Loyal to RW, Tempted by Mint Mobile

I gave Mint a try a couple months ago on a spare phone I had.
Same experience u had, but in the Twin Cites, Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Data speeds were ok, in the suburbs, but near useless the closer in to the cities, downtown area, or in large shopping malls, like The Mall of America.
Sure, Speedtests, like from the Speedtest.net app, showed good speeds, but I have known for long time that carriers almost always have those servers unblocked or un-throttled so that the speedtests always show fast speeds etc.
My RW phone, also on Tmobile, had full and faster LTE speeds in the same locations with no issue.

Mint also keeps trying to charge my credit card, despite my canceling the line.
The call in support cant help as they show the account closed…I have gotten ZERO responses to emails. I ended up just reporting it as fraud and got a new card number.
The same thing happend when i tried Unreal mobile.

I never set up a CC for billing. I saw the option but it wasn’t a necessary part of account setup except to eventually for those planning to continue after the first SIM card purchase.


It asked me for CC info to pay for the first 3 month low price promotion thing when i first signed up…may have been a different promotion than u tried.

Just seen a Mint Mobile tv ad.
“Just $15 a month”.

No mention that is ONLY if you pay for 1yr.

Does RW have any TV or Radio adds?

The only TV add I am aware of was when they were doing the local communities. They aired an add in the Salt Lake City area. Here’s a link to the add.

I would agree that is misleading. Sort of like Republic claiming No Contracts.

I agree that it is a contract, no matter how you look at it.

It certainly is, a service that has no choice by multi-month service failing to acknowledge that. It makes me so happy that Republic retains its month-to-month service as its primary service.

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Luckily they don’t mislead customers even more by claiming No Contracts.

That would be misleading since unlike Republic they don’t offer a no-contract option. Thanks for catching that.

You’re welcome. I am glad that Mint understands that the type of plans they offer are contracts.

Well I’m one month in to my mint mobile and it’s ok. I work a part time day job and it must be in a dead spot cause i hardly have any service. It’s only 3 hours a day 3 days a week so it’s ok. My partner is still on RW with Sprint and he gets much better speeds everywhere we go. RW is a better experience and would like to go back BUT yes there is a BUT. I feel RW is no longer hitting the price point like once did. As much as I’m not in love with mint I could probably live with it at $25 a month for 8GB if i extend it with a 6 month plan. $20 a month if i got 12 months I only got 3 GB for $30 with RW. So yes after a month RW is better but for the cost and more data I can probably live with MINT. I think it’s time for RW to become more competitive when it comes to pricing. They were the front runner years ago but now with Red Panda, Visable, Mint, Sprint kickstarter, and even Beast Mobile has a 10GB plan for $50 i feel like RW has really lost it’s pricing edge. Especially for a heavy data user. I would love to see RW come out with something comparable for heavy data users. Like Mint is 8GB for $25 for 6 months. I could probably live with 5GB for $25 with RW. That’s just my 2 cents.

I think that’s exactly the point. Republic was founded on the principal of wifi first and to this day remains targeted at those that aren’t heavy data users. The market is flooded with providers that are targeting heavy data users. Competition in that space is both fierce and largely price based. Republic has instead chosen to carve a niche in a space for users that have no, low or moderate data needs and for whom things like a selection from two network partners, the ability to pay month-to-month, reliable wifi calling, features like Republic Anywhere, etc are more important than just price alone.


I would agree that RW isn’t after the Heavy Data users. However years ago I didn’t start off as a heavy data user. But now with streaming services all over the place it’s very easy to blow thru 2-3 GB of data in no time.

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For anyone considering Mint, you may want to read this Reddit post from a user who has tried both: https://www.reddit.com/r/republicwireless/comments/cwlwp1/mint_mobile_vs_republic_wireless_a_cautionary_tale/.

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