RingPlus has launched yet another new “Future” plan, in their effort to test out high-capacity free/freemium plans.
The new plan, Future 9.0, is open to all for new device activations and lines of service. It is not currently open to existing RingPlus subscribers, unless they activate a completely new device that has not been used on RingPlus in the past 30 days.
Future 9.0 differs from past plans slightly. It features 1,500 minutes and 1,500 text messages… but only 500MB of 4G LTE-capable data. That’s 500 extra minutes and texts, but 500MB less than previous Future plans.
It appears RingPlus is testing to see if the reduction in data is still enough to woo over customers from rival FreedomPop. FreedomPop offers 200 minutes and 500MB of data per month on their standard BYOD plan, with a $19.99/month unlimited minute plan, and a $2.50/month add-on option that bypasses VoIP for Sprint CDMA voice coverage.
RingPlus differs from FreedomPop in that it does not require VoIP, instead using Sprint CDMA with RingPlus handling VoIP traffic on their backend – instead of the device itself. This means RingPlus can use nearly every CDMA and/or LTE phone that Sprint has sold this century.
Also, like past Future plans, the plan is not totally free – it requires a minimum account balance of $5, which will auto-refill from your credit card to cover any overage costs.
No word on how many device activations RingPlus will allow, but if you want one, you should activate at https://ringplus.net as soon as possible.