Mint Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) with prepaid cell phone plan options for various budgets. Mint Mobile first launched as Mint SIM July of 2016 before changing its name. The carrier runs off of T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network, giving it a great breadth of coverage across the U.S. Read all about Mint Mobile cell phone plans available below.
Mint Mobile does not offer single month plan options—their shortest plan is three months.
Mint Mobile Plans Compared
|Plan Length||Talk and Text||High-Speed Data||Upfront Cost by Plan Length|
|3, 6, or 12 Months||Unlimited||3GB||3-month: $45 (intro rate)
|3, 6, or 12 Months||Unlimited||8GB||3-Month: $60 (intro rate)
|3, 6, or 12 Months||Unlimited||12GB||3-month: $45 (intro rate)
Mint Mobile Plans
Mint Mobile offers a simple plan structure featuring three different prepaid plan sizes to choose from with three different lengths of service. They also are unique in that they do not offer single month plan options—their shortest plan is three months. Mint Mobile plans are paid for upfront, rather than at the end of the month, so you will need to renew service at the end of each service plan. Mint Mobile products also feature a cute fox logo they love to tout in their advertising to display the company’s fairly hip attitude toward the cell phone carrier business.
Let’s Talk Tip: Mint Mobile offers great promotional pricing on all of their three-month plans for new customers.
Mint Mobile plans come with the following:
- SIM card kit
- Free international calls to Mexico and Canada
- Mint Mobile hotspot use
- UpRoam international roaming
- WiFi calling and texting
To start a Mint Mobile plan, you first must decide the length of your plan. Mint Mobile’s six-month and 12-month options offer less expensive monthly rates.
Meanwhile, Mint’s three-month plans are the most expensive when you consider the monthly cost, but they have a more affordable upfront cost.
Fortunately, Mint Mobile offers great promotional pricing on all of their three-month plans for new customers. That means their normal three-month rates ($25, $35, or $45/month) are discounted to equal to their more affordable 12-month rates ($15, $20, and $35/month) when you sign up.
For Mint’s cheapest plan, that’s only $45 upfront for three months of service ($15/month) and 3GB of high-speed data each month on a top-rated network.
Once you complete your introductory service, you can renew your plan or buy a different service plan for any length of time. In addition, If you’re unsatisfied with Mint’s service during the first week of a three-month plan, they offer a money-back guarantee. That’s a sweet introductory offer for any service, let alone an affordable cell phone plan.
Mint Mobile International Roaming
Mint Mobile offers international roaming features with their plans called UpRoam. UpRoam allows you to add $5, $10, or $20 amounts into your account which can be used for all calls, texts, and data used in international locations.
Mint’s flat-rate international roaming costs are:
- $.05/text sent (receiving international SMS is free)
- $0.25/minute calls
- $0.20/MB of data
To use UpRoam, simply text “UPROAM” to 6700 from your Mint phone and add money to your balance. Once you have a balance, you can travel internationally and use it at will. Fortunately, UpRoam balances carry over to the next month and never expire. This feature is a great opportunity for someone who wants a cheap or temporary phone plan for a summer backpacking abroad, especially with Mint’s initial three-month offer.
UpRoam makes Mint Mobile plans perfect for someone who wants a cheap or temporary phone plan for a summer backpacking trip abroad
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Mint Mobile Family Plans
Mint Mobile doesn’t offer family plans, but because their individual plans are very affordable (as low as $45 for three months), getting separate accounts for members of your family might be worth it as is. Unfortunately, that does mean you’ll require multiple accounts to manage multiple lines.
Buy a Mint Mobile Phone
Mint Mobile sells devices online and also offers financing options through a third-party company, Affirm. Affirm offers financing agreements and almost any smartphone available depending on your credit. You can also buy them outright. Note: Interest rates on finance agreements with Affirm can change without notice, so purchasing devices through them does come with some inherent risk.
Bring Your Own Phone
Mint Mobile prides itself on its simple bring your own phone (BYOP) program. T-Mobile’s network is compatible with any GSM phone or, so as long as yours is eligible, you can pop in a free Mint Mobile SIM card and get started immediately.
T-Mobile’s network is compatible with any GSM phone.
To activate your device once you have your Mint Mobile SIM:
- Visit mintmobile.com/activate.
- Enter the 11-digit activation code on the back of the Mint SIM card.
- Follow the Mint activation steps on their website.