MVNO Mint Mobile now lets you test its services for only $5

MVNO Mint Mobile now lets you test its services for only $5
Mint Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator, meaning it doesn't have its own infrastructure, but pays one of the major carriers to use its network. Now Mint is offering a "$5 Starter kit" that will allow users, looking for alternatives, to see if they like what the operator is offering. Of course, you'll need an unlocked phone to use their services. The package is very barebones, but that's to be expected at that price, it includes: 

  • 100MB 4G LTE data 
  • 100 minutes 
  • 100 text messages 

The SIM card will be mailed to you once you sign up and can be used for up to a week, although 100 MB of data wouldn't last an hour for some users.

If you're worried that's a waste of $5, Mint Mobile is offering a 100% money back guarantee. Even if you sign up for one of their plans after the trial, they will still give you back the $5.

Their regular three-month plans start at $15 per month for 2GB of data and reach $25 for 10 GB. All plans include unlimited text and talk.

MVNOs are a good option for people that aren't heavy users or end up using an older device, for example seniors or kids. It's easier to activate and deactivate the service, depending on your needs, and you don't have to spend time convincing carrier employees you don't need the latest smartphone, TV package or some other "awesome" deal.

source: MintMobile via AndroidCentral



6. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

US major carriers all charge $15 per 1GB. 1GB isn't even remotely enough. T-Mobile usually has deals with 10GB or unlimited if you just on one of their 4 Line deals. Xfinity Mobile only charges $12 per GB or $45 Unlimited and that has been great for me. But they ride on Verizon's network when you can't be on Xfinity Hot spots. Based on experience with Xfinity Mobile, I would say stay clear of these types of companies that ride on the back of a major carriers network. Because they get the leftover bandwidth which isn't much, isn't fast and isn't reliable. Even though Comcast and Verizon have had a long relationship, XM coverage when hot spots aren't available is terrible. I surely will just jump back to VZW, probably this year, because it sucks when I am out away from the city. May do better with MetroPCS, Virgin Mobile or similar.

7. matistight

Posts: 1066; Member since: May 13, 2009

Never pick Sprint or anything based on it. That includes Virgin, Boost, and Ting. Metro is trash because they nickel and dime you on everything, and they're nothing like T-Mobile other than that they run off their network. XM is decent, but they're picky like Verizon and will actually prevent your Verizon-Capable phone from working on XM because they say so. (no BYOD Androids at the moment, even if it a Verizon phone) T-Mobile is best for the price, Verizon is best for the coverage. With TMob and Vzw, there is no point on considering ATT. Mint might be good, but you pay for what you get. Doubt the customer service will be helpful once more people switch to them and with that the coverage priority will get worse. They're probably going cheap until they get customers and then the pricing will be the same as all the other MVNOs.

8. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Funny, I've had the exact opposite experience with MetroPCS. We transferred into them from AT&T we received 3 free Galaxy J7 phones and I paid $50 for a LG Stylo 3 Plus. As a plan we got 4 unlimited everything lines for $100 which is taxes included. The only thing I didn't opt for was the hotspot which is $10 more per month, and I've paid the $10 Canada roaming one month which gave me unlimited everything while in Canada. Even Visual Voicemail is included in that $100 which I believe TMobile charges for, right? On top of the cheap price I've had 100% satisfaction with dealing with their customer service. I have to call in to them to swap my imei every once in a while because they do imei filtering. Every time I've called it estimates my wait time around 30 seconds and sure enough they always answer super fast. Their call center is located in the Philippines but Filipinos learn English starting in elementary school and these people must practice with a Hollywood accent from movies they watch because the only way I can tell they're from the Philippines is because they use an inflection on the second syllable like Filipinos do. Honestly I think moving to MetroPCS is the best experience I've ever had besides TMobile proper. Hell I sound like a MetroPCS schill...

9. ShadowHammer

Posts: 213; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Visual Voicemail doesn't have additional fees. They do charge for Text-to-Voice however.

2. jonathanfiuwx

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 10, 2017

do you have to have a certain app for this to work? can this be used with basic phones?

3. ZombieHunter

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

You need an unlocked GSM phone. It's a SIM card that works off the Tmo network, it's not an app.

1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

2GB for $15, that's a pretty fair deal considering 1GB IS $30 or so in Canada. Hell our pre-paid accounts on biggest carrier requires a minimum $10 monthly purchase or text messages are half a buck going out or in. Carriers have become like big oil, making their own rules and government let's them.

4. Valdomero

Posts: 708; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I'm paying $40 for 12GB where I live, that plan of $25 for 10GB is too damn good. Too bad I don't live in the US :(

5. kennybenny

Posts: 233; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

when i saw how much Australlians pay for their phone bills, I was shocked, $78 per month gets you 90 GB of data....... I pay 65 CAD for 5 gb with a free Samsung Galaxy S8

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