Mint Mobile Review

Mint Mobile Review

About Mint

Mobile is a carrier by Ultra Mobile. What makes Mint different is they offer cell service at wholesale prices by selling plans in bulk. They offer plans in three-, six-, and twelve-month packages. You can think of them like the Costco of mobile carriers. The more you buy, or in this case the longer you sign up for, the more you save.

Insanely Cheap Prices

12 months of service on Mint’s 3GB plan is just $16.58 per month, which over a 1 year period is $40 cheaper than the 6 month package. Right now there is a limited time promo for new customers, so you can try the 3-month package for just $45. And these prices are absolutely unbeatable. No other carrier with coverage on the T-Mobile network comes close to Mint's offerings. See them for yourself:

  • 3GB for $15/month
  • 8GB for $20/month
  • 12GB for $25/month

12GB for $25/month might just be one of the best deals out there. And to be clear, while you pay for 3-, 6-, or 12-month packages, your data renews on a monthly basis.

Advantages

What’s also great about Mint is they allow you to bring your own phone to their network. I switched to Mint as my personal provider earlier this year, and I was easily able to get my iPhone XS setup on their network. All I had to do was pop the SIM card into my phone, activate it with the app, and I was good to go.

Previously, you had to enter custom APN settings to get group and picture messaging to work. Now, with iOS 12, Mint has made it so these settings are automatically configured when you first insert your SIM card.

Mint supports many other features on iPhone as well, including:

  • Personal Hotspot
  • Voice Over LTE
  • WiFi Calling
  • Visual Voicemail
  • Unlimited 2G Data

These features are included for free with all of Mint's plans. Data speeds are also excellent on Mint, so long as you are in an area with good T-Mobile coverage. Mint uses the T-Mobile network for coverage, so network speeds and performance will be identical for T-Mobile customers. If you are a current T-Mobile customer, Mint is definitely a carrier you should consider.

Disadvantages

While Mint's pricing and features are unbelievable for individuals, it isn't perfect and it isn't for everyone. The biggest downside to Mint is that it does not offer family plans. I can understand why they would go without offering a family discount––their prices are already unbeatable––but to lack the ability to manage multiple lines from one account is disappointing. Parents will require a separate account for each member of the family. This includes an email address and password, which is an absolute hassle.

The other disadvantage to Mint is it currently does not support domestic roaming. Domestic roaming is when your phone switches to a partner network in an area without coverage. For example, when I go skiing in Vermont my T-Mobile services switches to the AT&T network because the two carriers have an agreement and T-Mobile doesn't offer coverage in Vermont. Mint doesn't have this kind of agreement, so if you travel frequently you may consider a carrier with domestic roaming. The good news is that with support for WiFi calling, you can still make calls and send messages anywhere you have WiFi.

Conclusion

With affordable prices and support for the personal hotspot, WiFi calling, VoLTE, visual voicemail, and unlimited 2G data when you hit your limit, Mint is hard to beat on the T-Mobile network. I'm lucky enough to live in an area with great T-Mobile coverage, so I've decided to switch to Mint as my personal provider. So far I've been loving the service, and I already committed to a 12-month package. Mint isn't for everyone, but if it works for you it is one heck of a deal.

Selected Cell Phone Plans

Here are the cell phone plans discussed in the article.
Mint Mobile
25
VZ
ATT
SP
T-MO
$
15
/mo.
3GB
LTE
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Visual VM
Visual VM
MMS
MMS
Hotspot
Hotspot
Hotspot
WiFi Calling
WiFi Calling
VoLTE
VoLTE
Long Distance
Long Distance
Long Distance
International
International
International
Unlimited 2G
Unlimited 2G
Mint Mobile
25
VZ
ATT
SP
T-MO
$
20
/mo.
8GB
LTE
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Visual VM
Visual VM
MMS
MMS
Hotspot
Hotspot
Hotspot
WiFi Calling
WiFi Calling
VoLTE
VoLTE
Long Distance
Long Distance
Long Distance
International
International
International
Unlimited 2G
Unlimited 2G
Mint Mobile
25
VZ
ATT
SP
T-MO
$
25
/mo.
12GB
LTE
Unlimited
Minutes
Unlimited
Texts
Visual VM
Visual VM
MMS
MMS
Hotspot
Hotspot
Hotspot
WiFi Calling
WiFi Calling
VoLTE
VoLTE
Long Distance
Long Distance
Long Distance
International
International
International
Unlimited 2G
Unlimited 2G