List of Cell Phone Providers

By WilliamHanz

Updated September 28, 2017

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There are several companies to take note of when choosing a cell phone provider. Different companies offer features that vary slightly, with different calling plans and different types of phones available. Many cell phone providers specialize in certain areas, such as area of coverage, call quality and low pricing plans. It is important to consider your needs when selecting a cell phone provider, making sure that you select a company that fits your individual specifications.

AT&T Wireless

The most popular wireless provider in the United States is AT&T Wireless. The company has surpassed 71 million subscribers throughout their network. AT&T is the exclusive provider of the popular Apple iPhone and has several other popular phones in its lineup including a variety of BlackBerry phones. The company markets its main feature as being the wireless network with the fewest dropped calls. AT&T also boasts rollover minutes, which allow customers on limited minute plans to roll over unused minutes for use in the future. There have been claims that the AT&T service areas are highly limited, making it difficult to ensure that calls are able to be placed and received in a sufficient number of locations.

Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the second largest cell phone provider in the United States, totaling more than 67 million active subscribers. Verizon Wireless was formed in 2000 and has consistently reported growth in popularity since. Phones provided by Verizon Wireless include the LG Chocolate, the Motorola Razr and the HTC Droid Eris. The HTC Droid Eris smartphone is powered by the Google Android operating system and makes Verizon the only cell phone provider other than T-Mobile who carries Google Android phones. Verizon claims that it has the largest range of coverage in the United States, assuring consumers that they will have phone service virtually anywhere in the nation.

Sprint Nextel

The third largest wireless cell phone provider in the United States is Sprint Nextel. Sprint acquired Nextel in 2005 and used the Sprint Nextel name in reference to their wireless services. The company continued to use the Sprint name (without Nextel) to exclusively describe their landline service. Sprint has a wide selection of phones available from companies such as BlackBerry, LG, Motorola and Palm. A distinguishing feature is their availability of walkie-talkie phones (also known as "push-to-talk" phones).