Mint Mobile Cell Phone Plans Review 2020

Mint Mobile gives you some of the cheapest plans on the market.
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Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Affordable data plans
Reliable network
Deprioritization
Recent Updates: 2 months ago
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mint Mobile has agreed to take the following actions to help its customers:

  • All customers will receive unlimited high-speed data.
  • Customers who already pay extra for the unlimited high-speed data add on will be reimbursed (and still recieve unlimited data).
  • We appreciate Mint going above and beyond right now, when many customers are experiencing financial hardship and uncertainty.

    Mint Mobile’s new majority owner, Ryan Reynolds, says it best: “Mint is making wireless way more affordable at a time when the average American is paying 65 dollars a month.”1

    Let’s start with your most burning question about Mint Mobile: is it the Ryan Reynolds? Yes, yes it is. The very same from Deadpool, Detective Pikachu, and of course, Van Wilder: Party Liaison.

    Mr. Reynolds obviously feels confident about Mint Mobile, and you know what? We do too. Mint Mobile’s cheap unlimited wireless prices mixed with its reliable network make for a pretty incredible deal. Just make sure you understand deprioritization before making a final decision.

    Mint Mobile data plans

    You choose how much high-speed data you want

    Pros

    • Affordable plans
    • Unlimited data

    Cons

    • Deprioritization
    • No family plans

    What we like

    Mint Mobile offers three data plans, and all of them are prepaid unlimited wireless plans. You’ll pay for talk, text, and data three months in advance–but they’re all unlimited, so that’s an upside.

    Affordable plans

    Paying as low as $15 for unlimited data is simply wild. Yes, your data speeds can slow down, and your coverage might get spotty, but $15 a month for unlimited data is still a super solid deal.

    Check out how mint mobile compares with other wireless providers:

    Mint Mobile easily takes the cake for the cheapest unlimited plan compared to the other big names of wireless. If price matters the most to you, you’ll have a hard time finding a better deal than Mint Mobile.

    Unlimited data plan

    You can opt for Mint Mobile’s Small, Medium, or Large data plans, and they’re all unlimited. You’re probably wondering—if it’s all unlimited data, why does it matter which plan I choose? Answer: high-speed data. Every plan comes with a high-speed data cap where your data will shift from fast 4G to glacial 3G data speeds once you pass a certain point.

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    What’s the difference between 4G and 3G data speeds?
    4G speeds are about 10x faster than 3G speeds. So if it normally takes your phone about six seconds for a YouTube video to buffer on your device with 4G speeds, it would take about a minute with 3G. Yikes.

    Here’s how the data caps break down for the three Mint Mobile unlimited plans:

    Data PlanData CapPrice
    Small3 GB$15/mo.
    Medium8 GB$20/mo.
    Large12 GB$25/mo.

    Essentially, the bigger the plan you get, the more high-speed data you get. It’s a $5 difference between data plans, so it might be worth paying the $25 a month for 12 GB of high-speed data, especially if you love streaming.

    On the other hand, if you use data to only occasionally refresh Instagram and check your email, you could get away with a 3 GB data cap.

    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.

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    Wi-Fi is your friend.
    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.

    How do Mint Mobile plans compare?

    We looked at how Mint Mobile compared to the big boys of wireless (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile), but how does Mint Mobile compare with fellow MVNOs? Before you ask, MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator. It’s a fancy name for smaller wireless providers that piggyback on the networks of bigger providers.

    So, let’s take a look at how Mint Mobile compares to other MVNOs.

    Mint Mobile doesn’t quite beat out Ultra Mobile for cheapest MVNO plan, but that could easily change soon. Ultra Mobile undercuts Mint Mobile with its special (but temporary) promotion that brings it down to $11 a month.

    It’s easy to see that Mint Mobile and Ultra Mobile will keep competing for the title of Cheapest Unlimited Provider. You know Ryan Reynolds wants that title.

    Whether you go with Mint Mobile or Ultra Mobile, you get a pretty amazing deal for unlimited data.

    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 Coverage Map

    Source: Mint Mobile

    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.

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    What kind of download speeds can I expect with Mint Mobile?
    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.2 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.

    What top phones does Mint Mobile have?*
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    iPhone
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • iPhone XS Max

  • iPhone X
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    Samsung
  • Galaxy S10+

  • Note 10+
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    Google
  • Pixel 4 XL

  • Pixel 4
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    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 speds.
    • 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.