Prepaid Faceoff: Mint SIM VS MetroPCS


With the massive number of prepaid MVNOs and carrier options, it’s sometimes hard to keep track of it all and even harder to compare and decide which company is the right one for you. So, every once in a while we’re going to go through and do a Face-off of two popular companies, comparing plans and services to help you better decide. Today, we’ll look at Mint SIM and MetroPCS. Both companies use T-Mobile’s network, but Mint offers longer plan terms. Metro, however, is operated by T-Mobile and has some pretty stellar rates. Here’s how they compare:

Plan Prices  Price range? What is included?

Mint SIM – Plans range from $35 – $60

Mint SIM has three different plans which users can purchase in one, three, six, or twelve month increments. All plans include unlimited talk, text, and low speed data with limited high speed data. Add-ons are available. View all plans here.

MetroPCS – Plans range from $30 -$60

MetroPCS has four monthly plans available, all of which include unlimited talk, text, and low speed data with allotments of high speed data. Unlimited data is available with or without hotspots. Family plan bundling is also available. View all plan options here.

Unlimited Talk/Text  Is it offered? What is the lowest price?

Mint SIM – Yes, $35 plan includes unlimited talk, text, and data, with 2 GB 4G data available.

MetroPCS – Yes, $30 plan includes unlimited talk, text, and data with 1 GB 4G data, and hotspot.

Data Ranges  What is the most and least data available?

Mint SIM – Data is available in three increments: 2 GB, 5 GB, and 10 GB. Data add-ons are available for $10 for 1 GB or $20 for 3 GB.

MetroPCS – Data is available in increments including 1 GB, 3 GB, or unlimited data. Hotspots are available, and data maximizer is automatically turned on to throttle video speeds to conserve data.

Pay-As-You-Go Rates  What are the pay-as-you-go per minute rates?

Mint SIM – N/A

MetroPCS – N/A

International Calling  What options are available? What does it cost?

Mint SIM – International calling is available. Users simply add credit to the account and then place the call. Rates vary by country. Check rates here.

MetroPCS – Metro offers $5 and $10 international add-ons which allow for calling to Mexico, Canada, and other services. Conditions apply; the $10 World Calling card is only available with the $50 or higher plans. Learn more here.

Activation Fees  How much do they cost?

Mint SIM – N/A

MetroPCS – N/A

BYOD  Can you activate your own device?

Mint SIM – Yes, provided you have a compatible GSM device. You’ll need a SIM card. Learn more here.

MetroPCS – Yes, provided you have a compatible GSM device. You’ll need to buy SIM card for $10. Get one here.

Network/Coverage  What network does it use?

Mint SIM – T-Mobile | Coverage Map

MetroPCS – T-Mobile | Coverage Map