Mint Mobile Cell Phone Plans Review 2022

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

Mint Mobile
4 out of 5 stars
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  • Price: $15.00–$30.00/mo.
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    Affordable data plans
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    Reliable network
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    Deprioritization
Brianne Sandorf
Staff Writer, Home Security & Smart Home
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June 09, 2022
7 min read

Mint Mobile is taking control of the affordable-wireless world with its $30 unlimited plan. In 2022, Mint Mobile offers the most value out of any cell phone carrier on the market, and on T-mobile's network.

Is Mint Mobile right for you?

Do you like low prices? Unlimited data? Ryan Reynolds? Then you and Mint Mobile are mint to be.

But if you love the family plan model of cell service, Mint might not be the right choice. Don’t get us wrong—in some cases, putting the entire family on Mint will be cheaper than opting for a bulk plan with some other carrier. But having a separate plan and a separate phone bill for everyone in a household sounds like a pain, especially with minors.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Affordable plans
Pro Bullet Unlimited data
Pro Bullet Bring Your Own Phone plan
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Cons
Con Bullet Deprioritization
Con Bullet 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 deals on the iPhone 13 right now.

Meanwhile, smaller MVNO carriers like Mint Mobile and Boost are offering deals on the iPhone 11 and Samsung Galaxy A71 5G, respectively.

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

We recommend the Unlimited Data plan

We think the Unlimited Data Plan is Mint’s best cell phone plan. It’s exceptionally affordable and comes with unlimited data for your phone to gobble up.

You can upload, download, and stream with Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, Twitch, and social media apps we’ve never even heard of. Go wild, go crazy, Mint doesn’t care.

Just know that deprioritization is A Thing. Mint Mobile piggybacks off of the T-Mobile network. So even with your tasty unlimited data, you might see your speeds go from running to crawling because T-Mobile’s customers are the priority, not you. It’s one of the unfortunate drawbacks of Mint’s otherwise clever business model.

Mint Mobile plans

Mint Mobile cell phone plans

Mint Mobile offers four prepaid data plans ranging from 4 GB of data every month to a true unlimited plan where you don’t have to worry about extra fees. You pay for your talk, text, and data three months in advance, but you get a better deal for it than you would if you paid for it as you went along. Prepaid phone plans have 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 as you pay for, and after that, your data speeds get slowed down to a 3G connection until the next pay period.

Mint Mobile plans

How does Mint Mobile compare to other cell phone plans?

Mint Mobile offers some of the most affordable data plans in the industry right now, including one of the cheapest unlimited plans 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. So let’s compare each Mint Mobile plan with the competition.

Comparing Mint Mobile 4GB plan

Some carriers (like US Mobile, Twigby, and Good2Go) try to out-Mint Mint by offering discounts for the first three or six months. Those discounts bring those carriers’ prices below Mint’s for a short period.

But after those discounts wear off, Mint Mobile matches the price of the cheapest 4 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 network.

Comparing Mint Mobile 10GB plan

We’ll be honest—Mint doesn’t shine in the $20 bracket, at least not when you compare the initial prices. Mint Mobile charges $20 for 10 GB of data while other providers charge the same price for a similar data amount.

But remember, competitor prices will jump up after their discount is over. Mint won't.

Comparing Mint Mobile 15GB plan

As with the 10 GB plan, Mint Mobile's 15 GB plan offers you more data for a better price compared to other wireless providers. Sure, competitors offer initial discounts to get you on the hook, but after the honeymoon’s over, you’ll pay more than with Mint.

Mint Mobile used to hold the title belt for cheapest unlimited plan, but in the past few months carriers like Tello have edged ahead. It's only the difference of $1/month between Mint and Tello, but we'd love to see Mint drop their price even more and take back the cheapest cell phone plan title.

Cheapest unlimited data plans

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

What's better than cheap service? Free
Deals

Mint Mobile is known for offering great deals and discounts to new customers. Right now, you can get a free 6 months of wireless service when you sign up for a 6-month plan and buy a new phone. Check out the deal.

Mint Mobile family cell phone plans

Sadly, Mint Mobile doesn’t currently offer any family plans. You can get your whole family on the service, but you won’t get any special discounts or benefits when you do.

Granted, the monthly price for unlimited data is already pretty cheap. 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

Because Mint Mobile uses T-Mobile’s network, you'll get the same T-Mobile coverage and data options. And lucky for phone users everywhere, T-Mobile offers one of the best networks in the country.

You shouldn't have to worry about T-Mobile coverage because it covers about 94% of the country. 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. T-Mobile has the fastest wireless download speeds at 21.1 Mbps, but that doesn’t mean you’ll always get that speed. You might slow down quite a bit at times.

Deprioritization

Mint Mobile offers 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.

In short, 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, while your T-Mobile friend has 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).

Mint Mobile coverage through T-Mobile's network

Mint Mobile coverage through T-Mobile network cell phones and devices

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

Mint Mobile cell phones and devices

And guess what? You don’t have to buy a new phone with Mint.

The Mint Mobile BYOP (Bring Your Own Phone) program means that you won’t spend tons of money on a Mint-compatible device, or buy a new phone case, or re-download all of your vacation photos from the cloud.

You’ll just switch out your old SIM card for a Mint SIM card.

Mint Mobile customer service

Mint Mobile really connects with its customers! It’s one of the most down-to-earth brands on the market, and it uses simple language and funny Ryan Reynolds ads to show that it gets its audience.

Why Ryan Reynolds?
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At this point in this review, you might be wondering if we have a weird Ryan Reynolds obsession since we’ve mentioned him a few times. Actually, Reynolds is one of the owners of Mint Mobile.

Mint has also shown great customer service in its day-to-day dealings with its customers. Many Mint Mobile customer reviews rave about how friendly and helpful the staff is when they’ve called with questions or issues.

Of course, there are negative reviews. Some users who went through Best Buy have tried Mint promotions and then not received the deals they signed up for. That’s not cool.

But overall, Mint seems to be one of those rare companies that excel at giving people what they want.

Recap: Is Mint Mobile a good mobile provider?

In our Mint Mobile review, we found that Mint offers some of the most impressive and 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.

  • Cell phone plans: All of Mint Mobile’s plans include unlimited data. The only difference is your data cap. The higher tier the plan the higher your data cap, which means you’ll enjoy faster speeds.
  • Family cell phone plans: Mint Mobile doesn’t have family plans! While the service is affordable enough to justify not offering them, we don’t blame you if you think it’s easier to have your whole household on a single bill.
  • Cell phones and devices: Mint Mobile works with all the latest and greatest cell phones. It also offers an excellent BYOP program so you don’t have to buy an all-new cell.
  • Customer service: Mint not only has low prices and stellar advertising, but many of its customer interactions are positive.

Methodology

To research for this review, we read the whole internet. Well, just the parts about Mint. That includes both Mint advertising campaigns, Mint web pages, and professional and customer reviews on lots of different sites.

And we joined forces with our buddies at WhistleOut to get detailed information about Mint Mobile’s plans and prices—and how they compare to other brands.

Mint Mobile FAQ

Questions about Mint Mobile? We'll be your crystal ball.

How much cell phone data do you need?

It depends! Let’s go through it.

There’s all this talk about GBs, but what the h*ck does it mean? Which Mint Mobile plan size is going to work best for you?

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 us to be a little vulnerable with you and share the data usage of one of our writers, Tyler. You probably don’t have the same NBA Twitter addiction that he does, but then again, maybe you do?

As you can tell, Tyler would surpass even the Large Mint Mobile data cap with his 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.

W-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’s an MVNO?

MVNO stands for mobile virtual network operator. An MVNO uses other carriers’ networks instead of building its own.

Because an MVNO isn’t maintaining a network, it can sell its services at lower prices than other carriers. But sometimes, the MVNO’s users will be deprioritized in favor of the borrowed network’s customers. That can get frustrating for anyone using the MVNO.

Mint uses the T-Mobile network, so sometimes, Mint customers are deprioritized for T-Mobile customers. 

Does Mint Mobile have unlimited talk and text?

Every Mint Mobile plan has both unlimited talk and text. You don’t have to forgo calling your grandma so that you can save up minutes for a chat with your long-distance partner. You can do both!

Does Mint Mobile have a store I can visit?

Mint is an online-based service with no storefronts. You can view all your account details yourself in the Mint app, and if you run into any issues, you can contact customer service.

Brianne Sandorf
Written by
Brianne Sandorf
Brianne has a degree in English and creative writing from Westminster College and has spent 6+ years writing professional, research-based content. Before joining Reviews.org, she wrote safety and security content for ASecureLife.com. Her pieces and quotes are published across the web, including on MSN.com, Social Catfish, and Parents.com. Hobbies include wearing a seatbelt, wearing a life jacket, and keeping her arms and legs inside the ride at all times. Contact her at brianne@reviews.org.

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