List of United States mobile virtual network operators

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Mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the United States lease wireless telephone and data spectrum from major carriers such as AT&T Mobility, Sprint Corporation, T-Mobile US and Verizon Wireless for resale.

Voice and data service operators[edit]

CompanyHost networkWireless technology[1]WebsiteBYOD [2]Notes
35orlessT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900,
LTE band 4
35orless.comYesNext month's service rate is based on the number of new customers in the current month.[3]
Affinity CellularVerizonCDMAaffinitycellular.comNoMarkets exclusively to members of the American Automobile Association.
Aio WirelessAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900,
LTE bands 17/4
aiowireless.comYesSubsidiary of AT&T. Merger with Cricket Wireless pending regulatory approval.[4]
AirVoice WirelessAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
airvoicewireless.comYes
Black WirelessAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
blackwireless.comYes
Boost MobileSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
boostmobile.comNoSubsidiary of Sprint Corporation.
BrightspotT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
brightspotmobile.comYesSubsidiary of Target Corporation.
Cellular AbroadT-Mobile, AT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
cellularabroad.comYesMarkets to international travelers in the U.S.
Chit Chat MobileSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
chitchatmobile.comLimitedHeavily focused in San Antonio/Texas. Allows activation of most Sprint devices.
CLOvENSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
myclovenwireless.comNo
CLOvENT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
myclovenwireless.comYes
CLOvENVerizonCDMAmyclovenwireless.comNo
Consumer CellularAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
consumercellular.comYesMarketed to seniors.
Credo MobileSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
credomobile.comNoDonates 1% of customer charges to nonprofit and activism groups. A division of Working Assets.
DivvyAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
divvymobile.comYesEncourages members to advertise the operator with social media.
EcoMobileSprintCDMA,
WiMAX
ecomobile.comLimitedAllows activation of Sprint devices.
Expo MobileSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
expomobile.comLimitedAllows activation of Sprint devices. Sister brand of defunct Red Pocket MVNO Jolt Mobile.
Flash WirelessSprintCDMA,
LTE
flashwireless.comNo
Flash WirelessVerizonCDMAflashwireless.comLimited
FreedomPopSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE bands 25 (FDD), 26 (FDD), 41 (TDD)
freedompop.comLimited[5]Voice calls and text message over data connection. Runs on WiMax, Sprint 3g, 4g and LTE [6]
GIV MobileT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
givmobile.comYesDonates 8% of a customer's bill to a chosen charity.
GHz CellularAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
ghzcellular.comYes
good2GO MobileAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
good2gomobile.comYes
good2GO MobileSprintCDMA,
WiMAX
good2gomobile.comLimitedAllows activation of most Sprint devices.
GoSmart MobileT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
gosmartmobile.comYesOwned by T-Mobile US.
H2O WirelessAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
h2owirelessnow.comYesOwned by Locus Telecom.
i-wirelessSprintCDMA,
WiMAX
krogeriwireless.comNoOwned by Kroger.
Itel UTelSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
itelutel.comLimitedSubsidiary of and division of Flatel Wireless.
iQ CellularVerizonCDMA,
LTE (data only plans)
iqcellular.comLimitedAllows activation of 3G Verizon devices.[7]
iQ CellularSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
iqcellular.comLimitedAllows activation of Sprint devices.
iQ CellularAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
iqcellular.comYes
iQ CellularT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
iqcellular.comYesT-Mobile support planned as of September 2013.
Jaguar MobileSprintCDMAjaguarmobile.comLimited
Jolt MobileAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
joltmobile.comYes
KajeetSprintCDMA,
WiMAX
kajeet.comLimitedService targeted for children. Allows activation of some Sprint devices.
KDDI MobileSprintCDMA,
WiMAX
kddimobile.comNoMarkets to Japanese community.
LycaMobileT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
lycamobile.comYesOwned by LycaMobile.
MetroPCST-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900,
LTE band 4
metropcs.comYesOwned by T-Mobile US.
NET10 WirelessT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
net10wireless.comLimited[8]Subsidiary of TracFone Wireless/América Móvil.
NET10 WirelessAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900,
LTE bands 17/4
net10wireless.comLimitedSubsidiary of TracFone Wireless/América Móvil. BYOP is available at net10byop.com.
NET10 WirelessVerizonCDMAnet10wireless.comLimited
NET10 WirelessSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
net10wireless.comNo
Next G MobileVerizonCDMAnextgmobile.comLimitedThis business is closing.
NTT DoCoMo USAT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
docomo-usa.comNoSubsidiary of NTT DoCoMo
Page Plus CellularVerizonCDMApagepluscellular.comLimited$10 BYOD fee.[9] Sold to TracFone Wireless/América Móvil pending regulatory approval.
Pond MobileSprint, BeelineCDMA,
GSM
pondmobile.comNoMarketed to frequent travelers.
PrepaYd WirelessSprintCDMA,
WiMAX
prepaydwireless.comLimitedAllows activation of Sprint phones. Subsidiary of PrepaYd, Inc.
PTel (PlatinumTel)T-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
ptel.comYes
Pure TalkUSAAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
puretalkusa.comYes
RadioShack No Contract WirelessCricket, SprintCDMAradioshack.comNoJoint venture of RadioShack and Cricket Communications. 3G data provided by Sprint CDMA network.
Ready MobileSprintCDMAreadymobile.comNo
Ready SIMT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
readysim.comYesMarketed to travelers. SIM card shipped worldwide. Operated by Roam Mobility.
Red Pocket MobileAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
goredpocket.comYes
Republic WirelessSprintCDMArepublicwireless.comNoA division of Bandwidth.com, Inc. Primarily uses VoIP over Wi-Fi. Cellular network on Sprint and roaming partners, including but not limited to Verizon.
Ring Plus, IncSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
ringplus.netLimitedSocial media and telecom company. Roams on Verizon. Can activate Sprint handsets.[10]
Roam MobilityT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
roammobility.comYesSold in Canada only. Marketed to travelers to the U.S.
Scratch WirelessSprintCDMAscratchwireless.comNoFree messaging and VoIP calling.
Selectel WirelessVerizonCDMAselectelwireless.comLimitedActivates Verizon 3G devices. Coverage includes Verizon and its roaming partners.
Shaka MobileSprintCDMAshakamobile.comNo
SIM Shalom MobileAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
simshalom.co.ilYesMarkets to Israelis traveling to the U.S.
Simple MobileT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900,
HSPA+ 1700
mysimplemobile.comYesSubsidiary of TracFone Wireless/América Móvil.
SkyView WirelessAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
skyvw.comYes
SolaveiT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
solavei.comYesEncourages members to advertise the operator with social media.
Spot MobileT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
spotmobile.comYes
Straight TalkT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
straighttalk.comYesSubsidiary of TracFone Wireless/América Móvil. Venture with Walmart. Phones using T-Mobile's network are labeled "GSM-T" on the packaging.
Straight TalkAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900,
LTE bands 17/4
straighttalk.comYesPhones using AT&T's network are labeled "GSM-A" on the packaging.
Straight TalkVerizonCDMAstraighttalk.comLimitedSubsidiary of TracFone Wireless/América Móvil. Phones using Verizon's network are labeled "CDMA-V" on the packaging. Limited BYOP available at straighttalkbyop.com.
Straight TalkSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
straighttalk.comNoPhones using Sprint's network are labeled "CDMA-S" on the packaging.
TingSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
ting.comLimitedAllows activation of Sprint phones.[11] Voice-only roaming on Verizon and U.S. Cellular. Owned by Tucows.
Telcel AméricaT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
telcelamerica.comYesSubsidiary of TracFone Wireless/América Móvil. Marketed to Hispanic consumers.
Tempo TelecomSprintCDMA,
LTE band 25
mytempo.comNo
TextNowSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
textnow.comNoClaims to be the world's first all-IP mobile operator.[12] Uses a VoIP/SMS app.
TotowirelessSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
totowireless.comYesSubsidiary of Toto Communications, Inc. Also operates as an MVNE.
TruphoneT-Mobile, AT&T (2G only)GSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
truphone.comYesInternational SIM that operates as a local MVNO in some countries. Based in the United Kingdom.
Ultra MobileT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
ultra.meYesSpecializing in international plans/texting. Offers 1,000 free minutes to several countries, including Mexico and UK.
Virgin Mobile USASprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
virginmobileusa.comNoSubsidiary of Sprint Corporation.
Votel MobileSprintCDMAvotelmobile.comNoMarketed to Persian consumers.
Voyager MobileSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
voyagermobile.comLimitedStartup by Voyager Telecom.
Walmart Family MobileT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 1700/1900
myfamilymobile.comYesVenture between Walmart and T-Mobile. Data delivered at 3G speeds.[13]
ZactSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
zact.comNoProvides app-specific data plans such as Maps & Navigation or Facebook without full internet access. Roams on Verizon.
Zing PCSSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE band 25
zingpcs.comLimitedOwned by Flatel Wireless, Inc.

Voice service operators[edit]

The following table lists operators focused on providing voice calls. Additional services may include SMS and basic low-speed data access.

CompanyHost networkWireless technologyWebsiteNotes
AirLink MobileSprintCDMA 1900airlinkmobile.com
EarthtonesAT&TGSM 850/1900earthtones.comDonates all profits to environmental organizations.
GreatCallVerizonCDMA 1900greatcall.comFormerly Jitterbug, still sells Jitterbug model. Marketed to seniors.
H2O WirelessVerizonCDMA 850/1900h2owirelesscdma.comOwned by Locus Telecom.
Jaguar MobileSprintCDMAjaguarmobile.com
Liberty WirelessSprintCDMA 1900libertywireless.com
Mobal FreedomAT&TGSM 850/1900mobalfreedom.com
Pure UnlimitedAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
pureunlimited.netFormerly Pure Prepaid.
Q Link WirelessSprintCDMA 1900QLinkWireless.comFederally assisted wireless service.
STI MobileSprintCDMA 1900stimobile.com
Total Call MobileSprintCDMA 1900totalcallmobile.com
TracFoneAT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, VerizonGSM,
CDMA
tracfone.comSubsidiary of América Móvil. Data access charged as minutes while browser is running.
ZERO11 WirelessAT&TGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
zero11wireless.comOwned by Americatel. Subsidiary of Red Pocket Mobile.

Mobile broadband operators[edit]

Unless specified otherwise, mobile broadband providers require the purchase of a dedicated mobile broadband modem.

CompanyHost networkWireless technologyWebsiteNotes
DataJackSprintCDMA,
WiMAX
datajack.com
EarthLinkSprintWiMAXearthlink.net
EcoMobileSprintCDMA,
WiMAX
ecomobile.comAllows activation of Sprint devices.
FreedomPopSprintCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE
freedompop.comSprint 3G data access with dedicated device.
GHz WirelessAT&TCDMA,
WiMAX,
LTE
ghzwireless.com
H2O WirelessSprintWiMAXh2owirelessnow.comOwned by Locus Telecom.
i-wirelessSprintCDMA,
WiMAX
iwirelesshome.comOwned by Kroger.
Internet on the GoSprintCDMA,
WiMAX
internet-go.comOwned by Walmart.
KarmaSprintWiMAXyourkarma.comEncourages sharing connection with non-subscribers. Data does not expire. LTE support coming in 2014.[14]
MillenicomVerizonCDMA,
LTE
millenicom.com
NetZeroSprintWiMAXnetzero.comTransitioning to Verizon's CDMA and Sprint's CDMA/LTE network in Q2 2014.[15]
Ready Mobile PCSSprintCDMA,
WiMAX
readymobile.com
SIMple MobileT-MobileGSM,
UMTS
mysimplemobile.comNo dedicated modem required. Subsidiary of TracFone Wireless/América Móvil.
TingSprintCDMA,
WiMAX
ting.comOwned by Tucows.
Virgin Mobile USASprintCDMA,
WiMAX
virginmobileusa.comOwned by Sprint Corporation.

M2M and business services operators[edit]

Machine to machine (M2M) services providers
CompanyHost networkWireless technologyWebsiteNotes
Aeris CommunicationsSprint, EE, VodafoneGSM,
CDMA
aeris.comGlobal network provider.
CrossBridge Solutions (Telit)AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Rogers, Iridium, Vodafone, TelefónicaGSM,
CDMA
crossbridgesolutions.comGlobal provider.
Jazz Wireless DataT-Mobile, Verizon, Rogers, TelefónicaGSM,
CDMA
jazzwirelessdata.comGlobal provider.
KORE TelematicsVodafone, AT&T, Verizon, RogersGSM,
CDMA,
Satellite
koretelematics.comGlobal provider, business services only.
Raco WirelessT-Mobile, EE, Sprint, Telefónica, RogersGSM,
CDMA
racowireless.comGlobal provider.
Wyless GroupT-Mobile (USA, UK), Verizon, Sprint, Rogers, Telefónica, O2 (UK, Ireland) and othersCDMA 1900,
GSM 850/1900, LTE
wyless.comGlobal network and managed services provider.

Providers of business services[edit]

CompanyHost networkWireless technologyWebsiteNotes
CbeyondSprintCDMA 1900cbeyond.netBusiness services. Formerly Beyond Mobile.
CHT GlobalSprintCDMA,
LTE band 25
chtglobal.comLaunched in July 2013.[16]
Cognia MobileT-MobileGSM 850/1900,
UMTS 850/1900
cognia.comIn-network mobile recording.
Excel WirelessSprintCDMA 1900excelws.net

Defunct, merged and acquired operators[edit]

CompanyHost networkWireless technologyWebsiteEnd dateNotes
7-Eleven Speak Out WirelessAT&T, SprintGSM,
CDMA
2010
Amp'd MobileVerizonCDMA2007Bankrupt.
Circle-K Talk-and-GoAT&TGSM2011
ComcastSprint, ClearwireCDMA,
WiMAX
2011No longer offering mobile services.
Common Cents MobileSprintCDMA2011Defunct and merged into payLo by Virgin Mobile.
CoxSprintCDMA2012
Disney MobileSprintCDMA2007
EmbarqSprintCDMA2009
ESPN MVPSprintCDMA2006
Firefly MobileAT&TGSM,
UMTS
fireflymobile.com2012Ceased MVNO sales. Still sells GSM phones for use with other providers.
Fuzion MobileAT&TGSM,
UMTS
fuzionmobile.com2013Website times out; this provider may be out of business.
GTC WirelessAT&TGSM2009Merged with Total Call Mobile.
HelioSprintCDMA2010Shutdown after purchase by Virgin Mobile USA.
Jump MobileCricketCDMA2010Leap Wireless retired the Jump Mobile brand.
Lucky WirelessVerizonCDMA2011
Mi Gente MobileSprintCDMA,
LTE
migentemobile.com2013Lifestyle brand targeting Latinos. Website times out; this provider may be out of business.
Mingo WirelessSprintCDMA,
WiMAX
mingowireless.com2012
MOSH MobileCentennial WirelessGSM2012
MovidaSprintCDMA2012
Omni Prepaidomniprepaid.com2012Left the MVNO Market in 2012.
PhonataAT&T, Sprint, VerizonGSM,
UMTS,
CDMA
phonata.com2013
Pure MobileVerizonGSMusepuremobile.com2012Acquired by PureTalkUSA, now GSM only (AT&T).
Qwest WirelessSprintCDMA2010
Simple FreedomAlltelCDMA2007A prepaid subsidiary of Alltel. Merged with Alltel "U Prepaid."
SWT MobileAT&TGSM,
UMTS
swtmobile.com2013
TalkForGoodVerizonCDMAtalkforgood.com2013
Trumpet MobileSprintCDMA 1900trumpetmobile.com2013Merged with Ready Mobile.
TúYo MobileT-MobileGSMtuyo.com2012Owned by IDT Corporation.
VoceAT&TGSM2008Bankrupt.
WOW Mobile PCSSprintCDMAwowpcsdotorg.homestead.com2012
ZappSprintCDMAzappunlimited.com2012Acquired by PrepaYd Wireless.
ZUMA PrepaidSprintCDMA 1900amitygroup.com/zuma.htm2013

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