The most popular cell phone providers as of 2014 are Verizon and AT&T, according to CNET. Both companies offer wide-reaching service networks and extensive options for phones and data plans.
Formed in 2000 through a merger between GTE Wireless and Bell Atlantic, Verizon is considered the most popular carrier in the United States. The company has an extensive 4G LTE network that offers strong coverage around the United States, but limited CDMA service means international coverage is spotty. AT&T is the second-largest cell phone provider in the United States. The company offers GSM service, which allows for expansive international roaming. AT&T also offers a variety of lower-cost prepaid phones through its Go and Cricket lines, as of 2015.