We write about cell phone plans and carriers all day & we want you to pick the best plan for you.
We’ve gathered around the campfire here at WhistleOut and have come up with real information on major carriers. Read on to learn about a particular carrier and what a real staffer thinks about that carrier (facts are facts and we'll always tell it straight, but the gloves are off a little in these reviews!)
What's in Each Review
We give you a rundown of each carrier, sizing them up by subscribers, location, a bit of history, growth, and pros versus cons. This is the kind of information you don't think you want until it's too late and you're locked into some sort of long term relationship that you never thought would last. Trust us, knowing whether or not a carrier donates to your favorite charities or has the sort of coverage needed for your lifestyle matters more than you realize.
Here's where you can review and compare a carrier before you sign up. Even if you're opting for a prepaid plan, it's good to know exactly where your money goes.
What You Should Look for in a Carrier
- Ease of navigating plans on website
- How long on hold before talking to a live agent
- Ease of monthly bill layout
- Still charge data overages?
- Do existing customers get new plan features or do they need to opt-in?
- "All in" pricing
- Thank you perks
- Can you get unlimited w/o paying for it?
- Strong network, emphasis on future technology. Is this carrier an innovator?
The opinions expressed by the staffer is completely their own, for better or worse. Check out the list below and start comparing now. And, of course, you can always quickly compare all of the available plans out there using our industry-leading search tool.
Cricket Wireless Review
We all like to keep it simple and with Cricket Wireless it's all wysiwyg (what you see is what you get). Big coverage at small prices. Cricket is owned by AT&T and operates on the AT&T network. which means you can get extensive 4G LTE network coverage for bargain basement prices. Read our full Cricket Wireless Review
The People's Operator Review
Every MVNO has its own unique value proposition, and The People's Operator's is this: customers can donate a portion of what they pay to a charity of their choice. In addition, the company gives 25% of its profits to social causes. If that were all the People's Operator did well, the company would have gone under by now. But TPO's smartly priced plans have kept it competitive. Read our full People's Operator Review
Sprint is 117 years old. Okay, the Sprint that we know today isn't 117 years old, but it has origins dating back to 1899. As far as we're concerned, anything that started before the turn of the century (the last one, not 2000) is worthy of a Netflix special or at the very least, a solid, unbiased review from WhistleOut. Let's pretend this is a hip documentary for a moment and dive into the super amazing opening credits. Read our full Sprint review
T-Mobile markets itself as "the un-carrier," which is to say the company defines itself by what it is not: AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. The company's bold magenta color scheme, large fonts and outspoken CEO are clearly meant to set it apart from pack, and, at first glance, T-Mobile really does seem different. It's fair to say that T-Mobile's success with their unlimited offerings is directly responsible for the recent moves in this space by the company's competitors, including Verizon. T-Mobile's current unlimited plan is called One. Check out our full T-Mobile review
Before Verizon was Verizon, it was known as Bell Atlantic. Bell Atlantic was one of seven "Baby Bells" created after AT&T needed to relinquish control and split local operations into independent companies. Bell Atlantic later decided to rebrand and created Verizon in 2000. Verizon is a combination of the words veritas (latin for "truth") and horizon. By the time Verizon came to be, it was already the largest telephone company in US. Upon inception of Verizon, it serviced 63 million telephone customers and 25 million mobile phone users. Get the full details in our Verizon Wireless review
You may associate the word Ting with a Chinese dynasty, or the sound two wine glasses make when they touch, but it’s become a buzzy term in the world of cell carriers as well. Ting is an up-and-coming mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that, somewhat brilliantly, allows its users to pay for only what they use. The company labels this “a smarter, fairer approach to cell service,” and, we'd tend to agree. Read our full review of Ting Mobile