RingPlus, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that uses Sprint’s network, has added two more free plans to its range of wireless services. These two are the Truly Free Plan, which comes with no overages, and the Pepper Plan, which offers optional extra inclusions for a fee.
Last month, RingPlus had launched a new cell phone plan that was completely 100 percent free. This brand new phone plan had gone live in June 13th, and basically offered customers 200 minutes of voice calls, 50 text messages, and 10 megabytes of LTE data. The free pricing was made available courtesy of advertisers who paid for the plans as long as they can insert their ads in the ringback tones (the ads run between the time the customer dials a phone number and just before the person at the other end of the line picks up the call).
So what makes these two brand new free phone plans any different from the one that RingPlus debuted one month ago? There actually a few significant differences. For instance, the free plan that RingPlus introduced in June required customers to sign up using their credit card or debit card in order to cover for any overages incurred on a monthly basis. But with the new Truly Free Plan, RingPlus will not require the customer to provide any payment information. Instead, the MVNO is implementing a hard cut off scheme when the customer goes beyond the preset monthly allowance. What exactly are the allotments for the Truly Free Plan? Well, it comes with 125 minutes of voice calls (cellular), 40 text messages, 10 megabytes of LTE data, with Wi-Fi calling also included in the plan. Similar to the free plan announced last month, the Truly Free Plan will feature ads in lieu of ringback tones when customers are placing outbound calls.
As for the Pepper Plan, it also offers its own set of allotments. These include 250 voice calls (cellular), 500 text messages, and 10 megabytes of LTE data each month. However, those who are thinking of availing of this plan will need to use their credit card, and then put a minimum balance of $5 to their account in order to activate the plan.
The Pepper Plan also makes use of RingPlus’s automatic top up feature, wherein the account of the customer will top up by another $5 when their balance is down to zero after exceeding the monthly allowance and if there are overages incurred. But if the customer does not go beyond the allotments for the free voice call minutes, number of text messages, and amount of data used, there will be no charges for any overages, and the balance will remain the same at $5. But, say, you do go over your allowance, you can expect to pay overage charges at a standard rate of $0.02 for every added minute, text message, and megabyte of data, with international SMS charged at $0.03 each, and MMS at $0.04 each.
But alas, the Pepper Plan was only made available by RingPlus for 24 hours last July 15th. The carrier did state that it will re-open the plan again soon. As for the free plan introduced in June and the new Truly Free Plan, they will both be open to current and new customers of RingPlus.
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