Top 5 cell phone providers in the U.S.

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Last Updated: Aug 11, 2016

Probably you own a cell phone. It is very difficult to imagine life without these marvels of technology. They help you keep in touch with your loved ones and also to post on social media. Apart from those, they are also a source of entertainment and have cameras that you can use to capture those memorable moments.

Picking the right cell phone provider isn’t an easy task. There are the contract plans and the prepaid options that you have to consider. Some contracts will offer you discounts on brand new phones but they will keep you locked into the carrier for at least two year before you can switch.

There are many factors to consider before you settle on a particular provider. We present to you here the top 5 cell phone providers in the United States.

Verizon Wireless:
Verizon Communications Inc is based in the Verizon Building in Lower Manhattan, New York City. It is an international broadband and telecommunications company.
It was originally formed in 1983 as Bell Atlantic Corp by AT&T.

This is the largest landline telephony provider in the US. It is also a provider of broadband and subscription television services. In terms of mobile telephony, it is the second largest with over 92 million wireless customers. It comes second to Verizon Wireless in this category.

Sprint Nextel Corp:
Sprint Nextel Corp has its offices in Kansas. It is a telecommunications company that owns Sprint which is the third largest long distance provider and one of the largest telecommunications network in the U.S. It is also. It owns majority shares in Clearwire and has over 48 million users.

T-Mobile provides cellular telecommunications services. It is owned by Deutsche Telekom which is based in Germany.

It was formed from four companies, namely Aerial, VoiceStream Wireless, Powertel and Omnipoint. T-Mobile USA is currently the fourth largest wireless carrier in the U.S. market with over 33.8 million customers.

It has pioneered a number of features including ring back tones, video messaging and HiFi Ringers. And it was the first company to use and promote the Android operating system.

Boost Mobilemis the brand name of a prepaid service owned by Sprint Nextel. It uses Sprint’s iDEN and CDMA networks. Originally it was launched in 2000 in Australia through Optus and New Zealand through Telecom New Zealand in 2001.

Peter Adderton founded Boost Mobile in Australia and New Zealand in 2000. Boost attracted quite a number of customers in 2000 through its Walkie Talkie which it charged at $1 per day. By then this was the only way to have something similar to unlimited voice minutes.

What do you need to look for in cell phone providers?
Finding the right provider is all about finding the right balance. You will have to balance between the monthly bill and your desire to have the greatest and latest Smartphone in your hand.
Things to look for therefore include plans and pricing, network coverage, fees, and help and support that you can get from the providers. Are the providers available when you need them?

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