As part of our continued search for the best deals for you, the IGN reader, we’ve come across this excellent deal on prepaid cellphone plans. You might have seen the commercial for Mint Mobile during the Super Bowl. If the phrase “chunky style milk” rings a bell… you definitely saw the ad.
The bottom line: for ~$6.67 a month, or $20 total, you get unlimited talk and text and 8GB LTE data, for three months.
That’s $20, period, for three months of no-contract cell service. This is honestly one of the best prepaid cell phone plans we’ve seen. Let’s get into the details, and any potential “catches” to keep in mind:
First off, be sure to check Mint’s coverage map, but you’re probably fine there – almost all major areas are covered. Reviews for the service on Amazon are mostly positive, and the negative reviews come down to coverage or technical problems users had, so before you make the commitment, make absolutely sure you’re area is on the coverage map for LTE service.
Second, you can activate an existing phone. So if your contract plan is up and you want to move to something with less commitment for way less money, this is a great cell phone deal.
One thing to keep in mind: the Mint Mobile $20 for 3-month promotion only works for new activations, and it’s only for the 8GB plan. So if you use more data than that (you animal) you’re out of luck. However, Mint Mobile also offers 3GB and 12GB plans, so when the three months is up you can choose a data plan that fits your needs, if you want.
Also, when the three months is up, the pricing changes. They’re all pretty reasonable. During the 3-month promo period, this is without a doubt the cheapest prepaid cell phone plan, but even when the $6.67 per month period is over, it’s still really affordable. Here are the plans once the promo period ends:
- 3GB LTE for $25/mo
- 8GB LTE for $35/mo
- 12GB LTE for $45/mo
- 3GB LTE for $20/mo
- 8GB LTE for $25/mo
- 12GB LTE for $35/mo
- 3GB LTE for $15/mo
- 8GB LTE for $20/mo
- 12GB LTE for $25/mo
As you can see, if you commit to a 12-month plan you can keep the $20/month price. Pretty nice, although you are locked into another contract at that point, so you should be sure Mint is working out for you before committing.
Prices are better than comparable plans with other carriers like Straight Talk mobile, beating them in many cases for identical data/time spans, but when your time is up, there’s nothing stopping you from jumping ship.
Finally, Mint Mobile sends you a SIM card. You’ll need to swap in the new SIM card yourself, but if you’ve never done it before, don’t worry. It can be done in about 60 seconds.
Further reading: Be sure to check out our best deals on Apple iPhone and other Apple products, or if you’re after an Android phone, read our Samsung Galaxy S9+ review or our review of the Razer Phone 2.
Seth Macy is IGN’s tech and commerce editor and just wants to be your friend. Find him on Twitter @sethmacy.