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Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is one of the Big Four wireless carriers in the U.S. It consistently tops the charts in terms of network coverage, reliability and speed according to reports by RootMetrics. We recomm

AT&T

Prepaid plans through the Big Four’s wireless networks tend to be a bit more expensive than prepaid wireless plans available through mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). However, they come

Cricket

Cricket Wireless is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) owned by AT&T. Plans and prices are comparable to other prepaid cell phone carriers we evaluated, but the limiting data speed caps enfo

Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile is one of Sprint’s owned and operated prepaid subsidiaries. There are three plan tiers - a 3GB budget plan and two unlimited options - with several add-ons for more plan customizati

Boost Mobile

Boost Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that offers prepaid cell service using Sprint’s network. Because it runs on the weakest of the Big Four networks (the others are Verizon,

Verizon Wireless

For the past nine years, Verizon has scored the highest overall on RootMetrics’ RootScore reports. RootMetrics is an independent agency that runs thousands of network performance tests each year

T-Mobile

Though there are some conflicting reports on T-Mobile’s network performance, it is still one of the best cell phone providers in the U.S. It has one of the fastest 4G networks – performing

U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular is a regional cell phone provider. Like the Big Four carriers, it uses its own towers and infrastructure to deliver wireless service, but its availability is limited to pockets, mostly i

MetroPCS

MetroPCS is a great budget cell phone carrier. It’s a prepaid subsidiary of T-Mobile, and it runs on that network, so you get great speeds at a discount. If you time it right, you can save even

Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) owned by AT&T. It runs on its parent company’s great network – ranked second in the nation by RootMetrics. This means Crick

Virgin Mobile

Virgin Mobile is owned by Sprint and runs on its network. Sprint has the weakest network of the Big Four cell phone providers (Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are the others), though there are a few po

Sprint

Sprint has the weakest network of the Big Four cell phone providers. It places below the other three (and one budget carrier) in our evaluations, but its less expensive plans and expanding 4G network

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