We Found a New Way to Get a Serious Discount on Your Cell Service

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We love buying in bulk because of the sweet discounts. With our 36 rolls of toilet paper, 20 pounds of dog food and gallon of liquid dish soap, we’re saving money and stocking up at the same time.

It satisfies our caveman instincts to hoard goods and materials essential for survival. This basic principle is what keeps warehouse chains like Costco and Sam’s Club in business.

But what about cell phone service? We found an innovative company that applies this concept to offer a serious discount.

Get Cheaper Phone Service With This Online Plan

Enter Mint Mobile, a bold newcomer that’s making a splash in the world of discount wireless carriers. Upstart companies like Mint offer cheaper rates than the big guys, such as Verizon or Sprint.

Here’s Mint Mobile’s deal: It offers deeply discounted rates — as long as you pay for several months in advance.

Mint runs on T-Mobile’s wireless network, so you can expect similar coverage. It doesn’t sell phones. You bring your own phone and buy a package of three, six or 12 months.

Let’s say for the next year, you’ll want 10GB of 4G LTE data per month — about 270 hours of surfing the internet, 70 hours of streaming music or nearly 10 hours of streaming video.

With Mint, that costs $25 per month, a significant savings compared to your typical cell phone plan. In contrast, you’ll pay $80 for the same thing at Verizon, or at least $80 at AT&T. Now, to lock in that savings, you’ll pay the whole $300 for the year up front — all 12 months at a time.

If you’re not sure you want to commit, you could try a three-month plan with a seven-day money-back guarantee. Right now, Mint is offering an introductory three-month plan for just $15 a month — 35% off. If you love it, re-up for 12 months after that to keep the same rate.

All plans offer unlimited talk, text and data (data speeds slow down after you use the listed 4G LTE allotment).

Mint Mobile: 12-Month Plan and Introductory Rate for Three-Month Plan

2 GB 5 GB 10 GB
$15 $20 $25

Mint Mobile: Three-Month Plan

2 GB 5 GB 10 GB
$23 $30 $38

Mint Mobile: Six-Month Plan

2 GB 5 GB 10 GB
$18 $24 $30

Mike Brassfield ([email protected]) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. He has two kids and buys paper towels in bulk.