MVNO and Prepaid Carrier List

In the table below, I list mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and prepaid carriers operating in the U.S. In most cases, carriers that offer service over multiple networks will only work with a single network a subscriber chooses when they purchase their plan.[1]

Using the filters at the top of the table, you can choose to view only carriers operating over the network(s) of your choice or to view only carriers that I recommend. In rows with asterisks, additional information can be viewed by clicking the plus icon.

Notes

Estimates of subscriber numbers are often extremely rough. In many cases, I rely on estimated subscriber numbers Dennis Bournique shares in the operator profiles on predpaidcompare.net.

Some of the links in the list of prepaid carriers and MVNOs are affiliate links. See my transparency page for details about the financial relationships I have with carriers.

What is an MVNO?

An MVNO or mobile virtual network operator is a company that doesn’t own it’s own network hardware. Instead, MVNOs pay wholesale rates for access to other companies networks. MVNOs then resell that access to their customers. MVNOs sometimes offer service that’s far cheaper than comparable coverage purchased directly from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon.

Network-specific lists

On other web pages, I share simpler tables that list MVNOs on individual networks:

Footnotes

  1. Google Fi is a notable exception. Fi-enabled devices can work with multiple networks simultaneously. Some other carriers default to one network but have roaming access on other networks.

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