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I’ve been using Mint Mobile for about six weeks now, so I thought I’d report my experience. So here’s my Mint Mobile review.
First off, I should note that I haven’t had a traditional carrier in about eight years, so regular data plan prices horrify me. I can’t imagine paying $60-80 a month (or more) for my smartphone usage.
When I finally caved and we got a smartphone, I started with Ting. That provided substantial savings over a traditional carrier. My highest bill was around $40 (and that was from a month where I was on vacation and therefore using data for 10 straight days).
And if you don’t want to do a prepaid plan, I still highly recommend Ting as a great way to save money over traditional carriers. You can go through Mr. Rebates for $18 cash back.
Still, I knew I could do better on my cell bills. So when I got home from the vacation I switched to Mint Mobile.
Thus far the only real downside is that you have to pay for a minimum of three months’ service at a time. But there was a one-week trial period, during which I could cancel and get a full refund. So I wasn’t too worried.
The only other thing I’d mention is that so far I’ve mainly had only two to three bars on my phone — but it doesn’t seem to be affecting data speed/call quality at all. So again, I’m not worried, especially at these prices.
Mint Mobile’s prices are great. You generally start with a three-month plan to try it out, though you can buy the longer plans if you prefer. Remember, there’s a one-week trial period during which you can cancel for a full refund.
During the initial three-month stint you’ll get the company’s lowest prices:
- $15/month for unlimited talk & text plus 3 GB of 4G LTE data
- $20/month for unlimited talk & text plus 8 GB of 4G LTE data
- $25/month for unlimited talk & text plus 12 GB of 4G LTE data
After the initial three-month period, you can choose to re-up for three, six or 12 months. The 12-month deal locks in the low prices above. Six-month plans are $20, $25 and $35 per month, respectively. And another three-month plan is the most expensive at $25, $35 and $45 per month. So even Mint’s most expensive versions of the plans are pretty darn low!
That said, after three months I’d think that you’d feel comfortable enough with Mint Mobile to re-up for six or 12 months.
So how does Mint keep prices so low? Simple: Rather than building its own costly cell towers, it rents “space” from T-Mobile, using that company’s towers. Since it didn’t have to build — and doesn’t have to maintain — the towers, it doesn’t have to charge what a traditional carrier would. Hence the low prices!
If you’re interested in Mint Mobile, but switching seems daunting, rest assured that it’s actually quite easy.
Go to the website — or rather, go to the website through Mr. Rebates so you get $15 cash back — and click Shop Plans, the left-most option in the second row of links.
You’ll be first shown the three-month options, as those are the intro offers.
(If you want to see the other plans, just scroll down slightly and click “See More Plans.”)
Otherwise, click the “View Details” button of the plan you’re interested in, and you’ll be taken to a page with, well, more details.
Click “Buy Now” to add the plan to your cart. Then check out.
A few days later, you’ll get a SIM card in the mail. Go back to Mint Mobile and click Activate in the upper righthand corner.
You’ll put in the activation code on the SIM card kit.
And that’s it.
A note: If you’re porting your number, you have to do it at activation, but that was simple too.
I entered my account number, my PIN (which I got from Ting customer support) and billing address. That’s it.
The Mint Mobile site says that it can take up to 48 hours (during which your old carrier will still support your service). But my number was ported within two hours.
I’ve been using it quite happily ever since.
So all in all, I’ve been recommending Mint Mobile to everyone who will listen. The savings are so substantial over traditional carriers that it’s probably worth breaking whatever contract you have (unless you’re very close to the end of it). Even a $250 fee would quickly be made up for with $60+ savings each month!
So in summation, Mint Mobile is incredibly affordable, offers the same quality of service as a traditional carrier and makes it easy to switch. Hard to argue with that, right?
A reminder: If you do switch to Mint, you can get $15 cash back through Mr. Rebates. There doesn’t seem to be a restriction about this being for new customers only, so you should be able to use Mr. Rebates each time you re-up.
What cell phone carrier are you with? How much do you pay?