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LOS ANGELES—Should you noticed that chunky milky Mint Cell Tremendous Bowl advert providing a too-good-to-be-true $20 month-to-month plan, we’re right here to inform you it actually is nice. However learn the effective print. Please. There’s plenty of it. 

At $20 monthly for eight GB of knowledge and limitless speak and textual content, Mint is significantly cheaper than the bottom choices from the large 4 wi-fi carriers: Verizon ($45, eight GB), AT&T ($60, 9 GB), T-Cell ($40, 10 GB) and Dash ($40, 2 GB).

What you want to know

For starters, the $20 month-to-month for Mint Cell is a trial interval that expires after 90 days. The speed then jumps to $35 month-to-month, which continues to be bargain-priced in contrast with opponents. Nevertheless, Mint says clients can lock within the $20 fee by pre-paying $300 for your complete 12 months. 

Mint gives a 7-day assure and can refund and cancel the contract should you do not just like the service, the corporate says. 

Deliver your cellphone, however in all probability solely  T-Cell or AT&T

Mint Cell’s gives a SIM card that must be ordered on-line and delivered to your private home or workplace. When you get it, you put in the cardboard and activate it through a smartphone app.

To qualify for service, you probably have an previous, unlocked cellphone mendacity round, use it or choose up a used or low cost cellphone on-line at Amazon, eBay or elsewhere. And that is the place the most important fine-print difficulty comes up: In case your previous cellphone was bought to work on the Verizon or Dash community, you may be out of luck. Mint Cell solely works on the GSM networks, utilized by T-Cell and AT&T. So should you store for a brand new handset, be sure it is GSM, T-Cell, and AT&T suitable.

Mint really does not run its personal community. As an alternative, it licenses the power to make the most of T-Cell’s protection for its service (also referred to as an MVNO). For optimum outcomes, you may wish to have a cellphone that’s suitable with T-Cell. If T-Cell is thought to have poor service in your space, Mint won’t be best for you.

Now in case you are purchasing for a brand new unlocked T-Cell phone, be sure it has help for the corporate’s Prolonged Vary LTE (often known as LTE band 71). This can be sure to’re getting the perfect service when it is accessible. 

Different issues to notice: Mint Cell is a low-cost wi-fi service and can throttle you to a decrease pace should you use greater than eight GB month-to-month, right down to 2 G pace. Moreover, should you name customer support, as we did Tuesday, put together to attend. It might probably take a while for Mint to come back to the cellphone. 

 

How Mint compares to different low-cost carriers: 

 

—Unreal Cell: $20, three GB of knowledge, (and solely works with GSM telephones)

—Cricket: $30, 2 GB of knowledge 

—Walmart Straight Speak: $35 month-to-month, three GB of knowledge 

—Increase Cell: $35, three GB of knowledge 

—Virgin Cell: $35 month-to-month, for five GB of knowledge

 

Observe USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham (@jeffersongraham) on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 

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