Update: The plan is now available, and is indeed named “Unnecessary”.
For $50 per month when paid monthly, or $270 every 6 months ($45/mo), or $480 per year ($40/mo), customers can get 60GB of high-speed data and 20GB of hotspot per month.
A user on Reddit posted the new plan showing on their “change plan” page. The plan isn’t currently showing on the main Mint Mobile website, so it’s possible this is more of an “existing customer” option for the time being.
If interested in the plan, you can sign up for Mint Mobile here. Presumably, once signed up and active, the new plan will be available in your Mint Mobile app.
Original coverage below.
Mint Mobile is one of the cheapest MVNOs out there, and if you’re someone that likes a good deal, it might be the kind of network you seek for your phone. It appears Mint customers might soon have a new option when it comes to choosing which plan they want.
T-Mobile recently purchased Mint in a deal worth over a billion dollars, but it was still making strides before that — with celebrity Ryan Reynolds, who has a stake in the company, serving as a popular spokesperson. The network currently has four plans, including an “Unlimited” one that gives you 40GB of high-speed data and 10GB of hotspot data.
Users have spotted that Mint Mobile has quietly added mentions about a new “Unnecessary” plan to its online plan selection page. There’s also mention of it in their terms of service, as spotted by a reader who sent in a tip. The “Unnecessary” name could be a placeholder, and might have a new name if/when it actually launches.
This plan would presumably be positioned as more premium than the current Unlimited plan — it would have 60GB of high-speed 5G/4G data and 20GB of hotspot data instead of the 40GB/10GB that the current Unlimited plan gives you.
We know the flat per-plan recovery fee, a charge Mint assesses for every plan they have, would be $6 for a 3-month Unnecessary plan, $9.75 for a 6-month one, and $17 for a 12-month one. We don’t, however, know the actual plan’s price yet.
It’s likely the new plan will end up costing around $40 to $50 a month, because it’s positioning itself as an improved version of the Unlimited plan, but we don’t really know. The Unlimited plan is currently the highest cost plan Mint offers at $30 per month ($15 per month if you take advantage of the current ongoing offer).
The new plan could be in response to the new plans recently unveiled by US Mobile. They currently offer a premium plan that includes a whopping 100GB of data for $50 per month, and currently $40 per month on promo. Clearly, there’s some healthy competition in the prepaid MVNO market right now, and that’s great for everyone.
You can’t actually sign up for this plan yet of course, but Mint may announce the plan soon. We’ve reached out to Mint for clarification and confirmation and will update if we hear back. In the meantime, if you’re interested in browsing the company’s current plans, which are just $15 a month for the first 3 months during a promotion, you can do so here.
Thanks to Jonathan for the tip!