mint mobile

Are MVNOs like Mint Mobile a good deal?

Mint Mobile

Episode 1770

John from Lincoln, NB

John wants to know if a third-party cellular company, or MVNO, is really as good a deal as it seems. Leo says he can save a lot of money, but the MVNO buys bandwidth and resells it, so the main provider may prioritize their traffic over the MVNO. Also, traveling internationally may be an issue as he loses the international benefits. But Leo is very happy with Google Fi, which is probably the best. And they have the same international service. 

Why won't my new Android phone receive text messages?

Samsung A01

Episode 1740

Harold from West Covina, CA

Harold got a budget Android A01 phone and it won't take text messages. But it works with his old Samsung. Leo says that since Harold moved to Mint Mobile (who is a sponsor of the TWiT network), it's possible that his settings are misconfigured, and as such, his cell data isn't getting through. This can happen when you're moving things over. Mint says it may not be compatible with their service. Leo suspects that Harold's phone is from another region and as such, the radios aren't compatible for the US, when it comes to SMS Text messaging. That's likely the issue.

Do Chromebooks have good accessibility features?

Google Assistant

Episode 1696

John from Fresno, CA

John wants to know how good the accessibility features are in a Chromebook. Leo says that many Chromebooks have Google Assistant, enabling you to dictate. There's even a button on the keyboard that can enable it. But the screenreaders may not be very good. John is also looking for an affordable mobile service. Leo recommends Mint Mobile. You can pay as you go.

What low cost service should I get my new phone with?

Mint Mobile

Episode 1627

Jeff from San Diego, CA

Jeff wants to get a new iPhone (he's using an iPhone 4) but he doesn't wait to pay a lot for data. Leo says to go with Mint Mobile (who is a sponsor on the TWiT Network). It's an MNVO (mobile virtual network operator) and you can pay $300 a year and get 12GB annually. That's a pretty good deal.  Another option is Google Fi. It requires one of their phones, but you can pay as you go and it's very affordable. Plus you get access to multiple networks: it's great for international travel. 

What's a Good Cheap Basic Internet Plan?

Internet of Things

Episode 1607

John from Mangum, Oklahoma

John wants to get a basic internet that doesn't offer TV or phone or anything else: just basic internet. Leo says that ISPs tend to charge you more for basic internet, vs. one that offers a bundle with phone and TV service. But they are required to offer "dry loop" internet service which may be cheaper than a plan with phone and TV service. Your other option is to use your cell service since it has data anyway. MINT Mobile is a possible solution. They are much more affordable, starting at $15 a month. Ideal, when money is tight.

What is a Good Low-cost Mobile Phone Service?

Mint

Episode 1606

Jenna from Missoula, Montana

Jenna is a veteran and she doesn't use her tablet much. She's thinking of selling her tablet and going with a cheap phone and a cheap internet plan. Leo says that's a good plan, especially if she goes with a low-cost data plan with WiFi.  T-Mobile has a plan for those over $50. It's pretty cheap. But there's also MINT Mobile, an MVNO that resells phone service from T-Mobile. $15 a month or less, and she can bring her own phone.