$25/Month 10GB LTE Data, Unlimited Talk and Unlimited Text
Mint Mobile is a very inexpensive prepaid MVNO carrier that piggy backs off the T-Mobile network. You get great data speeds, HD calling and overall very good coverage. Wherever T-Mobile works then you’ll also get coverage with Mint Mobile.
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
Mint Mobile does not sell phones, so you will need to bring an unlocked GSM compatible phone. I used my Pixel 2 XL. You pay for the plans 3-months, 6-months or 12-months at a time. 12-month plans offer the lowest prices. Once you choose your plan Mint Mobile will mail you a sim card. They do charge for shipping which is about $5 and they do charge taxes which depending upon your plan will be as much as $20 or so.
Here’s some features you get with Mint Mobile Plans with prices starting as low as $15/month.
- 2GB, 5GB or 10GB of 4G LTE data per month; speeds reduce after monthly allowance
- Unlimited talk, text and data delivered on the nation’s fastest, most advanced 4G LTE network
- Includes FREE international calls to Mexico and Canada
- With our BYOP program, bring your own unlocked GSM phone (you love it, cracks and all)
- Prepaid SIM card includes standard, micro and nano sizes for that perfect, Cinderella-like fit
- Mobile HotSpot: turn your device into a WiFi hotspot
I used the 10GB Data Plan. The first thing I noticed is I was getting HD calling which is something I don’t get with my primary carrier AT&T because they don’t give unlocked phones access to HD calling. My calls were crystal clear and steady with Mint Mobile. Data was fast and reliable. I wouldn’t say it was as reliable as AT&T in all the places I went to in San Diego but it was very close. It was also nice to have have Mobile Hotspot and calling to Canada and Mexico included in my plan at no extra cost.
One issue I did have was in the beginning when popping in the Mint Mobile sim card into my Pixel 2 XL is I needed to enter the MMS settings in order to send MMS messages. It was easy enough but still an annoyance. Here are the MMS settings in case you need them – On your Android device, go to Settings — More Networks — Cellular (or Mobile) Networks — Access Point Names — hit the ‘+’ Now enter the following under each field: Cellular Data: Name – Ultra APN – Wholesale Proxy – (leave blank) Port – 8080 Username & Password – (leave blank) Server – (leave blank) MMS: MMSC – http://wholesale.mmsmvno.com/mms/wapenc MMS Proxy – (leave blank) MMS Port – (leave blank) MNC – 260 Authentication Type – (leave blank) APN Type – default,supl,mms MCC – 310
Overall I am very impressed with the service on the Mint Mobile network. I watched YouTube videos, streamed music, surfed the web, video chat on Google Duo, made phone calls, sent texts and I walk away very impressed. I’m impressed with the quality of the data, talk and text but also the incredible pricing. $25/month for 10GB is a lot more data than most people use and this makes for a perfect plan for almost anybody. I’d love to see them offer a truly unlimited data plan to feed us data hungry people but regardless it’s still a great service.