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What’s an MVNO? And Why Should You Care?

To summarize in one sentence:

An MVNO, or Mobile Virtual Network Operator, is a cell phone carrier that uses the network of one of the Big Fours – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile.

Why are they important?

Broadening your mobile plan options introduces you to a world of improved wireless communication (and lower monthly phone bills). Taking all mobile networks into consideration, there’s definitely the perfect mobile plan – at the perfect price – for you.

MVNO vs. The Big Four

“If MVNOs are so much cheaper, then surely the service wouldn’t compare to AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile” – wrong! Basically, the Big Four have their own cell towers and MVNOs just pay to use them. So MVNOs are using the same cell towers as the Big Four, but because they don’t own the network infrastructure, MVNOs can afford to offer lower prices to consumers. In addition to not owning the infrastructure, an MVNO will purchase access to their specific host network in bulk, thus raking in even more savings – which are then passed onto consumers as a cheaper mobile plan.

Pros & Cons of MVNO Mobile Plans

Choosing an MVNO: Why Blue Beat Digital?

Before choosing an MVNO, it’s important to check their coverage map, and verify they cover the areas you frequent. If you prefer a specific network, it’d be a good idea to choose an MVNO that operates off of that specific network. Some MVNOs have only one host network, while others may have the entirety of the Big Four, allowing you to choose which network you want. Some of these big names might ring a bell – like Boost Mobile (Sprint), Cricket (AT&T), Metro (T-Mobile), or TracFone (Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T). So why Blue Beat Digital above all the others? The list of reasons could go on, but to keep it short, our coverage is reliable. Our prices are impressive. Our service is unbeatable.

Itching to try for a month? We got you covered with monthly trial plans on some of the biggest and most reliable networks: T-Mobile, Verizon, and AT&T.

MVNO Eligibility

Another little advantage to MVNOs is that you’ll have the option to use your current device (given its eligibility) or buy a phone. In the United States, the two networks that are used by wireless carriers are CDMA (code division multiple access) and GSM (global system for mobiles).

If you wanted to switch from AT&T to T-Mobile for example, it’d be a lot easier because they both operate on GSM. MVNOs will always let you know which devices are compatible with their network, but if you want to double-check, you can always verify their host network. If your device is locked to a carrier, you should consider unlocking your device so it is suitable for any network. That way, you’ll experience more mobile freedom when it comes to choosing your network.

Many people might overlook their monthly phone bills when they’re trying to cut down on costs – but MVNOs present an effortless option to cutting down on expenses.