One of the biggest offenders that puts a dent in your wallet every month is your cell phone service. You may be over spending and you don’t even know it.
We are going to talk about Mint Mobile and I’ve been using Mint Mobile’s services for two years now. And just to give you guys some context, I’ve been able to hundreds of dollars each year since I’ve switched from my previous service provider to Mint Mobile but your mileage may vary and you might even save more.
But I’ve used that money that I saved to put back into my business, whether it’s resources that I need to run my business like web hosting services or advertisements to help promote my business. But honestly it’s yours to do whatever your hearts desire.
But a Lot has changed since I first joined and I figured an update would be fitting.
What is Mint Mobile?
Mint Mobile is a MVNO which stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator. All this means is that MVNOs don’t own their own wireless network infrastructures like cell towers and such, instead they use voice and data service operators to deliver their service to you.
For instance, Mint mobile uses T-Mobile’s network and this allows Mint Mobile to give the savings over to their customers. So if you are currently a T-Mobile customer you can expect the same quality of service if you switch to Mint (minus some of the bells and whistles from T-Mobile, Like T-Mobile Tuesdays deals)
Mint Mobile is currently owned by the Actor, Ryan Reynolds which is pretty cool and from a marketing perspective, it’s a pretty big deal but what’s important here is the value proposition you get by switching to Mint Mobile.
Which by the way, as of the writing of this article, Mint Mobile is offering an extra 3 months of service, absolutely FREE when you purchase any 3-month plan, on top of that, if you use my REFERRAL LINK here you get an extra $15 bucks added to your account that you can use when it comes time to renew your service. This promotion will be ending on January 2, 2021. It might get extended but only time will tell but they do seem to offer promotions through out the year so I’ll keep you updated so check back here to get the latest and greatest.
Mint Mobile | Service & Features
Alright so let’s talk about Mint Mobiles service features. All their plans include:
- Unlimited Talk and Text (like most carriers these days)
- Free 5G and/or compatible 4G LTE whichever signal is stronger that you have access to. It’s funny that they have to express that their 5G is included in their plan because 5G speeds are fairly new for consumers and a lot of other service carriers actually make you upgrade to a more expensive plan to be able to use 5G
- You get Free calls to Mexico and Canada which is nice
- You also get Free Mobile hotspot which are capped at whatever amount of data plan you purchased but for some odd reason the Unlimited plan is capped at 5 gigs so if you use Mobile hotspot frequently then this is something you need to be conscious of which I find kind of weird. I mean if you’re paying for the top tier service the amount of hotspot should be equal if not higher than the tier below which is 12 gigs but that’s just my thought on it and hopefully they make adjustments to it.
- You get a Free 3 in 1 sim card which some carriers charge you for this, not a big deal but it’s worth mentioning
- and Wi-Fi calling and text in case you run into areas that have bad reception but Wi-Fi is available so you can make your calls on that but most carriers have this as well
Bring your own phone or get a new one w/Mint Mobile
And you can either purchase a new phone from them with finance options available or bring your own phone with Mint Mobile. You just have to make sure that you have a compatible phone and it’s unlocked if you decide to bring one over.
I highly recommend you check compatibility regardless of whatever carrier to decide to bring your own phone to because there’s nothing worse than putting in that SIM card just to find out that it’s not usable. This isn’t as common as it used to be but it’s just better to be safe than sorry. Just take a few minutes to verify, it could save you a lot of headache later.
And you can see the instructions on how to find your IMEI number on their website by FOLLOWING THIS LINK. Most of the time if your phone is already paid off then it might be unlocked but if you’re still making payments on it then it is most likely not unlocked. Every carrier has their own policies so it’s best to contact your current carrier to verify and unlock your phone before switching over to Mint Mobile or any other service provider, for that matter.
What plans does Mint Mobile have?
Alright so now let me give you a breakdown of the plans Mint Mobile offers. The way they structure their plans differ then how it’s traditionally offered from other carriers. One of the reasons they can provide you the cheap prices for the same quality of service as the competitors is because you can only purchase their services in bulk and upfront. So no monthly plans available here, no contracts and no physical stores but it’s because of these savings that Mint Mobile is able to provide service to you at a fraction of the cost.
Their services can be bought in bulk durations of:
- 3 Months
- 6 Months
- And 12 Months
And each of these plan durations come in four data allowances per month. You can choose between:
- 4 GBs
- 10 GBs
- 15 GBs
- And they recently added the Unlimited plan which was missing in their lineup compared to other competitors which makes their service even more compelling and feels more complete. But one thing I want to point out is that even though it’s “Unlimited”, it’s still capped at 35 GBs of cellular data and then the speed is throttled down to lower speeds. Slightly misleading but most carriers these day do the exact same thing. Is it cool? NO. Is it the standard? YES
The main difference is the pricing and data from each plan duration that you choose. The longer the plan duration, the more of a discount you are going to get for the same quality of service minus the data limitations of course.
One thing I want to point out is that the prices you currently see for the 3-Month plans are intro prices only, the regular monthly price is right underneath that, if you choose to renew for another 3-months.
Which plan should you choose?
So which plan should you choose? For you to be able to make the best choice, you need to understand your usage. The best way to figure this out is by checking your usage over time. You can do this by logging into your service provider’s website or app and every provider will put it somewhere different but there should be a section that will display your usage over time.
The alternative and probably the easiest way is to just check in on your mobile device. And different device manufacturers put it in a different place but you’ll usually find it in your Settings and then probably in Cellular settings or Usage settings.
For Example. On my Samsung phone, All I would need to do is:
- swipe down from the top
- select the little gear icon and that’ll take me to my settings
- then I’ll just select the Connections tab
- and select the Data usage tab.
It’s going to display my current month of usage. And if you scroll down here, it’ll show you how much data each app uses but if you select the dropdown here with the dates. You can see that it allows me to view my data usage not only for this month but for the last 4 months as well.
So obviously I didn’t use that much data in the last few months, 2020 has been a hectic year but you can see that I only used
- 239 MBs this month and the months almost ended,
- 1.6 GB in October,
- 586 MBs in September,
- 8.49 GB in August which is way higher than my average usage but I had to travel. I let my nephew use my phone and he used up most of my data, ya know, kids…
- and I only used 18.69 MB in July.
And with that data I should be able to make an informed decision on the plan that fits my needs. But before the pandemic I can tell you that on a normal month I would typically use between 4 to 5 GBs of data and that’s why I choose the 8 gig plan.
Now, I could switch to Mint Mobile‘s 3 GB plan and save myself 5 bucks a month but I anticipate everything will go back to normal soon so I opted not to switch and I do travel often enough where I don’t have access to Wi-Fi that I can justify keeping the 8 gig plan. The average person in the US uses about 6 to 7 GB per month, just some food for thought. And if you use up your data limits, you can still do stuff. It will just be extremely slow, alternative you can buy more data instantly on the app.
What can I do with 8 GBs of data?
So the next question you probably have is what type of usage can you expect if you choose an 8 gig plan. Here’s a screenshot of one of my past month that I barely went over my 8 GB allowance.
It’s not an exact science but here’s an average of things that I used that caused me to over my data allowance but it gives you an idea what you can do with 8 gigs of data and obviously I have other apps that use data as well other than the ones you see on screen but these are the apps that use most of my data.
So let me explain the non-streaming apps that I was using because these numbers won’t make any sense if I don’t. So my 2nd largest data usage is Facebook which is pretty similar to the other apps on this list in that it doesn’t consistently use data unlike streaming apps like YouTube which uses data constantly. It only pulls data when it needs it like downloading images on the page or to check for your location.
As you can see, you can get a lot done with 8 gigs a month, now if you are always on the phone watching videos and playing games then 8 gigs is not going to be enough so you might want to opt for the 12 gig plan or the Unlimited plan.
Does 5G use more data then 4G?
And while we are on the subject of data. I want to clear up a misconception. People seem to think that 5G uses more of your data than 4G or LTE. That is just not true. 5G or 4G is just the speed at which your content gets delivered or sent out, it has nothing to do with data usage. If you view a Video on YouTube whether you use 4G or 5G to view it, it uses the same amount of data.
Does Mint Mobile have a Family Plan?
Mint Mobile recently added Mint Family which is a feature that allows you to connect individual accounts to one account. And that one account can manage up to 5 different accounts which you can make payments to all accounts and allot data allowances.
This isn’t a family plan in the traditional sense but I think this is Mint mobile saying, ‘Hey guys, we don’t have an explicit family plan but this is the next best thing that simulates a family plan for you to use for now”. And I get it, their business model is not very traditional so they might need to revamp their service plan structure to be able to include a family plan and I’m sure it’s not easy but my guess would be as good as yours but I think it’s a step in the right direction.
So should you make the Switch?
Look, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that Mint Mobile is going to work for you because for one:
- It depends if the service is available in your area but If you are already a t-mobile customer then there’s a good chance that Mint will work just as well for your area.
- Second. It depends on the phone you have. Some phones have better reception than others
- Third. Everyone’s situation is different, maybe you already have a company phone and you just don’t need a reason to switch
And these concepts not only apply to Mint mobile but it also applies for any wireless carrier you want to switch to.
Things that need Improvement
And I’m not saying that Mint Mobile is a perfect service either. Their customer service could be better. I don’t use their customer service often but when I do it does take longer then expected to get connected to someone, I haven’t needed them lately so I can’t tell you if they’ve improved since then but that’s my experience thus far.
Their app and website does not do a good job of tracking your past data usage, it only shows the current month. Even though you are able to add individual lines to manage it from one account, they do not have a dedicated family plan but I have a feeling this is something they may be adding in the future. But honestly these are only small issues that can easily be overlooked by the value of the service but that’s just my personal take on it but I’d like to see those get improved upon.
Breaking up is hard to do…
And I get it guys, it’s hard to end a relationship you’ve had with a carrier that you’ve been with for a long time and have treated you well. I was like that too, I’ve been with T-Mobile for years and had no issues what-so-ever and before that I was with AT&T but I left that relationship because it was too costly. But for my situation it was better for me and my family to switch to Mint Mobile. Breaking up is hard to do but it had to be done for the greater good. And only can decide what’s best for you, I’m only here to give you an option.
Try out the Risk Free 7-Day Free Trail
No matter how great the company is or how awesome their service is… it doesn’t mean much if their service doesn’t work well in your area. That’s why I encourage you to try out Mint Mobile’s Risk free 7 day trial because you can put in their SIM card in your phone and test out their service… This way you can get an accurate feel for their service in your area and sure you could use their coverage area checker but nothing beats actually trying it out for yourself … And if you still don’t like it, then they’ll give you a full refund. No Harm, No Foul.
And on that note, If you want to start the 7 day free trial, you need to purchase the Starter Kit for 5 dollars but sometimes you can find it for 2 dollars at places like Target, I think the last time I’ve seen it at that price was during the Thanksgivings Holiday. Back when I started you could get the Starter Kit for free but I get it, things change.
If for any reason you didn’t like their service just request a refund within that 7 day period and they’ll return the money to you (minus the Shipping & Handling) but if you decide to continue with their service then they may add that amount in your account when it comes time to renew but I can’t confirm if they do that anymore.
It also gets kind of cloudy on the refund policy when it comes to buying the kit from a third party vendor like Target but I did see Best Buy being stated on Mint Mobiles website as the place to buy the Starter Kit In-store. It’s just best to buy it directly through Mint and wait for them to ship it to you. Usually takes a couple of days till you get it in the mail.
How to get the BEST Value with Mint Mobile
This is what I recommend to get the absolute best value from Mint Mobile‘s plan.
- First use my Referral link and get 15 bucks added to your account when you register. It might take 2 weeks until you see in it in your account
- Then request for your starter kit to try the 7-day free trial to see if Mint Mobiles services work in your area
- If you like the service and want to continue then buy the 3-month plan of your choice and you’ll get 3 more months for Free, that’s 6 months worth of service for the price of just 3 months, or whatever promotion they have at that time because most likely the promotion is going trump the regular price anyway.
- And Right before the promotion ends and if you still like and want to continue their service then go for the 12 month plan of your choice if you want the best discount for your service. This is when you’ll also be able to take advantage of the 15 dollar promo you got from using my link.
And I think that covers most of the important parts and I’ll probably do a video to compare Mint Mobile to the other competitors but I’m not quite sure yet. At the very least I’ll probably make an article that showcases that so head on over to my website to see that and other related articles.
I don’t have to disclose this since it’s not an affiliation but I want to be transparent with you guys as much as possible. I do receive compensation if you use my referral link through their refer-a-friend program, it’s not direct payments but it helps keeps my service instated so if that’s something that you’re interested in then you can take advantage of that as well, like inviting your friends and family.
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