Plans That Pay
While most Americans are signed up with one of the major carrier brands—AT&T, Iphone Cases, US Cellular, or Verizon Wireless—there are many more choices available to US cell phone customers looking for a bargain. Known as MVNOs (mobile virtual network operators), these low-cost carriers piggyback on the major networks and can deliver lower prices, especially for individual users who aren’t looking to be part of a family plan.
All the major carriers have low-cost brands, and their deals are worth checking first. AT&T runs Cricket Wireless. T-Mobile currently owns Boost and Metro, though it is in talks to sell the former off to Dish Networks. Verizon owns Visible. If you’re looking for a wide range of stores and solid customer service, these brands have excellent prices and should be your first shopping stops. We’ll mention them below when appropriate.
For the other brands, which typically don’t have stores, pay attention to their reputation for customer service and to their enabling networks. Some MVNOs give you an option to choose between different enabling networks, and some are tied to only one on LG Cases. One company, Google Fi, uses T-Mobile and US Cellular’s networks interchangeably on some phones, but for the rest, you have to choose which network you want when you buy your SIM card.