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Dave and the team discuss Meta laying off 11,000 workers, T-Mobile’s new fee, , and more.
Greg in Manchester, Tennessee asked: “Trying to get out of my expensive Verizon cell phone service and I noticed this one called Mint Mobile. And then there’s one called Visible, which I think is on Verizon. And I’m trying to see, Mint Mobile, what network they use because I think there’s three carriers out there. And I’m trying to see if the Mint mobile is gonna save me any money. I’m just trying to see what network they use and if you ever recommend these third party carriers.”
Greg, Mint runs on T-Mobile’s network, including their 5G network.
You should have decent coverage nationwide, but keep in mind that MVNOs (mobile virtual network operator) are less expensive for a reason, your data will be considered low priority traffic on the network.
That’s not necessarily a terrible thing, but it does mean that your speeds will be slower and your connections may be dropped if the network is busy.
In other words, the 5G network likely won’t feel like 5G for you but then again you’ll probably be paying half of what you’d be paying T-Mobile directly, so it may still be worth it, depending on your usage patterns and how busy the network gets where you live.
Thats the big caveat with third party carriers, if you can live with that, they can definitely save you some money.
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