Mint Mobile has a new promotion and this time it’s not oneOn Wednesday, the Ryan Reynolds-owned wireless operator revealed a new offer for those looking to switch to another operator and buy a new phone in one of their six-month plans.
The deal, currently only available online and to new Mint customers, will include devices like the iPhone 12, 12 Mini and SE on Wednesday. Aron North, Mint’s chief marketing officer, tells CNET that Android devices, including the OnePlus Nord N10 5G and N100, as well as the Google Pixel 4, will arrive next week.
“Due to the global chip shortage, we have had some challenges getting Android devices, however they will be there in a week,” he says.
Other phones, including Samsung devices, will also be added to the promotion in the future.
Under the deal, you would basically get $ 90 in credit for your plan. For the 4GB plan, which typically costs $ 15 per month for new users, this would be the equivalent of paying for half a year of service.
Those looking for a plan with more high-speed data would get what equates to a $ 90 discount applied to the plan they select at checkout. As the payment of the service must be made in advance, the operator does not make refunds or credits on the monthly invoice. Instead, you will ship a 12-month-service SIM card instead of a six-month-service SIM card after placing your order.
Unlike traditional “postpaid” monthly plans from AT&T, Verizon or T-Mobile that allow you to pay a regular monthly bill, Mint requires you to prepay your service. After your introductory year ends, you will need to purchase additional months, which are available in three-month, six-month, or 12-month options.
Renewing for a full year would keep the rate of $ 15 per month for the 4GB plan, but switching to a six-month plan would increase the cost by $ 5 per month (to $ 20 per month for the 4GB plan). Choosing the three-month option would increase the cost by $ 10 or $ 25 per month for this particular plan.
Beyond the 4GB offering, Mint has plans with 10GB or 15GB of high-speed data per month, as well as an option for unlimited data that costs $ 30 per month (if purchased on a 12-month plan). All plans include unlimited talk and text, as well as access to 4G or 5G networks (the latter of which requires getting a 5G device like the iPhone 12, 12 Mini, or OnePlus Nord N10 5G).
Mint Mobile uses T-Mobile’s 4G LTE and 5G networks for its coverage and service.
Those who do not want to shell out the full cost of the phones will be able to set up a monthly payment plan through the operator and financial company Affirm. North expects users to take advantage of a 12-month financing plan, although an 18- or 24-month option will also be available.
As for why the operator is now offering the promotion, North sees it as a “disruption opportunity” when it comes to wireless promotions. In an attempt to keep people tied to their networks, carriers have become more aggressive in recent months with their device offerings, offering free phones to new and existing users as long as you commit to a 24-month payment agreement. or 30 months and are on a modern unlimited plan.
“When you look at the total cost of ownership over the course of two years … it’s more expensive to get a free phone” from a larger wireless player, says North, “combined with their service than to get this deal with us.”
“So what was this really … this was a way to do something different, do something disruptive and make people think like, ‘wait, that phone is really free?'”