The Four Major US Carriers – Which is Best for RVers?

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four-carriers-which-is-best-for-rversIf you live in one location and only travel occasionally, it’s relatively easy to pick the best cellular carrier.

Obviously, you go with the one that you’ve observed to have the best service within your area, knowing that coverage and speeds may actually vary block-by-block in your neighborhood due to tower placement and network load.

You can ask your friends and neighbors for experience, and you can check resources like:

While there might be an obvious “best” network for a given neighborhood, frequent travelers have a harder choice to make.

There simply is no single best network everywhere nationwide. All of the big four have their strengths and weaknesses in various locations across the country, and sometimes regional and local carriers beat out the national carriers in a particular location.

However, while regional carriers may offer free roaming on to other networks as you travel, many have fine print where they can discontinue your service if you are not using your plan primarily from the carrier's home region.


 

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As a frequent traveler, you need to consider what carrier - or combination of carriers - will give you coverage in the places you want to roam.   This article is an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the four major carriers in the US as they relate to mobile internet for RVers - Verizon, AT&T, Sprint & T-Mobile.


The sections included in this guide: Video overview of the Four Carriers

  • Carrier Profiles
    • Verizon Direct Postpaid Plan Features
    • AT&T Direct Postpaid Plan Features
    • T-Mobile Direct Postpaid Plan Features
    • Sprint  Direct Postpaid Plan Features
  • Cellular Data Plan Selector to Getting Service
    • (list of direct carrier options, prepaid and resellers)
  • Other guides to selecting cellular data plans

Coverage

The major difference for each of the carriers is how widespread their coverage is. And for those relying on mobile internet, how widespread their fastest 4G coverage is.

Below is a quick comparison of the four carriers LTE coverage maps:

Although we can go to each carrier’s maps online to scout out ahead if our next campground will have coverage for our carriers, we decided to make it even easier. We wrote an app for that!

coverage_new_iconCoverage? (available currently for iOS, and aiming for early 2017 for Android – www.twostepsbeyond.com/apps/coverage) overlays our versions of the four major carriers maps, so you can create a personalized coverage map for the carriers you travel with.

The maps are stored on device, so you don’t need to have coverage to find out which direction to head to find coverage.

All of the coverage maps displayed on this page are taken from the app.

Video Overview

We created a 20 minute video that covers most of the details below - but be sure to check the text below too, as the details are subject to constant changes:

Compare the Carrier's Plan Features

Verizon - Plan Features

From the November 2016 release of our iOS app 'Coverage? - showing LTE coverage for Verizon.

From the November 2016 release of our iOS app 'Coverage? - showing LTE coverage for Verizon.

Ask in almost any RVing group about which carrier is best, and you'll hear Verizon mentioned more often than any other.

And there's a good reason for that.

When it comes to raw nationwide coverage, Verizon wins hands down.

Coverage & Speed Notes

Verizon is the largest cellular carrier in the USA - whether you count the number of customers served, or the raw square miles of LTE coverage.

Verizon has a promising future roadmap too – with an ever-expanding network of cities with "Verizon LTE Advanced" carrier aggregation technology deployed for even faster speeds.

Verizon's popularity though is also its weakness.

Though in general Verizon typically delivers great performance, in some areas Verizon's network can be severely overloaded and slow when other carriers are still humming along.

Particular at major RV rallies and events, Verizon towers are known to melt down to being barely functional.

So while Verizon makes sense as a primary network - if connectivity is critical to you it is smart to have a backup plan on board too.

Verizon also has some notorious weak areas - such as western Texas or much of Alaska, where AT&T remains the dominant incumbent.

TIP: Verizon currently takes advantage of four LTE bands - 2, 4, 5, and 13. Older devices that support just one or two of these bands still dominate the airwaves, and they can get stuck on an overcrowded channel while newer Verizon devices are blazing along an order of magnitude faster in the cellular equivalent of a car pool lane.

If you have older devices - keep an upgrade in mind, particular if you notice friends and neighbors getting better Verizon performance.

Verizon Plans & Features

On July 7, 2016 Verizon introduced the 'New' Verizon Plan, and then in February 2017 Verizon revised things further and shook the industry by adding a Verizon Unlimited option, Verizon's first official unlimited offering since 2011.

This leaves Verizon with four primary plan options:

  • Small - 2GB - $35/mo
  • Medium - 4GB - $50/mo
  • Large - 8GB - $70/mo
  • Unlimited - $65/mo (single smartphone line) / $110/mo (multiple smartphone lines)

This is only the starting price though. You also pay an additional "line access fee" for every device sharing in the plan. Smartphones, tablets, and Jetpack hotspots are $20/mo each, and you can have up to ten lines sharing a plan.

Verizon also has data-only shared data plans for customers that do not have a smartphone line, though there is no unlimited option and the costs for large buckets of data quickly gets stratospheric.

Here are some of the most interesting policies and perks of the current Verizon plans:

  • Unlimited Talk & Text: In the distant past Verizon offered unlimited data, but charged for minutes and text messages. Modern plans have flipped that upside down.
  • Carryover Data: Verizon now includes 'Carry Over Data' on the less-than-unlimited plans.  If you don't use all of your allotted data in your current billing period, it rolls over to be used the next month. But you can not build up a balance - the unused data expires after just one month.
  • Safety Mode & Data Boost: Verizon's limited plans now include the ability to turn on 'Safety Mode' to eliminate the risk of surprise overage charges for using too much data. With Safety Mode enabled, data will simply be slowed down for the remainder of the month to 2G-speed (128 kbps) once the high speed data is used up. If you do need more fast data, you can manually purchase a "Data Boost" for $15/GB as needed.
  • Mobile Hotspot Use: All Verizon plans include mobile hotspot use, however the "unlimited" plan limits high-speed hotspot usage to 10GB/mo per line. Once the 10GB threshold is crossed, hotspot speeds are dropped to "3G" (600kbps) for the remainder of the month. This 10GB usage cap applies even to standalone Jetpack hotspot lines sharing an unlimited plan.
  • Unlimited Domestic Roaming: Verizon imposes no limits on domestic roaming for calls or data when you are off their network, making Verizon's coverage map seem even larger than it already is. The new Unlimited plan though claims that domestic roaming may be capped at 2G speeds.
  • International Roaming: Verizon plans offer customers the ability to purchase a 'Travel Pass' which allows you to use your plan internationally. In Mexico & Canada the cost is $2/day, and in other countries it is $10/day. Charges are only imposed on days you actually use the plan. For customers with the Unlimited plan, roaming in Mexico and Canada is included for free - including 500MB/day of high-speed data.

Unlimited Data Options:

There are now three options for unlimited data on Verizon:

  • 'New' Unlimited Data Plan - Beginning February 13, 2017 Verizon once again began offering an unlimited smartphone & tablet data plan that also includes 10GB of high speed mobile hotspot usage. This plan puts no limits on video streaming - even allowing full HD resolution. But this plan IS subject to network management once an unlimited customer has used more than 22GB on a line in a month. Once this threshold is reached, Verizon "may prioritize usage behind other customers in the event of network congestion".
  • Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plans - Last offered in 2011, these grandfathered plans offer unthrottled high speed Verizon data that is NOT subject to network management after 22GB of usage, and the plan supports unlimited mobile hotspot usage too. You can even use this plan inside a Jetpack and share an unlimited connection with other devices. This is still the best plan out there for most RVers seeking a home internet replacement, but you have to jump through a lot of hoops to get one of these rare old plans. We track the options in our Guide to Verizon Unlimited Data Plans. Note though that these plans have no (affordable) support for any international roaming, unlike the new Verizon Unlimited plan.
  • PopData: For those on tiered data plans, Verizon allows the purchase of 30 minute ($2) or 60 minute ($3) sessions of unlimited "PopData" when needed. This is an interesting option for those needing to handle a bulk upload (posting to YouTube), but for most people this is just a gimmick.

Verizon raised prices somewhat when it rolled out the New Verizon plan, so some RVers have been holding on to this generation of plan.

Do be aware that these older plans lack Safety Mode to avoid overage charges, and have no Carryover Data.

For most people, the benefits of the updated Verizon plan are worth switching to. But once you switch away, be aware that you can not go back.

Verizon Recommendation:

If you are forced to pick just a single cellular carrier to keep connected via while RVing, Verizon remains the obvious choice.

But just like it would be foolish to jump out of an airplane without a reserve parachute, it makes sense to keep a secondary cellular plan on board too for the situations where Verizon is lacking.

We recommend a Verizon + T-Mobile or Verizon + AT&T combo, and for those who need more redundancy - nothing beats having all three on board.

Recent Verizon News Stories:

AT&T - Plan Features

From the November 2016 release of our iOS app 'Coverage? - showing HSPA+ and LTE coverage for AT&T.

From the November 2016 release of our iOS app 'Coverage? - showing HSPA+ and LTE coverage for AT&T.

AT&T is the nation's second-largest carrier, but in the LTE era it has seemingly always lagged a few steps behind Verizon.

But AT&T is often strongest in areas where Verizon is weak, and having both carriers on board can make for a very potent connectivity combination.

Coverage & Speed Notes

AT&T’s LTE network lags behind Verizon in coverage and speed, but AT&T’s older "4G" HSPA+ network actually rivaled Verizon’s legacy 3G network for coverage and blows it out of the water in performance.

In some of the very few remaining remote areas that have yet to be upgraded to LTE, AT&T is actually often king.

But in more populous areas, AT&T is rarely the fastest network around - often eclipsed by both Verizon and T-Mobile.

AT&T Plans & Features

The data-limited AT&T Mobile Share Advantage Plan was announced in August 2016, and remains available with shared pools of data available ranging from 1GB for $30/mo on up to 100GB for $520/mo. You then must pay a "line access charge" for every device sharing in the data - $20/mo for smartphones and hotspots, and $10/mo for tablets.

AT&T also had an Unlimited plan, but kept it as a perk available only to residential DirecTV subscribers. But then in February 2017, in response to the new Verizon Unlimited plan, AT&T at last opened its Unlimited plan to all customers.

The new AT&T Unlimited Plan includes unlimited talk, text and data on a single line for $100 per month. Additional lines are $40 each.

But AT&T's Unlimited Plan is more expensive than all the other carriers, and yet it has more limitations.

In particular, AT&T Unlimited plans completely block any support for sharing of data via tethering or Wi-Fi.

Here's an overview of AT&T's current plan policies and perks:

  • AT&T Stream Saver & HD Video: Many AT&T plans (even unlimited) now come with the Stream Saver featured enabled by default, which throttles video streams to 480p "DVD Quality" resolution so that streaming video uses less data. This feature can be manually turned off to enable full-resolution HD streaming.
  • Mobile Hotspot: All AT&T Advantage plans include mobile hotspot use, letting you share your metered data however you wish. But other than the oddball Connected Car Unlimited plan, none of AT&T's unlimited offerings allow for even limited or slowed hotspot or tethering usage. With every other carrier now offering 10GB (or more) hotspot data with their unlimited plans, AT&T's plan comes across as an especially bad value.
  • No Overage Charges: The Advantage plans drop to 2G (128kbps) speed when all the high-speed data allotment for the month is used up, avoiding overage charges.
  • Rollover Data: AT&T Advantage plans include Rollover Data.  If you don't use all of your allotted data in your current billing period, it rolls over to be used the next month. But you can not build up a balance - the unused data expires after just one month.
  • Unlimited DirecTV Streaming: AT&T owns DirecTV, and to encourage customers to sign up for both services streaming from the DirecTV app on a smartphone or tablet does not count against AT&T monthly data caps. Of course AT&T Unlimited customers can stream any video service desired without worrying about caps at all.
  • Domestic Roaming: AT&T's network has a decent sized off-carrier roaming area, with domestic data roaming limited to 400MB per month. If you exceed that, your data access may be shut down until you are back on AT&T native towers.
  • International Roaming: AT&T's international features are a bit confusing.
    • Mexico: Mobile Share Advantage plans with 10GB+ of data can automatically be used just like in the US in Mexico, but not in Canada. Plans with less data get 1GB of high speed Mexican data, but the feature must be turned on in advance before a trip.
    • Canada & Mexico: The AT&T Unlimited plans have a "Roam North America" feature that allows for free voice, text, and data roaming in Canada & Mexico - but the feature must be added to the line in advance of a trip.
    • Rest of the World: With activation of the International Day Pass feature (no charge to activate), AT&T customers can use their existing plans and all of their plan's features (including high-speed unlimited data) for $10 per device per 24-hour period in over 100 countries. Note that the fine print indicates that this feature will be removed from the account if the majority of a  customer's usage is international for two months in a row.

NOTE: Just like the new Verizon Unlimited plan, AT&T's plans are subject to "network management" once an unlimited customer has used more than 22GB on a line in a month. Once this threshold is reached, AT&T "may slow data speeds" during periods of network congestion.

The Mobile Share Advantage Plan replaced AT&T's older Value plan - slightly changing around prices, while also eliminating the risk of overage charges. For most customers there was little downside to switching unless they had a special promotional rate locked in under the rules of the older plan.

If you do decide to keep a grandfathered Value plan active with AT&T, keep a close eye on your usage to avoid a rogue program racking up a huge overage bill.

AT&T Recommendation:

AT&T lags a bit behind the raw coverage of Verizon, and is often bested by the performance of T-Mobile. And unless you find a specially priced promotional offer or an oddball plan - AT&T is usually more expensive than its rivals too.

This makes AT&T hard to recommend - other than as a backup carrier.

But as a backup, AT&T excels. AT&T's coverage is often strong in areas other carriers are particularly weak, such as in remote west Texas, or in some areas of the Alaskan wilderness. And when Verizon towers are saturated, often nearby AT&T towers are still steaming along.

Verizon and AT&T together make a particularly potent combination for those who are optimizing for the best possible cellular connectivity.

 

Recent AT&T News Stories:

T-Mobile - Plan Features

From the November 2016 release of our iOS app 'Coverage? - showing 4G coverage for T-Mobile.

From the November 2016 release of our iOS app 'Coverage? - showing 4G coverage for T-Mobile.

The self proclaimed 'Uncarrier' has been constantly shaking up the cellular industry by rolling out a series of initiatives that have set the pace for everyone else to copy.

Thanks to pressure from T-Mobile, all of the carriers have given up on requiring contracts and device subsidies, and they have all but eliminated overage charges.

Coverage & Speed Notes

T-Mobile has been expanding its coverage area faster than any other carrier, and in many urban areas it has begun to rival Verizon and AT&T.

And where T-Mobile does have coverage - its LTE network tends to be extremely fast.

The bigger and older carriers (Verizon and AT&T) do however still have an undeniable advantage in less populated areas.

Particularly in remote rural areas, T-Mobile tends to be in distant third place. Because of this, for RVers who travel off the beaten path T-Mobile is rarely well suited to being the only carrier on board.

But as a secondary carrier, T-Mobile is often ideal.

IMPORTANT: Much of T-Mobile's coverage expansion over the past two years requires a newer device that supports LTE Band 12, which T-Mobile refers to as "Extended Range LTE". Older devices will be stuck in the slow lane if they are not compatible - so an upgrade is very worthwhile for anyone who relies on T-Mobile.

T-Mobile Plans & Features

In August 2016 T-Mobile launched the "all unlimited" One and One+ plans, and in January 2017 T-Mobile retired its popular Simple Choice plans for new customers leaving the One plans as the default choice.

Currently - T-Mobile One smartphone and tablet plans start at a base price of $70 for unlimited talk, text and data. If you need more than a single line, things get progressively cheaper the more lines you add - and there are often promotional deals like "Fourth Line Free" on offer.

Here are some of the most interesting policies and perks of the T-Mobile One plan:

  • Unlimited (Almost) Everything: Talk, text, and on device data are unlimited and there are no overage charges to worry about. But there ARE some important restrictions to be aware of.
    • Network Management: Customers who are in the top 3% of heaviest users on T-Mobile (currently those using 28GB/mo) are subject to network management once they have crossed this monthly threshold, which means that their ongoing usage will be slowed down relative to other T-Mobile customers - but only when towers are congested.
    • Domestic Roaming Limits: After 200mb of domestic roaming data usage, T-Mobile cuts off roaming network usage until your next billing cycle, or until you're back in a native area.
  • HD Video Streaming: In the past T-Mobile throttled video stream to 480p "DVD Quality" resolution. But in response to the new Verizon Unlimited plan, in February 2017 T-Mobile enabled unlimited resolution streaming for all One plans. The catch - you need to manually enable it, but once HD is turned on it will stay on.
    • SD Video in Canada & Mexico: While usage is still unlimited in these countries, video will be throttled down to 480p.
  • Mobile Hotspot: All T-Mobile One plans now include 10GB of high-speed mobile hotspot or tethering use, and then speeds for the remainder of the month are reduced to 3G speeds (512 kbps) but usage is unlimited. Customers who are paying the $25/mo "One+ International" upgrade get unlimited high-speed hotspot usage, not subject to the 10GB limit.
    • De-Prioritized Data: On device data speeds are prioritized over mobile hotspot speeds, so on congested towers there may be a noticeable performance hit.
    • Primarily For On Device Usage: T-Mobile reserves the right to contact customers 'to discuss options' for those using the plans primarily as a mobile hotspot.
    • Standalone Hotspots: The One plans support smartphones and tablets, and dedicated hotspots and routers can not be used with these unlimited plans. Metered data-only plans are still available for these types of devices.
  • Taxes & Fees Included: Beginning in January 2017, all T-Mobile One plans are flat priced and inclusive of taxes & fees.
  • The Uncontract: T-Mobile promises to never raise your prices or cancel your plan, even if the plan you are on is retired for new customers.
  • T-Mobile Tuesdays: Every Tuesday T-Mobile customers get something free for logging in to a special website. In the past it was weekly fully free pizza, though the offers have not been nearly as exciting in a while.
  • Gogo Inflight Wi-Fi: T-Mobile One plans include one hour per flight of free Gogo access to get a smartphone online, and for $5/mo the One+ plan adds unlimited Gogo usage and a few other perks.
  • Mobile Without Borders - Canada & Mexico: All T-Mobile plans can be used anywhere in Mexico & Canada just as if you were at home, including tethering! T-Mobile does reserve the right to enforce a policy that the plan needs to be used 'mostly' in the USA, so extended snowbirds should be wary.
  • Simple Mobile - Rest of the World: T-Mobile plans include free unlimited international text messaging, and free unlimited data in over 140 counties internationally at a slow (but useable) 256kbps speed. T-Mobile also has reasonable rates for voice calls too.

T-Mobile began phasing out Simple Choice plans in September 2016, and eliminated them in January 2017. However, they have gone on record that they will grandfather these plans for as long as customers keep paying their bill. These plans had tiered high speed data caps, Binge On unlimited video streaming and Data Stash.

In particular, we regularly recommended the $35/month 6GB data only plan for RVers.

Here are some of the key features of this plan:

  • International: Binge On video streaming is not included outside the USA. Simple Choice customers can purchase pricey Data Passes for 3G international speeds for outside of North America.
  • Mobile Hotspot Use: T-Mobile plans include mobile hotspot use, however they do prioritize on device data over tethered / mobile hotspot data on all smartphone and tablet plans when on congested towers.
  • Data Roll Over: Any high speed data you don't use is rolled over into 'Data Stash' for up to a year. You can accumulate up to 20GB in this account, to use when you need it.
  • Overage Charges: T-Mobile never charges overage fees. Once you hit your high speed data cap, you are simply slowed down to 2G speeds for the rest of the billing period.
  • Streaming:
    • Simple Choice - Binge On! All Simple Choice plans (postpaid) with 6GB of data or more include video streaming that does not count against your high speed data cap on partnered networks (including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBONow, YouTube, etc.), but at DVD-quality lower resolution. It officially only works on-device or when tethered to a laptop - but many have reported success using the service now with Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast, FireTV, etc (be sure to carefully watch your data usage!)  They also include free music streaming over many services. (Note, their Prepaid plans do NOT include the video streaming.) Binge On usage does count towards network management thresholds and is subject to slower speeds for high usage customers when on congested towers after using 28GB of data in a month.
  • Unlimited Data Plans: Include 14GB of high speed mobile hotspot use, and are subject to network management.

Note: Reseller Millenicom still offers the Simple Choice data only plans with the same pricing and benefits.

T-Mobile Recommendation:

While T-Mobile's coverage has been constantly expanding, at this time we still can not recommend T-Mobile as a primary carrier for travelers who need the most coverage nationwide.

But as a secondary carrier T-Mobile has a LOT to offer. Particularly for those needing great international support, T-Mobile is hard to beat.

Recent T-Mobile News Stories:

Sprint - Plan Features

From the November 2016 release of our iOS app 'Coverage? - showing 4G coverage for Sprint.

Sprint’s biggest advantage is that it tends to have the most affordable options, especially the promotional plans offered to lure new customers.

The vast bulk of Sprint’s usable fast data coverage is found in core urban areas and along major interstates. Anything outside of that, and you’re roaming with very slow speeds – if you can get online at all.

If you’re planning to stick to urban areas, Sprint might be worthwhile – and Sprint’s tri-band LTE Plus network shows great promise for the future.

Their weaknesses: Their network is not nearly as large as Verizon or AT&T, and is roaming in most places outside of urban areas or off interstates. In 2016, they are trying to minimize their operating costs and will be moving their equipment to less expensive towers - which may result in service disruptions, and potentially reduced coverage.

Policies & Perks:

  • Domestic Roaming: Has a 100-300MB roaming cap per month on all of their data plans. If you go over, they start charging overage fees of 25 cents per megabyte. That can add up very quickly!
  • International: Sprint's international plans can be a bit confusing, but are free to sign up for:
    • Canada, Mexico & Central/South America: Their 'Open World' plan is free to sign up for in advance, and includes free calling & text, and 1GB of high speed data (overages at $30/GB). Or with 'Global Roaming' you get free unlimited 2G speed data.
    • Rest of the World: 'Open World' gets you 20 cents/minute calling, and 2G speed data at $30/GB. Or, you can use 'Global Roaming' and pay 20 cents/minute and get free unlimited data at 2G speeds (3G speed access passes can be purchased.)
  • Mobile Hotspot Use: All Sprint tiered data plans include mobile hotspot use, and their unlimited data plans include 5GB of use.
  • Data Roll Over: Sprint does not roll over data - you lose what you don't use at the end of your billing period.
  • Overage Charges: Sprint never charges overage fees. Once you hit your high speed data cap, you are just simply slowed down to 2G speeds for the rest of the billing period.
  • Streaming: All streaming counts against data caps on Sprint. On unlimited plans, streaming is at low resolution only.
  • Unlimited Data Plans: They do offer an unlimited smartphone plan called Unlimited Freedom that includes 5GB of high speed mobile hotspot use, and is subject to network management after 23GB of use. The plan also downgrades all video (to 480p resolution), music (to 500kpbs) and gaming (to 2mpbs) traffic. Customers can upgrade to HD video for $20/month per line. Tablets and additional lines can be added to Unlimited Freedom plans at reduced prices.

Recommendation: If you're sticking to urban areas and traveling mostly interstates, Sprint, particularly one of the high bandwidth or unlimited MVNO options, may be a worthwhile part of your arsenal. But for most travelers, Sprint is not an ideal option.

Recent Sprint News Stories:


Getting Service

You can purchase service directly from each of the carriers as post paid or prepaid service. Or, there are many resellers & MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) who offer plans on the major carriers with different features, pricing or restrictions.

Use our guide below to navigate through the plans available for each carrier. Click any of them to get more information on the plans offered:

U.S. Cellular

The largest regional carrier offers plans that include nationwide coverage, but not for primary use.

Overall Review:

FreedomPop

FreedomPop offers free cellular plans on Sprint and global plans including T-Mobile & AT&T.

Overall Review:

Straight Talk

A TracFone brand available at Walmart offers prepaid mobile hotspot plans, primarily on Verizon and AT&T.

Overall Review:

Virgin Mobile

Subsidiary of Sprint, offering prepaid smartphone plans with mobile hotspot use.

Overall Review:

Simply Prepaid

T-Mobile’s lower cost prepaid native cellular phone & data plan.

Overall Review:

Project Fi

Google’s unique MVNO option that combines the coverage map of Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular.

Overall Review:

Karma Go

Karma’s proprietary mobile hotspot provides service powered by Sprint.

$149

Overall Review:

H2O Bolt

Reseller of AT&T offering dedicated data plans for mobile hotspots.

Overall Review:

Better Choice & Unlimited Freedom

Sprint’s own postpaid native cellular phone & data plan.

Overall Review:

Sprint Prepaid

Sprint’s own prepaid native cellular phone plans.

Overall Review:

MetroPCS

Owned by T-Mobile, MetroPCS offers competitive prepaid smartphone plans with tetherable data.

Overall Review:

4G Antenna Shop

Offers month-to-month no contract plans on T-Mobile, AT&T and sometimes Verizon.

Overall Review:

Sprint Unlimited Plan

This plan is now discontinued, and replaced with an Unlimitedville Rental Plan.

Overall Review:

Consumer Cellular

Reseller of AT&T and T-Mobile, offering smaller data plans with mobile hotspot use.

Overall Review:

Mobile Solutions

Offers month-to-month no contract unlimited plans on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. But poor customer service reported.

Overall Review:

Boost Mobile

Subsidiary of Sprint, offering prepaid smartphone and mobile hotspot plans.

Overall Review:

Charge

Offering prepaid never expiring data on the Sprint network for smartphones and mobile hotspots.

Overall Review:

Cricket Wireless

Subsidiary of AT&T offering prepaid smartphone plans with data usage.

Overall Review:

Unlimitedville Rental Plans

Unlimitedville offers one-stop shopping for unlimited data plan rentals on all of the major carriers.

Overall Review:

Non-Profit Sprint Unlimited Data Plans

A clause in the Sprint Clear WiMax purchase allows for non-profits to offer low cost unlimited data plans.

Overall Review:

Millenicom

Offers T-Mobile smartphone and data plans at lower costs but with all the T-Mobile postpaid perks.

Overall Review:

Boom! Mobile

Verizon reseller that includes mobile hotspot use on iPhones, and no roaming restrictions.

Overall Review:

For More Related Cellular Content:

Understanding Your Unlimited Cellular Data Options

MVNOs, Resellers & Prepaid Cellular Data Options – What You Need To Know

Guide to Cellular Boosters (Get the most out of your cellular plans!)

MiFi/Jetpack, USB Modem or Smartphone Hotspotting? (Which equipment to use!)

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