MVNOs: how to keep your network and cut your bill


WhistleOut
10 February 2017


Smaller cell service providers, or Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), are cropping up all over the place. While there are only five cell phone networks here in the US, there are now dozens of smaller suppliers.

So how does this work?

Essentially, all of the MVNOs buy service in bulk at wholesale prices, then resell that same service on to us. But because they have lower overheads, smaller advertising budgets and many don’t stock handsets, they can offer the same products as the big five networks but at much cheaper rates.

If you own your own phone and want to save a bunch of money, you should check these guys out. But before you make any decisions on price alone, you’ll have to make sure that your phone will work with the MVNO of your choice. To make this easier, we’ve put together a list of suppliers based on which network they operate on.

If you don't know about phone unlocking or how to Bring-Your-Own-Phone to a plan, check out this article.

Note: some of the MVNO suppliers resell services on multiple networks, so you will see them listed several times. Suppliers with links can be included in a WhistleOut price comparison.


Sprint network MVNOs



T-Mobile network MVNOs



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


Verizon network MVNOs



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


AT&T network MVNOs



Cricket

Straight Talk

Tracfone

H20 Wireless

Net10 Wireless

FreedomPop

Consumer Cellular

Red Pocket Mobile

Good2Go Mobile

420 Wireless


U.S. Cellular network MVNOs



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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