I just moved over to a new low cost cell phone provider, Mint Sim.
Thought I'd pass the info along, in case anyone might be interested.
They're already very low cost and have an incredible additional deal
going through the end of the year.
First, they are a T-Mobile MVNO, so whether or not T has good service
in your area is key. You can check what T-Mobile claims at their
website. There are also apps for your phone like Cell Mapper or
Open Signal, that show what other people who loaded that app and ran
a test are actually getting. They show dots for each spot a test was
run and how good it was. Also it's GSM, so your phone needs to be
compatible with T-Mobile, have a SIM card slot.
Mint Sim is a sub of Ultra Mobile, which is a T-Mobile MVNO. So the
deal is you get unlimited voice, texts and data for:
$15 month 2GB
If you pay for a year of service in advance. The rates are higher
if you buy just 3 or 6 months at a time. But right now they have
a deal going where if you buy any of the three month trial plans,
you get it at the yearly rate *and*
they give you 6 months instead
of three. So, I just got 6 months worth of service with 10GB of
data a month for $75. After that, it will be $25 a month. And
those trial offers, you have 7 days from activation to bail out
and get a refund.
I've previously been on the Sprint network and let me tell you,
T-Mobile blows it away, easily two to three times as fast and
far stronger coverage. I was testing last night at home and getting
76 Mbit/sec down.
The downside is they are a sub of a sub. Sounds like their support
is in India. From what I've seen, people have either trouble getting
it to work or it works and it works really great. If you have trouble
people have said they have trouble getting to a live person, have to
use email, etc. But I called up and got through to someone in about
Final thing, they also have a new $5 trial deal, with two sim cards.
The first sim card is good for 100 mins of voice, 100 txts, 100mb
of data, so you can try it out. If you like it, then you go online,
pay for one of the plans using the second sim card. They apply your
$5 to the new plan too. I think the two for one deal can be used
I've had it 3 days now, working solid. Just driving around here in
NJ I have 3 or 4 signal bars almost all the time, while with the
Sprint network I had 2 or 3. Call quality is excellent, better too.