Mint Mobile Activation Deadlines

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3 months 6 hours ago #32803 by Chelle
I had heard that the $20/3month 5GB SIM had to be activated within 45 days, but it's clearly printed on the back, "Activate by 8/31/2021", almost 3 years from now.

If you don't mind a changing phone number it looks like you could buy these for future use.

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3 months 6 hours ago #32804 by PEW
No brainier if you can get the $20 ebates and risk only $3.36. Otherwise, will risk $13.36.

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3 months 6 hours ago - 3 months 6 hours ago #32807 by mmfacemm
It is 45 days. The date on the sim is not the activation deadline. Doesn't make sense but I wouldn't hoard these if I was you.

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3 months 5 hours ago #32810 by Chelle

mmfacemm wrote: It is 45 days. The date on the sim is not the activation deadline. Doesn't make sense but I wouldn't hoard these if I was you.


Why would they print on the SIM, under my activation code, the "Activate by" date? It's not something that was originally printed on the SIM. It was printed with my specific activation code.
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3 months 5 hours ago #32815 by mmfacemm

Chelle wrote:

mmfacemm wrote: It is 45 days. The date on the sim is not the activation deadline. Doesn't make sense but I wouldn't hoard these if I was you.


Why would they print on the SIM, under my activation code, the "Activate by" date? It's not something that was originally printed on the SIM. It was printed with my specific activation code.


I don't really know but it is well discussed that there is a 45 day activation requirement despite what it says on the sim card. The 45 days comes straight from mint support and has been repeated many times.

They probably make the same sims available to dealers and what they print is probably the shelf life of the sim or something.

But yes I agree it is misleading.
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2 months 3 weeks ago #32865 by joseph

PEW wrote: No brainier if you can get the $20 ebates and risk only $3.36. Otherwise, will risk $13.36.

How does ebates work?

How did you calculate $13.36?

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2 months 3 weeks ago #32867 by KentE

joseph wrote:

PEW wrote: No brainier if you can get the $20 ebates and risk only $3.36. Otherwise, will risk $13.36.

How does ebates work?

How did you calculate $13.36?


Tax/fees on the SIM was $3.36, so $23.36 total cost.
Ebates is offering $10 cashback (plus free shipping) when buying the SIM through the Ebates link.
So: $23.36 - $10 cashback = $13.36

For a few 1-2 day periods since Thanksgiving, Ebates has doubled their cashback offer to $20, making the final cost only $3.36.

To use Ebates, sign up for an account at Ebates. If you're a CellNuvo user, you can get roughly 10 Gold bonus for signing up via the Super Silver offer for ebates. (If not CellNuvo user, you should sign up using someone's referral link if possible. PM someone mentioning ebates offers in the forum & ask for a referral.)
From the Ebates site (or the ebates phone app), search the store you want to shop at, click through to that store from the ebates site, and shop as usual.
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2 months 3 weeks ago #32898 by Zubrin
It is 45 days and Mint Mobile will send you an email to remind you.

"Hey, remember us?

You purchased your Mint Mobile SIM card on 2018-11-23, but still haven’t activated it.

The order number is MTXXXXX.

This is just a gentle reminder to get moving! Your SIM card must be activated within 45 days of purchase or it will become non-refundable and inactive. And no one wants that!"
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2 months 3 weeks ago - 2 months 3 weeks ago #32901 by unbeknownst to me
Thanks Zubrin!
You helped me avoid a costly mistake.

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2 months 1 week ago #33536 by PEW
Mint sent me an email reminding me of the upcoming 45 days deadline to activate the recently purchased SIM.
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