Sprint has threatened to discontinue service to mobile virtual network operator RingPlus for non-payment, and it could happen by February 11th. Apparently, the MVNO has filed a lawsuit against the major US wireless carrier, claiming that Sprint is involved in fraudulent practices. Moreover, RingPlus is seeking in its filing to stop or at least postpone the shut down.
Sure, February 11th is still some five days away, and it is possible that RingPlus’ legal action could change Sprint’s decision, but for current customers of the MVNO, it may be best to start considering other options now, specifically in terms of looking for another mobile operator in which to port one’s phone number.
An obvious choice would be another MVNO on Sprint’s network. For users who go with this option, they can enjoy the advantage of saving their current phone number, even getting to retain the same number (and SIM card) they were using for RingPlus. To determine this, they can make full use of Ting or Tello MEID checkers. Tello is offering a 50% discount for RIngPlus customers with coupon RINGPLUS50.
Another option is to go for any of Sprint’s prepaid brands, especially Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile. This will work particularly well for those with devices that started life as Boost or Virgin handsets. Plans at either carrier typically start at $35 per month, which means that they may need a little getting used to, especially for those accustomed to RingPlus’ super affordable rates.
Of course, for those who no longer feel like using Sprint’s network, they can also choose to switch to a carrier not associated with the fourth biggest wireless carrier in the United States. However, this can only work if the user owns a universal handset, or a fairly recent iPhone model that has been unlocked. Furthermore, choosing a non-Sprint carrier will likely mean getting a new SIM card. There are providers that allow port ins free of charge, like Cricket Wireless (a prepaid arm of AT&T) or MetroPCS (of T-Mobile).
Letting one’s RingPlus number go is also an option, but for those who want to do that and also want their device released to be used on another Sprint based provider, porting their number is still considered a wise idea. Porting to any operator or to Google Voice usually releases one’s phone number. With Google Voice, the user can forward his number to up to half a dozen devices. To know more, one can find the instructions in this web page.
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