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MintSim.com has great prices on their 6-Month or 12-Month Prepaid Mobile Phone Service when you apply 20% off promo SHOPCLEVER during checkout. Shipping starts at ~$3.47. Thanks J3anyus

Example deals (prices after SHOPCLEVER promo code & regulatory recovery fee/shipping):
  • 12-Months Service w/ Unlimited Talk/Text + 2GB LTE Data $166.67
  • 12-Months Service w/ Unlimited Talk/Text + 5GB LTE Data $246.67
  • 12-Months Service w/ Unlimited Talk/Text + 10GB LTE Data $326.67
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Mint SIM is running a promotion with CNET [cnet.com] and offering 20% off all of their 6-month and 12-month prepaid plans. Plans can be purchased from Mint SIM [mintsim.com] with coupon code SHOPCLEVER.

Some example deals (these prices include tax and shipping to California so they may be slightly different for you):
  • 12 months service, unlimited talk/text + 2GB LTE data - $166.67 ($13.89 per month)
  • 12 months service, unlimited talk/text + 5GB LTE data - $246.67 ($20.56 per month)
  • 12 months service, unlimited talk/text + 10GB LTE data - $326.67 ($27.22 per month)
To answer some questions that will likely come up:

Which network does Mint SIM use?
T-Mobile.

Which phones work with Mint SIM?
Any unlocked phone that supports T-Mobile's network should be fine.

Can I stock up on SIM cards at this price and just activate them as needed?
No - Mint SIM's website says "All Sims purchased must be activated within 45 days of purchase."

What if I buy 12 months of service and then Mint SIM goes out of business?
Then you lose your remaining months of service. However Mint SIM is a subsidiary of Ultra Mobile (an MVNO that has been around for several years), so they're not some new, unknown company.

Does Mint SIM support conditional call forwarding, for use with Google Voice?
Yes, posts on various forums have confirmed that this works.
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Last Edited by oper May 11, 2017 at 09:10 PM
The deal is STILL ACTIVE. "Shopclever" at checkout gets you 20% off 6 & 12-month plans

PLEASE EMAIL MINTSIM @ support@mintsim.com if you run into any issue, they will respond eventually. Do not call them it will go to voice msg as the call center is totally overrun by the amount of ppl calling in(or they have no staff that answers it), and ultra mobile use different call center which maynot be able to help with Mintsim situation at all

Regulatory Recovery Fee will represent a 1-3% cost on top of monthly airtime charges.

If you are porting from Ring+ and using phones that were originally from Boost, Virgin and/Sprint. Do not expect it to work because Sprint use CDMA network while MintSIM(T-mobile use GSM network)

Mint = T-Mobile Service (However Mint don't offer voice/data roaming to AT&T; T-Mobile offer roaming via AT&T in some rural areas with no T-mobile coverage)
Please be aware that mint uses T-Mobile service. Use OpenSignal (Phone app or website) to check if T-mobile has a strong coverage in your area (work / home).

RESPONSE from UNowhereSpamhole: If you have a phone that supports TMo's LTE Band 12, then coverage will be much better. Band 12 is on a much lower frequency than their other bands and thus goes farther and penetrates buildings better. Also, even if that doesn't work, some phones support TMo's WiFi calling. Failing that, virtually ANY phone can use Google Voice and Hangouts to effectively do the same as WiFi calling.

****MINT SIM ANY GOOD???****
- Tmobile coverage.
- Data speed 20Mbps (Mint sim).
- Mobile hotpsot enable.

- No Phone/Chat Customer Support if any issues, just email.

****PORTING FROM RINGPLUS/ CARRIERS TO MINT SIM****
1. Get the 11 digit activation code on the back side of sim card.
2. https://my.mintsim.com/activation
3. Enter the activation code.
4. You will have 2 options:
-New number
-Transfer an existing number.
5. Enter your RP number-->Account number= same as phone number without dash--> PIN code from ringplus--> Your ZIP CODE.

-->Take about 5-15 minutes for porting to be completed. or over 25 days (my experience)
-->Insert the sim into your unlocked GSM phone.
-->Configure Your Data and MMS Settings
-->If you chose to get a new number initially, there is no way to port in unless you get a new plan

https://www.mintsim.com/data-mms-settings to configure your device's data and MMS settings.



If you want to keep your old number - DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, CANCEL YOUR PHONE SERVICE ON YOUR OLD NUMBER UNTIL IT IS FULLY PORTED AND WORKING ON YOUR NEW LINE. Canceling your account prior to port completion simply releases your number to your canceled vendor for reuse. Porting your number cancels your old account - make sure you don't hit ETF.
Ting have a good article about carrier porting information: https://help.ting.com/hc/en-us/ar...nformation

****HOW LONG WILL MINT SIM LAST????****
-->It is own and operate under Ultra mobile which exist for quite some time.
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Cons:
1.They can cancel your service any time for any reason. MintSim TOS:
No Refunds for Cancellation or Termination of Pre-Paid Service Plans.You may cancel or we may terminate any Service plan that you purchase from us at any time.
2. No visual voice mail support.
3. No SMS short code support. (These may be working now, see Twitter post from Mintsim: https://twitter.com/_MintSim/stat...8665968640)
4. They purposely hide account number. Customer MUST call (catch their CS rep if you can...) to get your account number.
5. No customer service except through email. They respond then close your ticket regardless if your problem is resolved. Try to call and you get put on hold and then told to leave a voicemail. They don't call back.
6. They keep sending Simcards with invalid activation codes.


PSA on how to get your account information for Mint Sim.

Call 611, which takes you through an automated customer service line for Ultra Mobile. Verify your phone number by dialing 1 and then keying in your number. After your number has been verified, you dial 5 and you're account number and pin will be texted to you.
* Automated customer service is no longer available for MinstSim customers
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Yes, my SIM card says the same. I think that is the general activation expiration date for the SIM itself irregardless of plan.

I wonder if Mint Sim will no longer activate the plan associated with the SIM card after 45 days? The obviously reason I ask these questions is whether or not I can stock up on the 3 month promo as it is cheaper than buying a 12 month plan.
I got sim last month but somehow mis-placed in mailbox. Found today and activated it (exactly on 41st day from order date) fine without any issues..
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it's tricky. I had to play around on the website to figure out cause I had that issue too. If I remember correctly I signed in and found it in my account but I can't remember for sure
sorry to hear that I've used a couple times and have had a live rep both times
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I got sim last month but somehow mis-placed in mailbox. Found today and activated it (exactly on 41st day from order date) fine without any issues..
Thanks for the feedback. Any one activate successfully 46 days or later?
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Thanks for the feedback. Any one activate successfully 46 days or later?
Policy is 45 days and you should plan for that. Anything later is YMMV.
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This may be a bit off topic but I have been out of the loop regarding cell phone unlocking these days and want to unlock an old cell phone to use with this deal. Maybe someone here can help or direct me to the right info.

The phone is a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit II 4g that I originally bought from T-mobile prepaid and used briefly for a couple of months a year or so ago with t-mobile prepaid month to month before letting it lapse after I bought a different phone.

I would like to give this phone to my daughter, and unlock it to use with the Mint SIM if possible. Thanks in advance for any help and advice.
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This may be a bit off topic but I have been out of the loop regarding cell phone unlocking these days and want to unlock an old cell phone to use with this deal. Maybe someone here can help or direct me to the right info.

The phone is a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit II 4g that I originally bought from T-mobile prepaid and used briefly for a couple of months a year or so ago with t-mobile prepaid month to month before letting it lapse after I bought a different phone.

I would like to give this phone to my daughter, and unlock it to use with the Mint SIM if possible. Thanks in advance for any help and advice.
What I have found was helpful is to just google your exact model of phone and add the world "UNLOCK" in a search on eBay. Usually you can get pretty good results.

That being said, if the phone was originally good for T-Mobile, since Mint SIM uses tmobile network it should work.
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Quote from xtrabad
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This may be a bit off topic but I have been out of the loop regarding cell phone unlocking these days and want to unlock an old cell phone to use with this deal. Maybe someone here can help or direct me to the right info.

The phone is a Samsung Galaxy Exhibit II 4g that I originally bought from T-mobile prepaid and used briefly for a couple of months a year or so ago with t-mobile prepaid month to month before letting it lapse after I bought a different phone.

I would like to give this phone to my daughter, and unlock it to use with the Mint SIM if possible. Thanks in advance for any help and advice.
What I have found was helpful is to just google your exact model of phone and add the world "UNLOCK" in a search on eBay. Usually you can get pretty good results.

That being said, if the phone was originally good for T-Mobile, since Mint SIM uses tmobile network it should work.
Good advice. Quick check shows this phone appears to be among the easiest to root (which gives you control over your own phone).

With multiple Tmo phones -- locked or unlocked -- on Tmo MVNOs, we've never had a problem with service. Insert SIM, it works. YMMV.
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Crap i ordered 2 x 3 month sim card last night..... Already shipped. Damn i wanted to order 12 month and forget about paying for a year. Moving from Ringplus.
Sprint service is horrible imo so im moving from Ringplus. Drive cross-country alot and i get no signal for hours in the interstate. Hope tmobile is better than sprint.
I bought two 3 months last week and shipped. 12 months dropped to $127 couple days ago and I ordered another two. I am planning to return the two 3 months. It states 10 day return policy.
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does it work with google voice ? conditional call forwarding??
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is it 2GB or 5GB data every month or the whole 12 months only has 2GB or 5GB?
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is it 2GB or 5GB data every month or the whole 12 months only has 2GB or 5GB?

Every month.
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There is an option to "replace sim" once you have already activated, I am on the 3 month promo now, can anyone confirm if I purchased one of these promos that it wouldn't work via replace?

If nobody can confirm I may just try it myself in 2 months when my plan is about to expire.
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There is an option to "replace sim" once you have already activated, I am on the 3 month promo now, can anyone confirm if I purchased one of these promos that it wouldn't work via replace?

If nobody can confirm I may just try it myself in 2 months when my plan is about to expire.
On the cnet site, in the comment section - someone posted the response they received to the question how to add to the account they already had with mintsim and the mintsim response was that you would have to port your number out and bring it back in with the new sim. So I don't think it will work if you want to keep your phone number.
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Anyone know if you can use tethering? Planning to grab a 6 month on a secondary phone, but mostly interested in being able to tether without special workarounds...
It works on android and on iphone (I just tried it on our two phones - a nexus 6 and an iphone) but it may be against the terms of use
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Subtotal $199.00
Shipping & Handling $3.47
Discount (shopclever) -$39.80
Sales Tax - Telecom $0.22
California MTS Tax $9.47
Regulatory Recovery Fee $4.00
Grand Total $176.36
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