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Mint Mobile vs. Ting: Which should you subscribe to?

Ting's Flex plan is a great starting point for someone that wants unlimited calling and texting with under 5GB of data. Ting's current data plans come with 5GB, 22GB, or 35GB of high-speed data allowing for a good fit for most people. If you want to get the most out of your smartphone, Mint Mobile's plans are designed for heavier users, with the smallest 4GB plan being a good fit for many. For the majority of smartphone users that can afford to pay upfront and are covered by the T-Mobile network, Mint Mobile is a much better deal.

Mint Mobile vs. Ting Mobile: How much data do you need?

Mint Mobile unlimited

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Mint Mobile's plan choices come down to how much data you think you might need. The most economical choice would be to buy the package just above your usage amount so that you don't go over, but don't leave too much on the table. You don't need to worry if you don't know how much data you need because Mint Mobile will let you upgrade your plan mid-cycle if you find you need more. Ting is the best value for someone that doesn't need much data, but Mint Mobile's bulk savings brings the price down a lot if you need more than a few gigs.

Mint MobileTing Mobile
Minimum price$15 per month$10 per month
Calling and textingUnlimitedUnlimited
Minimum data4GB1GB
Maximum data35GB35GB

Mint Mobile uses the T-Mobile network exclusively and, for the most part, should provide great coverage for most people. T-Mobile's coverage can fall off a bit more in rural areas, but with a newer phone, you're likely covered.

Mint Mobile vs. Ting Mobile: Mint Mobile's plans

Mint Mobile has three plans that are available in three different durations. The difference between them is how much data you get. The plans come in at 4GB, 10GB, 15GB, and unlimited. The unlimited plan has 35GB of high-speed data each month. These plans fall in line pretty well with typical smartphone usage, and you can even upgrade to the next plan up if you find that your usage exceeds the data package you initially chose.

If you want to use your Mint Mobile data connection on other devices with the mobile hotspot, you can with all plans. For the 4GB, 10GB, and 15GB plans, you share your data pool. On the unlimited plan, you get 5GB of hotspot data.

With Mint Mobile, you start with a three-month plan for the lowest 12-month rate at $15 per month or $45 for three months. You can choose to renew for 12 months at this monthly rate though you will need to pay for the whole year all at once. If you still aren't sure if you want to commit to Mint Mobile or don't have the budget to pay for a year, you can renew for three or six months.

Keep in mind that renewing for less than 12 months will cost more per month.

3 months (First 3 months)$15/mo. ($45)$20/mo. ($60)$25/mo. ($75)$30/mo. ($90)
3 months$25/mo. ($75)$35/mo. ($105)$45/mo. ($135)$40/mo. ($120)
6 months$20/mo. ($120)$25/mo. ($150)$35/mo. ($210)$35/mo. ($210)
12 months$15/mo. ($180)$20/mo. ($240)$25/mo. ($300)$30/mo. ($360)

You can add more high-speed data at a rate of $10 for 1GB or $20 for 3GB if you run out. You can also upgrade to the next larger plan if you feel you'll need more every month in the middle of your billing cycle.

Mint Mobile also has Mint Family which allows you to manage up to five lines from one account. While you won't see any multi-line discounts, this is a good way to bring your family to Mint without having to remember a bunch of different accounts. You can also bring your number when you switch.

Mint Mobile vs. Ting Mobile: Ting's five plans

Ting currently has five plans that are a good fit for those that don't need any data up to someone that needs a massive 35GB per month. The cheapest Flex plan comes with unlimited talk and text and charges a reasonable $5 per GB of data. If you're using more than 4GB per month, you can save by starting with a bigger data plan. Still, it's nice to see a plan designed for someone that doesn't need much data.

Ting's data plans start at 5GB, ranging up to 35GB.

PlanTalk and textdatahotspot
FlexUnlimited$5 per GBShared with data
Set 5Unlimited5GBShared with data
Set 12Unlimited12GBShared with data
Unlimited ProUnlimited35GB30GB

Mint Mobile vs. Ting Mobile: Check your coverage

Since Ting Mobile works with T-Mobile's highly compatible network, you can use just about any unlocked phone. Ting also supports both the Sprint and Verizon Wireless networks, so you can be pretty sure that you can get coverage with Ting. You can check your zip code on Ting's site, but unfortunately, there is no official map. Ting also supports 5G connectivity.

One thing to keep in mind is that Ting is now owned by Dish Wireless. While Dish is still using partners for its cell coverage and will continue to do so for several more years at a minimum, Dish is hard at work building its own network. Not only that, but Dish has partnered with AT&T as a future network partner. All this really means is that you may see your coverage change in the next few years. Luckily, you're not locked into a contract, so you can switch if you want down the line.

Mint Mobile makes use of T-Mobile's network exclusively. T-Mobile's network has seen a ton of growth in recent years, so if you had poor coverage in the past, it's worth taking another look. Mint Mobile also has official support for 5G on T-Mobile's network. So if you want to get the most out of Mint's 5G, make sure your 5G capable phone has support for bands n71 and n41.

Mint Mobile Coverage Sample

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Both carriers offer international service. Mint Mobile includes calling to Canada and Mexico at no additional charge, with additional countries supported for an additional fee. Roaming in other countries is available as well, with rates depending on the country.

Ting Mobile charges the standard rate for calling in 60 countries as well as others for an additional fee. Roaming outside of the U.S. is also available for an additional fee depending on the country.

If you are frequently talking to or texting someone from another country, using a messaging service like WhatsApp, Line, or Telegram can save you a lot of money and, in many cases, offer a better experience. These apps will also work on Wi-Fi.

Mint Mobile vs. Ting Mobile: Which phones work?

Both carriers support a wide range of phones on T-Mobile's network. Pretty much any unlocked GSM phone should work as well as some from other carriers. You can bring any of the best Android phones to either service without issue. Keep in mind that a phone with full support for the T-Mobile network will allow for a better signal in some areas. Ting has a little more support with access to the Sprint and Verizon Wireless networks as well.

You can check the IMEI of your specific phone on either carrier when you sign up to be sure.

Ting Phone Compatibility

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Both carriers sell phones ranging from the newest high-end Samsung and Apple devices down to the budget category. If you are trying to get a flip phone in 2020, Ting is your only option here. You can see what phones are available by visiting Mint Mobile's online store or Ting's online store. Both carriers offer financing with Affirm.

Mint Mobile vs. Ting Mobile: Is Mint Mobile the right fit for you?

Mint Mobile SIM Galaxy S20

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Both Mint Mobile and Ting Mobile are great MVNO carriers. Ting has one of the lowest barriers to entry, starting low with plenty of room to grow. Ting has a few solid plans for those that need a lot of data as well. Still, with prices starting as low as $15 per month and some of the best rates for data of any carrier, Mint Mobile is the better fit for the majority. Not only that, if you can pay for an entire year of service, you can get a great deal.

Mint Mobile from $15/mo
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Save money on data on the growing network when you buy phone service for up to a year at a time with enough data options for most.

Ting Mobile from $25/mo
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Start with a flex plan with unlimited talk and text with data that grows with your needs or up to 22GB of fast data with unlimited.

When Samuel is not writing about networking or 5G at Android Central, he spends most of his time researching computer components and obsessing over what CPU goes into the ultimate Windows 98 computer. It's the Pentium 3.