Is Mint Mobile’s $15 cell phone plan as good as Ryan Reynolds says?

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Ryan Reynolds is not only a world famous actor, he is also a co-owner of Mint Mobile, the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) which offers a $15 per month mobile phone plan using the T-Mobile 5G network.

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That’s an awfully cheap price for a monthly wireless bill, so one might wonder, is that really all it’s supposed to be?

The answer to this question really depends on the user. Let’s see how Mint Mobile’s $15 monthly plan works so consumers can decide for themselves whether it’s a bargain or just a bunch of hot air.

What does $15 a month get you?

Mint Mobile offers four prepaid plan options and prices vary, but the cheapest plan available is the one that’s advertised the most: the $15 per month plan.

Here’s what you get with the $15/month plan:

  • 4 GB of data

  • Unlimited calls and texts

  • National coverage

  • Access to 5G or 4G LTE (whichever is stronger in your area)

  • Access to T-Mobile’s network, which has been rated the best in terms of 5G coverage by Signal open

What $15 a month really costs

As you might expect, the $15 per month plan isn’t exactly $15. It’s a bit more because it also incurs additional taxes and fees. Moreover, it does not cover any activation costs. And perhaps most importantly, a minimum three-month commitment (prepaid) is required – but the best price is only available to those who pay for a full year.

No in-person support

One of the reasons why Mint Mobile is as cheap as it is can be attributed to the fact that it does not have physical locations. This means you can’t just walk into a store if you have a problem or want convenient customer support.

Still, for all you get, it’s the cheapest plan out there.

Reading the fine print is key, as it reveals Mint Mobile’s cheapest plan isn’t really $15 a month — not after you add taxes and fees. It also has the caveat of having to prepay for months in advance.

That said, Mint Mobile’s Cheapest Plan is the cheapest plan you can get that gives you access to a major carrier and provides just as much data and other benefits. The second cheapest option is available from T-Mobile, and it starts at $45 per month.

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All in all, if you’re on a tight budget but use your phone a lot — and can afford at least three months of service ($45 plus fees) upfront — Mint Mobile might just be the pick for you. . In addition, it is compatible with 5G, an increasingly essential feature for users, as we spend more and more time on our mobile devices.

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