Therefore, you can now use your earnings to pay for the Brring Plus service which is ad-free and includes some features which are unavailable to free users, such as call blocking. If the Brring Plus service is optionally ad-free it sounds great, but if callers to Brring Plus numbers never hear ads, it defeats our purpose.
To take advantage of this option you must send an email to email@example.com with your account details (private number & Brring number) requesting an upgrade to Brring! PLUS and indicating that you wish to pay with earned rewards.
On Wednesday, May 27, Brring.com - provider of free alternate telephone numbers - will be revoking all awards earned, canceling phone numbers, and deleting the accounts of most people who registered under the previous "choose your area code" system. If you signed up with Brring and were allowed to choose an area code, this probably includes you.
Brring is taking a different direction and admitting defeat of their original intentions. Despite never actually paying their users' earnings, they are incapable of earning enough revenue from targeting phone advertising to cover their costs.
The numbers provided under the "choose your area code" system are too expensive to register and maintain, so they're switching to cheaper phone number providers. New numbers provided by Brring could be hundreds or thousands of miles away from your local area.
Once again, if you have ever earned any money at Brring, it will all be lost tomorrow if you have not already requested payment. You may be able to fight for the money that you earned on Brring if you have printed confirmation of your withdrawals. Otherwise, your earnings will be lost on May 27.
Please contact Brring by email with your complaints as no suitable mailing address for Brring has been found.
Well, what do I do?
You can sign up again once your account is deleted on May 27, but you will be assigned a random number. You may also decide to pay a small fee $2.99 per month to keep your number and add some additional features.
What could Brring have done to avoid this?
Couldn't they at least allow you to apply your earnings toward a paid account? I think that would have been a great way to
- make people feel like they're actually getting paid
- avoid disconnecting thousands of numbers on short notice
- earn money once the payment credits are used up
The original text from Brring's notification of this change is quoted below. I found it in my junk email box, sent less than 12 hours before the day that my Brring telephone number and earnings would be lost forever. There is no information about this change on the Brring site or company blog.
Today is the last day to upgrade your Brring! account or lose it!
If you allow your account to lapse you will forfeit your current Brring! number and any outstanding rewards.
This is the last warning message you will receive. Unless you take action your Brring! account will be closed within 48 hours.
IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT
You have had Brring number [Brring number] since [Mon-yy]. We hope you have enjoyed the service so far!
Brring is introducing several long-awaited updates to the service, including:
- Ability to assign different ringbacks to different callers
- A public ringback exchange, where you can upload and share ringbacks with the community
- An improved web interface for managing your account.
- A new “Brring Plus” option, which eliminates ads for callers and includes additional features such as selective call blocking.
At the same time, rising costs compels us to change some of the telecommunications partners from whom we obtain Brring numbers. This will affect a number of people with selected Brring numbers, including you.
To continue to use Brring you have two choices:
1) Create a new account and get a new, different Brring number.
Your existing Brring account will expire on May 27. At that time you can create a new account with your private number.
2) Upgrade to Brring Plus.
If you want to retain your existing Brring number, you can keep it by upgrading to Brring Plus. For a low monthly fee ($2.99) you keep your existing account, your callers will enjoy an ad-free experience, and you will have call blocking capabilities. You can upgrade now by following this link (www.brring.com/upgrade).
Please note that if you chose to do nothing, your existing Brring number will expire on May 27.
Thank you for your use of the Brring beta service.