Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Prepaid Wireless Networks Uncovered

Which Network Are You Really On?

Unlike the major carriers (ie. Verizon Wireless, Sprint / Nextel, T-Mobile, AT&T), Amp'd, Boost Mobile, TracFone, MetroPCS & Virgin Mobile do not own its own network of cell towers. These prepaid cellular phone companies are all MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). MVNOs buy large batches of minutes from the traditional wireless carriers, piggybacking on their national networks. Amp'd leases Verizon's network, Boost Mobile uses Nextel's network, TracFone uses AT&T's network and Virgin uses Sprint's network. Hence, the reason we do not list these carriers in our list of coverage complaints. If you experience dead zone while using any prepaid phones please submit their respective network operator.


  1. AnonymousMay 08, 2009

    I have Cingular(AT&T) phone & Tracfone, AT&T phone get good signal @ work (91016) but TracFone gets NO signal at all! Tracfone does get good signal in most other places. May be I need better Tracfone phone?

  2. Its funny how the Virgin brand and the Sprint brand are so drastically different. I guess that's why they need MVNO's to sell phones.

  3. You did not mention Wal-Mart's Straight talk service. It is $30.00 a month for 1000 minutes, 1000text messages and 30 meg of "mobile office" type WAP service. THE MAIN Advantage: Verizon Towers! YES!!


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