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Start paying just $15 a month for your phone service and see how much you can save

Mint Mobile website on an Android phone
Mint Mobile website on an Android phone (Image credit: Joe Maring / Android Central)

You don't have to look very far to find a "deal" when it comes to carrier plans for your mobile service, but not all of them are really even that great. Sometimes you have to add more lines than you want, other times you have to jump through some crazy hoops, but that's not the case here. Mint Mobile has made a name for itself over the past few years, and honestly it may be time for you to make the switch. The carrier has plans starting at just $15 a month (opens in new tab), which is pretty crazy when you think about it. You prepay for the term, meaning you come out of pocket $45 today which is probably less than you pay each month right now, but that gets you three months of service.

The $15 a month plan includes 3GB of high-speed data each month, as well as unlimited talk and text.

If you happen to use a lot of data each month, Mint Mobile has other options available (opens in new tab) as well. You can step up to 8GB of data per month for $20, or max it out at 12GB for just $25 a month. These prices are a fraction of what you would normally pay Verizon, T-Mobile, or just about any other carrier in the U.S. If you happen to like the service, which runs on the T-Mobile network, then you can lock in for the same monthly price at a 12-month term. This means you'd pay $180 a year for the 3GB plan, or $300 for the 12GB plan.

Mint Mobile works with most unlocked phones, but if you're in the market for a new one the carrier also can help you finance one. From the latest iPhone models (opens in new tab) to Google's new Pixel 3a (opens in new tab), there are a ton of choices available. Be sure to check them out and start out your summer with a new phone and some service that helps you keep a little extra money in your pocket.

Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.
  • I used Mint for almost 2 years. I'm a budget plan shopper. I've used Ting, Project Fi, Republic Wireless, Mint, and Cricket since switching away from Verizon due to cost many years ago. My wife had Mint for 3 months before I transitioned her to Cricket because she kept missing text messages. I called in for support a number of times and they were never able to fix it reliably. I never had issues because I handle all of my texting via Google voice. Recently as I was nearing the end of my 12 month plan I decided to switch away from Mint. I didn't figure out my move in time so I purchased another 3 months. During that time my voicemail magically reset itself. That sealed the decision and I've moved away from Mint for good now. If you use Google Voice for everything and don't care about any of the carrier services then maybe Mint will work out alright. My personal experience and that of a co-worker who tried them around the same time I first signed up has been pretty bad. I no longer recommend Mint as an option for anyone to even evaluate unless I know that they ONLY use data based programs(Facebook Messenger, Google Voice, Skype, Signal, WhatsApp, etc.) for calling and texting. I really wanted to like Mint, but I'd recommend most people steer clear.
  • Honestly that sounds like a personal problem. Mint has handled conditional call forwarding perfectly for Google voice, but admittedly I can't speak to their own voicemail capability. Meanwhile sometimes texts go south on any network. I'm a phone and network hopper and my wife could no longer receive MMS messages from me. I moved to Sprint of all carriers and she started getting those again from me. Hopped back to Mint, she still can. Cricket had a network outage a year or so ago, which is when I bailed. It's also owned by ATT, who hates their customers.