After you purchase Mint Mobile services, you’ll get a bill with a breakdown of your charges. One of the costs you’ll see is the recovery fee, which is also known as a regulatory fee. Mint Mobile says this fee covers the costs of complying with government regulations.
You’re here because you want to know more about Mint Mobile’s recovery fee. To find out how much you’ll pay as a Mint Mobile customer, keep reading. I’ll also tell you how to pay your recovery fee to Mint Mobile.
Is it legal for Mint Mobile to Charge a Recovery Fee
Yes. The recovery fee you pay when paying your Mint plan fee is legal because it is used to cover the extra costs that Mint Mobile pays to meet government regulations. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) allows all network carriers in the United States to include recovery fees on their service bills. The primary purpose of the recovery fee is to cover the administration and other costs that the carrier incurs in complying with FCC programs.
How Much is Mint Mobile Recovery Fee
Unlike many network carriers who charge a percentage-based recovery fee, Mint Mobile charges a flat rate. The recovery fee is based on the Mint plan you choose, and ranges from one month to one year. Mint Mobile charges this fee to recover the costs of the taxes and fees they pay to the government.
The costs that Mint Mobile recovers from its customers include:
- The Federal Universal Service Fund.
- International, State, Local Telecommunication, Federal, and Municipal taxes.
- The costs Mint Mobile incurs when complying with government regulations.
- State relay services programs.
Please note that the recovery fee does not include your taxes and fees to the local, federal, and state government.
Here is a breakdown of the Mint Mobile recovery fee per plan:
|Mint Mobile Plan||Recovery Fee in $|
|4 GB Monthly||1.50|
|10 GB Monthly||2.0|
|4 GB for 3 Months||4.50|
|10 GB for 3 Months||4.75|
|15 GB for 3 Months||5.00|
|Unlimited plan for three months||5.50|
|6 Months 4 GB plan||7.50|
|6 Months 10 GB plan||7.75|
|6 Months 15 GB plan||8.00|
|6 Months unlimited plan||8.75|
|12 months 4 GB plan||14.00|
|12 Months 10 GB plan||14.50|
|12 Months 15 GB plan||14.75|
|12 Months unlimited plan||16.25|
How to Pay the Mint Mobile Recovery Fee
As previously stated, the recovery fee is typically included on the bill that Mint Mobile sends to its customers after they purchase a service plan. Therefore, the recovery fee can only be paid by paying the service plan bill. There are three ways to pay your Mint Mobile bill:
- Through the Mint Mobile app.
- Through the Mint Mobile website.
- By using the auto-renewal method.
Let us go through each method in detail and show you the procedure you should follow to clear your bill. Please note that Mint is a no-contract network carrier, which means that you are not technically paying a bill, but rather a service plan. This allows you to choose a different service plan each time you renew or to continue with your current service. Additionally, you can also decide to stop using Mint Mobile services at any time, as you are not bound by any contracts.
Let us now jump directly to the guidelines for paying your Mint recovery fee.
1. Paying Your Mint Recovery Fee Through the Mint Mobile App
This is one of the easiest and quickest ways to pay your bill if you have an Android or iPhone phone. The app is available for Android and iPhone Mint users on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, respectively. You can download and install it on your phone before following these steps.
- Go to your home screen and tap on the Mint Mobile app icon to launch it.
- A new screen will open, requesting you to enter your login credentials. Enter the login details you used when activating your Mint service plan. Please remember to use the correct login details, or it will be impossible to access your Mint account.
- You will be taken to your account dashboard after successfully logging in. Your account balance will be automatically displayed, along with the due date until you renew. You can click on the “My Plan” tab at the bottom to see more details on your current plan.
- You will see a notification on the app in case your account is ready for renewal. Tap on the button and follow the instructions to renew your expired plan. Additionally, you can buy additional data even when your plan has not expired, but the data is depleted. To do so, click on the “Add Data” button on your dashboard.
2. Paying Your Mint Recovery Fee Through the Mint Mobile Website
- Open your web browser and go to the Mint Mobile website: “mintmobile.com“.
- Click on the “Sign In” button in the top right corner of the page.
- Enter your username and password.
- Click on the “My Plan” tab.
- Click on the “Renew Now” button.
- Select the plan you want to renew and click on the “Continue” button.
- Enter your payment information and click on the “Submit” button.
If you want to buy a different plan, click on the “Manage Plan” tab and select the plan you want to buy.
Please note that you will need to pay a recovery fee if you have let your plan expire. This fee is automatically applied when you buy a new plan.
3. Paying Your Mint Recovery Fee Through Auto-Renewal
The final method is auto-renewal. This is one of the most convenient payment methods if you are always busy or rarely have time to check your balance. Mint Mobile allows you to set up auto-renewal when you first sign up for their services. You will see a checkbox that you can check or skip if you do not want your service plan to be automatically renewed.
If you skipped auto-renewal when you signed up, you can still activate it later. To do so, log in to your account and click the “Set Up Auto Renewal” button on the website. If you are using the Mint Mobile app, click on the “Auto Renewal” tab when making your payment after you log in. By doing so, you will have authorized Mint to charge you when your plan ends.
However, some people do not recommend this method because Mint Mobile frequently changes their prices and promotions. For example, if you signed up for the Mint unlimited package at $30 per month, you may end up paying $40 after your plan period elapses. Therefore, it is important to read the fine print on Mint’s website before setting up auto-renewal. This will give you an idea of how prices may change in the future.
Here are some additional tips for Mint Mobile recovery bill pay:
- Make sure you have your account information handy before you start the renewal process.
- If you have any questions, you can contact Mint Mobile customer support for assistance.
- You can also renew your plan by calling Mint Mobile at 1-888-346-4663.
Can Mint Mobile Waive My Recovery Fee
No, the recovery fee is not a standalone fee, but is included in your Mint Mobile service bill. This means that Mint Mobile cannot waive the fee for you, as it is an essential cost that is typically included in your bill. However, if you notice that your recovery fee is higher than usual, you may contact Mint Mobile customer service to inquire about a bill adjustment. You can contact customer service via the chatbot on their website or by calling 800-683-7392 to speak with a representative.
Does Mint Mobile have a monthly Fee
Upon purchasing a Mobile Mint plan, such as the unlimited plan, four lines will be provided for a monthly cost of $30 per line if paid in advance for 12 months. New subscribers will be pleased to learn that they will receive an unlimited plan for $30 for the first three months. After three months, the standard monthly rate of $30 will be applied. Please note that the unlimited plan can also be paid for in three- or six-month increments, and is not limited to a year. In general, there are no hidden fees beyond the service plan cost, as Mint is a no-contract carrier.
Does Mint Mobile have a cancellation Fee
There is no cancellation fee for terminating service with Mint Mobile. If you cancel your service within seven days of activation, Mint Mobile will refund the full purchase price, including any applicable taxes and fees. However, the shipping fee will not be refunded.