Mint Mobile – Bring Your Own Phone

In the world of prepaid phone plans, Mint Mobile has held its own since Ryan Reynolds founded the company in 2016. 

Is it true you can bring any phone you want to Mint Mobile? Do some phones work better than others? 

When it comes to bringing your own phone, most people cringe. Instantly, the thoughts of how expensive phones are is instantly triggered in your mind. Next, you start thinking about the risk of bringing your own phone and whether or not it will really work. 

Getting Started

First things first, you need to browse the plans and make a decision. Do you want to take the leap and try out Mint Mobile? 

Mint Mobile offers a starter kit that is incredibly helpful in the beginning. This kit is $5 and essentially gives you the ability to test Mint Mobile before you make an official change. You don’t have to buy the kit but it gives the chance to try out the services so you know before you switch whether you will truly like it. 

Here’s what is in the starter kit. 

  • Trial SIM card
  • SIM card
  • 100 texts, 100 minutes, and 100 MB of 4G data

Oh – and if you decide to make a more permanent change to Mint Mobile, that $5 you spent on the starter kit is credited towards your new plan. 

What Phones Are Best?

When you switch to Mint Mobile, you can port your number and you can use any unlocked phone. 

The phone needs to be GSM compatible and Mint Mobile offers a place to check your phone to ensure it will work. 

The next thing you need to do is ensure your phone is unlocked. First, if you are making payments on your phone, you will probably have to wait until it is paid off. You can purchase unlocked phones just about anywhere and if you’re transferring from another prepaid-type service, it’s most likely already unlocked. 

If you are with a carrier and your phone is paid off, they are required to unlock your phone at no charge. You might have to ask, but it CAN be done! 

If you’re coming from another carrier, these are the ones that are easiest to transfer to Mint Mobile. 

  • Metro PCS
  • Straight Talk Wireless
  • Cricket
  • T-Mobile
  • AT&T

Don’t let this limit you, we’re just saying these carriers are the easiest to work with when switching. 

You can use any compatible phone you want. No need to worry about getting the latest iPhone or Samsung to be satisfied with your switch to Mint Mobile. Just be sure to get an unlocked phone and check the phone compatibility to be sure it’s going to work! 


Mint Mobile makes the process of moving your phones incredibly simple. They provide you with everything you need to make the change. Their site even offers plenty of instructional videos to give added assistance if you run into issues. 

If you need any more information on their plans, check out
their website and this comprehensive mint
mobile review

Keep your number, keep your phone, and save yourself some money!