Transparency

Websites that publish reviews or recommendations often make disclosures along the lines of:

We receive commissions from some companies, but we are unbiased and would never let financial incentives impact the content we publish.
In most cases, these disclosures are disingenuous. Even when disclosures of this sort are meant sincerely, they’re rarely accurate.

I’m not impartial. I aim to avoid letting financial incentives affect how positively or negatively I view companies, but I won’t always get that right. If you think conflicts of interest are adversely affecting the quality of my content, please let me know.

While I regularly discuss, recommend, and review companies I don’t have financial relationships with, I want to acknowledge that the quantity of content I publish about a company will often be impacted by the financial incentives involved.

Below, I list companies I receive commissions from with details about the arrangements.


Wireless service providers


AT&T Mobility

Last updated: 4/22/2020

I receive commissions from AT&T Mobility through FlexOffers. I believe the following commission structure is used:

  • $120 for new, postpaid service contracts
  • $40 for iPhone and data product purchases
  • $8 for upgrade purchases

I don’t believe any commissions are offered on prepaid service. I’m looking to move the partnership to another platform which may have a different structure.


Mint Mobile

Last updated: 6/24/2019

I’m a member of a Mint Mobile affiliate program that offers commissions of $20 per sale.[1]


Red Pocket

Last updated: 5/7/2020

I’m a member of a Red Pocket affiliate program that I believe offers a 50% commission on the initial sale of service to new customers and a $30 commission on devices over $150.


Sprint

Last updated: 5/21/2019

I’m a member of a Sprint affiliate program. I’m unclear on how the program’s payout structure works. I believe there is a $64 commission for new service contracts that involve the purchase of a device. I don’t know if I receive commissions when customers bring their own devices.


Tello

Last updated:3/19/2020

I’m a member of a program that offers a commission of either $10 or the cost of one month of service for each new customer I send to Tello.[2]


Ting

Last updated: 5/6/2019

Ting offers me a $25 commission for every new line of service activated.


Total Wireless

Last updated: 6/10/2020

I receive a 5% default commission (excludes phone service) and a $30 commission on some high-end device purchases.


Verizon Wireless

Last updated: 6/10/2020

I receive the following commissions from Verizon:

  • $75 for new, postpaid service contracts
  • $30 for new, prepaid service contracts
  • $30 for additional phone lines
  • 10% on accessories

US Cellular

Last updated 3/19/2020

I’m a member of a US Cellular affiliate program that offers a $60 commission on most plans, a $30 commission on prepaid plans, and a 7% commission on the purchase of phone accessories.


Xfinity Mobile

Last updated: 1/13/2020

I’m a member of an Xfinity Mobile affiliate program that offers a $75 commission for new customers I refer.


Device manufacturers


Motorola

Last updated: 6/18/2020

I’m a member of a Motorola affiliate program that offers a 1% commission on most orders.


Other


I use a service called Skimlinks. Skimlinks has partnerships with a lot of merchants and automatically converts some of my non-affiliate links to affiliate links. Details about the merchants Skimlinks works with can be found here.


MMM Recommendations


I manage the cell phone service recommendations on MrMoneyMustache.com. MrMoneyMustache.com and CoverageCritic.com have separate affiliate relationships with companies in the cellular industry. In most cases (but not all cases), the relationships involve the same commission structures.

I can’t guarantee that this page is always accurate and up-to-date. Please contact me if you have any questions.

Footnotes

  1. More details can be found on Mint’s web page about the affiliate program.
  2. This is based on information available within my account on an affiliate platform.