What Are Some Big Telecom Companies That Offer Cell Phone Service?

What Are Some Big Telecom Companies That Offer Cell Phone Service?

In the United States, the largest wireless telecommunications providers as of 2015 are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and U.S. Cellular. Other notable cellphone providers include Cricket, Ting, Consumer Cellular, Boost Mobile and MetroPCS.

Verizon has the most subscribers of any U.S. wireless telecommunications provider as of 2015. According to TopTenReviews, Verizon rates higher in coverage and call quality than any of the other major providers. However, Verizon's plans are also among the most expensive of the major providers. AT&T is the second-most used wireless provider and is very similar to Verizon in terms of reliability and price.

T-Mobile and Sprint are the third- and fourth-most used wireless providers, respectively. T-Mobile has faster Internet speeds and customer service, while Sprint has better call coverage. Both providers offer prices slightly lower than those offered by Verizon and AT&T. Consumer Reports notes that T-Mobile offers more value by paying the early termination fees and outstanding phone bills of a person switching from another major carrier.

U.S. Cellular is the most-used regional provider in the United States, focusing primarily on the Midwest. While its coverage is rated as below-average, U.S. Cellular's customer service is rated as the best among the five biggest carriers.

Consumer Reports highlights Ting and Consumer Cellular as the best values of any wireless providers. TopTenReviews also highlights these two carriers as the best in customer service. Cricket, MetroPCS and Boost Mobile are the least expensive of the major cellphone providers in the United States.