Mint Mobile Bundle Discount: iPhone SE $15/Month, Service $15/Month

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Mint Mobile has a new iPhone SE bundle promotion where you can get the new iPhone SE 2020 for $15/month + their $15/month cell service = $30/month total. You save $40 off the iPhone SE price and you lock in their bulk discount on data plans. Details below.

Apple’s new $400 iPhone SE may be called a “budget” phone, but I prefer to think of it as a “parts bin” phone that saves money not by using cheaper, low-quality ingredients, but instead by RE-using high-quality parts from other iPhones. Check out the review from your favorite tech site, but here’s a short take:

  • Screen/Body: iPhone 8. Same size as iPhone 6/7/8. Retina 4.7″ screen. Touch ID (no Face ID).
  • Latest CPU: iPhone 11 Pro. Same A13 Bionic chip as inside the current iPhone 11 Pro that costs $1,000. These fast internals mean this phone won’t be obsolete for 4+ years.
  • Camera: iPhone XR+. The hardware specs are like the iPhone XR which still costs $600 today. However, combined with the faster internals, Apple added software improvements to make it take better photos (portrait mode, etc). The camera is still significantly better than iPhone 6/7/8.

If you’re okay with the older body style (might be what you already have), this phone is a great value at $400 (64 GB).

$15/month for unlimited talk, text, and 3 GB of LTE data. We are in our second year of using Mint Mobile for cell phone service, an MVNO which runs on the T-Mobile network. One of us is on the $15 a month plan ($180 a year) for unlimited talk, text, and 3 GB of LTE data. The other pays $20 a month for unlimited talk, text, and 8 GB of data. You lock in this discount by paying for a year upfront.

In response to COVID-19, Mint Mobile offered their existing customers unlimited data (via free data add-ons) since March and going through May 14th, 2020.

New 2020 iPhone SE for $15/month. Mint Mobile combines these two into a new iPhone SE bundle promotion where you can also get the iPhone SE for $15/month for two years when you agree to also buy two years of service. This works out to $360 total for the phone, a $40 discount on the $400 retail price. You also get the free year of Apple TV+ streaming service included with all new iPhones.

End result: iPhone SE and unlimited talk/text/3GB data service for $30 a month total. Quite the frugal minimalist combo. You could also upgrade to the 8 GB data plan for $35/month total. This offer is for new Mint customers, although existing Mint customers can get 0% financing on the iPhone SE for $16.66 a month (you don’t save the $40 over 2 years).

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Comments

  1. Maybe I am confused, but this doesn’t seem that great of a deal. The $15/mth for mint has pretty much been the normal price for a while now right? So you are basically accepting being locked in for two years just to save $40 on the Iphone?

    It seems this was a much better deal:
    https://slickdeals.net/f/13988051-red-pocket-mobile-64gb-iphone-se-2020-6-month-3gb-lte-unlimited-talk-text-299-free-s-h?src=SiteSearch

    • Thanks for your comment. That does look like a good deal, but it appears to be expired.

      • Sure, but there are several promos out there for the new SE. Saving $40 on (while being locked in for 2 years) doesn’t seem very good compared to most the other deals I have seen. Just FYI for the readers, they may want to cross shop other deals.

  2. Two more options! Visible uses the Verizon network and offers unlimited data while also offering a deal on the iPhone SE

    https://www.mymoneyblog.com/visible-iphone-se.html

    Redpocket is also a competitive MVNO – the $299 + 6 months free deal is still expired but there are some other combinations available if you poke around.

    https://www.mymoneyblog.com/red-pocket-mobile-iphone-se.html

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