International roaming has been an important selling factor for the big 4 American telecom providers. However, not much is known about the Mobile Virtual Network Operators like Mint Mobile. Today, I decided to analyze your roaming options with Mint Mobile to determine if it would be worth it or not. Let's get right into it.
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Can I roam with Mint Mobile?
International roaming is possible in 147 destinations through Mint Mobile's UpRoam service, which allows users to send text messages, make phone calls, and data roam in those destinations. Pay-As-You-Go roaming is not possible.
No idea how roaming works? I made this comprehensive guide about what roaming is and how it works. It is worth the read – promised!
Mint Mobile (UpRoam) Roaming Video Guide
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What are the roaming charges with Mint Mobile UpRoam?
UpRoam charges a flat fee for their roaming services:
- Outbound text messages will cost you $0.05/SMS (US Dollars)
- Incoming texts are free
- Inbound and outgoing phone calls are $0.25/min
- Data roaming is $0.20/MB
If you are visiting Canada or Mexico, then you are lucky, as your flat rates are reduced to:
- $0.02 per outbound text message
- $0.06 per minute for phone calls (in- and outgoing)
- $0.06 per MB roamed
- $0.00 per incoming text message – we have to love free stuff!
Where can I roam with Mint Mobile UpRoam?
Mint Mobile UpRoam is available in 147 destinations, which you can find in the table below.
Mint Mobile UpRoam Destinations
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bosnia Herzegovina
- British Virgin Islands
- Canary Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Christmas Island
- Costa Rica
- Dominican Republic
- Easter Island
- El Salvador
- Faroe Islands
- French Guiana
- Guam (Incl. Northern Mariana Islands)
- Hong Kong
- Isle of Man
- Netherlands Antilles
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- South Korea
- Sri Lanka
- St. Barthelemy
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Maarten
- St. Martin
- St. Vincent and Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- Vatican City
* Only Talk and Text are supported in this destination.
How do I activate Mint Mobile UpRoam?
To activate UpRoam, you have to add funds to your international roaming balance with UpRoam. This can be done in amounts of $5, $10, or $20 at a time. You can do this by logging into your online account or by texting UPROAM to 6700 from your Mint Mobile Phone.
Once you have added money to your international roaming balance, you are all set and are ready to roam at the UpRoam rates.
Unused international roaming balances carry over from month to month and never expire, which is welcomed.
Can I roam on planes with Mint Mobile?
In-flight roaming is not possible with Mint Mobile.
Can I roam on cruise ships with Mint Mobile?
Maritime roaming is not available with Mint Mobile.
Is Mint Mobile UpRoam worth it?
Mint Mobile UpRoam offers competitive roaming rates in terms of calling and texting while abroad, especially in Canada and Mexico, where the rates are even lower. The prices for the other supported destinations are straightforward as well.
However, as always, it highly depends on how much you think you will be using your phone while abroad.
If you expect to be calling home every day for an hour seven days in a row, then UpRoam is not worth it, as it becomes too expensive.
If you just want to call a person or two for a few minutes, then UpRoam will be worth it.
In terms of Data Roaming, I discourage users from data roaming if it is not included for free or if you do not get several MB/GB per day at a set price or free of charge.
If you are already on a low data cap plan at home, then you have realized how quickly data vanishes while browsing the web. The same will happen when traveling, although it will be much more expensive.
As Mint Mobile UpRoam charges you per MB, I would not recommend to data roam while abroad and connect to WIFI hotspots. Even paid hotspots may be cheaper than international data roaming in most cases.
In short, Mint Mobile UpRoam can be worth it if you use it in moderation. Else you will be better off getting a local SIM card, an international SIM card, or using WIFI connections when you can. Otherwise, you can use the lack of roaming as an excuse to be offline for a while 🙂
Can I call internationally with Mint Mobile?
Mint Mobile allows you to call to over 160 destinations worldwide from within the US at competitive rates – calling to Canada and Mexico is free. To call overseas, you have to load your Mint wallet with enough credit before making the call. The costs will automatically be deducted from your wallet.
To what destinations can I call with Mint Mobile, and what are the rates?
You can call to over 160 destinations. Below you can find two tables with the said destinations grouped from A to I & J to Z.
1. All prices are listed in ¢ /min (dollar cents per minute)
2. N/A means that you cannot call to a landline or mobile phone in the destinations
3. The tables are best viewed in landscape mode or desktop view (when on mobile)
Mint Mobile International Call Destinations – A-I
|American Samoa||2.5||2.5||Democratic Republic of Congo||22||20|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||12||24||Greenland||53||N/A|
|British Virgin Islands||16.5||22||Guam||1.5||1.5|
|Central African Republic||32||42||India||1||1|
|Costa Rica||1.5||3.5||Ivory Coast||23||20|
Mint Mobile International Call Destinations – A-I
|Martinique||1||2||St Kitts & Nevis||15.5||21.5|
|Monaco Mobile – Kosovo||N/A||35.5||Sweden||1||1|
|Netherlands||2||3||Trinidad & Tobago||6||14|
|Niger||19||22||Turks & Caicos Islands||12.5||21|
|No. Mariana Islands||1.5||1.5||Ukraine||10||11.5|
|North Macedonia||12.5||32||United Arab Emirates||9||12.5|
|Pakistan – Telenor||N/A||2.5||Venezuela||1||4|
|Papua New Guinea||60||60||Zambia||35||16|
Is it worth to call internationally with Mint Mobile?
International phone calls to landline and mobile phones can be affordable depending on the destination.
For example, calling to the United Kingdom will cost you $0.01/m if calling to a landline phone and $0.015/m to mobile phones. Calling for an hour to your grandparents who still use landline phones will cost you only $0.60.
However, some destinations are insanely expensive. Calls to the Maldives will cost you either $0.62/min or $0.65/min. That one-hour phone call would be $37.2 or $39 – not cheap at all!
So, it depends on to what destinations you wish to call to, how often, whether to a landline or mobile phone, and the duration of the calls. In most cases, international calls with Mint Mobile are worth it if done in moderation.
I would always recommend staying in touch through an internet-based app like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, or Skype, as this is much more affordable (if WIFI is being used). Sadly, that is not always possible, and I do not think a landline phone would know how to handle a WhatsApp video call 😉
What is next?
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Book Your Flight
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Book Your Accommodation
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Get Your Travel Insurance
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Get a Travel Debit Card
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Enjoy your trip!