Today, RingPlus announced that it will be automatically migrating the users affected by their shutdown to a service called Ting. But users were quick to ask what is that mean for us? Will we lose our balance? Will we no longer have a perpetually usable service?
According to RingPlus every member who currently has their phone active with RingPlus will get a $35 top up balance. It doesn't matter how much money you had stored with RingPlus, you will get the same credit regardless.
It appears that the credit will be broken into five dollar increments. Ting as a service charges a minimum rate of six dollars per device per month. So immediately you will be paying one dollar per month at minimum. Because of this, you will need to put in your credit card with Ting in order to access the new service.
Unfortunately, this is a significant departure from the RingPlus service that many people signed up for. The RingPlus service was novel because it did not require any monthly fees. All that needed to be done was to have a certain amount of money as top up balance with RingPlus in order to keep the line active. The new service will have a monthly fee as well as fees for minutes used text messages and data.
It's still unclear how this migration will affect the lawsuit between Sprint and RingPlus. As we reported previously, RingPlus is currently suing Sprint for essentially breach of contract because they claim that Sprint copied and destroyed their business model. It is expected that RingPlus will be shutting down, regardless of the outcome of the suit.
We will continue to update this story as we find out more information about the migration and the lawsuit. For now, you can go to the Ting website and get information about the service, as well as information about the RingPlus migration program.