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Everything you need to know about Mint Mobile

Get the lowdown on Mint Mobile’s coverage, pricing, phones, and more.

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The wireless carrier space is a neverending battle between T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. However, underneath the four big dogs is a collection of smaller brands tapping into their networks to deliver excellent wireless coverage at a fraction of the price.

One such company is Mint Mobile (formally known as Mint SIM), and if you’ve been searching for a new way to buy phone service that can help you save a heap of money, it may be worth a look.

Here’s everything you need to know!

  • Start by reading our review
  • Let’s talk pricing
  • Mint Mobile has great coverage
  • Hotspot access is free
  • Comparing Mint to other carriers
  • So, what phones does Mint sell?
  • You can also BYOP

Buy in bulk

Mint Mobile

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From $15/month at Mint Mobile

A unique take on affordable wireless service

Buying things in bulk usually results in a lower price over the long-term, and Mint Mobile brings that mentality to the wireless space. You buy three, six, or 12 months of service upfront, resulting in a low effective monthly fee. Mint also gives you LTE data speeds, free hotspot access, and strong nationwide coverage.

Check out our full review

We’ll get into all the fine details of Mint Mobile soon enough, but before we do that, we recommend reading our full review of the service if you haven’t already.

The review analyzes Mint Mobile’s data performance, network coverage, and a lot of fine details you can only really experience when testing a carrier or MVNO in the real world.

Here’s a preview:

Mint Mobile is one of the most compelling prepaid wireless options on the market. The idea of paying for months of service upfront in bulk is a unique concept that allows you to get pretty fantastic value. We also love the expansive phone support, solid download speeds, and included mobile hotspot.

How much does Mint Mobile cost?

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One of the biggest reasons to get your phone service from a smaller MVNO is because they usually cost less than the Big 4. With Mint Mobile, that’s absolutely the case.

All Mint Mobile plans come with unlimited talk and text and are available with either 3GB, 8GB, or 12GB of 4G LTE data. However, rather than paying month-to-month for your plans, you can choose to pay upfront for three months, six months, or 12 months of service. This means your upfront cost is more expensive, but in the long run, your technical monthly cost will be quite low.

Here’s how everything breaks down:

Three-month plans

  • 3GB of 4G LTE data per month — Promotional price of $45 total ($15/month)
  • 8GB of 4G LTE data per month — Promotional price of $60 total ($20/month)
  • 12GB of 4G LTE data per month — Promotional price of $75 total ($25/month)

A quick note here — the prices above are part of an introductory offer and only available for your first three months. After that, the 3GB plan costs $25/month, 8GB goes for $35/month, and 12GB will set you back $45/month.

Six-month plans

  • 3GB of 4G LTE data per month — $120 total ($20/month)
  • 8GB of 4G LTE data per month — $150 total ($25/month)
  • 12GB of 4G LTE data per month — $210 total ($35/month)

12-month plans

  • 3GB of 4G LTE data per month — $180 total ($15/month)
  • 8GB of 4G LTE data per month — $240 total ($20/month)
  • 12GB of 4G LTE data per month — $300 total ($25/month)

Unlike some carriers, Mint Mobile’s pricing does not include taxes and fees. In addition to the above figures, you’ll also need to account for a regulatory recovery fee, telecom tax, an MTS surcharge if you live in California, and a PSCS fee for New York residents.

Does Mint Mobile support international service?

Calls and texts to Mexico and Canada are free on all plans. If you want to call other countries you’ll need to add money to your Mint Mobile account and pay per minute or text. Find the current rates at Mint Mobile.

Mint Mobile’s international roaming support is as simple as it gets with a flat rate of $0.05 per text, $0.25 per minute, and $0.20 per MB for countries on the supported list. Service in Mexico and Canada is reduced to $0.02 per text, S0.06 per minute, and $0.06 per MB.

How to pick your Mint Mobile plan

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When it comes to how much time you should buy between three, six, and 12 months, it makes the most sense to start with just three. If you are new to Mint Mobile, you can have the first three months of service for the same monthly cost as 12 months. Also right now there is a promotion bringing the price of each data tier down to just $15 per month, or $45 upfront.

Starting with three months, you can renew with 12 months and lock in the introductory rate. This will be the best course of action if you find that Mint Mobile works well for you. If it’s not working for you, you can simply let it run out without renewing.

How much data do you need with a Mint Mobile plan?

When it comes to data sizes, you probably don’t need as much as you think. A great place to start is by checking how much you currently use. This amount should be stated on the bill of your current provider. You can also check your usage history on your phone by finding the data usage option in the settings.

If you’re using slightly more than one of Mint Mobile’s packages, you can try to find ways to reduce your usage. A little effort can go a long way to preserve data such as automatically connecting to Wi-Fi whenever possible.

It makes the most sense to start with less data than you think you need and gauge your actual usage. Mint Mobile allows you to upgrade your data package mid-cycle by paying the difference in cost. You cannot, however, downgrade so you want to start low and work your way up.

Most people will find the 8GB three-month package to be a great fit and with the current promotion, you can try it out for the same price as the 3GB option and decide if you want to downgrade when it comes time to renew.

Mint Mobile Buyer’s Guide: What’s the best Mint Mobile plan for you?

What’s Mint Mobile’s coverage like?

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Mint Mobile uses T-Mobile’s network for its coverage, so if you have reliable T-Mobile service in your area, Mint Mobile will work great.

Check your coverage on Mint Mobile’s website or download the Mint Mobile app (also available on iOS) to check from your phone.

Of course, a more modern phone that supports all of T-Mobile’s bands will get the best coverage so it may be worth getting a newer phone that will support the entire network.

  • Band 2 – 1900Mhz
  • Bands 4/66 – 1700/2100 Mhz
  • Band 5 – 850Mhz
  • Band 12 – 700Mhz
  • Band 71 – 600Mhz

You should be able to find this information on your manufacturer’s website or by checking your IMEI online or in the app.

Does Mint Mobile support 5G?

As of mid-2020, Mint Mobile supports T-Mobile’s 5G network, and does not cost extra to get that faster service.

Of course, you’ll need a 5G phone to get that 5G upgrade, and it’s only available in markets where T-Mobile offers 5G, which is, thankfully, a lot of cities around the U.S.

You can find more about Mint Mobile’s 5G service if you’re interested in learning more about how to get started.

Can you use your phone as a mobile hotspot?

A lot of MVNOs offer low monthly prices for their service but then nickel and dime you for features you come to expect from larger carriers — one of which being mobile hotspot.

Thankfully, Mint Mobile is a wonderful exception to that rule.

All Mint Mobile plans come with mobile hotspot for free, meaning you can turn your phone into a portable Wi-Fi router and connect other devices to it whenever you’d like.

How does Mint stack up against the competition?

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There’s no denying that Mint Mobile is one of the best deals in wireless, but it’s far from existing in a bubble. Take a look around you, and you’ll find a ton of competitors trying to one-up Mint in any way they can.

We think most people will be quite happy with Mint, but that said, we also encourage you to be aware of what else is out there to ensure you’re getting the service that’s the best fit for you.

Below, you’ll find comparisons between Mint and its closest competition.

  • Mint Mobile vs. Boost Mobile
  • Mint Mobile vs. Consumer Cellular
  • Mint Mobile vs. Cricket Wireless
  • Mint Mobile vs. Google Fi
  • Mint Mobile vs. Metro by T-Mobile
  • Mint Mobile vs. Republic Wireless
  • Mint Mobile vs. Straight Talk
  • Mint Mobile vs. Tello
  • Mint Mobile vs. Ting
  • Mint Mobile vs. US Mobile
  • Mint Mobile vs. Visible

Which phones are available?

Surprisingly for a smaller MVNO, Mint Mobile has a pretty great selection of phones you can buy directly from it. You have the option of paying the full price of the phone outright or month-to-month with 0% financing from Affirm.

On the Android side of things, you can get the entire Galaxy S20 family, the Galaxy Z Flip, Google’s Pixel 4/4 XL, and more. If you prefer iPhones, Mint sells the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, the new iPhone SE, and a couple of older models.

Can you bring your own phone?

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Alternatively, if you already have a phone you want to use with Mint Mobile, you can do that, too.

Mint Mobile works with any GSM unlocked phone, and if you aren’t sure what that means, you can use a compatibility checker on Mint Mobile’s website to confirm your device will work by entering its IMEI number.

The SIM card itself is free, so you’ll just need to purchase one of the above plans to get going with your service.

Best Phones to use with Mint Mobile

Buy in bulk

Mint Mobile

mint-mobile-logo.jpg?itok=PMyWTFRq

From $15/month at Mint Mobile

A unique take on affordable wireless service

Buying things in bulk usually results in a lower price over the long-term, and Mint Mobile brings that mentality to the wireless space. You buy three, six, or 12 months of service upfront, resulting in a low effective monthly fee. Mint also gives you LTE data speeds, free hotspot access, and strong nationwide coverage.

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