Chances are very high that you own a smartphone if you’re reading this post. Chances are also high that your smartphone has a Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, or Sprint SIM card in it. Those four carriers may be the most popular, but are they the most economical? If saving money is a big concern for you, I have been testing an alternative to the big four called Mint SIM. Let’s take a look.

What is it?

Mint SIM is a no contract cellular company that uses the 4G LTE T-Mobile network to provide service.

With Mint SIM, you can pay 1, 3, 6, or even 12 months at a time for big savings.

Activation

To start using the Mint SIM you have to activate it by going to the Mint site.

Then you have to install the SIM in your phone. The Mint SIM card looks like the same SIM card you have in your phone right now. Depending on your phone, the SIM can be customized down to as small as the nano-sized, micro-sized, or the standard sized SIM that you see above.

The final step requires that you go into your phone’s settings to add the APN (Access Point Name) info so that you can use the data part of the Mint SIM plan.

This is something you normally don’t need to do with the other carriers, but it’s not difficult and only takes a minute.

Does it work?

If you live, work, or travel in an area with T-Mobile coverage then Mint SIM will work great because that’s the network that uses.

T-Mobile blanket in my area has a few holes in it compared to the “other guys” blankets, but it still worked just fine in most areas.

Pricing Plans

Mint’s pricing plans are very affordable especially if you can get by with a 2GB plan which is less than $12 a month when you pay for 3 months at a time.

What happens when you go over your monthly 4G LTE data allotment? Mint doesn’t cut you off, the speed just goes down to 2G which should be fast enough to still do basic things like check emails and chat. It may even be fast enough to use Google Maps, but I haven’t tested it.

Note that Mint SIM does not offer any type of family or group plans, so each plan must be purchased individually.

Final thoughts

If you’re on a budget, definitely check into Mint SIM. As long as your area has good T-Mobile coverage, they are a viable alternative to Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Mint SIM. Please visit their site for more info and Amazon to order.

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