Is Mint Mobile still owned by Ryan Reynolds?

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Is Mint Mobile still owned by Ryan Reynolds?

Best Answer: No, Ryan Reynolds does not own Mint Mobile. T-Mobile started purchasing it in March 2023 and announced its completion on May 1, 2024. Following the announcement, Reynolds stated that he would stay in his "creative role" at Mint, which probably means he'll continue to appear in the carrier's sardonic commercials. 

Mint Mobile: Starting at just $15/month

Mint Mobile: Starting at just $15/month

Ryan Reynolds may not be at the helm of Mint Mobile anymore. Still, T-Mobile has announced that they will continue to offer excellent service through the brand, with a commitment to keep the carrier's popular $15/month through the end of the year. 

Mint Mobile remains one of the best-prepaid carriers around. It offers four data plan options and the unique ability to buy wireless service in 3, 6, and 12-month increments. All Mint plans include unlimited talk and text, 5G/4G LTE data from T-Mobile, and free calling to Mexico and Canada. 

So who owns Mint Mobile now?

T-Mobile is now the official owner of Ka’ena Corporation, which includes Mint Mobile. The transaction began in March 2023, but Mint Mobile has used T-Mobile’s massive network since its founding in 2016. 

Back then, the MVNO carrier was a subsidiary of Ultra Mobile, a company that also joined T-Mobile during the recent acquisition. Since its inception, Mint Mobile has had an ironic, lighthearted marketing style that sets it apart from other prepaid wireless carriers. Reynolds continued that unique approach, bringing a lot of new attention to the Mint Mobile brand over the last few years. 

The acquisition was announced in early 2023 through a humorous advertisement starring Reynolds and T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert. The merger didn't officially complete until early May, after the FCC approved it and the two companies finalized the deal on May 1.

Sievert confirmed that T-Mobile will keep Mint’s popular $15/month wireless plan "through the end of the year." In the press release, other perks for customers were mentioned, such as Scam Screener and free roaming to Mexico and Canada. But we'll have to wait and see whether certain aspects of Mint Mobile's business change in 2025, once that $15/month guarantee ends. 

That same press release says that "Ryan Reynolds will continue in his creative role on behalf of Mint." We're uncertain if he's now been hired as an actor, if his staying on was a condition of the merger, or if he has another reason to continue representing the brand.

What is Mint Mobile?

Mint Mobile is a prepaid carrier that uses T-Mobile's massive 5G network—the largest in the country—to deliver outstanding coverage at a lower cost. It's also unique in that you must pay for your phone service in 3, 6, and 12-month increments, with added savings the more you buy. 

There are four monthly data plans to choose from: 5GB, 15GB, 20GB, and Unlimited (speeds slow after 40GB). All plans come with unlimited talk and text, free calls to Mexico and Canada, and no contracts or hidden fees. Many great smartphones are compatible with Mint, and the carrier is also known to offer great deals for new and existing customers. But if you want to make sure your phone is compatible, there is a Compatibility tool Mint Mobile offers on their site. Ensure you have your IMEI number since you'll need to enter that information. 

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Patrick Farmer
eCommerce Editor

After almost a decade of working in the e-commerce space, Patrick Farmer (he/him) began his career at Android Central as a Deals and Commerce Writer before moving into a new role as AC's eCommerce Editor in 2023. When he's not hunting down the best deals and offering shopping advice for our readers, you'll often find him listening to music, camping out at a brewery, or treating his cat like a human child.