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Mint Mobile is one of the most affordable cellular providers, offering unlimited talk and text plans for $15 per month. With no long-term contracts and flexible plan options, we recommend Mint Mobile as one of the best cellular providers for seniors. But are they the right provider for you?
In this rundown of Mint Mobile senior plans, we'll take a closer look at each of Mint's plans (including their discounted offer for seniors), their pricing, and how they perform in relation to other providers.
Mint Mobile Pros and Cons
Mint Mobile Pros
Highly affordable plans. With prices starting as low as $15 per month, Mint Mobile offers the most affordable cellular plans with unlimited talk and text, not to mention the added 5GB of data.
No overage charges. Mint will slow your data speeds if you exceed your monthly allowance, but it will never hit you with overage charges.
5G access. All Mint Mobile plans offer access to 5G when available, giving users ultra-fast data speeds.
30-day trials. You can purchase a device through Mint Mobile, but you’ll also have the option to bring your own device to Mint’s service if your phone is unlocked.
Easy activation: It's a breeze to activate your plan with the Mint Mobile app and one of their SIM cards. Without any help, we were able to activate our phone in about five minutes.
Mint Mobile Cons
Deprioritization. Mint Mobile piggybacks on the T-Mobile network, so the provider may throttle your data speeds if a lot of nearby T-Mobile users are also using their cellular service.
Upfront payments. To get the lowest prices from Mint, you’ll have to sign up for a 12-month plan, which requires upfront payments for the full year of service. For example, the 12-month 5GB plan — although it technically costs $15 per month — is actually a one-time $180 payment paid in full upfront.
People 55 and older looking to switch to a more affordable provider with unlimited talk, text, and data.
$20 per month
People who do moderate amounts of web browsing, app usage, and music streaming
$25 per month
People who wish to stream music and videos
$30 per month
People who heavily stream music and video
*Monthly prices reflect the cost of Mint Mobile’s 12-month plans, which must be paid in full upfront.
Mint Mobile Plans for Seniors
For people 55 and older, Mint Mobile offers their Mint 55+ plan. This service includes unlimited talk, text, and 5GB of data (5G or 4G), and it requires no long-term contracts. Additionally, with this plan you can keep your current cell phone number.
One of our favorite features of the Mint 55+ plan is that it gives you access to MinTech advisors. These service professionals can help you activate your phone and troubleshoot any issues you have related to your cellular service or devices. Think of it like free priority customer service. In our experience, they were able to help us quickly set up our phones and start using them.
How to Purchase Mint Mobile
To get started with Mint Mobile, visit the company’s website to view its plans, prices, and — if needed — the phones it offers. Mint Mobile provides the option of either using your own device (for which it’ll provide a free SIM card for eligible devices) or purchasing a new one. If you’re in the market for a new phone, we recommend taking a look at Mint Mobile’s offerings since the company constantly offers discounts on new phones when they’re paired with a 12-month plan.
Once you purchase a plan from Mint Mobile, the company will send you a SIM card that can be quickly inserted into your phone. Once installed, your service will be up and running.
Mint offers three tiers of plans: three months, six months, and 12 months. The three-month plans are the most expensive, and the six and 12-month plans have increasingly discounted rates. The six-month unlimited plan costs $35 per month for unlimited talk and text, while the 12-month plan costs slightly less at $30 per month. Although the price difference for upgrading to a 12-month plan isn’t substantial, I’d recommend choosing it to get the best rates.
Mint Mobile does not require a long-term contract, not exactly, but it does require up-front payment for the entirety of your plan. If you want the 12-month unlimited plan, for example, you’ll pay a one-time fee of $360 when you sign up rather than 12 separate $30 installments.
When your plan period ends, Mint Mobile will contact you to renew your service, and you may pay for another three, six, or 12 months of cellular service.
Mint Mobile uses T-Mobile’s network, which means it offers nationwide coverage to a majority of the United States. It also offers a wide range of 5G coverage for ultra-fast download speeds. The downside, however, is that T-Mobile users are prioritized in times of heavy usage, so your Mint Mobile speeds are subject to fluctuation.
If you’re at a football game where hundreds of other people are using their T-Mobile service, for example, your Mint Mobile service may take a backseat. In our experience, though, there was little in the way of slowed speeds if we stayed within our monthly data allowance.
Mint Mobile vs. T-Mobile
Mint Mobile piggybacks off T-Mobile’s network, meaning they share similar speeds and areas of coverage. There are some key differences, however, related to pricing and data allowance. Below, you’ll find a comparison of their most affordable unlimited plans.
Mint Mobile 55+
T-Mobile Essentials 55+
$15 per month
$27.50 per month
Must be 55 or older
Must be 55 or older
It’s hard to find a better affordable wireless provider than Mint Mobile. Mint can’t guarantee the consistently high speeds of T-Mobile senior plans, but it still offers unlimited talk, text, and data plans at incredibly low prices.
To learn more about our favorite cell phones and providers for seniors, check out our helpful guides and reviews.
Technically, all of Mint Mobile’s plans offer unlimited talk, text, and data; however, most of their plans have a limit on high-speed data, and your speeds will be decreased to 2G after you’ve reached your limit.
Mint Mobile does not hit you with any hidden fees for activation, yearly dues, or overage charges. Its up-front pricing is transparent and covers the entirety of your service during your three-, six-, or 12-month period.
Amie has been writing about senior care products and services for the last decade. She is particularly passionate about new technologies that help improve the quality of life for seniors and their families. Seeing her parents and grandparents age made Amie ask herself, “Would this be good enough for my loved ones?” In her spare time, Amie enjoys outdoor adventures and spontaneous road trips. Learn more about Amie here