T-Mobile Launches New Test Drive Program

In the last couple of days, T-Mobile has begun a new trial program. Non-customers can get a mobile hotspot along with 30 days of service and 30GB of data at no cost.

The program provides an easy option for people to test how well T-Mobile’s network could work for them. Once a hotspot is turned on, users can connect their existing phones and devices via Wi-Fi. The hotspots are compatible with LTE band 71, so hotspot users can experience the benefits of T-Mobile’s new Extended Range LTE signal.1

What’s the catch? As far as I can tell, there isn’t one. Signing up is easy, no credit card is required, and it’s not even necessary to return the hotspot at the end of the trial. I’ve joined the program, and I’ll probably post again in about a month with an update on my experience.

You can sign up for the program here. T-Mobile’s CEO, John Legere, discusses the program in more detail in the video below.

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AT&T Prepaid 8GB Promo Plan

Disclosure: At the time of writing, I have a financial relationship with AT&T. However, I don’t believe I receive commissions on prepaid service plans.

AT&T recently began offering its prepaid plan with 8GB of data, unlimited minutes, and unlimited texts for only $300 ($25 per month) for those who are willing to purchase 360 days of service upfront. According to AT&T, this promotion is a limited time offer that’s set to end on October 21, 2019.

If you’re willing to purchase nearly a year of service all at once, this is an awfully good deal for a large data allotment on AT&T’s network. My own experience with AT&T’s prepaid service when I trialed it a few months ago was positive.

The $300 base price may not be the final price of 360 days of service. If you need to order a SIM card, that comes with an additional charge. When I went through the checkout process and indicated that I needed a SIM card shipped to Boulder, CO, my final price came to $305.43:

  • $300 for service
  • $4.99 for a SIM card
  • $0.44 in sales tax

In the grand scheme of things, the final price was awfully close to the base price. With a lot of carriers, I’d expect to see more extensive taxes and fees beyond the base price of service.

Additional details about the AT&T plan:

  • Mobile hotspot access is included. Hotspot use draws from regular data allowances.
  • Rollover data is included (only one month of unused data will rollover).
  • AT&T’s Sponsored Data deal is offered. Certain types of data use won’t count against monthly data allotments.

Comparison with Mint Mobile’s pricing

At $25 per month, a year of AT&T prepaid service with 8GB of data is competitive with the cost of a year of Mint Mobile’s 8GB service. Mint Mobile currently charges $20 per month on annual 8GB plans. Taking advantage of a current promotion, customers can get six months of Mint Mobile service for only $60.

While Mint Mobile continues to offer a lower monthly price, it may make sense for many people to spend a few extra dollars each month to access AT&T’s network. At the national level, AT&T’s network offers more extensive coverage than Mint Mobile’s service over T-Mobile’s network.

Mint Mobile Fox Mascot

Mint Mobile’s 6 Months For The Price Of 3 Deal

In this post, I discuss a promotion Mint Mobile is running. I think Mint Mobile is an excellent carrier for many people, but I’m not impartial. I receive commissions from Mint Mobile. If you purchase Mint service after clicking a link on my website, I’ll likely receive a commission (further details here).

Today, Mint Mobile began a new promotion on its plan with unlimited talk, unlimited texts, and 8GB of regular data each month. New customers that purchase 3 months of service at $20 per month during the promotional period will get an additional 3 months of service for free. In other words, $60 (plus taxes and fees) buys six months of service.

Taking advantage of the deal will not lock customers into longer service terms with Mint. After 6 months, subscribers can cease using Mint Mobile’s service with no penalty. Alternatively, customers can continue service at Mint’s regular rates, which vary based on the number of months of service purchased. Here are the current prices for the 8GB plan:

  • 3 months: $35 per month
  • 6 months: $25 per month
  • 12 months: $20 per month

The current deal is only available on Mint Mobile’s plan with 8GB of data. If Mint’s 3GB plan is sufficient for your data usage, consider purchasing the 8GB plan during the 6-month promotional period then renewing with the 3GB plan.

Mint Mobile described the promotion as its best deal ever. I think that’s accurate. $10 per month for unlimited talk, unlimited texts, and 8GBs of data is an awfully good deal.

Mint calls the deal a “limited time offer,” but I haven’t heard when the promotion will end. I share extensive details about Mint Mobile in my review of the service.