Dish does not yet operate a wireless network but they possess one of the largest assignments of wireless spectrum. They have notified the FCC of plans that include the date of a required buildout and what type of network they will construct. Their notification indicates they will construct a nationwide network to serve the IoT (Internet of Things) market that they project will grow from 17 Billion devices currently to over 75 Billion devices within the next 8 years. This has the potential of being a network that most of us will use, but won't have the opportunity, or the need, to sign up for. We'll share updates as we find them at the Wireless Noise.
DTC Wireless located east of Nashville, TN has stopped offering cellular service as of January, 2017. As part of their other communications services they do offer Fixed Wireless broadband Internet access using their existing 4G - LTE network.
GCI offers wireless service in the largest number of Alaska communities. Their GSM network is being upgraded to 4G LTE coverage with about half of the outlying network at 3G. After their recent acquisition of the Alaska Communications cellular network, they provide Talk, Text and Data capabilities over most of the inhabited areas of the state. GCI plans are more generous than average, especially for Data, and start at a lower price point, however, it's hard to determine what is included in each plan from their web site. They have a large selection of phones including smartphones and the iPhone, and support a convenient wireless home phone service. GCI has a large number of other telecommunications services that can benefit users with more complicated needs and can be bundled for significant discounts with wireless. GCI has competitive Prepaid plans and supports Lifeline service at $1 per month.
Serving 5 counties in northern Pennsylvania, Indigo has very reasonable plans that include most digital features and included long distance. They have several competitive price plans which can get pricey when you add Data. They offer very good GSM coverage and they have expanded the network to some unserved areas of rural New York. They have a small selection of GSM phones, some of which are expensive, They also offer an economical "Senior" plan that gets cheaper if you add a spouse. They offer a wireless home phone system which is more expensive than the larger carriers but may have the only wireless signal available. Their network appears to be all 3G, and they support 3G roaming across the country.
Inland is a small company serving southeast Washington and north central Idaho. They have very good coverage and competitive plan prices. They have a modest selection of phones, most of which are Apple iPhones. Inland offers 3G coverage for their own network and all roaming partners. They have upgraded parts of their network to 4G-LTE and have made available 4G LTE roaming on the Sprint network. Their no-contract service, called "Fuel", has a wide variety of plan options. However, you are directed to a special Fuel web site that plays an annoying, continuous video that may take a while to download into your browser, only to find you need to scroll down below the video to get the information about their plans. we guess it's a "lifestyle" thing. They offer air cards and wireless home phone systems. Inland has local stores and good, local customer service which helps them maintain one of our top ratings...in spite of the video.
iWireless, Iowa's affiliate of T-Mobile, has agreed to be acquired by T-Mobile. Customers should notice almost no difference in service. Their GSM coverage is very good in most of their service area. iWireless plans have been similar to T-Mobile's and their prepaid plans will improve under T-Mobile. They have a very good selection of phones and those parts of their network that are not already 4G - LTE will be upgraded, soon. Dealing with T-Mobile may be a bit more impersonal, but it's better than average, anyway. Get more details at T-Mobile.
Limitless serves the center of Pennsylvania. Their parent company is a UK-based wireless support company that may be using their Pennsylvania network as a demonstation project...which may be a good thing. The company web site claims their small GSM network offers 3G/4G coverage, but their retail operations also tell us to expect Edge (2G) performance as well.. They sell a small number of phones and have good plan prices, with an excellent introductory promotion. Their mobile phones can roam outside their home area. They offer Senior and Lifeline plans, They also offer wireless Home Internet access through the same network with a nice discount for home and mobile devices on the same account. We have received no reports about their coverage or customer service.
MID RIVERS WIRELESS
Mid Rivers Wireless covers the east central part of Montana and has extended coverage into the northwest corner of North Dakota. They now provide 4G LTE coverage in most areas and 4G roaming. They offer a few CDMA phones including some 4G Smart phones, most of which are a little pricey. They offer Regional and National plans, all Home area calls are Unlimited, and Regional plans include the Nemont Wireless territory as your Home calling area. Their calling plans are a little overpriced, Data charges are expensive but there are several price levels. They are part of the local telephone co-op, Mid Rivers Communications, so they are pretty friendly and easy to deal with, and they offer bundle discounts for various services including wireless, landline, Internet and cable TV. They offer Lifeline plans and a $20 "Value Plan".
Mobi is Hawaii's own 'home-grown' carrier. Mobi has been acquired by Verizon Wireless but Mobi still offers service under their own name. Mobi's plans are similar to that of Verizon's. Like Verizon, they provide excellent CDMA, 4G-LTE coverage on most of the islands. Mainland 4G-LTE US roaming is available and customer service is still very good. Mobi gets a recommendation when you would rather not deal with Verizon. They offer the same phones and plans as Verizon which is extensive. Mobi's MW Rating is the same as Verizon.
Serving several areas of rural Tennessee as well as some of extreme western Kentucky, MobileNation offers a Wireless "Club" you join that gets you discounts on travel, computers, movies, tickets and food. Their plans are all "Unlimited", both Home and Roaming, and are reasonably priced. Their plans include Unlimited Talk, Text and fairly large buckets of Data. They have a good selection of CDMA phones including Smart phones and older iPhones. Some roaming networks are included as your "Home" coverage area, so unlimited is available around most major cities and highways. It appears as though Sprint is their only roaming partner outside of their home region. Their network is about half 3G and half 4G. Lifeline plans are available, some Free.
Naked Mobile is a discount prepaid service provided by Cellular One. Naked Mobile appears to be a "national" prepaid brand that is offered by a handful of local carriers, somewhat like TracFone. Plans are fairly inexpensive because you don't get the same kind of complete customer service offered by their associated carriers. Naked Mobile uses a variety of networks, some with excellent coverage, some not so much. They offer a large selection of phones including the newest smartphones. Naked Mobile is available from only a few carriers including Cellular One of Northeast Arizona and Cleartalk, online and in their retail stores. It's hard to estimate how good of service you'll receive so we have rated them right in the middle of similar carriers. We may need to move Naked Mobile to our Prepaid listings if we can get more details about them from users.
The Nemont Telephone Cooperative provides CDMA wireless service in northeast Montana and northwest North Dakota surrounding Minot. They have good coverage across their area and have upgraded their network to 4G. They offer reasonably-priced plans including nationwide coverage and reasonable data charges. They have very inexpensive Local plans limited to their own coverage area and they offer subsidized Lifeline plans. As part of the local telephone cooperative you can expect better than average customer service and bundles are available. They have a small selection of phones but they include the latest iPhone and Android models.
Nex-Tech claims to cover every western Kansas town "with more than 300 people." They are a partnership of several local telephone co-ops so we expect customer service to be above average. Coverage is surprisingly good for a PCS system. They have a wide range of plans that are priced about average with features that include Nationwide roaming. Their own network has been upgraded to 4G LTE and 4G roaming is available in most of Kansas but is limited to more populated areas in the rest of the US. They offer a large selection of CDMA phones including Smart phones and the iPhone, they have several retail locations, and offer numerous promotions. International calling and roaming are available. They offer wireless home phone service and Lifeline plans.
NMobile covers southeast New Mexico and is operated by LEACO, the Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative. They offer very economical Local and National plans including Unlimited, starting at $15. All plans include all digital features including Voice Mail and Data. Adding nationwide Data is also reasonable. With such low prices they charge more for your phone but a contract is not required. They offer just a handful of CDMA phones including a couple of Smart phones. Coverage is very good. NMobile wireless products are available at both NMobile and LEACO stores. As part of the local phone cooperative we expect customer service to be above average. Even though LEACO offers a variety of communications services, they do not offer 'bundle' pricing that includes wireless. They offer Lifeline plans for both wired and wireless accounts.
NNTC Wireless is part of the Nucla-Naturita Telephone Company in western Colorado. Home coverage is available on several other independent rural systems in CO, UT, OR, ID and WY. They have Local, Unlimited, National and Business plans. Their wireless plans are overpriced but they provide service in some areas where there is no coverage from other carriers. Some features like Voice Mail and Data are charged extra. Their Unlimited Voice plan works in the entire Home area but does not include Long Distance or roaming charges. There are also a number of customer un-friendly fees such as charges for downgrading your plan. They have a small selection of phones, none of which are 4G-capable, and customer service is below average. They offer 3G coverage in most of their service area and there are plans to upgrade to 4G, someday. Nationwide roaming is available which is included in the Nationwide plans or as an extra add-on. You can choose whether or not to have a contract. NNTC offers Fixed Wireless and Lifeline plans but does not offer wireless bundle pricing with their other communications services.
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NORTHWEST MISSOURI CELLULAR
Northwest Missouri Cellular has very good CDMA coverage in their 5-county home area and offers Local, National and Unlimited plans. They probably offer too many plans including Youth, Senior, Prepaid and Lifeline plans, some with too few minutes for too much money. Their plans with Data are reasonable but do not include Unlimited data. They have a fairly large number of phone models including smartphones, the iPhone, hotspots and wireless home phone units. They claim their network is all 4G LTE but advise you not to be surprised if you experience areas of 3G coverage.
NVC offers various communications products as part of The James Valley Telecommunications Company, centered on the town of Aberdeen, South Dakota. They took it upon themselves to improve cellular service in their area by building their own CDMA network. They offer wireless plans with unlimited calls in their local area and a certain number of roaming usage for a reasonable price. They offer a moderate choice of phones, including smartphones, operate a fairly sophisticated 3G cellular network, and offer bundle discounts with their other telecommunications products. They support LifeLine plans. Local folks usually mean better than average customer service.
Open Mobile specializes in local Puerto Rico coverage with a good CDMA network. They offer phones priced with or without a contract with a modest number of Smart phone choices including the iPhone. They offer some 4G LTE coverage but we don't know how much. Plans are reasonably priced and their prepaid plans are very competitive. Open Mobile and Sprint have agreed to a joint operating agreement in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. This is not an acquisition and should ultimately utilize the best features of each company. For now, it looks like it will be an easy transition and should improve coverage, roaming abilities and phone selection for Open Mobile customers. Open Mobile does not offer an English language web site.
This is the cellular division of the OTZ Telephone Cooperative in Kotzebue in northwest Alaska. They have several plans and they include Local Unlimited minutes with various levels of Roaming. Rates are reasonable and include Unlimited roaming in coastal towns across the northern part of the state and Anaktuvuk Pass, but not areas to the south. They have a moderate choice of phones and some features, like Caller ID, are charged extra. OTZ does not offer any kind of Data service on their cellular network but they do offer some Smart phones which can be used in wi-fi hot spots, some of which are provided by OTZ. This means OTZ is using older "2G" technology which has severely restricted the roaming capabilities of these phones now that OTZ's major roaming partner, AT&T, has discontinued 2G coverage. This may be solved by switching to one of the newer OTZ data-capable phones. OTZ does not require service contracts and offers bundles with their other communication services.
Pace is the wireless division of the Kaplan Telephone Company of south Louisiana serving their 9 parish Home area. They offer plans with National coverage based on the number of lines. They offer various levels of data including 3G-only plans. Offshore coverage is not included. They offer a small selection of GSM Smart Phones and air cards. We have no reports of coverage. Their customer service is average although it seems their wireless services are less important to the overall company. They do not offer bundle discounts with wireless and their other communications services.
Phoenix is the cellular service of the Oklahoma Western Telephone Company, which is located in southeast Oklahoma, despite the name. They operate a GSM wireless network with adequate Local coverage, some of it at 3G. Phoenix offers a large selection of plans that include National roaming and Lifeline plans, however, the Lifeline plans at $20 and over are the most expensive we've found. Communication bundles are available. They have very few phone choices and there appears to be no smartphone support. Getting information from this company is a real challenge. The wireless products they offer seems to be mostly an extension to their wireline services.
Pine serves the southeast quadrant of Oklahoma. This GSM carrier has generous Local and National plans. They offer a large number of phone models including Smart phones and the iPhone. Coverage is very good in most areas, some or all of it is 4G - LTE. They offer both Local and Nationwide plans, Data prices are very competitive and they offer hot spot and wireless home Internet service. They offer 18-month contracts as well as 2 years. Pine Cellular is related to the Pine Telephone Company and offers some bundle discounts.
PINE BELT WIRELESS
Pine Belt is a CDMA carrier and a part of the Pine Belt Telephone Company. They have good coverage in the west central counties of Alabama. They now offer just 3 reasonably-priced plans starting as low as $20 (limited to persons over 50). They have a small selection of phones, very few Smart phones, and most of them are overpriced. They encourage you with discounts to bring your own phone, and, in some cases, they can activate phones with any technology. An unknown amount of their network has been upgraded to 3G, with no reports of 4G.
Pioneer has good CDMA coverage, especially in northwest Oklahoma, with some service across the border into southern Kansas, and they now offer 4G LTE coverage. They have a large selection of phones, including a good number of Smart phones. They have a large number of plans, maybe too large, and, while some of them are overpriced, they include a good amount of Data. They are part of the local communications cooperative, so we expect better than average customer service. Some basic features cost extra...we don't like being nickel and dimed and it adds significantly to your final cost. LifeLine plans are available. Roaming coverage favors the Sprint network.
Pioneer Wireless Coverage
The wireless service of the Panhandle Telephone Cooperative has good coverage in the Oklahoma panhandle. They recently converted their network from CDMA to GSM 4G LTE. On the new network, plans have been greatly simplified and are quite competitive. Plans include Talk, Text and Data both on and off their network but when you build your plan, the cost may be an unpleasant surprise. They offer a moderate selection of GSM phones including Smart phones and air cards. Roaming outside their home service area favors the AT&T network. As part of the local telecommunications cooperative they have local stores, better than average customer service and bundled discounts. Don't confuse PTCI of the Panhandle Telephone Cooperative with the PTCI of the Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, parent of Pioneer Wireless, that serves the adjacent area of Oklahoma.