How does Mint SIM stack up against MetroPCS? Here’s our comparison!
Mint SIM and MetroPCS are both mobile virtual network operators — MVNOs for short. They’re known as alternative carriers, offering consumers choices beyond the Big Four (AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint).
Switching to an MVNO can save you money because they simply lease coverage from one of the larger networks and resell it to customers. Plans are often prepaid, so you don’t have to worry about overages.
Let’s take a look at two major players — Mint SIM and MetroPCS — and see how they compare to one another.
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- Which should you go with?
Who owns it? Ultra Mobile
Which network does it use? T-Mobile 4G LTE
How long has it been around? Since 2016
Tethering allowed? No
Cheapest plan: $35 for 1 month: 2GB 4G LTE, unlimited nationwide talk, text, and 2G data
Who owns it? T-Mobile
Which network does it use? T-Mobile 4G LTE
How long has it been around? Since 1994 (originally as General Wireless). Merged with T-Mobile in 2012.
Tethering allowed? Yes, on all but the $50 unlimited data plan
Cheapest plan: $30/month: 1GB 4G LTE, unlimited talk, text, and 2G data
list of international rates here.
All plans from MetroPCS feature no annual contracts, with all taxes or regulatory fees included in the price. Voicemail and visual voicemail are included with each plan, along with Caller ID, Call Waiting and 3-way calling.
Music Unlimited is included on $40 and higher rate plans, which lets you stream from 40+ streaming music services including Apple Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Napster, Spotify, and more without it counting against your monthly high-speed data allotment.
4G LTE Mobile Hotspot is included in all plans except for the $50 unlimited plan.
Napster Unlimited Music
For $10 a month, you get unlimited, ad-free access to the Napster app, which allows you to download and play your favorite music for offline listening or stream online. There are ad-free artist radio channels to choose from as well as live radio options available There are millions of songs available to be downloaded.
Do you have friends or family living in Mexico? Do you often vacation south of the border? For only $5 a month, you can add Mexico Unlimited to your plan and get unlimited calling to and from Mexico to mobile phones and landlines, unlimited data in Mexico just as you would receive in the U.S. (based on your $40, $50, or $60 base rate plan), as well as unlimited text messages, sending and receiving, while in Mexico.
Essentially the same as Mexico Unlimited, except for our pals to the North. For $5 a month, you get unlimited calling to and from Canada (including mobile phones and landlines), unlimited data while in Canada (high-speed data based on your $40, $50, or $60 base rate plan), as well as unlimited text messaging while in Canada.
Value Bundle of Features
For just $5 a month, you can add five features to your account to make life easier. They include:
- Name ID: Blocks calls from unwanted, restricted, anonymous, private or unknown parties. Also includes Reverse Number Lookup and Real Time Caller ID.
- International Text Messaging: Send text messages across the globe. Find the full list of countries here.
- Voicemail to Text: Converts your voicemails to texts and delivers them straight to your phone
- Call Forwarding: Allows you to forward calls to any local number. Call Forwarding is easy to setup and use for those times when it might come in handy.
- Unlimited Directory Assistance: Unlimited calls to directory assistance for business and residential listings in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
The Premium Handset Protection Program
For an added $6 a month, Premium Handset Protection covers your device against loss, theft, damage and out-of-warranty malfunction. Includes access to Lookout Mobile Security Premium, which helps keep your device secure by backing up your data including your contacts, photos and call history, and will also send you an email alert if they suspect your phone has been stolen.
Premium Handset Protection can only be added on the day of activation.
check compatibility first. If you don’t have a phone to bring, we recommend the following:
- Samsung Galaxy S7: $549 (after offers)
- iPhone 7 32GB: $649
- iPhone 7 128GB: $749
- iPhone 7 Plus 32GB: $769
- iPhone 7 Plus: 128GB: $869
- Samsung Galaxy S6: $299
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