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.
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 is a great carrier to pair with both of them. In general, Mint Mobile plans 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.
While you're here, we'd recommend heading on over to our main cell phone deals page if you're looking for this week's top choices from other carriers.
Mint Mobile phones: iPhones
Best Apple phone for most users
Apple iPhone 15: $829 at Mint Mobile
The standard iPhone 15 is one of our favorite devices in the latest range of Apple flagships thanks to a number of meaningful updates. Not only has the device received a re-design with its 'Dynamic Island' display notch, but the powerful A16 Bionic chipset and new 48MP camera make it one of the freshest iPhones for a while now. It's a pretty pricey device, but you can either get some free months of service by buying a device outright at Mint or trade-in for an unlocked device at Apple itself then port it over to Mint. See our full iPhone 15 review for a full run-down of this device.
Best for power users
Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max: $999 at Mint Mobile
If you're looking for the best Apple device on the market then the choice is easy - go with the iPhone 15 Pro Max. This model is the priciest of the four iPhone 15 devices but it carries the lions' share of upgrades - in this case a new Titanium chassis, 5x optical zoom, and new chipset that's supercharged for gaming and AI integration. Deals-wise, Mint Mobile will usually throw in six months of service if you buy a device outright via its website so it's often best to simply trade-in for an unlocked device via Apple itself then port it over to the carrier. Head on over to TechRadar's iPhone 15 Pro Max review for a detailed look at this device.
Mint Mobile phones: Android
Best for most users
Samsung Galaxy S24: $899 at Mint Mobile
The Samsung Galaxy S24 is a fine choice if you want a powerful flagship with all the latest features but without the super high-end price tag. At $899 it's still pretty pricey but it's the cheapest device in the latest range of Samsung flagships - and it still features the same chipset, a fantastic display, and excellent cameras. As with most Android devices, Mint Mobile is offering a $50 price cut when you purchase this one with a 12-month plan, which is a small but welcome discount. See our full Galaxy S24 review for a detailed look at this model.
Best non-Samsung Android
Google Pixel 8 Pro:
$599 $549 at Mint Mobile
Google Pixel devices have always been in contention for the best Android flagships you can buy and the latest Pixel 8 Pro is no exception to that. This is easily the best Pixel device yet with its superb display, AI integration tricks, and class-leading camera setup. It's not the cheapest device out there but it's a decent bang for the buck phone that will last a good few years thanks to the -year guaranteed software updates from Google. See our Google Pixel 8 Pro review for a run-down of this model.
Samsung Galaxy A12:
$189 $140 at Mint Mobile
If you're strictly on a budget, then the cheapest device you'll be able to get right now at Mint is the Samsung Galaxy A12. This isn't a world-beating device as you'd imagine but it does have a fairly respectable line-up of specs for a phone in this price point with its 6.5-inch HD display, 16MP camera, and expandable 32GB storage. At $140 it's damn cheap right now at Mint, although it's also worth checking out Amazon or other unlocked retailers for price cuts on similar devices since it's easy to port an unlocked device over to Mint.
Best for power users
Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra: $1,299 at Mint Mobile
And, for those on the hunt for a premium device, our current top pick for Android users is the stunning Galaxy S24 Ultra. This model carries the lions' share of upgrades with the latest series, with a powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, new 50MP telephoto lens, and 12GB of RAM. It's extremely pricey, however, so we'd only recommend this one to those with flush pockets - or enthusiasts who can make the most of its massive screen and power. Check out our Samsung Galaxy S24 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 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.
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 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 buying guide for a detailed breakdown of the top devices on the market.
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