Mint Mobile: Increased Data Tiers, 3 Months of Unlimited Talk, Text, 8 GB Data For $20 Total

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New promo + more data across all plans. Mint Mobile is how I keep my cell phone costs low. They use the T-Mobile network, which means if you have a compatible phone switching just involves swapping in a new SIM card. As of January 29th, they increased the data on each of their plans for both new and existing customers. The tiers are now 3, 8, and 12 GB of data each month (see graphic above). Alternatively, this additional data may let you go down to a cheaper tier and save another $60 per year ($5 per month).

In addition, they have brought back the old holiday promo for a limited time as a “Super Bowl” promo. New members can get 3 months of Unlimited Talk, Text, and 8 GB LTE Data for $20 Total ($6.67 per month). The details:

  • Unlimited talk, text, and 8 GB LTE data per month. For $20, you get 3 months of prepaid service. After your 8 GB of monthly LTE data is used up, you still get unlimited but slow 2G data for the rest of that month until it resets.
  • Mint Mobile SIM card is included.
  • No coupon code required.
  • Taxes and fees will apply. For reference, when I bought the cheaper 2 GB x 3 month plan for $45 previously, my taxes and fees came to $3 total for those 3 months.

I would treat this as a really cheap 3 month trial. If you don’t like Mint, just transfer out again. Here is my Mint Mobile SIM Activation and Number Port Transfer Review. Be sure to use their phone compatibility checker first to see if you can bring your current phone over and just put in the Mint Mobile SIM card.

In my opinion, the two best cell phone deals right now are this one and the “secret” Sprint Unlimited Free Year offer if you are currently with AT&T or Verizon.

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  1. thank you, Jonathan.

    How good of a reception between T-mobile and Sprint, in your experience? Also, if I’m not switching from another provider, then, it seems, Sprint would not work for me? And as far as this provider, Mint, how much do you pay after the intro, 3-months period?

    Do you know of a cheap flip phone I could by for Sprint or Mint? Thank you

    • If you already have Sprint, you can’t can the new year deal without switching out to T-Mobile, AT&T, or Verizon prepaid first.

      If looking for used phones, try Amazon under the new product listings or

  2. Immigration in CA says

    FAQ FROM they’re website:
    I just purchased a plan, can I still get the promotional offer?
    No problem. If you have recently purchased a plan at our full price, contact our support team at or 213-372-7777 and they’ll get you sorted out.

    Any one tried this? Mine for 10/31 activation they said no dice on the phone.

  3. Just made the switch to Mint from AT&T mobile because of this article. Great service, easy cut over including porting and SIM. Just make sure you have your phone unlocked before hand. Was paying $100 per month for 2 phones w/ 6GB shared. Bought the 3 months for $20 x 2 for a total of $40 for 3 months with more data. Saved $240 in the 1st 3 months. Will probably go with the $15 per month 2GB data plan moving forward….need to pay for 12 months up front for that price but will save close to $1,000 over the next 15 months making this move. Appreciate the article, thx Jonathan!

  4. Hi Jonathan,

    If I sign up for the $20 deal, after 3 months can I downgrade to the 2GB plan and prepay for 12 months (12*$15)? Or will I be stuck with the 8GB plan (12*$20)?


  5. Thanks Jonathan!

  6. Jonathan,

    I currently have a flip phone, a basic plan through Verizon for 2 people and we pay about $60/mo. The reception and connection is great, but seeing the prices through TMobile makes me question these expenses.
    Which carrier do you have? Would you switch better connectivity but higher prices vs spotty reception and lower prices?

  7. Buyer beware – the international roaming may be a scam. I have tried in two different countries on “the list” with a supported phone that works great in the states and while I can connect to the Mint network, I cannot make a call, send a text, or access the internet. Google searches reveal similar problems from many other users. Multiple reps have tried to troubleshoot and eventually all told me that the problem is with the towers in the area where I am traveling. This is a lie. I am in urban areas with tons of cell coverage, and… I used to have T-mobile (same network) and when I visited these same cities before with the same phone, it worked flawlessly.

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