Mint Mobile is launching a new promotion that saves new customers 50% off the unlimited plan.
Instead of raising prices due to inflation, Mint Mobile is “deflating” the prices of all their plans down to just $15 per month for your first three months of service.
This includes the 4GB plan, 10GB plan, 15GB, plan, and even the unlimited plan.
Normally priced at $30/month, the unlimited plan from Mint can now be picked up for just $15/month, which is the same as getting 50% off.
Mint’s normal pricing is:
- $15/month for 4GB
- $20/month for 10GB
- $25/month for 15GB
- $30/month for Unlimited
With the new deflation promotion, Mint’s pricing becomes:
Mint’s discount is available from 6/15/2022 - 7/5/2022.
This comes at a time when major carriers, like Verizon and AT&T, have been raising prices on some of their plans.
AT&T recently increased prices by $6 to $12 per month for their older plans.
And Verizon shortly followed suit. They increased prices on legacy Shared Data Plans by $6/month for single-line accounts and $12/month for multi-line accounts.
Verizon even increased monthly prices on current postpaid accounts by $1.35 per line with a new made-up fee they called the “Economic Adjustment Charge.”
If I were an AT&T or Verizon customer, I’d be upset about having my bill increase, especially with the prices of other necessities like gas, food, and other staple items increasing.
Thankfully, Ryan Reynolds-owned Mint Mobile saw this as a clever opportunity to decrease their prices.
In the latest Mint Mobile commercial, Ryan says, “so when [AT&T and Verizon] announced they’d be raising prices due to inflation, we decided to deflate our prices due to not hating you.”
Getting Mint’s unlimited data plan for just $15/month is an insane deal, especially considering you get the discount for your first three months of service.
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Do keep in mind that the reason you get the discount for your first three months is that Mint Mobile sells their plans in bulk 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month packages.
This means when you sign up, you pay for your first three months up front.
Here’s how the first 3-month pricing breaks down:
- $45 for 4GB (reg. $45)
- $45 for 10GB (reg. $60)
- $45 for 15GB (reg. $75)
- $45 for Unlimited (reg. $90)
After your first three months of service, you’ll have the option to renew your plan for either 3 additional months, 6 additional months, or for a full year.
Mint offers their best bulk-pricing discounts on their 12-month annual plans. So if you want to keep the best rate possible on Mint, you may want to consider renewing for the 12-month option.
What Is Mint Mobile?
Mint Mobile is a prepaid cell phone carrier, also known as an MVNO.
MVNOs don’t build or operate their own cellular networks. Instead, they operate on existing networks to provide coverage.
In Mint’s case, they run on the T-Mobile network.
Mint Mobile uses both T-Mobile’s 4G LTE and 5G networks to provide service.
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How Can Mint Mobile Be So Cheap?
Many people will notice that Mint Mobile’s plans, ranging from $15 to $30 per month, are substantially less than the Essentials, Magenta, and Magenta MAX plans that T-Mobile offers. Those range from $60-$85 per month for a single line.
How can this be? How can Mint be so much cheaper, especially if it’s using the same network as T-Mobile?
Well, Mint Mobile, and other MVNOs, use a lot of cost-saving strategies to make their plans more affordable for consumers.
Here are the six big strategies:
- They negotiate low-cost wholesale rates with the major carriers and then resell the service
- They offer bulk pricing on their plans
- They operate primarily online (don’t own retail stores, use Walmart, Target, BestBuy, and others instead)
- They offer plans with set data amounts
- They focus on offering self-help tools
- They have smart marketing budgets
Learn more about Mint Mobile’s cost-saving strategies here: How Mint Mobile Can Be So Cheap
Is Mint Mobile Any Good?
Having a cheap price is one thing, but having good service is an entirely different thing.
Thankfully for Mint, they also have great service.
I used Mint Mobile for over two years as my primary carrier. You can read more about my two-year experience in my Mint Mobile review.
What makes Mint Mobile great is they offer full-feature service.
This means they support key features like visual voicemail, voice over LTE, Wi-Fi calling, mobile hotspot, 5G, and even eSIM.
Data speeds on Mint Mobile have been excellent for me. In my area, I typically get between 25Mbps and 600Mbps. This is thanks to T-Mobile having excellent 5G coverage where I live.
Since Mint uses the T-Mobile network for coverage, you can expect almost the exact same coverage and data speeds.
There are two minor differences though.
One: Mint Mobile is deprioritized
This means during times when the T-Mobile network is busy, customers on Mint Mobile may notice slightly slower speeds than customers shelling out the big bucks for Magenta or Magenta MAX.
Check out my speed test comparison between Mint Mobile and T-Mobile Magenta MAX to see what I mean:
Thankfully deprioritzed speeds rarely come into play. I almost never noticed I was deprioritized when I was using Mint Mobile service.
And any time the speeds were slow, they were likely slow for everybody, such as at a crowded airport terminal.
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Two: Mint Mobile doesn’t offer domestic roaming
Domestic roaming is when your phone connects to a partner network for coverage in an area where your primary carrier doesn’t have service.
For example, in Vermont T-Mobile doesn’t have coverage everywhere, so T-Mobile customers roam on the AT&T network for coverage in places where there is no service.
Allowing subscribers from one carrier to roam on the network from another carrier requires setting up a roaming agreement.
MVNOs, like Mint Mobile, don’t have access to the roaming agreements that the major carriers set up. As a result, Mint and other MVNOs typically do not have coverage in areas where the primary network runs out of signal.
In our example above, Mint likely wouldn’t roam on the AT&T network in Vermont like regular postpaid T-Mobile customers would.
While the lack of roaming agreements is worth knowing about, it typically does not impact a majority of customers.
Plus, T-Mobile only incudes up to 200MB of domestic roaming data in their postpaid plans, so it’s not like you’d be able to use your phone a lot anyway.
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Mint Mobile Pros & Cons: Should You Switch?
Mint Mobile is a great option for people looking for an affordable plan and who have great T-Mobile coverage in their area.
I used T-Mobile as my primary carrier for well over two years, and I had no issues with the service.
Mint’s new limited-time offer of 50% off the unlimited plan makes now a great opportunity to try them out.
If you’re unsure, you could even consider taking advantage of Mint Mobile’s free trial before switching.
Plus, the discount is available through July 5th, so you have plenty of time to decide if this is a good opportunity for you.
With that said, here are some pros and cons to consider before switching your provider:
Mint Mobile Pros
- Affordable service ranging from $15-$30 per month
- T-Mobile coverage with support for fast 5G speeds
- eSIM activations, perfect for dual-SIM phones
- Don’t need to worry about your bill for 3 months to 12 months at a time
- Upgrade your plan at any time and just pay a pro-rated difference in price
- Responsive customer support via the app
- Easily manage up to 5 lines with Mint Family
- Options for data add-ons if you run out
- Options for international roaming if you travel abroad
- Plenty of data at great price points
- Support for the hotspot feature lets you share your phone’s cellular connection with your tablet or laptop
Mint Mobile Cons
- Can be a lot of money up front with costs ranging from $180 to $360 for the annual plans
- Deprioritized speeds means you may notice slightly slower speeds in crowded areas, like airports, sports games, or concerts
- Lack of domestic roaming means you may not have service in select few areas of the country where T-Mobile does not offer native coverage on their network
- No option for in-store customer service
- International roaming rates are expensive
- T-Mobile netowrk may not be great in all areas
- Unlimited plan tops out at 35GB of high-speed data before your data speeds are slowed to 500Kbps
- No Apple Watch support
Overall, I think Mint can be a great option for a lot of people. And if it turns out that Mint can save you money on your cell phone bill, why not give them a try?
Heck, even at full price Mint’s plans are a great value.
That’s just my opinion though.
My goal is to help as many people as possible save money on their cell phone bill, and I think Mint can definitely do that for a lot of people.
They are an option worth considering.
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