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Switch It Up — How To Bring Your Phone Number To Mint

Published by Mint Fox on July 10,

Ready to join the Mint side?

If you have checked out our post, “5 Reasons Why You Should Dump Your Wireless For Mint,” you are on your way. Now all that’s left is transferring your number from your old, tired carrier to your new sparkling fresh Mint Mobile account. Like most things associated with Mint, it’s simple. We don’t want to stress you out, so here are step-by-step instructions on kissing your old carrier goodbye.

Three Easy Foxing Steps:

  1. Make sure your phone can transfer to the Mint side
  2. Grab details from your current carrier
    1. Log in to your account with your previous carrier, or give them a call.
    2. Locate your account number.
    3. Get your password, pass code, or PIN code number associated with your account.
    4. Make sure you know the billing address including zip code.
  3. Activate on mintmobile.com/activate

To make your life even easier (yes, we are cool like that), we’ve compiled a list of the most common mobile carriers and where you can find the info listed in the steps above. Just look for your previous carrier and we’ll walk you through it all. It has never been easier to become part of Team Mint.

How to Transfer Your Number By Carrier

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AT&T Wireless

  • Account number
    • Check the upper right-hand corner of your AT&T Wireless bill or invoice. Or, after logging into your AT&T Wireless online account, go to &#;Profile,&#; then &#;Sign-in Info,&#; then &#;My linked accounts.&#;
  • PIN number
    • Contact AT&T Wireless at for assistance.

AT&T Prepaid

  • Account number
    • Contact AT&T PREPAID at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • After logging into your AT&T PREPAID account, select &#;Forget PIN/Password,&#; and enter your number. Afterwards, select &#;Request 4-Digit PIN,&#; then &#;Send PIN / Password.&#; On the screen, enter the information you receive from the AT&T PREPAID text and select &#;Continue&#; to create a new PIN.

Airvoice Wireless

  • Account number
    • It&#;s your Airvoice Wireless SIM card number. Or, contact Airvoice Wireless at
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s the last 4 digits of your Airvoice Wireless phone number.

Altice Mobile

  • Account number
  • PIN number
    • After logging into your online &#;My Altice&#; account, go to &#;My Account&#; at the bottom of the screen, then go to the &#;My Altice&#; login and locate the pencil icon next to &#;Access PIN.&#; Enter your new PIN and save.

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Bandwidth

  • Account number
    • Contact Bandwidth at , then press 7, then 1.
  • PIN number
    • Contact Bandwidth at , then press 7, then 1.

Boost

  • Account number
    • Contact Boost at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s your Boost Personal Security PIN.

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Century Link

  • Account number
    • Check the upper right-hand corner of your CenturyLink bill. It&#;s the phone number plus 3 digits. Or, contact CenturyLink at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s &#;&#; (without the quotation marks).

Consumer Cellular

  • Account number
    • You can find it in your Consumer Cellular online account or by contacting Consumer Cellular at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s the last four of your SSN; Or, use &#;&#; (without the quotation marks).

CREDO Mobile

  • Account number
    • It&#;s your CREDO Mobile account number. You can find it by texting &#;ACCOUNT&#; to Or contact CREDO Mobile at
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s &#;&#; (without the quotation marks).

Cricket

  • Account number
    • You can find it in your online Cricket account under &#;Account Settings.&#; Or, contact Cricket at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s the Authorization ID (&#;AID&#;) that you set up with your online Cricket account. (You use it to make changes to your account.)

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easyGo

  • Account number
    • Contact easyGo at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • Contact easyGo at for assistance.

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FreedomPop

  • Account number
    • After logging into to your FreedomPop account, go to &#;Overview,&#; then &#;Manage Settings,&#; then &#;Port-Out Info.&#; Or contact FreedomPop at
  • PIN number
    • After logging into to your FreedomPop account, go to &#;Overview,&#; then &#;Manage Settings,&#; then &#;Port-Out Info&#;.

Frontier

  • Account number
    • It&#;s a digit number (starting with your digit phone number) that can be found at the top of your Frontier bill. Or, after logging into your Frontier account, you can find it at the top of the page. Or call Fronteir at
  • PIN number
    • Check the top of your Frontier bill. Or, find it at the top of the page after logging into your Frontier online account.

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Google Project Fi

  • Account number
    • After logging into your Google Fi account, go to &#;Manage plan,&#; then select &#;Leave Google Fi.&#; Or contact Google Fi at
  • PIN number
    • After logging into your Google Fi account, go to &#;Manage plan,&#; then select &#;Leave Google Fi.&#;

Google Voice

  • Account number
    • It&#;s your digit Google Voice phone number.
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s the same PIN you use when you access your Google Voice voicemail.

*Important: Google Voice numbers are treated like landlines when you port them and take days to complete.

GoSmart Mobile

  • Account number
    • It&#;s your digit GoSmart Mobile phone number. Or contact GoSmart Mobile at
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s the same PIN you use when contacting GoSmart Mobile. Set one up by calling from your GoSmart Mobile phone number, then say &#;No&#; to &#;refill,&#; then select &#;Manage my account,&#; then &#;change my account PIN.&#;

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H2O Wireless

  • Account number
    • After logging into your Hello Mobile online account, you can find it in the upper right hand corner. Or, contact Hello Mobile at
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s the last 4 digits of your Hello Mobile phone number.

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Inteliquent

  • Account number
    • Contact Inteliquent at , then select option 3 for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • Contact Inteliquent at , then select option 3 for assistance.

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Kroger Wireless

  • Account number
    • It&#;s your digit Kroger Wireless phone number.
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s the PIN you set up when activating with Kroger Wireless. Contact Kroger Wireless at for assistance.

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Lively

  • Account number
    • Find it in your Lively online account. Or contact Lively at
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s &#;&#; (without the quotation marks).

Lycamobile

  • Account number
    • Contact Lycamobile at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • Contact Lycamobile at for assistance.

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magicJack

  • Account number
    • You can find it in your magicJack online account or by contacting magicJack at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s your magicJack online account password.

Metro by T-Mobile

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Net10

  • Account number
    • It&#;s your phone&#;s IMEI (CDMA phones). If you&#;re using a GSM phone, it&#;ll be the last 15 digits of your Net10 SIM card.
  • PIN number
    • Contact NET10 at for assistance.

NumberBarn

  • Account number
    • After logging into your online NumberBarn account, go to &#;Numbers,&#; select the number you wish to port out, then select &#;Port Out.&#;
  • PIN number
    • After logging into your online NumberBarn account, go to &#;Numbers,&#; select the number you wish to port out, then select &#;Port Out.&#;

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Onvoy

  • Account number
    • Contact Inteliquent at , then select option 3 for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • Contact Inteliquent at , then select option 3 for assistance.

Ooma

  • Account number
    • It&#;s &#;1&#; (without the quotation marks) plus your digit Ooma phone number.
  • PIN number
    • Contact Ooma at for assistance.

P

Page Plus

  • Account number
    • It&#;s your digit Page Plus phone number. Or contact Page Plus at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s the last 4 digits of your Page Plus phone number.

Peerless Network

  • Account number
    • Contact Peerless Network at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • Contact Peerless Network at for assistance.

Puppy Wireless

  • Account number
    • After logging into your online Puppy Wireless account, you can find it on the left-hand side of your online dashboard.
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s the last 4 digits of your Puppy Wireless phone number.

Pure Talk

  • Account number
    • Contact Pure Talk at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • Contact Pure Talk at for assistance.

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Red Pocket

  • Account number
    • Your digit phone number is your account number.
  • PIN number
    • Last four digits of your phone number

Republic Wireless

  • Account number
    • It&#;s your digit Republic Wireless phone number.
  • PIN number
    • After logging into your online Republic Wireless account, you can find it under the account settings section.

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SafeLink Wireless

  • Account number
    • It&#;s your phone&#;s IMEI or MEID. Or contact SafeLink Wireless at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s &#;&#; (without the quotation marks).

Selectel Wireless

  • Account number
    • After logging into your Selectel Wireless online account, find the the 8-digit number labeled &#;Account.&#;
  • PIN number
    • Contact Selectel Wireless at for assistance.

Spectrum Wireless

  • Account number
    • After logging into your &#;Spectrum Mobile&#; online account, go to the Billing tab, then &#;Billing Details,&#; then &#;View Statements.&#; Open a statement to see your account number at the top.
  • PIN number
    • You can find it on your online Spectrum Mobile Statement, the My Spectrum App, or Spectrum Mobile paper statement. Contact Spectrum Mobile at https://www.mobile.spectrum.com/support/ or for assistance.

Sprint

  • Account number
    • Contact Sprint at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • After logging into your online Sprint account, go to &#;Profile & Settings.&#;

Sprint Prepaid

  • Account number
    • You can find it on the top-center of your Sprint Prepaid bill or in your Sprint Prepaid online account.
  • PIN number
    • Contact Sprint Prepaid at for assistance.

Straight Talk

  • Account number
    • It&#;s your phone&#;s MEID or IMEI. If you are using a BYOP SIM card, it&#;s the last 15 digits of your SIM number. Or contact Straight Talk at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • After logging into your Straight Talk My Account page, go to &#;Update personal profile,&#; then &#;Current security PIN.&#; Set up a PIN if this field is blank.

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Ting

  • Your Ting account number
    • The PIN associated with the number that you want to port out
    • The Ting account holder name and billing address
    • All of this information can be found by logging into your Account settings tab, scroll to the bottom and click &#;Port out information.&#;

T-Mobile

T-Mobile Prepaid

  • Account number
    • Contact T-Mobile prepaid at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • Contact T-Mobile prepaid at for assistance.

Tello

  • Account number
    • Contact Tello at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • After logging into your online Tello account, go to &#;My Information,&#; then &#;Account Details,&#; and click the &#;Change&#; button next to &#;Security PIN.&#; Then click &#;Reset Security PIN,&#; and click &#;Request Reset Code.&#;

TextNow

  • Account number
    • It&#;s your TextNow phone number.
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s &#;&#; (without the quotation marks).

Ting

  • Account number
    • After logging into your online Ting account, go to &#;Account Settings,&#; then &#;Port Out Information,&#; and select &#;Port out now.&#; Or contact Ting at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • After logging into your online Ting account, go to &#;Account Settings,&#; then &#;Port Out Information,&#; and select &#;Port out now.&#;

total wireless

  • Account number
    • It&#;s your phone&#;s IMEI. You can find it on the settings menu of your phone or by dialing the *#06# prompt.
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s &#;&#; (without the quotation marks). Contact total wireless at for assistance.

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Ultra Mobile

  • Account number
    • Found at the top left corner of your online account management portal. If you do not have access to the portal call to get your account number.
  • PIN number
    • The last four digits of your Ultra Mobile phone number.

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Verizon

  • Account number
    • Can be found on your bill or online account by logging in online and going to Account then Account overview. The account number is listed at the top, and it ends in but should be entered without the dash.
  • PIN number
    • Majority of the time it will be a four digit number, but in some cases it could be 3, or 6 digits. If you don&#;t know your account PIN, you can reset it on your online Verizon account, or you&#;ll need to reset it by calling Verizon Customer Support at

*Important: If you don&#;t know your pin number, you can reset it by going to vzw.com/PIN and sign in to your My Verizon account. Enter the new account PIN and then re-type the new account PIN in the designated box. Click Submit to confirm. You&#;ve successfully created your account PIN. You will get a notification that a PIN has been set up.

Verizon Prepaid

  • Account number
    • Alphanumeric usually starts with an A.
  • PIN number
    • Majority of the time it will be the four digit password, but in some cases it could be the 3, or 6 digits that you use to access your account from your phone.

Virgin

  • Account number
    • A nine-digit number. If you don&#;t know it, you will need to contact Virgin Mobile at
  • PIN number
    • Usually the account holder&#;s birthday as the two-digit month, two digit day, and a two-digit year in six-digit format unless you&#;ve changed it. For example, would represent January 10,

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Xfinity Mobile

  • Account number
    • Check the upper right-hand corner of your Xfinity Mobile bill/invoice. Or, contact Xfinity Mobile at
  • PIN number
    • After logging into your Xfinity Mobile online account, go to &#;Devices,&#; then select the phone number you want to port out. Then select &#;Transfer your number, cancel this line&#; at the bottom of the page to receive your PIN by text.

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Ultra Mobile

  • Account number
    • Contact Ultra Mobile at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s the last 4 digits of your Ultra Mobile phone number.

UNREAL Mobile

  • Account number
    • After logging into your UNREAL Mobile account at my.unrealmobile.com, go to &#;Settings,&#; then &#;Port Out Info.&#; Or, contact UNREAL Mobile at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • After logging into your UNREAL Mobile account at my.unrealmobile.com, go to &#;Settings,&#; then &#;Port Out Info&#;

UScellular

  • Account number
    • Contact UScellular at for assistance.
  • PIN number

US Mobile

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Verizon

  • Account number
    • Please contact Verizon Prepaid at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • Please contact Verizon Prepaid at for assistance.

Verizon Prepaid

  • Account number
    • Please contact Boost at for assistance.
  • PIN number
    • Please contact Boost at for assistance.

Visible

  • Account number
    • After logging into your Visible account, go to the Account section (it&#;s the &#;Profile&#; tab if you&#;re on a desktop).
  • PIN number
    • After logging into your Visible account, go to the Account section (it&#;s the &#;Profile&#; tab if you&#;re on a desktop).
    • If you haven&#;t changed the email associated with your Visible account in the last 30 days, then click on “Request via email” to receive your PIN by email.
    • If you have changed the email associated with your Visible account in the last 30 days, then click on “Request via chat.”

Vonage

  • Account number
    • Check the upper-right hand corner of your Vonage bill. Or, you can find it in your online account.
  • PIN number
    • It&#;s the number used to verify your account with Vonage. Contact Vonage at for assistance.

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Walmart Family Mobile

  • Account number
    • Dial ##<SEND> from your Walmart Family Mobile phone.
  • PIN number
    • Contact Walmart Family Mobile at for assistance.

**Information correct as of July We will attempt to update as carriers change their requirements. If any question then please contact your current carrier or our Mint Mobile care human support.

Catch ya on the Mint side,

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It&#;s pretty easy, and we walk you through the steps. Once you purchase your plan and select an &#;eSIM delivery&#; then you can choose to either activate your plan right away, or activate later in two easy steps.
  1. Activate your plan&#; On the order confirmation page there will be a large orange button &#;Activate now&#;. Hit this if you wish to activate your plan immediately after purchase. If you want to wait, no problem. We will send you an email with the same link to activate at your leisure.
  2. Install your eSIM&#; Once your plan is activated, then you will need to install the eSIM onto the eligible device you will be using Mint on. To do this you will scan the QR code that appears on screen after you activate your plan. If you close the screen before scanning, again no problem. We&#;ll be following up with an email that will contain the QR code.

1. You&#;ve scanned the QR code and opened the installation process, but the screen is frozen on &#;Cellular Plan&#;. Close the window on your phone, and rescan the QR Code.

2. If you can&#;t scan the QR code, check and make sure that you have your QR scanner enabled in your Settings.

There are a few easy ways to check if Mint Mobile is the perfect fit for you:

1. Check the coverage map to verify service in your area. Please be aware that outside factors like terrain, building structures, weather, and other conditions may also interfere with the actual service available.
2. If you are bringing your own phone, make sure your device is compatible with Mint Mobile
3. You want to pay for the data you use and save money on your current monthly phone plan
4. You want customer service there for you when you need it
5. You want to be a part of the best community in wireless

Your Cleverness Kit

Visit mintmobile.com/activate
Enter the digit ACT CODE conveniently located on the back of your SIM cart (top right corner).
Follow the steps on screen, they will guide you.

Or

Download our Mint Mobile app (available on iOSand Android)
Enter the digit ACT CODE conveniently located on the back of your SIM cart (top right corner).

Hint:  Keep your digit activation code available until your service has been fully activated.

Starter Kit or Share the Love Kit

Download our Mint Mobile app (available on iOS and Android)
Enter the digit ACT CODE conveniently located on the back of your SIM cart (top right corner).

Bonus: the app will automatically check if your device is compatible and you have coverage in your area!

To transfer your current phone number to Mint, simply select the option ‘Transfer My Number’ during activation. We suggest prepping before activation as you’ll need some information from your old carrier:

-Your account number from your former carrier. Your account number can be found on your billing statement, or you can hit up your provider&#;s customer service department.
&#; The corresponding password, pass code or PIN code number.
&#; The billing address associated with the account.

Unfortunately, once a plan is activated we can’t transfer your number to your current Mint account. So make sure you do it at activation.

Note: Usually the transfer process is pretty quick, but sometimes it may take up to 48 hours to complete and landlines can take up to 5 business days. If you have any questions regarding your transfer, call customer support at or chat with us at mintmobile.com/chat. Once the number has been successfully transferred, we will we send you an SMS and confirmation email.

FYI, Mint does not charge a fee for transferring your number, but your less-cool, old school carrier might.

Yes, you can request a new number during the SIM card activation process. You will need to enter your ZIP code and choose the option, “Get a new number.” A new number will auto generate based on the ZIP code and availability in your particular area code.
Any resemblance your new number bears to the geographical coordinates of the Lost City of Atlantis is purely coincidental.

Option 1: Check out how much you’re using right now! Log into your current account and look for the section on your monthly data usage.

Option 2: You can go to your phone’s settings (Settings > Cellular Data for iPhone, or for Android Settings Menu > Data Usage > Select Dates for Android). Do a little hunting around and see what you use.

Option 3: We got you. For a rough idea of how much data you need to check out our handy blog.

Does a fox sleep in the woods? With our Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) program, you can easily get Mint Mobile on your current device. Just switch out the SIM card and presto!
Compatible BYOP devices include:
&#; Most unlocked, GSM-network phones
&#; Unlocked AT&#;T, T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless, Simple Mobile, and Straight Talk phones
&#; Most phones with a SIM card
You may need to hit up your carrier to unlock your phone (and major Mint savings).
If you’re still not sure if your phone will work with Mint Mobile, visit willmyphonework.net. Once there, enter your phone’s brand and model, U.S. for country and, under “Carrier,” choose our partner company, Ultra Mobile. (This, however, does not guarantee if the device is unlocked or that the phone will work with our service).

Nope. We’re digital only—no expensive real estate to maintain or rent to pay, baby. That’s one big reason we can keep our costs down and pass the savings on to you.
But that doesn&#;t mean you can&#;t ask for help if you need it. Our customer care humans are available 7 days a week 5AM-7PM PST at  or chat with us at mintmobile.com/chat.

We offer different shipping options depending on how urgently you need your new phone service. Choose between day shipping (for FREE), overnight or if you are in a rush we have same day delivery (CA ZIP codes only).

Any orders placed after 2pm CT will be processed and shipped the following business day. Unfortunately, we do not process and ship orders on Sunday or public holidays. Even foxes need a rest sometimes.

Once your order has been shipped we will send you a tracking number, which you can monitor obsessively by clicking the link in the email!

Check our coverage map to verify service in your area. The icons in green will show the expected coverage in that location (outdoors, indoor residential, etc.) for certain device types. Enter multiple addresses/ZIP codes to check all the areas where you live work and play.

Please be aware that outside factors like terrain, building structures, weather, and other conditions may also interfere with the actual service available.

Any doubts then you can test us out with our Starter Kit, available exclusively through the Mint Mobile app. You’ll get a 7-day trial to test where you live, work and play. When you love us then you can purchase a full plan directly from the app.

Depends on your device’s make and model. All plans come with a 3-in-1 SIM card that includes mini, micro and nano sizes to fit your phone. Just punch the size that will fit your phone and use the handy sim ejector tool that we gave you to pop out the SIM tray.

Not sure where your SIM card is located? Check your phone manual or just ask Google for the location of the SIM card in your phone and which size you&#;ll need.

If you need help inserting the SIM, the Mint Fox will talk you through it step-by-step in this instructional video.

When you order a Mint plan, we give you a second SIM kit – the Share the Love Kit. This is to pass on to a friend who is overpaying on wireless and should be on Mint. Friends help friends save. The kit includes a 7 day free trial of Mint with minutes of talk, texts and MB of data. When your friend loves us and purchase a full plan, you will get renewal credit for your next plan and your friend will get $15 of credit to use on their next plan renewal. Sweet, right?

No! Your service must be active with your original carrier in order for them to release your number. Otherwise you could create a rupture in the space-time continuum and everyone will suddenly be walking around in platform shoes and polyester jumpsuits.

All of our full plans and Starter Kits feature a 7-Day Money Back Guarantee for all purchases made on mintmobile.com or using the app. You can cancel your service for any reason within 7 days of activation and we will refund you % of the purchase price, including any fees and taxes. Shipping is not refunded.

Got an unused SIM card? We’ll honor returns for these within 10 days of purchase. It must be returned in its original unopened packaging and the SIM card must not be activated (condition counts—we aren’t called Mint for nothing).

Yep. All plans include the Mobile Hotspot feature at no extra charge. The data you use just pulls from your monthly 5G • 4G LTE amount. All you need is a hotspot capable phone.
Reminder: Mobile hotspot is limited to 5GB for Unlimited plans.

After you have tried our service and know what data plan is right for you, then you can choose the length of plan depending on how clever you want to get; 3, 6 or 12 months.

Mint Tip: You can lock in our introductory 3-month pricing by renewing for 12 months.

Log into your account at mintmobile.com/login anytime to view our available plans and pricing.

Per month, baby! So stream away—it comes back. For example, if you buy a 12 month, 15GB plan, you will get 15GB of high-speed 5G • 4G LTE data to use each month for 12 months. Any unused data does not roll over, though. It resets at the end of your data cycle.

Hungry for data? Why wait? You can purchase more data three ways:

i. Add more 5G • 4G LTE data through the Mint Mobile app by selecting “Buy more data” in the menu

ii. Add more 5G • 4G LTE data by logging into your account at mintmobile.com/login and clicking UpData

iii. Message UPDATA to and follow the instructions. You will need to have money in your Mint Mobile wallet to make this purchase.

Right now, only select eligible Apple iPhones and Google Pixel devices can use an eSIM on Mint, and the device must be unlocked.

An eSIM is just a physical SIM that has gone digital. Instead of you physically inserting a SIM into your phone to join the Mint network, you install an eSIM onto your phone/device. It means you don&#;t have to wait for your SIM to be delivered, you can activate straight after purchase.

If you are new to Mint, and have an unlocked, eligible device you can choose eSIM at time of purchase.
If you are an existing Mint customer, then log into the Mint app, head to Settings > SIM > Replacement SIM. Right now eSIMs are only available on selected iPhone devices (iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, any iPhone 11, any iPhone 12, or the latest iPhone SE) and Google Pixel devices (some Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G, and Pixel 5).

You can’t change the duration of your current plan once it has started. You can, however, set up a new duration to automatically renew at the end of your current plan by logging into your account at mintmobile.com/login.

Sure can. Purchase up to 4 plans per order. Each plan requires a new activation. So give it your friends and family &#; share the best deal of the year

At Mint, we don’t hide our fees in our plans—we break them out so you know exactly what you are paying.
Subtotal: Cost of the plan chosen.

Regulatory Recovery Fee: The Regulatory Recovery Fee is assessed to help recover Mint Mobile’s administrative costs to comply with various federal and state programs. Please refer to our Terms and Conditions for additional details.

Telecom Tax: This includes any federal, state, county, city, or district taxes that are applicable to the retail sale of prepaid wireless communications services in your zip code.

Shipping &#; Handling: Depends on shipping option chosen at checkout.
NY PSCS: The Public Safety Communications Surcharge is a state-imposed surcharge collected on the retail sale of prepaid wireless communications services in the state of New York.

CA MTS Surcharge: Between 1/1/ and 12/31/, the Prepaid Mobile Telephony Services (MTS) Surcharge was collected from California-based consumers on the purchase of prepaid wireless service. It included a combination of certain taxes, fees, and other surcharges, as mandated by the state of California. Effective 1/1/, it is no longer applicable. Please go to https://www.mintmobile.com/ca-mts/ for more info on the replacement of the Prepaid MTS Surcharge.

Short answer: You choose. Long answer: All Mint Mobile plans allow you to choose how much 5G • 4G LTE data you need each month—4GB, 10GB, 15GB or Unlimited data. When you hit your data limit, we don&#;t cut you off, we just slow it down. If you need more data, then you can do a one-time data purchase in your account. Or if you find you are hitting the limit each month, simply upgrade your plan to the next data level at any time.

Your Mint service starts from the time that you activate your plan. Mint Mobile SIM cards can be activated up to 45 days after you receive your SIM.

If the phone is still locked, it will not be able to be used on other services. If unlocked, it can be used on any service with compliant hardware (eg. some devices are GSM or CDMA only).

Yes as long as your device is eligible for a Mint eSIM. Currently only iPhone XS, XS Max, XR, any iPhone 11, any iPhone 12, or the latest iPhone SE are eligible, and they must be unlocked.

To get a replacement eSIM, log into the Mint app, head to Settings > SIM > Replacement SIM.

We give you the first eSIM free of charge. If you ever want to switch back to a physical SIM at any time no problem. Just order a Replacement SIM through account management.

Sure you can. You have up to 45 days from your plan purchase date to activate your SIM card. Don’t worry we will let you know before we deactivate it. If you need more time then please call customer support at or chat with us at mintmobile.com/chat.

Yep. You can upgrade your 5G • 4G LTE data size mid-cycle by paying the difference between your current plan and the upgraded plan. You are also able to set the change to occur when your current plan ends. You cannot switch down data mid-cycle, though.

True story: the most common fix for issues with data connection, text messages and domestic and international calling is simply turning your phone off and then back on.

You can also try removing and reinserting your Mint Mobile SIM Card. This essentially re-registers your phone in the mobile network. This will help you with problems related to data connection, text messages and domestic and international calling.

If you continue to experience issues, call customer support at or chat with us at mintmobile.com/chat.

On iPhones: Your voicemails won’t immediately appear in your Visual Voicemail screen, even if you currently have messages in your inbox. They will appear once you get a new message, so we recommend you leave yourself a voicemail message after updating your Carrier Settings. Tell yourself how stoked you are about your new savings!

On Androids: To access your voicemail, press and hold the number 1 on your phone’s keypad, or dial To reset your voicemail password, type #PWD# on your keypad and hit “Send.” To record a greeting that doesn’t make you want to cringe, you’re on your own. Certain Android users can leverage native visual voicemail on their device.

For non-native-VVM Android devices, we recommend you download a third-party app.

If you have any questions our team of customer care humans can help you out.

On an iPhone:

Go to Settings on your phone.
Select Cellular Data, then Personal Hotspot.
Turn on your hotspot.

On Android phones:

Go to Settings on your phone.
Select Connections or Networks.
Choose Mobile Hotspot and Tethering.
Turn on your hotspot.

It may differ on different Android devices, so if the above instructions don’t work, give Google search a try.

Unfortunately, Mint Mobile is not capable with wearables like Apple Watches.

It&#;s pretty easy, and we walk you through the steps. Once you purchase your plan and select an &#;eSIM delivery&#; then you can choose to either activate your plan right away, or activate later in two easy steps.

  1. Activate your plan&#; On the order confirmation page there will be a large orange button &#;Activate now&#;. Hit this if you wish to activate your plan immediately after purchase. If you want to wait, no problem. We will send you an email with the same link to activate at your leisure.
  2. Install your eSIM&#; Once your plan is activated, then you will need to install the eSIM onto the eligible device you will be using Mint on. To do this you will scan the QR code that appears on screen after you activate your plan. If you close the screen before scanning, again no problem. We&#;ll be following up with an email that will contain the QR code.

1. You&#;ve scanned the QR code and opened the installation process, but the screen is frozen on &#;Cellular Plan&#;. Close the window on your phone, and rescan the QR Code.

2. If you can&#;t scan the QR code, check and make sure that you have your QR scanner enabled in your Settings.

You will need a new eSIM. First, make sure that your new device will be eligible with a Mint eSIM, and is unlocked. If not, then you will need to switch back to a physical SIM.

When you have your new eligible device follow the below steps:

  1. Install the Mint Mobile app on your new iPhone and log in to your account
  2. Click the “Change Device” option in the Account menu
    • If your Mint Mobile account is already using eSIM on your previous device, simply select the &#;Get an eSIM&#; option to move your account to a new eSIM on your new device
    • If your Mint Mobile account is currently using a Physical SIM, you have the option of following the instructions on the screen to transfer your physical SIM to the new device, or you can switch to eSIM. To switch to eSIM, look to the bottom of the screen where it says &#;Want to switch to an eSIM? Order one here&#; and tap the link.
  3. Follow the instructions on screen to complete the eSIM installation process.

When you switch to a new eSIM, you will keep you current plan and number. No change there.

With our Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) program, you can easily get Mint Mobile service on your current device. Just switch out the SIM card and presto.
Compatible BYOP devices include:
&#; Most unlocked, GSM-network phones
&#; Unlocked AT&#;T, T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless, Simple Mobile, and Straight Talk phones
&#; Most phones with a SIM card
You may need to hit up your carrier to unlock your phone.
If you’re still not sure if your phone will work with Mint Mobile, visit willmyphonework.net. Once there, enter your phone’s brand and model, U.S. for country and, under “Carrier,” choose our partner company, Ultra Mobile. (This, however, does not guarantee if the device is unlocked or that the phone will work with our service).

The IMEI is the serial number that uniquely identifies your mobile phone. In the event that your phone is lost or stolen, reporting the IMEI will completely block service to the phone. To access your phone&#;s IMEI for your own personal records, please dial *#06# on your phone&#;s keypad. The IMEI will be displayed on the screen.

If you&#;re on a prepaid or pay-as-you-go plan, your phone is probably unlocked; however, if you&#;re on a two-year contract or something similar, your phone is probably carrier-locked until you finish paying it off.

The most reliable way to determine whether or not your phone is unlocked is by calling your current carrier and asking them to verify your phone&#;s status. You will most likely need to provide your account password (if applicable) and your phone&#;s IMEI number. You can find this on most phones by dialing *#06# on your keypad.

Phones need to be unlocked prior to activating your Mint Mobile service.

You can get the iPhone SE + 3 FREE months of Premium Wireless when you click here. 

Or, head to our phone shop at mintmobile.com/phones to pick out your shiny new toy.

If your phone is GSM and accepts a SIM card, then your phone is most likely unlocked. If you want to double check, try contacting your current carrier to check if your phone is unlocked.

Yep. You just have to switch up a few things on your phone: 

  1. Open the Google Play Store on your phone. 
  2. Search “Messages by Google LLC”.
  3. Download the Messages app (by Google LLC, of course).
  4. When you open it for the first time it’ll ask to be your default messaging app. Go ahead and click “Yes”.
  5. Make sure you enable chat features in the app settings so you get the whole shabang (nobody wants just half of a shabang).

Thanks to RCS, Android users have access to key features that Apple&#;s iMessage users have been bragging about for years like read receipts, typing bubbles (three dots ftw), and the ability to send richer media. Now you can send full-size selfies to your friends in HD. Shoutout to Rich, whoever he is, for making it possible.

Note: RCS only applies to Android and up. RCS requires a data connection (either WiFi or cellular). Both the sender and the recipient must have RCS enabled in order to send messages through RCS. 

You bet. There&#;s 3 ways you can add more hotspot data to your plan:

i. Add more hotspot and 5G • 4G LTE data through the Mint Mobile app by selecting “Buy more data” in the menu

ii. Add more hotspot and 5G • 4G LTE data by logging into your account at mintmobile.com/login and clicking UpData

iii. Message UPDATA to and follow the instructions

You will need to have money in your Mint Mobile wallet to make this purchase. If you need more hotspot, but don&#;t need more data — downsize to our 15GB plan to get up to 15GB of hotspot.

All of our full plans and Starter Kits feature a 7-Day Money Back Guarantee for all purchases made on mintmobile.com or using the app. You can cancel your service for any reason within 7 days of activation and we will refund you % of the purchase price, including any fees and taxes. Shipping is not refunded.

Got an unused SIM card? We’ll honor returns for these within 10 days of purchase. It must be returned in its original unopened packaging and the SIM card must not be activated (condition counts—we aren’t called Mint for nothing).

Right now, only select eligible Apple iPhones and Google Pixel devices can use an eSIM on Mint, and the device must be unlocked.

You will need a new eSIM. First, make sure that your new device will be eligible with a Mint eSIM, and is unlocked. If not, then you will need to switch back to a physical SIM.

When you have your new eligible device follow the below steps:

  1. Install the Mint Mobile app on your new iPhone and log in to your account
  2. Click the “Change Device” option in the Account menu
    • If your Mint Mobile account is already using eSIM on your previous device, simply select the &#;Get an eSIM&#; option to move your account to a new eSIM on your new device
    • If your Mint Mobile account is currently using a Physical SIM, you have the option of following the instructions on the screen to transfer your physical SIM to the new device, or you can switch to eSIM. To switch to eSIM, look to the bottom of the screen where it says &#;Want to switch to an eSIM? Order one here&#; and tap the link.
  3. Follow the instructions on screen to complete the eSIM installation process.

When you switch to a new eSIM, you will keep you current plan and number. No change there.

With our Bring Your Own Phone (BYOP) program, you can easily get Mint Mobile service on your current device. Just switch out the SIM card and presto.
Compatible BYOP devices include:
&#; Most unlocked, GSM-network phones
&#; Unlocked AT&#;T, T-Mobile, Cricket Wireless, Simple Mobile, and Straight Talk phones
&#; Most phones with a SIM card
You may need to hit up your carrier to unlock your phone.
If you’re still not sure if your phone will work with Mint Mobile, visit willmyphonework.net. Once there, enter your phone’s brand and model, U.S. for country and, under “Carrier,” choose our partner company, Ultra Mobile. (This, however, does not guarantee if the device is unlocked or that the phone will work with our service).

The IMEI is the serial number that uniquely identifies your mobile phone. In the event that your phone is lost or stolen, reporting the IMEI will completely block service to the phone. To access your phone&#;s IMEI for your own personal records, please dial *#06# on your phone&#;s keypad. The IMEI will be displayed on the screen.

If you&#;re on a prepaid or pay-as-you-go plan, your phone is probably unlocked; however, if you&#;re on a two-year contract or something similar, your phone is probably carrier-locked until you finish paying it off.

The most reliable way to determine whether or not your phone is unlocked is by calling your current carrier and asking them to verify your phone&#;s status. You will most likely need to provide your account password (if applicable) and your phone&#;s IMEI number. You can find this on most phones by dialing *#06# on your keypad.

Phones need to be unlocked prior to activating your Mint Mobile service.

You can get the iPhone SE + 3 FREE months of Premium Wireless when you click here. 

Or, head to our phone shop at mintmobile.com/phones to pick out your shiny new toy.

If your phone is GSM and accepts a SIM card, then your phone is most likely unlocked. If you want to double check, try contacting your current carrier to check if your phone is unlocked.

When you are shopping for a new phone, there are a few things you want to look for to make sure you&#;ll get the most awesome experience on Mint. Check that it is 4G LTE compatible, and is VoLTE friendly. You might want to think about getting a 5G compatible phone, though it is not essential to work on our network.

If the phone has bands 2, 4, 12 and 71, then that is ideal.

Super easy, we have a tool for that. Head over to our Bring Your Own Phone page, and enter your IMEI number (your phone&#;s ID &#; we give you instructions on how to find). We can then tell you if we are Mint to be or not.

The older your phone, the less likely it supports 4G LTE and VoLTE which is needed to work on Mint&#;s network. If you are not sure if your phone supports 4G LTE and VoLTE, then we have an easy-to-use tool that allows you to check. Head to Bring Your Own Phone page by clicking here, enter your IMEI number (we give you instructions on how to find it). We can then tell you if we are Mint to be or not.

If you checked your phone using our compatibilty tool, and found that your phone won&#;t work on Mint, then we have a fox ton of Android and iPhones available on mintmobile.com/phones. All of these phones support 4G LTE and VoLTE, and work perfectly with our network. Even bettter you can find some starting at under $ If you have any questions then call or chat with our care humans and they will help you out.

Mint Mobile’s 7-Day Money Back Guarantee applies to all first-time customer purchases of full plans and Starter Kits made on mintmobile.com or using the Mint Mobile app. Plan renewals are not eligible.

Yep. You can chat with us at mintmobile.com/chat 24/7 or hit us up at between 5am &#; 7pm PST and we&#;ll walk you through setting up your sweet new phone.

Here&#;s how to transfer data from your old iPhone to a new one with iCloud.
First, connect your old iPhone to Wi-Fi.
Open the Settings app.
Tap [your name] > iCloud.
Select iCloud Backup.
Tap Back Up Now.
Wait until the backup process is completed.
Turn on your new phone and connect to Wi-Fi.
Log-in to your iCloud account and sync your backup. Voila.

Apple iPhones sold on Mint Mobile are locked to our network. For more info on our unlocking policy, just click here.

All new phones purchased from our website come with a manufacturer&#;s warranty from the original date of sale, so you&#;re good there.

Trade-ins aren&#;t really our jam just yet, but we do have plenty of deals on new phones. You can find them on our https://phones.mintmobile.com/phones

Just check out our return policy here. https://www.mintmobile.com/return-policy/

If knocking on wood when you hit &#;buy now&#; doesn&#;t work, just visit https://www.mintmobile.com/return-policy/ and fill out the refund request form. From there, our Care team will make things right.

After you&#;ve tried our service and know what data plan is right for you, then you can choose the length of plan depending on how much you want to save on 3, 6 or 12 months.
Mint Tip: You can lock in our introductory 3-month pricing by renewing for 12 months.

Log into your account at mintmobile.com/login anytime to check out our available plans and pricing.

You can&#;t change the duration of your current plan once it&#;s started. You can, however, set up a new plan duration to automatically renew at the end of your current plan by logging into your account at mintmobile.com/login. 10/10 recommend.

If you&#;ve got a fever and the only cure is more data, there are 3 ways you can get it:
• Add more 5G • 4G LTE data through the Mint Mobile app by selecting “Buy more data” in the menu
• Add more 5G • 4G LTE data by logging into your account at mintmobile.com/login and clicking UpData
• Message UPDATA to and follow the instructions. You will need to have money in your Mint Mobile wallet to make this purchase.

Unfortunately, Mint plans do not support smartwatches right now.

Don’t worry, if your payment fails, we’ll let you know via SMS and email. But you won’t be able to use your service until you make a payment by logging into your account or in the app.

You can set up your account as part of the activation process. When you login at mintmobile.com/login, you’ll be able to manage your plan, check your balance, purchase data add-ons, and so much more. You will need to activate your SIM to be able to access your account, though.

You can check your monthly data usage at any time in the app or at mintmobile.com

If you are using less data each month than is included in your plan, then you can downgrade your data at the end of your current plan.

If you find yourself maxing out each month, or adding additional data, then you can upgrade to the next data plan at any time. You just pay the difference.

If you need your Mint Mobile account number, call customer support at or chat with us at mintmobile.com/chat.

Easily. This is all done via Account Management or with our fancy and useful app (available for iOS and Android). Open up Account Management and head to Manage Plan. Here you’ll choose whatever you need more or less of – months or data.

Need more data? Then you can choose to switch your plan immediately, at your next monthly reset or at the end of our plan. The choice is yours. You will just pay the additional cost to upgrade.

Need more or less months? You’ll be switching at the end of your current plan. Unfortunately, we can’t switch you around mid-plan. Sorry.

Need less data? Choose it as your next plan.

Sours: https://www.mintmobile.com/faq/
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Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T control the airwaves in the United States, but if you find their fees outrageous, you may have more options than you think. Smaller companies, called mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), charge cheaper prices because they lease wireless capacity from bigger companies, rather than maintaining their own cell phone towers. 

They may not have the money for splashy advertising campaigns, but an MVNO can offer many core features that were once restricted to the Big Three. Nowadays, it's reasonable to expect to pay $15 a month for a line that includes 5G network access and a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot. All our top picks for the best cheap phone plans also have high-speed 5G where it's available.

Don't see anything that's useful to you? We also have guides to the best unlimited plans at the major carriers, best Android phones, best iPhone, and best cheap phones for all budgets.

Updated July We added Ting back into our guide and made slight tweaks to other services' pricing and data allotments.

If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. This helps support our journalism.Learn more.

The Best Plan

Mint Mobile ($15–$40 per line)

Mint launched in and has become the best value among smaller cellular networks. Its Unlimited plan is our favorite data service and starts at $30 a month for pretty great benefits. 

4G LTE and 5G are in every plan with no speed caps. All plans have unlimited talk and text, and you can make free calls to Canada and Mexico. The Unlimited plan lets you use as much data as you want, though after 35 GB your data speeds may slow down and video streams at only p definition.

There are four tiers, and the prices are lowest if you pay for a year at a time. For your initial three months, you get a discount to, respectively, $15/$20/$25/$30 per month, although the prices rebound after that. If you choose to pay every three months, here are the monthly prices: 4 GB for $25, 10 GB for $35, 15 GB for $45, or Unlimited for $  If you commit to a year, you can keep that discounted rate. There's also a smaller discount if you commit to six months at a time.

Mint also offers a $5 one-week trial of its service. Download the Mint Mobile app from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store and you can try out a limited version of the Mint plan for $5. If you end up liking it and buying a plan after the trial week, Mint knocks the $5 off your renewal price.

Our favorite Mint Mobile plans are$15 per month for 4 GBand$30 per month for unlimited data. Mint does not include wireless taxes and fees in its prices. Both plans will cost $10 more per month if you don't pay annually.

Phone compatibility: This network runs on T-Mobile, so any ex-T-Mobile or ex-AT&T phone should work, along with many newer high-end phones that come universally unlocked, like iPhones and Google Pixels.Check here for compatibility.

If You're in a Rural Area

Visible ($40 per line)

Visible was our favorite until Mint released its unlimited plan, but it's still a great deal if you prefer Verizon's coverage, which is better in remote or rural areas. It's owned by Verizon and uses its network exclusively (which means it's not technically an MVNO, if that matters to you). 

The unlimited plan costs $40 per month for one line, including taxes and fees, and it comes with unlimited talk, text, and data. Your first month is only $25 per line, and after you pay for your third month Visible will send you a $50 gift card.

Visible uses 5G, if Verizon supports it in your area. Sadly, 5G coverage is still scarce outside certain major cities—and it's not all that game-changing yet. Your 5G data is capped at Mbps. 

In times of heavy network traffic, Visible will deprioritize its customers below Verizon customers sharing the Verizon cellular infrastructure. It sucks, but it's common among these low-cost carriers. Visible used to inform customers on its website about slowdowns, but that has been stopped. Bummer. Honesty always wins bonus points. 

You get mobile Wi-Fi hot-spot data included, which is often missing from base plans among the three major carriers, though it's limited to 5 Mbps and supports only one tethered device at a time. Video streaming is restricted to p resolution.

Visible has only one plan, and it costs$40 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data. Wireless taxes and fees are included. Monthly pricing drops to $35/$30/$25 if your plan has 2/3/4 lines on it.

Phone compatibility: It runs on Verizon's network, so any ex-Verizon or ex-US Cellular phone or universally unlocked phone can be brought over.Check here to see if your phone is compatible.

Best for Homebodies (and World Travelers)

Google Fi ($20 per line + $10 per GB)

Whether you're a long-time work-from-home employee, or a world traveler who only occasionally makes international calls, Google Fi is an easy way to buy small amounts of data and not have to pay for too much.

You pay $20 for one line, plus $10 per gigabyte of data, whether you're in the US or traveling in one of the plus supported countries. It's also prorated, so if you don't use a whole gigabyte, you won't get charged for a whole gigabyte. I recommend you turn off mobile data in your phone's menu at home to ensure that you're always using Wi-Fi.

Google Fi uses T-Mobile's and US Cellular's 4G LTE and 5G networks. It'll throttle (slow down) your data after you pass a certain monthly threshold: 15 gigabytes for the base tier, and 22 gigabytes for the unlimited plans. At least Google is clear about it. Data after 6 GB is free on a one-phone-line plan, so you won't get a surprise giganto bill if you lose track of your data use. That data threshold increases the more lines you have on your plan.

There's free travel, so you don't have to pay a daily fee overseas just to be allowed to pay again for by-the-minute phone calls. Instead, calls are a flat 20 cents per minute from outside the US, and there's free, unlimited texting. Data costs don't change outside the US either.

It works with more than just Google phones now, including certain Huawei, Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Apple models, but its iOS support is still in beta, and 5G isn't supported on the iPhone If you're using an iPhone, Fi won't switch between networks for best call quality, which is a feature that's a big chunk of its appeal. The Unlimited plan exists, but is expennnnsive: $60 or $70 per month for a single phone line, not including taxes and fees, depending on whether you choose Simply Unlimited or Unlimited Plus.

Google Fi offers a$20 per line + $10 per GB of dataplan and theunlimited plan for $60. If you have five or more lines, the standard plan is reduced to $16 per line (+ $10 per GB), and if you have four or more lines, the unlimited plan reduces to $45 per line.

Phone compatibility: Onlycertain phones will work with Fi. The list of compatible phones is small compared to other providers.

Best If You Hardly Use Any Data

Ting ($10–$55 per line)

Ting revamped its data plans from the most à la carte method imaginable, in which you paid on a sliding scale for every single aspect of a phone plan, to a more typical tiered system like its competition.

All plans include 5G network access, unlimited talk and text, and a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot. The $10 plan comes without any data, and you pay $5 per gigabyte of data you use. If you hardly use data, this is the best plan on the market. You have the core features of fast network access and limitless talk and text without the high price of paying for data you won't use.

The $25 plan includes 5 gigabytes of data, all of which you can use over a hot spot, but the $35 plan lets you use only 8 gigabytes of its gigabyte allotment over a hot spot. Both are solid deals, but they are outclassed a bit by the competition.

However, if you exceed your monthly data allowance, Ting drops you down to 2G network speed. That's brutal. Practically all MVNOs and MVNO-like carriers drop your speed after you exceed your data, even unlimited plans, but 2G is particularly slow. You can pay $5 per extra gigabyte of data to retain 5G and 4G LTE speeds, and any leftovers of this top-off data carry over to the next month.

The Ting plan we like most costs$10 per month, although you also have to pay $5 per gigabyte of data.

Phone compatibility: Ting uses the Verizon and T-Mobile networks, so a phone that works on either of those services is likely to work on Ting.Check your device's compatibility here.

Honorable Mentions

Boost Mobile ($15–$60 per line)

Owned by Sprint for many years, Boost was bought by Dish Network when T-Mobile gobbled up Sprint last year. It has five plans, from $15 to $45 a month, each with Wi-Fi hot spot data, 5G network access, and unlimited talk and text. The lowest tier has a 2-GB hot spot limit, which is pretty darn low if you connect it to a laptop to browse the web. You can use the entire data allotment of each non-unlimited plan over a hot spot, which gives it a leg up over similarly priced plans, such as Ting's $35 tier.

The unlimited plans make no financial sense at $50 and $60 per month. If that's your thing, go to Visible or one of the major carriers. The cheapest, lower-tier three plans are for new Boost customers only, and the lowest two require that you bring your own device.

Like Mint Mobile, the unlimited plans are limited to 35 GB of high-speed data, after which you get reduced speeds. Like most unlimited plans, this one makes us wonder why it's labeled “unlimited” at all.

The Boost Mobile plan we like costs$35 per month for 10 GB.

Phone compatibility: As always, universally unlocked phones will work, along with phones brought over from T-Mobile and AT&T.Make sure yours is compatible by checking here.

Cricket Wireless ($30–$60 per line)

Cricket is, eh, fine. There's nothing egregious about its offerings, but nothing about them really stands out, either. It's owned by AT&T and has been eclipsed by newer offerings that deliver more features than it manages. It still offers solid service, though, and some of the tiers make a good case for themselves.

The $a-month tier for 10 GB of 4G LTE data ($40 if you don't use auto-pay) makes the most sense, although it's light on features compared to the competition. But at least Cricket's prices do include taxes.

You have to step up to $55 a month to make free calls to Mexico and Canada. You get no Wi-Fi hot spot or 5G network access unless you pay $60 a month for the top tier, which includes 15 GB of hot spot data. Yet even if you're paying that much, you're limited to streaming video at p.

Cricket's best plan costs$35 a line for 10 GB of data.

Phone compatibility: Any universally unlocked phone,along with ex-T-Mobile and ex-AT&T phones.

Services to Avoid

Straight Talk is a collaboration between Walmart and TracPhone. It uses the broadest variety of cellular networks of all the providers in this guide—Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T. It costs $35 a month for 5 GB of 4G LTE data, but after that 5 GB you're knocked down to 2G, which is so slow it's usually unusable. It's only available at Walmart. Here's is its phone compatibility checker.

Xfinity is another well-known name that we'd pass on. Two members of WIRED's Gear team have had Xfinity Mobile, and they weren't fans of it. It's also just not a good deal compared to our other options. For $15 a month you get 1 GB of data, and for $30 a month you get 3 GB of data. We advise you to get Mint for $15 to $25 instead.

Metro, which is owned by T-Mobile, offers these plans: $30 for 2 GB, $40 for 10 GB, or two unlimited tiers. Metro really pushes its unlimited tiers, which offer basically the same features at the same price as regular T-Mobile plans, except for the fact that you may be deprioritized during times of congestion. In many instances, it's smarter to skip Metro and go straight to T-Mobile.

Some Technical Nitty-Gritty

These smaller providers (called MVNOs, generally, when they're not owned by another provider that has its own network infrastructure) use other networks' cellular infrastructure—almost always one or more of the big three or US Cellular. They typically work just as well as the standard network. If the network is congested, there's a chance those big carriers will prioritize their customers first, but we already know they deprioritize their own users during congestion as well.

It used to be crucial to know which type of cell network technology your carrier used: GSM or CDMA. If you had a phone that worked for one then it probably wouldn't work on the other, and so switching cell carriers might have meant having to buy a new phone. Nowadays, it's less important to know the difference. Many new phones work with either type of network. Still, every provider has a page that lets you see whether your current phone will work on it, so make sure to check it if you plan to jump ship.


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Sours: https://www.wired.com/story/guide-to-mvno-phone-plans/
Why I switched to Mint Mobile (from Verizon)

Mint Mobile 7-Day Trial Kit

Description

Mint Mobile gives you premium wireless service at pretty much the lowest price on the planet. But no matter how low our price is, you want to be sure we'll work with your device and location, right? Our Starter Kit is an easy, worry-free way to try Mint Mobile out before committing to one of our phone plans.

Each Kit includes two SIM cards and instructions on how to activate, exclusively with the free Mint Mobile app. In a nutshell, you use the first SIM card to activate the trial on your device using a new phone number that we'll provide. This way you can try us out without having to bring over your current number. The trial includes MB of 4G LTE data, text messages, and minutes of talk-just what you need to make sure everything works great before you buy a full plan. Once you know we're a fit, you can use the second SIM card to bring your current number over to Mint-or leave the first SIM in to keep your new number.

At the end of your trial, you can purchase a full plan right from the app, and we'll credit back the $5 purchase price. If Mint isn't a fit for you, we offer an unconditional 7-Day Money Back Guarantee.

Sours: https://www.target.com/p/mint-mobileday-trial-kit/-/A

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I am buying a new device, do I need a new eSIM?

You will need a new eSIM. First, make sure that your new device will be eligible with a Mint eSIM, and is unlocked. If not, then you will need to switch back to a physical SIM.

When you have your new eligible device follow the below steps:

  1. Install the Mint Mobile app on your new iPhone and log in to your account
  2. Click the “Change Device” option in the Account menu
    • If your Mint Mobile account is already using eSIM on your previous device, simply select the &#;Get an eSIM&#; option to move your account to a new eSIM on your new device
    • If your Mint Mobile account is currently using a Physical SIM, you have the option of following the instructions on the screen to transfer your physical SIM to the new device, or you can switch to eSIM. To switch to eSIM, look to the bottom of the screen where it says &#;Want to switch to an eSIM? Order one here&#; and tap the link.
  3. Follow the instructions on screen to complete the eSIM installation process.

When you switch to a new eSIM, you will keep you current plan and number. No change there.

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Why I switched to Mint Mobile (from Verizon)

The hook before he tried to rush in after him. As soon as I, as usual, abruptly turned the tap on, a stream of water hit my face. The iron gut of the soul jumped from the pressure, crashed with a plastic head into the bathroom and spun like a snake.

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Uh-huh, - I gave out with some kind of throaty sound. - You will stand here with your ass to me and I will tighten you properly, right. - he continued his questions, which sounded more like rhetorical. - Do you want.



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