In the United States, just like in most parts of the world, mobile phones are called cell phones, which happen to be the shorter version of another term, cellular phone. Cell phones are widely used today and in a country as advance as the US, it is reported that more than 80% of adults have mobile devices. This simply implies that people are really very much into mobile communication.
It is important to take note that in America, when you use a cell phone, you will be paying for both outgoing and incoming calls. This is quite different in other countries where incoming calls are free. The good part of using a cell phone in the US is that you get to enjoy many benefits depending on your data plan. For instance, you can send and receive unlimited SMS’s and you can use the Internet.
There are three major mobile network operators in the US namely, Verizon Wireless, AT&T (Cingular Wireless/Cellular One) and T-Mobile. Aside from these three major players though, there are also other network providers to choose from, including; Sprint, Tracfone Wireless, and Net 10.
Verizon Wireless has a huge CDMA network and it covers most part of the US. Generally, Verizon phones do not work well overseas, but they have CDMA and GSM handsets that can do overseas roaming.
This mobile network provider offers phone models that range from the regular flip devices to the latest phablet smartphones. Not to mention the availability of Mifi devices (Jetpack unit).
Verizon Wireless offers both post-paid and prepaid services, which give their clients the flexibility to choose the service that they can easily afford.
When it comes to the 4G LTE network, Verizon offers the largest service in the US. Their service can speed up to ten times faster than 3G network. The fact is that 4G LTE network from Verizon is available today in 500 markets that cover over 95% of the United States; that is how wide the reach of this company is.
The best benefit of connecting with Verizon 4G LTE network is that you get connected automatically to the 3G network in case you went beyond the 4G LTE areas of coverage. This only means that you can still enjoy the services of Verizon Wireless because you can stay connected and updated from coast to coast.
AT&T is formerly known as Cingular Wireless and it is a national GSM mobile phone carrier. This company offers cell phone models that are mostly tri-band, meaning that they are effectively compatible to be used with most GSM cell phone networks overseas.
Generally, AT&T boasts of its 4G network and the minute rollover feature. They have phones that go from the GoPhones or the basic prepaid models to regular texting phones to smartphones to tablets and phablets.
As mentioned above, T-Mobile is part of the Big Three and it is formerly known as the Voicestream during its start. In comparison with Verizon Wireless and AT&T, T-Mobile can be considered as a smaller national mobile carrier. They offer models from popular phone manufacturers like Nokia, Blackberry and Samsung. Aside from that, they also provide home-brand models called the T-Mobile cell phone and most of these are manufactured by ZTE and other smaller phone manufacturers.
T-Mobile offers service plans for basic phones, tablets and smartphones, along with a wide range of regular prepaid cell phones. One good thing about this company is that they allow their customers to bring their own GSM phones. This means clients can really save money on monthly services.
Sprint is a smaller national CDMA network and it offers cell phones that usually function on the 1900 Mhz frequency. Apparently, this is a service that generates better sound quality compared to the 800 Mhz frequency band.
Cell phones from Sprint include basic models and smartphones from phone manufacturers like LG, Kyocera, HTC and Samsung. One of the differentiating factors that make this company unique is that they focus on phones that are rugged and durable.
Tracfone Wireless is a mobile network provider that offers national prepaid service. The company’s specialty service is the popular prepaid airtime cards with long-lasting expediency of six month or a year. Therefore, if you are a mobile user that doesn’t make regular calls or seldom sends text messages, a Tracfone phone is your best option.
For the budget-conscious mobile user, Tracfones are really recommended because they are cheap. But their phone models are generally very basic and the simplest model actually lack the advance features like cameras and Bluetooth capability. They do not have phones with some smartphone features like web browsing and the touch screen, but still lack the features that more expensive phones have.
Net10 is a mobile provider that offers similar services with that of Tracfone. They are actually sister companies. The only difference between the two is that Net10 do not offer the same long-lasting prepaid airtime cards. Most of Net10’s airtime cards are effective for 60 or 90 days.
Just like Tracfones, Net10 phones also are usually basic and they actually do not have the most innovative smartphone features, which is why they are really cheaper to purchase.
With the information provided here, it would be easier for anyone to decide which mobile network provider to choose.
The top three are the best options when it comes to the more advanced cell phone models and the most innovative and wide-coverage services. Of course they are also the more expensive choices. But they do let you really take your mobile experience to the next level. Their phone units can be used for Internet browsing, which means that you can really stay connected to the world just by using the unit at the palm of your hands.
If you would rather go for the more affordable units and services, one of the bottom three would be an ideal choice. This is a recommended route especially if you are not very particular with the phone model to use and if you only need a unit for calling and texting.