Some of the top cell phone providers include Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, Ting, Boost Mobile and Consumer Cellular, according to extensive reviews and tests by Top Ten Reviews. Verizon secured the top spot as of April 2015, scoring highly for device selection and coverage.
While Verizon was rated highly in a number of areas, it was also found to be one of the most expensive providers. Cricket Wireless, however, was rated very highly for its overall pricing and fee structure, and it also ranked highly for coverage.
Most cell phone providers have different strengths and weaknesses, meaning that some providers and plans may be more suitable for some consumers than for others, as highlighted by Top Ten Reviews. T-Mobile, for example, was found to have the best overall plans for families, as good savings are offered by the provider for purchasing bulk plans.
If coverage is of major importance, then Verizon is the first choice, but some other networks such as AT&T and Cricket also have decent coverage capability. Sprint was found to be the best choice in terms of overall value. This is mainly due to the fact that a number of plans include a generous allowance for minutes, texts and data, although due to the fact that Sprint has a fairly slow network, data users may be better with a different provider.