Mint Mobile Cell Phone Plans Review 2021

Mint Mobile gives you some of the cheapest plans on the market.

Mint Mobile
4 out of 5 stars
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    Affordable data plans
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    Reliable network
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    Deprioritization
Tyler Abbott
Staff Writer, Mobile & Wireless
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Published on July 20, 2021
4 min read

Mint Mobile is taking control of the affordable-wireless world with its $30 unlimited plan. As it stands heading into 2020, Mint Mobile currently offers the most value out of any cell phone carrier on the market.

Mint Mobile data plans

You choose how much high-speed data you want
Pros
  • Affordable plans
  • Unlimited data
Cons
  • Deprioritization
  • No family plans
The best cell phone deals right now
Deals

The Big Three mobile carriers—AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon—are all offering great trade-in deals right now. That means you can get $700 or more off select smartphones like the iPhone 12 when you trade in your old device.

Meanwhile, smaller MVNO carriers like Mint Mobile and Visible Wireless are offering $50 virtual gift cards or discounts on select phones to entice new customers interested in more budget-friendly smartphones like the iPhone SE (2020) or Google Pixel series.

Find these and other offers in our monthly roundup of the best cell phone deals.

What we like

Mint Mobile offers four prepaid data plans that range from 3 GB of data every month, to a true unlimited plan. You pay for your talk, text, and data 3-months in advance, but you get a better deal for it. It's the same philosophy as buying in bulk at Costco.

All Mint Mobile plans are sort of unlimited plans
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If you choose a non-unlimited Mint Mobile plan, you still don't need to worry about overages. You get as many high-speed GBs of data that you pay for, and after that, your data speeds get slowed down to a 3G connection until the next pay period.

Affordable plans

Mint Mobile offers some of the most affordable data plans in the industry right now, including the cheapest unlimited plan we've seen since Sprint died. Honestly, if you compare each of Mint Mobile's four data plans with similar plans, Mint Mobile comes out on top. Seriously, let's compare each Mint Mobile plan with the competition.

Comparing Mint Mobile 3 GB plan

Mint Mobile matches the price of the cheapest 3 GB data plans out there. Except Mint Mobile is still a better deal than Twigby Wireless and FreeUp Wireless because Mint operates on T-Mobile's awesome network.

Comparing Mint Mobile 8 GB plan

Mint Mobile charges $20 for 8 GB of data when most other providers charge $20 for 6 GB of data.

Comparing Mint Mobile 12 GB plan

It's the same story with Mint Mobile's 12 GB plan. You get more data for a better price compared to other wireless providers.

Cheapest unlimited data plan

Currently, Mint Mobile owns the cheapest unlimited data plan available right now. New Mint Mobile customers can get unlimited high-speed data for a special introductory price of $30 a month. The second closest wireless provider for cheap unlimited is US Mobile at $37 a month. Seriously, look at how much Mint Mobile dunks on the competition when it comes to cheap unlimited data.

In summary, if you're in the market for an unlimited data plan, Mint Mobile has become a no-brainer. At least until another provider drops its price even more (Visible wireless maybe?).

How much data do I use?

There’s all this talk about GBs, but what the h*ck does it mean? Let’s put those GB numbers in context. For every hour of HD streaming you do on Netflix or YouTube, you spend about 1 GB of your data.

Allow me to be a little vulnerable with you and share my data usage. You probably don’t have the same NBA Twitter addiction that I do, but then again, maybe you do?

As you can tell, I would surpass even the Large Mint Mobile data cap with my monthly Twitter usage alone. If you find yourself downloading podcasts, streaming, and refreshing social media while you’re out and about, you’ll probably want to opt for the Large Mint Mobile data plan, lest you risk 3G speeds.

Wi-Fi is your friend.
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Stay on a Wi-Fi connection wherever you can, and you’ll save your high-speed data for when you actually need it. Like when you’re stuck in the DMV, or something.

What we don’t like

Deprioritization

Mint Mobile can offer super cheap unlimited deals, but here’s the dirty little secret about MVNOs like Mint Mobile—your data speeds can slow down at any time due to deprioritization. Here’s how it works: Mint Mobile uses T-Mobile’s network for its coverage and data speeds, but T-Mobile will prioritize its own customers over Mint Mobile’s.

Picture this: you (a Mint Mobile user) and a friend (a T-Mobile user) are at a basketball game. In theory, both of you should have bars because you’re on the same network. Except when you pull up Instagram, nothing will load, and your T-Mobile friend is having no issue uploading their story. Sadly, your data has been deprioritized.

With any MVNO, you’ll find that your data speeds can drop on a dime (especially in big crowds).

No family plans

Sadly, Mint Mobile doesn’t currently offer any family plans. Granted, the monthly price for unlimited data is already quite low, but it would be nice if we could get that price even lower with a family plan. If you want to get your whole family on a wireless plan, you might get a better deal with another provider.

Mint Mobile coverage

Strong coverage due to T-Mobile’s network.

Mint Mobile uses T-Mobile’s network to provide coverage and data, and lucky for us, T-Mobile offers one of the best networks in the country. T-Mobile covers about 94% of the country.2 Chances are you’ll have coverage, but there are a few pockets where signal can get spotty—particularly in the Pacific Northwest and Mountain West region.

What kind of download speeds can I expect with Mint Mobile?
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Your data speeds on Mint Mobile are tough to predict due to deprioritization, but T-Mobile has the fastest wireless download speeds at 21.1 Mbps.1 Hopefully, your speeds will be around there as well, but don’t be surprised if it occasionally feels slower.

Mint Mobile cell phones and devices

Mint Mobile supports all the latest devices.

Not every MVNO supports the latest devices, but thankfully Mint Mobile satisfies all of our tech-nerd needs. You can get the latest iPhone, Galaxy, Note, or Pixel with Mint Mobile. Check out the top 10 most popular smartphones on Mint Mobile's network.

Recap: Is Mint Mobile good?

Mint Mobile offers some of the cheapest unlimited data plans we’ve seen. Your data speeds and coverage can vary, but your price will stay the same. If the latter matters to you more than the former, Mint Mobile makes a lot of sense for wireless users looking for a bargain.

  • Plans: All of Mint Mobile’s plans include unlimited data, with the difference between the plans being your data caps. The higher-tier the plan, the higher your data cap, which means you’ll enjoy faster speeds.
  • Coverage: Mint Mobile uses T-Mobile’s network, which is one of the best in the country. But because Mint Mobile is an MVNO, its users will be deprioritized for T-Mobile users. Translation: your coverage and data speeds are prone to fluctuation.
  • Overall: Mint Mobile is a prepaid cell phone provider with tons of value. You’ll never have to worry about paying for data overages or running out of data. The only thing to worry about is your data slowing down.

What’s got you considering the switch to Mint Mobile? If you’ve recently switched to Mint Mobile, what has your experience been like so far? Let us know in the comments below our review.

Tyler Abbott
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Tyler Abbott
Tyler has been obsessed with watching sports as efficiently as possible since the creation of the DVR. He is always on the lookout for the best tech in TV and wireless so he can watch all the sports and still have enough time to hang out with his baby. He has written about streaming, wireless, and TV for over three years. He hopes the Lakers will eventually get better.

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  • mrpuma2u

    Good review, I am looking to switch and this answered many of my questions.

    • Alison

      Hi! I’m thinking of switching and was wondering if you became a customer?

  • Michelle

    Had Mint for about 5 days. Took a trip across the state along I-80 and had absolutely NO service after I left the city where I live, not even enough of a signal to make a phone call. Couldn’t use my GPS either, switched to a different provider he next day but still waiting for Mint to make good on their 7 day money back guarantee.

  • DSingh

    Terrible customer service. I ordered new SIMs and they delivered the order wrong. They had to then cancel my original order and resend me new SIMs. Even after 10 days nothing back. Customer service was as dumb as it gets to address my problem and immediately jumped to the option of cancelling previous shipment and resending new SIMs. I just got fed-up and cancelled my order. The service experience was so bad that I thought I was making a huge mistake.

  • http://www.id6835937.sexyafe.website boothby171

    The 3 GB data cap for the Small plan (for instance). Is that 3 GB of data per MONTH, or per 3 months? I’m assuming per month, but who knows any more.

    Thanks.

  • qwerty

    I wouldn’t use Mint Mobile. Calls are fine but text messaging is unusable. It either arrives late or in my case, not at all. I can text other people fine but when they text back, I don’t receive replies. I confirmed this on their phone (texted myself on their phone as a test). Maybe it works better for other people but I’d suggest using Mint Mobile’s $5 trial first. Also their apps sucks and shows that it’s offline a lot (for supposed upgrades) so you’ll have to keep logging in. It might be cheap but if they features they advertised can’t be used then there is no point in switching.