicemails to text which can either be sent to your email inbox or even sent as an SMS text message.
Another in-call app that is exclusive to RingPlus is their RingPlus Radio service. This service allows you to listen to music, news, or play games while on hold with someone on the phone. This is a nice way to pass the time while waiting to cancel a service with some other big scumbag wireless company 🙂
- Low cost cell phone plans with a wide variety of options to choose from.
- No contracts to get locked into.
- Innovative in-call apps such as voicemail to text and RingPlus radio services.
- Possible free phone plans if you can get them at the right time.
- Ability to pay with Bitcoin, Litecoin, or Dogecoin.
- You can use an existing Sprint device with the service.
- They run on the Sprint network which is generally considered inferior to others, however not an issue if you live in an area with good Sprint coverage.
- While they offer a free phone plan, the data allotment is very limited and one must be careful about not incurring overage costs which could add up if not careful.
- It is possible that advertisements will play via the in-call RingPlus radio which is used when dialing and on hold with someone.
Other Ringplus Reviews
While I personally have not used this service, I have listed below RingPlus review articles and posts that appear to be from objective honest reviewers:
Hmmm, ok apparently there aren’t that many solid reviews out there yet since RingPlus is still a relatively new and young wireless service, so if anyone has used RingPlus or decides to try them out, please leave a review of the service below in the comments to help add to the general knowledge base.