Mint Mobile Launches Its First Unlimited Plan

Posted on September 10, 2020 by Paul Thurrott in Cloud, Mobile, iOS, Android with 22 Comments

As you may know, I switched to Mint Mobile this past year for its incredibly low prices and excellent introductory offers. But it looks like I’ll be paying just a few dollars more each month next year to go from 12 GB per month to an unlimited plan.

I can’t find an actual announcement, but Mint Mobile is trumpeting its new unlimited plan at its website, and you can compare this plan to Mint’s existing plans there as well. I see that Mint is also promoting 5G compatibility across its plans now too. Guys, how about a little PR?

Anyway, the short version goes like this: Mint is offering a new Unlimited plan for $30 per month, so it’s the most expensive plan now. It still offers 3 GB ($15/mo), 8 GB ($20/mo), and 12 GB ($25/mo) plans as well.

Obviously, in this day and age, Unlimited doesn’t mean literally unlimited, but Mint’s terms are, as expected, quite reasonable: In addition to the normal unlimited nationwide talk and text, unlimited data, free SIM card kit, free international calls to Mexico and Canada, 5 GB of mobile hotspot, and Wi-Fi calling and text, your data speeds won’t be reduced until after 35 GB.

So where I paid $300 for a year of 12 GB, now I could pay $360 for a year of Unlimited. And I suspect that’s exactly what I’ll be doing when renewal time comes around.

Also, enjoy the Ryan Reynolds video.

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Comments (22)

22 responses to “Mint Mobile Launches Its First Unlimited Plan”

  1. jeff.bane

    I love my Mint service. Just renewed for the year and it was $200. Including all taxes and fees.

  2. crunchyfrog

    I've looked at these in the past and scanned the Mint plans. If you have a family, it really does not work out as each lines pays the full amount. My T-Mobile plan has a high cost for the first line but each add-on is $10 so essentially it comes out the same or even higher. Also, if I'm not mistaken, the Mint unlimited $30 plan is an intro price and makes you buy 3 months up front to get that price. I am not clear what the cost really will be if you go month to month.

  3. fraXis

    How is the cell phone signal/reception?

    I would love to switch my family of 7, from AT&T to Mint to save $$$, but I am always worried about getting bad cell phone signal/reception if I do so. I remember hearing that back in the day, the cell phone towers used to prioritize the big 3's signals (Sprint, Verizon, AT&T), and would low prioritize all 3rd party carriers. Does anyone know if this is still the case? There must be some drawbacks using a 3rd party cell phone provider vs. using the premium ones (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon)?

  4. mclark2112

    Ok, OK. I bought a Mint SIM to try out in my old iPhone 7 Plus. I've been with ATT/Cingular/ATT for 20 years. The savings is just too big. If my testing goes well, I'm changing.

  5. waharris007

    I'm test-driving Mint this week and hoping for the best. I could replace my family's $220 Verizon bill with $65/month with Mint. That's a serious discount. One warning about the new unlimited plan, though, that prevented me from getting it: You can only hotspot 5gb, which is LESS than the other plans. If you get the 12gb plan, you can use the full 12gb via hotspot if you want to. It's weird that the unlimited plan didn't at least match the feature of the next tier down. However, I put my test Mint SIM in my MiFi hotspot device to see if it'd work. Even though it's not supposed to, it worked just fine. So that means I can just buy my MiFi it's own 8gb plan.

    I had T-Mobile for three years before switching to Verizon a couple of years ago. As long as the coverage is at least as good as what I had with T-Mo, I think we'll be fine.

  6. Scott O'Connor

    Aren't they all unlimited? The only difference in the plans look to be when the throttling occurs?

  7. basic sandbox

    Paul, do you continue to use Mint Mobile when you are in Europe?

    • Paul Thurrott

      I've not been to Europe since I switched to Mint Mobile but, no, that won't work. I'll use a Google Fi SIM when that happens and temporarily reenable the service for that time. (You can switch Fi on and off as needed.)
  8. sajohnson53402

    Paul, did you give up Google Fi for Mint??

    Also, how do you find service, as you do a lot of travel (or at least used to).

    I have Fi, and though I'm pleased, I am always looking to cut costs.

  9. JH_Radio

    Data I'll never use.

    • Paul Thurrott

      I said that until we lost days of Internet this past month and used my entire data allotment tethering.
  10. mike2thel73

    Paul, does mint allow you to turn off data maximizer (or whatever it's called these days) so that I can stream video in HD?

    So far these last 3 years I've avoided plans with "unlimited" because what's the point of having a 1440P phone if I can't even watch video in HD when I'm away from wi-fi.

    And for those of you who are about to type "you won't see the difference anyway", you don't know what you're talking about because I CAN see the difference.

    • Paul Thurrott

      I've never tried to stream video over cellular. Where do you see this? In an app, the phone, or is it something Mint does?
      • Rob.Federici

        In reply to paul-thurrott:

        it actually says it at the end of the promo video in the text at the bottom of the screen: "videos stream at 480p"

        I cant speak for Mint, but with TMobile that feature is turned on by default but can be disabled which I think is what Mike is wondering.

        • Paul Thurrott

          Ah gotcha. I would never stream videos over cellular, personally. It does seem like the type of thing that should be an option.
      • David L. Berger

        In reply to paul-thurrott:

        I had that problem with Mint Mobile - couldn't watch YouTube videos, so I switched to Red Pocket Mobile. I will be adding my wife to create a Family Plan that will really lower the cost for both of us. The best thing about Red Pocket is that they support ALL wireless carriers. I am on AT&T and my wife is Verizon so at least one of us will always have service. This will be really useful when we go on vacation and don't know which service is available wherever we are.

      • Kevin Freiburger

        In reply to paul-thurrott:

        What's your solution for int'l roaming? Buy a local SIM when you travel? Mint's int'l data rates seem cost prohibitive ($.20/MB for most countries).

  11. michael.dice

    This is not a Ryan Reynolds video, it is a Rick Moranis video!

  12. Aritting

    if you buy the 3gb, what happens when you go over?