How do I sign up to a MVNO?


WhistleOut
28 June 2017

How do I sign up with a MVNO?

There are plenty of carriers and cell phone plans out there. The goal as a consumer is to find the carrier that matches your needs perfectly. The problem is that the bigger carriers like Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile are so well known, we often forget there are others.  

Once we learn about the smaller carriers out there, we can then begin picking and choosing the best options for us. First, here's a quick reminder of what a MVNO is: 


MVNO DEFINED

This stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator. When we refer to a MVNO as an option for a cell phone carrier, know that these MVNOs are still operating on major cell towers, just in a different, more-affordable-to-you kind of way. You'll see MVNOs mentioned plenty of times here on WhistleOut!

How do I sign up for a MVNO?

MVNOs don't advertise the way the big carriers do. Finding an MVNO requires a bit of research. That's what we're here for. 

Just keep reading and we'll give you the step by step guide on how to find your perfect MVNO carrier. 

Do this first

Figure out what you want

It is so easy to get caught up in flashy advertisements. The best deal out there isn't always the best deal for you, personally. It's up to you as a consumer to compare cell phone plans - be they large or small. 

Listen to Ryan G. from The Notebook. Just figure out what you want, then compare.

So now you've developed a general idea about what you're looking for. You've seen the deals, the ads, and maybe you've read some helpful guides so you can understand the terminology in cell phone jargon-land. 

With all of this confidence you've gained by checking out WhistleOut, you must have a wish list by now. You can begin to think about the amount of data you want vs. the amount of data you actually use and will need. You can also come to terms with how much texting and talking you need. Why pay for it, if you know you don't use it?

Next...

Compare, compare, compare

Comparing cell phone plans is easy. Just go to compare cell phone plans and enter everything you want from your cell phone plan. Chances are, you're looking at price and service. If you notice carriers that you've never heard of before, you're on the right track. There's gold in them there hills! 

Now you've seen the list of carriers from which you can choose. When you have decided on a carrier you like, read more about them at the bottom of their page here on WhistleOut. 

BYOD to MVNO

This is the part that can either be good or bad, depending. If you are on a major carrier and wish to switch your carrier to a MVNO, the MVNO you choose needs to be on the same Big Carrier network. 

  • For example, if you have a Sprint phone purchased from Sprint, and you are ready to leave Sprint for a MVNO, the new MVNO must be one that operates on SPRINT network.
  • If you prefer a MVNO from, say, Verizon, that MVNO will require you to get a Verizon compatible phone (so you'd have to buy a new phone). 

All is not lost, though. 

Before you get too attached to a MVNO carrier, double check below to see if you are on the same network (this could save you money if you're not up for buying a new phone). 

For more information on how the process of switching cell phone carriers works, generally, go here!

MVNOs on Sprint Network

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MVNOs on T-Mobile Network

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MetroPCS

Net10 Wireless

Ultra Mobile

Ting

Simple Mobile

The People's Operator

Project Fi

Mint SIM

Tracfone

Red Pocket Mobile

Speedtalk Mobile

Walmart Family Mobile

Consumer Cellular


MVNOs on Verizon Network

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Net10 Wireless

Page Plus

Total Wireless

ROK Mobile

Straight Talk

Credo Mobile

GreatCall

Tracfone

Twigby

Red Pocket Mobile

Selectel Wireless

Ready Mobile

Expo Mobile

Flash Wireless


MVNOs on AT&T Network

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Cricket

Straight Talk

Tracfone

H20 Wireless

Net10 Wireless

FreedomPop

Consumer Cellular

Red Pocket Mobile

Good2Go Mobile

420 Wireless


MVNOs on U.S. Cellular Network

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Have we missed anyone you'd like us to include? Let us know in the comments below and we'll update this article as soon as we can.


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Carrier Inclusions  
Sprint
Sprint
  • Unlimited Plan - Free for 1 Year if you Switch
  • Unlimited Data
  • No Contract
  • $0/mo + $12.99 Upfront
Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
  • $50 Inner Circle Plan
  • Unlimited Data
  • No Contract
  • $1/mo
FreedomPop
FreedomPop
  • Unlimited Talk & Text with 500MB data
  • 500MB Data
  • No Contract
  • $10.99/mo
XFINITY Mobile
XFINITY Mobile
  • 1GB By the Gig Data Option
  • 1GB Data
  • No Contract
  • $12/mo
Mint SIM
Mint SIM
  • 3 Month Plan (Small)
  • 2GB Full Speed Data
  • No Contract
  • $15/mo + $1 Upfront

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