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MintSIM Drops Promo, Launches New Plan Structure

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When Ultra Mobile launched its MintSIM MVNO brand, they offered it with a discount for customers who were willing to pay for their service in advance. The T-Mobile MVNO offered a promotion that gave up to 50% off to customers who purchased 3 months of service in advance. Once that time was up, the monthly prices of the plans went back up.

But after running the promotion for a year, other carriers followed their initiative and launched a similar campaign. Priding itself on being unique, MintSIM has announced that they will no longer be offering the promotion. In its place, the MVNO has decided to change the prices on its plans and start offering it as Clever AF (3 months), Still Really Clever (6 months), and Cleverer AF (12 months).

Back in November, we shared MintSIM's plan pricing structure as this:
  • 2 GB high speed data: $35/month, $69/3 months ($23/month), $119/6 months ($19.83/month), $199/12 months ($16.58/month) 
  • 5 GB high speed data: $50/month, $99/3 months ($33/month), $169/6 months ($28.17/month), $299/12 months ($24.92/month) 
  • 10 GB high speed data: $60/month, $119/3 months ($39.67/month), $209/6 months ($34.83/month), $399/12 months ($33.25/month)

With today's new announcement, the plans offered by the MVNO now look like this:
  • 2 GB high speed data: $45/3 months ($15/month), $108/6 months ($18/month), $180/12 months ($15/month) 
  • 5 GB high speed data: $60/3 months ($20/month), $144/6 months ($24/month), $240/12 months ($20/month) 
  • 10 GB high speed data: $75/3 months ($25/month), $180/6 months ($30/month), $300/12 months ($25/month)
All plans include unlimited talk, text and data that refreshes every month.

Update 7/28 by Dennis: I've learned that the 3 month plan prices are promotional for the first three months only. I don't know how much it will cost to renew these plans but I will update this post when I find out.

Update 2 7/30 by Dennis: Mint SIM  has confirmed that renewal prices on the three month plans are:

  • 2 GB Plan $69 ($23/month)
  • 5 GB Plan $90 ($30/month)
  • 10 GB Plan $114 ($38/month)

Hat tip to JP at BestMVNO.com for researching and sharing this information.


Source: MintSIM, WhistleOut

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  1. I tried them but my service was spotty and speed was crappy.

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    1. Excited WirelesserJuly 27, 2017 at 6:08 PM

      It could very well be that you live in a place that Tmo does not have a strong signal for you, or you are on an older phone that is not utilizing the 600 mhz frequency that they won.

      So I say, that EVERY carrier has places that they do not work.
      I know a 2 mile stretch, in NYC, that straight out does not have Verizon signal. Does that mean that Verizon is bad? All it means is that Verizon does not work there.
      Verizon also does not work in Europe, and noone comes to say that Verizon has poor service.
      Research where you live, and then pick the service that works well there. Thats it.

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    2. "or you are on an older phone that is not utilizing the 600 mhz frequency that they won."

      Where exactly do they have a 600 MHz network that's up and available to customers??

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    3. If he lives in the US, MintSim coverage (T-Mobile with no roaming) is indeed spotty.

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    4. Yup - several years ago my family had Verizon phones and we moved to a city that had great coverage everywhere. Except our house.

      Verizon wanted me to buy some sort of personal cell network extender gizmo that I'd plug into my home internet. At a cost of more than $200. To provide cell service that I was already paying more than $150 a month for among my family's phones.

      That's when I decided to dump Verizon and started researching pre-paid service, unlocked GSM phones, and MVNOs. One of the best things I've ever done.

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    5. All depends on a number of variables. Speed vs Performance vs Coverage.
      Thankfully coverage maps have gotten better over the years. Do the research and choose accordingly.

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    6. Metro's $65 6GB 2-line plan is better

      It comes with roaming, priority speeds and remotely decent customer service.

      Roaming is an absolute necessity until they get their 600mhz spectrum built out.

      By that time, their native coverage should be "good enough" to rely on.

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    7. "Roaming is an absolute necessity..."

      Unless you are a hodophobe, prison inmate. or shut-in.

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    8. Coverage on the map looked superb for me. Reality was a different thing. From now on, i try to ask people who live around me what service works best for them and go with that. Unfortunately, maps are not accurate or may be exagerated. My phone did have band 12 access but not even that made a difference really.

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  2. How can you take a business seriously that uses "af" in official advertising?

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    1. Edgy, like T-Mobile's schtick.

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  3. I just tried them also, and speeds 1/3 of the time were good, but 2/3s of the times were about 0.5meg. Upload speeds were always good around 15-17meg. I emailed them to cancel and get my money back, as they are clearly HEAVILY throttling downloads.

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  4. Maybe I'm not reading this properly, but why would someone pay for 3 or 12 months upfront when they can go month-to-month and pay the same per month?

    The six month pricing being a higher price doesn't make sense either.

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    1. It doesn't look like they're offering a month-to-month plan; 3 months is the shortest time period. However, I can't for the life of me think of why anyone would buy more than a 3 month plan.

      The 3 month plans seem like a pretty good deal if the cell service works well for you.

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    2. You can't buy month to month. 3 months is minimum

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    3. Actually, it looks like they MAY offer a monthly price at some point - when I went into the "Manage Plan" option of my account just now they showed single month prices at the bottom (with the section header on a different color presumably because it's not (yet) actually available). The prices are $35/50/60 for each of the established tiers - probably only there for demonstration purposes only because I can't imagine anyone taking those prices over Metro's.

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  5. I can't make sense of this. The 6 month plans cost more than twice what the 3 month plans cost.

    The annual plan costs the same as buying the 3 month plan 4 times.

    Actually, none of this makes sense.

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    1. It's starting to look RingPlus-ish.

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    2. They want to sell 3 months at a time, so they make that the most attractive, what's not to understand?

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    3. 3 months gets you hooked. 12 months is where they want you to be.

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  6. This article is misleading. Its plan listings imply that MintSIM still offers monthly plans. They don't! The minimum you can buy is 3 months. The plan prices also seem to include a free SIM. This article could mention that.

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  7. The 12 month option sort of makes sense if you want to lock in the price for a year. But I have to assume the 6 month pricing is the result of someone's screw-up somewhere. The 3 month plans are probably what makes the most sense for most prepaid customers and with the exception of the 6 month plans, the new plan structure is a lot less confusing than their previous lineup. I can imagine other MVNOs popping up with 3 month plans in the future.

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    1. The pricing was not consistent back when they had the promotion running a few days ago, so I don't think the 6-month pricing is a "screw-up". They don't want anyone to choose the 6-month option.

      It seems to me that they give the 3-month option for those people new to the service who are not sure and want to try it out for a short time. For those who have used it and like it, the pricing makes the 12-month term most attractive to lock in the price.

      It's clever because you think you are making the choice yourself, but they have engineered it so you will decide the way they want you to. You will say, "Well, this looks like a good price, but I don't know if they will suddenly raise the price, so I don't want to do just 3 months and, perhaps, have to pay a higher price 3 months from now. I'd rather lock it in for a whole year."

      Supermarkets do the same thing. Think about how you are being manipulated the next time you go to buy groceries.

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  8. Mint Sim has served me well. Just hope they still have cheap rates when I need to renew in Feb.

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    1. ex ringplus (i miss them) appreciate mintsim despite the coverage issues. I hope that they continue to be cheap. I wish a CDMA would do it this cheap (sub 15 for 2gb) because I had better coverage with RP when traveling.

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    2. SanctimoniousApeJuly 28, 2017 at 6:59 PM

      They've been good enough for the price - oddly not as good as Sprint in my main travel area (truck driver covering Eastern PA, NJ, DE, northern MD), even with band 12. Dunno anyone else offering 10GB for $25/mo, tho - about twice what I need, but that just gives me flexibility for times when I'm waiting longer than usual for a load or something.

      Since the coverage is occasionally spotty, I've taken to carrying an old Sprint phone on CellNUVO just in case. They turned on hotspot upon request for free and I've built up enough credit for plenty of gigabytes or minutes over the past several months should I need it (not so far, though).

      Since I have a Moto G4 I'm considering trying to see if it'll work with both carriers at once with a simple SIM swap so it'll be more convenient with just one device (stick the currently inactive SIM under the phone's battery cover). Not really been a priority to spend time on, though, so dunno when I'll get around to it.

      But, yeah - unless they're planning another round of unpublicized discount codes for the longer plans, I don't get why anyone would commit to laying out an entire year of service when going 3 months at a time would cost the same without the huge up-front outlay. Will have to keep an eye out for those discount codes.

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  9. Tried the 3 month promo, ported out with still a month left to go. Calls and text were fine, data was terrible. It is apparent after a few months of use that Mint customers are heavily deprioritized for data. Early in the mornings I would get 20Mbps down, as the day progressed into peak usage the speeds would drop into dialup range, sometimes so slow everything would just time out. This was verified in multiple locations in the Houston area where TMbl coverage is outstanding. Throttled, deprioritized and often useless.

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    1. This has been my experience with every T-Mobile MVNO I have used, so I gave up trying and will never use a T-Mobile MVNO again.

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    2. So, I infer that it is better to use a re-seller like Teltik or 4GAS than a MVNO. I have only used re-sellers for TMO and have not had any data problems.

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  10. $15 per month is good.. Hope it stays ...

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    1. $15/mo was about what you'd wind up with (depending upon your local taxes, of course) under the old year-long commitment if you used one of the 20% off discount codes they had available most of the time. As such, I'd say it's safe to assume that price will stick around (barring any major events like the inevitable consolidation that will eventually occur - especially under a Republican administration - and which will cause prices to jump).

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  11. Where is the mintsim cheerleader that shows up in every thread?
    All of a sudden all we hear is crickets chirping.

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    1. who cares where the cheerleaders are. We are here to discuss prepaid service. I dont miss anyone or really care frankly. Dont be so infantile.

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    2. It all seems like smoke and mirrors. I have yet to run into anyone who uses Mintsim. It's all a fog of over-advertizing and fanatic shills on forums like this who sound like no real customer anywhere.

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  12. Dennis, are you sure the 3 month deal is not a promotional price? They had a promotion during Christmas where you could get three months at 35 plus tax. After that, the price would increase if you wanted to buy another 3 months.

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  13. Real customer here. I can't give you actual data speeds, as I haven't been very scientific about tracking them, but perfectly adequate for surfing and the like. No idea for streaming stuff, as my plan (2GB) doesn't have the headroom for that. Can say that I've had coverage a few times where my gf did not, and she pays full price Verizon. YMMV.

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  14. Dennis, any idea how risk-free their week-long test drive really is? Have you heard any horror stories about people not getting their money back at all or MintSIM making them jump through hoops?

    I'm thinking of testing them out by getting a new number, and then if it works either asking them to cancel within 7 days or port my number over the one they assign for the test drive.

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  15. I was on Straight Talk and ported my number to MintSim at the end of July, and I've been extremely pleased with my service. As others have said, the absolute most important thing is knowing how good T-Mobile coverage is in your area. I'm fortunate enough to live in an area (near Peoria, IL) where coverage is great and I'm at a full 5 bars at home in my condo, and my data speeds range from 5-20 GB down & 0.5-10 GB up, which has been just fine for me. Surfing & watching video works great. I'm still on my introductory 5GB data plan which came out to ~$18.33 per month after taxes, and if everything stays the same I will happily renew when my intro offer is up around Halloween.

    Main decision I'll have is whether to pay for a year and lock up the $20/month price, or just keep moving along at 3 month increments since the price is the same (for now). Wonder if their plan prices will increase or decrease in the future?

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  16. I was interested and I simply tried to locate the renewal rates after the $15/mo promo period ends. Nowhere on their website did they provide this information so I entered a chat session and asked repeatedly but my question was repeatedly unanswered. And then a gif appeared of the fox now in a down pouring of rain….(at the beginning of the chat you are welcomed by a gif of the fox with fireworks and champagne). The rainy gif implied to me that someone was indeed on the other end and it was intended as a juvenile insult aimed at my locale as there was no logical reason otherwise for it to appear. (I live in Seattle.) At any rate, I won’t be a customer due to sneaky sales tactics and lack of transparency in pricing…even after overlooking the offensive behavior of a juvenile chat/support person…(coverage doesn't look great in the West anyway…certainly none at the ski areas.)

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