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New RingPlus Mad Plans October 2016

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Over the last few days, RingPlus has added several Mad plans and it is expected they will add more plans during this week-end. I am combining several posts from my Standard 7.5 blog on Blogger.com and adding some new updates from this morning, October 22, 2016.

From my October 20 – 21, 2016 Blogger posts found here http://standard7dot5.blogspot.com/2016/10/ringplus-new-data-device-plans-october.html and http://standard7dot5.blogspot.com/2016/10/new-mad-ringplus-plans-october-20-2016.html:

After almost a week of RingPlus not allowing new activations or changing plans, RingPlus finally unveiled new plans earlier yesterday (I started the post yesterday, but didn’t get a chance to finish it until today). For now, the only plans available to activate or upgrade are Mad plans. The below screenshot is from https://ringplus.net/

The new plans include the ones shown in the image above with a few new ones since the screenshot, but I detailed them below:

Under The Mad Plans

Mad Truly Free: $0/month 50 minutes, 50 SMS Text, 50 MMS Text, and 50 MB LTE Data (Safety Cap prevents you from exceeding the limits)*

Free Mad Promo ($0/month; $15 Activation Fee + taxes and fees; separate additional $15 one time Auto-Top-up fee (total of $30 + taxes and fees) 1,000 Minutes, SMS Text, MMS Text and 1,000 MB LTE Full Speed; Tethering available for $3/week Overages: 5¢ per unit of Talk & Text; Data Safety Net (No overages with unlimited data below 2G speeds)
Unless you buy an Add On of Full Speed LTE data.

Mad Fun: $2.99/month 300 minutes, 300 SMS Text, 300 MMS Text, and 300 MB LTE Data; Overages 5¢ per unit (minute, text, or MB)*** (was originally listed under Premium section when it first showed up, but moved to the Mad Plans section a short time later)

Mad Feast: $9.99 + taxes and fees/month Unlimited Talk, SMS and MMS Text, 500 MB LTE Data  Overages: $15/GB**

Mad Festival: $14.99 + taxes and fees/month Unlimited Talk, SMS and MMS Text, 1,000 MB LTE Data  Overages: $12/GB**

Mad Jubilee: $19.99 + taxes and fees/month Unlimited Talk, SMS and MMS Text, 2,000 MB LTE Data  Overages: $10/GB**

Under the Free Plans (N.B.: several free plans are listed under Mad section above and not in the Free section).

Mad Fiesta Free: $0/month, but Auto-Top fee of $19.99 + taxes and fees (Plan auto-Top-up when your balance is less than $2.00) 500 Minutes, 500 SMS Text, 500 MMS Text, and 500 MB LTE Data; Overages 5¢ (per unit: minute, text, or MB)***

* Doesn’t specifically state the plan is only good for 30 days, but it is in the Mad Plans section for a free plan which is a good indication the plan is only valid for 30 days. Will update if the plan lasts longer than 30 days.

** Directly billed to your credit/debit card (both for monthly billing and for data overages)

*** Overages drawn from Top-up balance unless the balance drops below $2 in which case an auto-Top-up of $19.99 + taxes and fees will be charged directly to your credit/debit card.

Tethering is included in the non-free Mad plans as noted in the screenshot. Tethering typically costs $20+ taxes and fees/month for most plans with some plans only costing $1.99 or $3.99 +taxes and fees/month.

Data Device Update Post:

RingPlus has added new Data Device only plans this evening.  They are found at the bottom of the activate new line page and not in the Mad section.

Mad Light $5.99 + taxes and fees 500 MB LTE

Mad Torch $10.99 + taxes and fees 1 GB LTE

 Mad Blaze $21.99 + taxes and fees 2 GB LTE

Each plan includes Tethering and 0 Wi-Fi minutes. Directly billed to your credit card unless you buy an Add-On. Overages are $0.05/MB.

 

If you don’t need a lot of data, then any of the Mad plans should work and the best in terms of price are the free ones and Mad Fun at $2.99 + taxes and fees. In other cases, choose one that meets your budget or text and talk needs.

No word on if regular non-Mad Free or Premium plans will be offered which are routed through RingPlus servers. Mad plans are routed directly through Sprint so you don’t have some of the advantages and disadvantages associated with those plans. Interestingly, if you don’t need a lot of data, then four (4) lines at any of the above prices, including Mad Jubilee at $19.99 + taxes and fees/month would be cheaper than the old Mad Family plan which would have run $99.96 + taxes and fees/month compared to Mad Fun at $11.96 + taxes and fees/month or even Mad Jubilee at $79.96 + taxes and fees/month. Granted, the extra data for the Mad Family plan made it a better deal if you needed or wanted the extra data. Here’s hoping they bring it back for those wanting more data. Most fair-sized communities have enough free Wi-Fi points to reduce the need for large amounts of data. Same if you have a good Wi-Fi connection at home that you can use on your phone.

Something missing from the new plans is device only plans  (NOTE: Data Device Only plans were added after the original post was made). These were for tablets and other non-phone devices, but included limited data and Wi-Fi calling. Hard to say if they will bring those back, but it probably depends on how much users were signed up with them.

Note: any existing plans have not (to my knowledge) been deleted so if you have an older plan, you should still have it. I checked with several people who have non-Mad plans and nobody has lost their plans.

The unanswered question: will the free and premium plans come back?  Or has RingPlus totally switched new plans to only Mad plans? I don’t know, but I am hopeful they will continue offering free and premium that aren’t Mad plans as they potentially have a large market if they did a better job of marketing them.

Data Device Only Plans (moved the plans in line with the other sections above):

These plans are designed for tablets and other non-cell phone devices. They are Mad plans which are direct Sprint lines. They don’t include the in-call apps available to traditional RingPlus routed lines. Unlike other Data Device plans previously offered by RingPlus, these don’t come with a limited number of Wi-Fi minutes.

Good to see RingPlus adding some Data Device only plans for those who prefer to use non-cell phones for data. Looking forward to some non-Mad plans for the week-end as there are some rumors floating more new plans will be revealed this week-end.

 

Disclaimer: I am not a RingPlus employee nor do I receive any form of compensation for any of my RingPlus (or other product service) posts. I am a mostly satisfied RingPlus customer who sees the value offered by the company.

 

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BillionGraves, Find-A-Grave

Find-A-Grave Post on Amy Johnson Crow’s Blog

Found this article by Amy Johnson Crow about Find-A-Grave. http://www.amyjohnsoncrow.com/2016/10/21/findagrave-made-better/

Amy raises two good points on ways to improve Find-A-Grave. In addition to her article, Dick Eastman adds a third point in his article: https://blog.eogn.com/2016/10/21/how-findagrave-could-and-should-be-made-better/. I will add some other reasons that apply equally to obituaries and death certificates.

Amy’s two (2) points are 1) 30 day wait for non-family members to add memorials for the recently departed and 2) removing the numbers. Both points are valid.

Dick Eastman makes the point BillionGraves requires photos for its records and suggests Find-A-Grave should do likewise.

A major problem with obituaries as well as death certificates is incorrect cemetery information. In a fair number of cases, the wrong cemetery is listed and in others, the wrong town, and in some cases, the wrong county is listed. In some cases, the name for the cemetery is incorrectly listed or they use a variation of the cemetery’s name. I ran across twelve (12) obituaries for one rural cemetery and the obituaries placed this cemetery in six (6) towns spread across three (3) counties. It took a while for me to track down the cemetery because it was so small, it didn’t have a phone number or mailing address. Another problem is when a person is originally buried in Cemetery A, but is later moved to Cemetery B. While the obituary may have the cemetery correct initially, it stops being correct once the person has been relocated.

As mentioned, death certificates suffer the same problems as obituaries. In the case of death certificates, many only include the town’s name and not the name of the cemetery which leads to some wrongly assuming the cemetery’s name is something like Town X Cemetery and adding a new cemetery that doesn’t exist and putting the memorial in it.

Addit: Another problem with obituaries and death certificates is the Last Name At Death (LNAD) may not match the headstone and one of Find-A-Grave’s only requirements is the surname on the headstone must be the surname on the memorial. For women, many pre-need headstones use an earlier married name or a hyphenated surname that doesn’t match the obituary or death certificate surname. Worse, if the person has two married surnames on her headstone and is on Find-A-Grave with both married surnames, hyphenated or not, only the first married surname is searchable. For example, headstone has Mary Smith Jones where Smith was husband number 1 and Jones was husband 2. Under present Find-A-Grave rules, her memorial should have Smith Jones as the last name. If you add her that way and search for her under Mary Jones in the cemetery, you wouldn’t find her. This is a lot more common than most people realize. I ran across one headstone with not only her maiden name, but her five married names.

While I agree with Dick and Amy’s suggested improvements, I don’t see Find-A-Grave implementing them as they have repeatedly made it clear they won’t make such changes.

 

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RingPlus Double Bring It Over 2 Time Limited Offer

As mentioned on RingPlus: https://social.ringplus.net/discussion/6953 for a very short period of time Bring It Over is doubled. You have to choose the Double Bring It Over 2 plan and not the regular Bring It Over 2 plan to get the doubling. It requires a $30 auto-Top Up fee, but as long as you don’t exceed any of the monthly limits, you won’t touch the $30 and as long as you keep the balance above $0, you won’t be hit with the auto Top Up fee again.

This is one of their best plans available now. Will update the plan information in a little bit after I try it out. Will be switching from another carrier to test the plan so I may not be able to get full details for up to a week or so.

Disclaimer: I am not a RingPlus employee nor do I receive any form of compensation for any of my RingPlus (or other product service) posts. I am a mostly satisfied RingPlus customer who sees the value offered by the company.

 

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