Mint Mobile vs. Other Brands
Now that we’ve covered all the basics, let’s look at how Mint Mobile compares to other brands like it:
Google Fi vs. Mint Mobile
There are a lot of similarities between Mint Mobile and Google Fi. They’re both MVNOs, they both offer Wi-Fi calling, hotspots and they both utilize the T-Mobile network to provide nationwide 4G LTE and 5G coverage.
Mint Mobile offers four straightforward plans differentiated by data allowances. Google Fi has three different plans called Simply Unlimited, Unlimited Plus and Flexible, which all have a number of different benefits.The Simply Unlimited plan is basic and affordable, Unlimited Plus provides more international benefits and a year of YouTube Premium. Flexible is best for those who prefer to pay only for the data they use.
If you travel often, Google Fi has more features for international calls, texts and data included while Mint Mobile only includes free international calls to Canada and Mexico with the option to buy additional credits for travel. Google-Fi also states that they are not subject to data traffic deprioritization, which means you won’t experience slowed data speeds during times of high network usage
Price is another big difference, Google Fi’s lowest-price option for a single line is the $20 per month Flexible plan, but that goes up based on data usage at $10/GB. The Simply Unlimited Plan is $50 per month for one phone but drops to $20 per month with four phones.
Mint Mobile’s lowest price is $15 per month per phone for 5GB of data, but even their top-priced Unlimited plan has a lower base cost for one line than Google Fi. If you have multiple phones on the plan you may get a better deal at Google Fi but for two phones or fewer, Mint Mobile will likely be cheaper. In both companies, Unlimited plans have a data cap after which data will be slower.
Mint Mobile vs. Verizon
When comparing Mint Mobile to Verizon, it’s important to remember it’s not apples to apples. Mint Mobile is an MVNO using the T-Mobile network while Verizon is a major carrier with its own network. Verizon is credited with having the largest nationwide 4G LTE network in the country but T-Mobile has the edge on 5G.
In addition to more 4G LTE coverage, Verizon also has more plan options, with perks like unlimited talk & text, Verizon Up rewards, Mexico & Canada talk, text, & data, international texting, and a call filter spam blocker. They also have features like packages for Disney+, Apple Arcade or Google Play Pass, Apple Music, and internet service.
All of Verizon’s plans include some level of premium mobile hotspot data, (ranging from 5GB to 50GB) and then unlimited lower-speed data. Their most expensive plan provides all the bells and whistles and unlimited premium mobile hotspot data for $100 per month for a single-line plan. Verizon’s lowest-cost single-line option is their Welcome Unlimited, noted as “just the basics” for $75 per month. However, the same plan drops to $30 per month with four lines.
As with most phone companies, the more lines you have on your plan, the lower the base monthly cost will be. Verizon offers an immediate $10 per month discount for any number of lines if you enroll in auto-pay with paper-free billing. There are also additional discounts available for active military, veterans, first responders, educators and students.
When getting a phone with Verizon, some phones will be free as a part of an enrollment promotion, and for other phones, you may also have the option to pay for the device in installments, incorporated into your regular billing. They may also have more phone models available than Mint Mobile.
While Verizon does offer month-to-month contracts, if you’re buying a phone when you sign-up, you are likely going to be enrolled in a 24- to 36-month contract.
Which company you prefer largely depends on what you want in terms of opinions and budget. Mint Mobile has single-line options that are significantly cheaper than Verizon’s single-line options. If you want a lot of perks and the most coast-to-coast 4G LTE coverage, for multiple lines, and don’t mind a contract, Verizon may work for you. If you just want a low-cost single line with shorter commitments and a strong 5G network, that gives you the essentials, Mint Mobile is probably your better bet.
Mint Mobile vs Visible
Visible is an MVNO owned by Verizon, which functions as an app-based phone service that runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE Network. They offer unlimited talk, text and data, built-in fees, full access to Verizon’s 4G LTE and 5G network, unlimited hotspot data, and 24/7 human assistance. With no physical stores and no annual contracts, Visible is a close comparison to Mint Mobile. You can also shop the same wide selection of phones that Verizon carriers, only instead of paying in installments in your phone bill, you’d use Affirm. Visible also offers the option to add a smartwatch to your plan as a $5 per month add-on.
Visible offers $25 per month and $35 per month (premium) unlimited plan intro plans. This means they offer an unlimited plan that is a little cheaper than Mint’s unlimited plan. However, Visible has no offer comparable to Mint’s lowest cost $15 per month plan.
Visible’s ability to offer 24/7 human-based customer service, unlimited hotspot data, a smartwatch add-on, and a low-cost basic unlimited plan may give them a slight edge against Mint’s $30 Unlimited plan. But if you want the absolute lowest cost monthly plan, Mint is likely the better choice.