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What is background app refresh?

What does background app refresh mean? Ever notice when Google Maps sends your ETA before you step foot in your car? Or when Spotify alerts you about an album release you didn’t know about? You can thank background app refresh. Background app refresh is a smartphone feature that allows apps to idle in the background... Read more

What Is APN?

While playing around with your phone, you may have run into the term APN settings. So what the f*! is APN? (we said fox.) These settings allow your phone to interface with your wireless provider. They are usually used when your wireless provider is an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator)…you know, like us. Any time... Read more

What is 5G? Allow us to explain

It seems nowadays everywhere you look there’s an ad from a wireless company mentioning their 5G. If you’re used to paying for service from big wireless, hearing something that sounds like “5 Gs” may make you think of monthly bills, but 5G is actually the newest generation of wireless technology (5G stands for “fifth generation”).... Read more

What is eSIM?

But first, how do SIM cards work in general? It might help to know a thing or two about SIM cards in general before we dive into eSIM.  SIM is short for Subscriber Identity Module, which is a unique identifier inside every cellular device that helps wireless service providers like Mint to know the user’s... Read more

All you need to know about 5G vs 4G

This year, the 3G shutdown is happening to make room for 4G and 5G frequencies. With these recent events, you might be wondering what exactly 4G and 5G are–and what’s the difference between them? Put simply, 4G and 5G are the latest generations of mobile communication. 4G is the fourth (hence the name) generation and... Read more

What is dual SIM?

Merriam Webster’s defines it as…just kidding. Dual SIM refers to a phone that can have two SIM cards at once. Those are considered dual SIM devices. Dual SIM means a phone can have either a physical SIM card and an eSIM, two eSIMs or two physical SIM cards.  The newer generation of Apple iPhones, for... Read more