Mobile Virtual Network Operator

US service provider & MVNO

In the United States we have 3 true carriers Verizon, ATT, T-Mobile, and then we have something called MVNO or Mobile Virtual Network Operator. The MVNO purchase data from the 3 top dogs and then resell it as if they are also a service provider with their own cell towers and network but truthfully they are just a reseller of the same 3 networks. Here is a breakdown to help you understand.


  • Visible Wireless
  • Red Pocket
  • Xfinity Mobile  
  • Twigby
  • Reach Mobile   
  • Ting
  • Lively! (formerly Greatcall)         
  • Tracfone
  • Total Wireless  
  • Net10
  • Page Plus           
  • Straight Talk
  • US Mobile
  • Pix Wireless


  • Straight Talk Wireless
  • Pure TalkUSA
  • Cricket Wireless
  • H2O Wireless
  • Red Pocket Mobile
  • Tracfone
  • Net10 Wireless
  • FreeUp Mobile
  • i3 Mobile


  • Metro by T-Mobile
  • Ultra Mobile
  • Mint Mobile
  • US Mobile
  • Ting
  • Tracfone
  • Net10_Wireless
  • Simple Mobile
  • Red Pocket
  • Republic Wireless
  • Google Fi

If you are changing mobile service provides to get a better prices then this chart will be helpful to make sure you get a MVNO that supports your current device and area. But if you are looking to not support the big 3 companies well truthfully that’s impossible unless you decide you do not want to have a mobile device all together.