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Saturday, August 20, 2016

RingPlus First Clubhouse opening (Event)

I got talked into this R+ thing by my crazy fregan friend who was as I on Fi, a great carrier for travel. I have used R+ for 2 months and the coverage Sprint gives me is adequate for my needs, the data is great and the voice sucks on some calls due to bad routing at Sprint for 3rd party calls, I had the same issue on Fi.

I went to NOLA Restaurant & Bar
 in Palo Alto to the RingPlus Clubhouse event and had a beer with Karl the CEO.

RingPlus was offering the Club Sandwich Free Plan Free/mo. 6,000 Talk, 6,000 SMS, 6,000 MMS, and 6,000 MB LTE at RingPlus event. I talked to the Karl, who promptly and openly answered all my questions about growth, prospects and business model.

They have 17 employees and 160000 subscribers.  I even met a 4 year long subscriber at the event.  Everyone seems to be happy with this deal, but the big question for something like this is how long can they survive on ad revenue?  I was assured that this business model is working for them and they have interest in the ad inventory on the ringtone so Karl sees a sustainable business.

I rather think that it would be cool if Karl did some Crazy Eddie style commercials on YouTube to help spread the word.  However this might be more for the community to do, as they are pretty much not advertizing that they exist and rely on social media to spread the word. In fact I am fulfilling my social media requirement right now, by posting this. However they don't seem to censor the boards they got where  users help other users or ask questions of the staff.  In the end we all win, advertisers,  R+ and the users.

If you are in Los Angeles, they are doing another Clubhouse. This time they are offering: Free/mo. 6,650 Talk, 6,650 SMS, 6,650 MMS, and 6,650 MB Full-Speed 4G LTE Data on new activations.

Sunday August 21th, 6:30pm-8:30pm 
DeSano Pizza
4959 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90029

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