2. T – Mobile
T-Mobiles SIM network used to be weakest of the top four nationwide mobile carriers but with time this underdog carrier has shown its potential. T-Mobile built on GSM provides great value for money.
AT&T’s network is one of the biggest carriers in the country. AT&T provides good speeds, has solid coverage and provides excellent device selection options including tablets, hotspots, Data cards and all of the latest mobile phones at subsidised prices. Its LTE services in over 650 markets provide fast data rates averaging over 7 Mbps. But on other hands, it has the distinction of being the most expensive.
Sprint operates one of the largest mobile networks in the country and offers features such as unlimited 4G, unlike others who restrict the usage. The best thing Sprint has going for it is its pricing which is quite reasonable offering the best bang for your buck. Sprint’s weakest attribute is its network, even though it covers more of the United States than T-Mobile (but less as compared to Verizon or AT&T). You may have to deal with dropped calls, low signals or other connectivity issues. It provides an average speed of 4.4 Mbps which is much lower as compared to others.
5. U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular SIM network is one of the oldest in the United States yet the network only covers a fraction of Americans. While you can get 3G coverage across the country thanks to partnerships with other carriers, U.S. Cellular’s 4G LTE towers only cover Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, and select counties. One of the selling points for U.S. Cellular touts is its reward points program. Noteworthily it is just as expensive as AT&T and Verizon with the infamous contract plan.
U.S. Cellular is only worth if you never need to travel beyond its coverage region. It is a solid alternative to some of the bigger names in the region.
6. Cricket Wireless
Cricket Wireless network acquired by AT&T runs on pair with AT&T’s solid network with fast 4G. Cricket competes with other low-cost prepaid networks. Cricket’s plan includes unlimited talk, text and high and unlimited internet data speed. It offers superfast upload speed ranging from 4 to 6 Mbps. Its download speed could be up to 8 Mbps max while basic could be low. The customer care service are not responsive when it comes to switching the devices. Coming to the price they are a bit on the higher side compared to what it offers.
With no disturbance of contract & good unlimited speed and AT&T support, it is a good pick for many.
MetroPCS is a prepaid provider offering a plan with unlimited 4G data. It runs on T-Mobile which offers some fastest data speed in the country. MetroPCS offers some competitive data plans starting at around 35$ with unlimited call, text and limited data. And for $60 it offers unlimited high-speed data. As it runs on T-Mobile you could expect some very high speed on LTE and good coverage, But it has very limited mobile device selection options which mostly include Android phones.
If you are picking a smartphone which is available under their device options, then getting MetroPCS SIM is really worth it as it offers exceptional speed at very low and affordable price bracket.
Ting SIM network is an MVNO or mobile virtual network operator. The coverage of ting is substandard which runs on sprints CDMA network. It also doesn’t offer unlimited talk and text. Ting is not suitable for heavy users and it also doesn’t have many latest smartphones to the list. Ting has excellent customer service team.
Ting network is very good for those who have minimum phone usage as you have to pay only for how much you use. It is not suitable for heavy data users. As it runs on sprint CDMA network make sure you have coverage in your area.
9. Consumer cellular
Consumer cellular does not provide unlimited call and text, but the limited one is cheap and inexpensive. Consumer Cellular has a lot of attractive plans that are more flexible than some others. The company offers two separate plans in the form of call and data ranging from different price bars. Thanks to AT&T network, the consumer cellular provides some good coverage and net speed. Heavy users may not get much much this SIM provider. The customer support is terrible and misleading.
AT&T provides solid coverage but it has its limitations. Consumer cellular is best suited for AARP members and retired family.
10. Boost Mobile
Boost is a prepaid SIM provider and has some of the most affordable price plans under its roof. Boost mobile runs on Sprint’s network so if you have a phone that works on it then you can try Boost’s cheap prepaid plan starting at around 30$. It doesn’t offer many device selection options other than Android and IOS. You may find some issues with call drop or internet connectivity. Customer support is poor.