This article is squarely aimed at helping our readers find the best Mint Mobile phones for them. Mint as a prepaid carrier is really gaining popularity in recent years and it's a great pairing to nearly any phone on the market right now. That said, there are a couple of recommendations we think are particularly worthy of consideration, based on our own review testing, and also factoring in what's available in this month's best Mint Mobile deals (opens in new tab).
Whether you're an Android fan or an Apple lover, we've considered both options in this article, and the good news is Mint Mobile (opens in new tab) is a great carrier to pair with both of them. In general, Mint Mobile plans (opens in new tab) offer tons of data for the money, as well as 5G speeds, so it's going to worth it getting a recent device if you want to make the most of that super-fast connection. Being on the T-Mobile network means great coverage too, and wide-spread compatibility with all GSM-type phones (more on that later).
Like with most cell phone carriers, the best Mint Mobile phones can be bought directly from its site itself - either upfront or in installments. Both iOS and Android devices are plentiful, as are budget options - which reinforces Mint's position as one of the better value prepaid carriers out there right now. As we've briefly mentioned previously, we've reviewed most of these phones here at TechRadar, so no matter what type of device you're looking for we're able to give our two cents accordingly.
And finally, being a prepaid carrier means that it's fairly easy to bring your own unlocked phone to Mint Mobile too. It could turn out that, in fact, the best Mint Mobile phone for you is the one you already have. It's a very good option, and we're covering what types of phones are compatible, as well as other things you should be aware of at the bottom of the page.
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Mint Mobile phones: iPhones
Best Apple phone for most users
Apple iPhone 14: $829 at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
Apple's latest device, the iPhone 14, is a little on the pricey side but it does pack in a lot of features and a great design for the money. A powerful chip, excellent camera, and gorgeous display are going to make it the best Apple device for the majority of users. Generally speaking, you won't find big price cuts on this device over at Mint Mobile but the carrier does tend to bundle in free months of service if you buy a device outright with a plan. Another decent option is to trade-in for an unlocked device at Apple itself and then bring it over to Mint Mobile as a new customer - likely cheaper than simply paying for it upfront at the carrier. See our full iPhone 14 review for a full run-down of this device.
Best for power users
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max: $1,099 at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
Looking for the best of the best? The choice is easy here, go for the excellent iPhone 14 Pro Max. Yes, this device is extremely pricey but it's worth it in our books if you're able to get the most out of its lavish OLED display and impressive camera. Mint Mobile's promotions on this device generally only offer free months of service if you buy the device upfront so it may be worth investigating a trade-in rebate on an unlocked device via the official Apple store (opens in new tab) then porting it over to Mint. Head on over to TechRadar's iPhone 14 Pro Max review for a detailed look at this device.
Mint Mobile phones: Android
Best for most users
Samsung Galaxy 23: $899 at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
The Galaxy S23 is the latest in the long line of Android flagships from Samsung and a great all-rounder for most users. While it's still on the pricey end, a great design, display, and camera all fit together to offer a superb device. The biggest upgrade with this model is the inclusion of a super speedy Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, which lends plenty of power for everything from super casual tasks to intensive gaming. As with most Android devices, Mint Mobile is offering a $50 price cut when you purchase this one with a 12-month plan. See our full Galaxy S23 review for a detailed look at this model.
Best non-Samsung Android
Google Pixel 7: $599 at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
A little cheaper than the Galaxy S23, the Google Pixel 7 is another fine choice for most users looking for an alternative Android flagship. With the much-hyped Tensor chip under the hood and Google's camera wizardry, this is one device that's able to hold up against the best from Apple and Samsung. As with most Android devices, you can also get yourself $50 off with this one if you buy it outright with a plan at Mint. See our Google Pixel 7 review for a run-down of this model.
Motorola Moto G Power (2022):
$249 $179 at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
Strictly on a budget? The latest Moto G Power isn't the cheapest device available at Mint but it's the one we'd recommend to most people. It's got a sizable 6.5-inch display that's capable of a respectable 90hz refresh rate, a 50MP main camera on the back, and expandable storage - something we absolutely love about Motorola's cheaper devices. At $179, it's pretty inexpensive, and you can also bundle it together with Mint's usual $50 discount for Android devices when you pair in a plan on top.
Best for power users
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra: $1,299 at Mint Mobile (opens in new tab)
And, for those on the hunt for a premium device, our current top pick for Android users is the stunning Galaxy S23 Ultra. This particular model is Samsung's latest and greatest, offering a gorgeous phablet-style design and lavish 6.8-inch AMOLED display. New upgrades for this particular iteration include a whopping 200MP main camera sensor, improvements to night photography, and speedy Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. Check out our Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra review for a full rundown of this model.
Bring your own phone
The best phone for Mint Mobile might actually be an older device you still have from your previous relationship with Verizon, AT&T, or any number of different carriers.
Mint Mobile lets you bring unlocked phones (opens in new tab) to its network, which gives you more options than most carriers. Most GSM phones (AT&T, T-Mobile) should work just fine, but if you're wondering if your old phone will work, simply use Mint's own compatibility checker tool (opens in new tab).
People trying to save money can get a phone elsewhere, bring it to Mint Mobile, and save tons of cash by getting a new affordable plan. So, if you still like your current phone, they’ll let you use it for as long as you’d like. Here's a quick rundown of the benefits and downsides of bringing your own phone to Mint Mobile:
- Bring any compatible phone to Mint Mobile
- Keep your same phone number and contacts
- Avoid upgrading for no reason
- Not all phones are compatible
- Sometimes you’ll have to pay to unlock a phone
- Limited customer support for unusual devices
In the end, Mint Mobile is a compelling option for those that want great service at consumer-friendly prices, with friendly policies and such. For the low price, buyers will get plenty of data, great cell coverage, and hopefully save some money. It’s perfect for teenagers or people that just need text or data and don’t’ talk too much on the phone.
We love that Mint lets you pre-pay by the month or get a discount for buying 12-months at a time. Plus, they have Mint Mobile deals (opens in new tab) all the time, which will surely help you choose a great plan and device. Give it a try today.
Want to do a bit more research? Head on over to our main best phones (opens in new tab) buying guide for a detailed breakdown of the top devices on the market.