List of United States wireless communications service providers

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This is a list of United States wireless communications service providers. The Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), lists approximately 30 facilities-based wireless service providers in the United States as members. Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) has over 100 members.[1] Besides the facilities-based providers there are 50+ virtual operators that use the top four networks to provide the service.

Largest U.S. wireless providers[edit]

The top 5 wireless telecommunications facilities-based service providers by subscriber count in the United States are:

The top 5 wireless providers have all standardized on 4G LTE as their wireless communication standard, which has been deployed in most major population centers. All 5 wireless providers also maintain legacy voice networks. Of these, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US use GSM, while Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular and Sprint use CDMA. While the top 4 wireless providers operate nationwide wireless networks which cover most of the population in the United States, U.S. Cellular and other smaller carriers provide native network coverage across selected regions of the United States while supplementing nationwide coverage through roaming agreements with other carriers.

Facilities-based service providers[edit]

The following table lists service providers that own and manage their network equipment and facilities. See also the complete list of virtual operators. Unless specified otherwise the subscriber count includes subscribers on the virtual networks hosted.

Operator Voice Technology Data Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
(excluding roaming)
Adams Networks LTE Unknown IL Adams NetWorks, Inc.
Alaska Communications GSM, UMTS
(legacy: CDMA2000[5])
(legacy: EV-DO[5])
0.109[6] (December 2013) AK Alaska Wireless Network, LLC: General Communication (66%), Alaska Communications (33%)[7]
Appalachian Wireless CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE 0.120[8] (January 2014) KY, WV Appalachian Wireless
ASTAC GSM GPRS Unknown AK The Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative
AT&T Mobility
•Includes Cricket Wireless, GoPhone Prepaid and hosted virtual operators
GSM, UMTS EDGE, HSPA+, LTE 116.6 million [2] (August 2014) Contiguous US; AK, HI, PR, VI AT&T
Big River Broadband LTE Unknown MO Big River Telephone
Big Sky Mobile GSM Unknown MT iSmart Mobile, LLC
Bluegrass Cellular CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE 0.180[9] (April 2014) KY Bluegrass Cellular, Inc.
Blue Wireless CDMA2000 EV-DO Unknown NY, PA Buffalo-Lake Erie Wireless
Carolina West Wireless CDMA2000 EV-DO 0.08 (April 2013)[10] NC Carolina West Wireless Partnership between Skyline Telephone, Surry Telephone and Wilkes Telephone
Cellcom CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE 0.3[11] (July 2013) WI NSight Telservices
Cellular One of East Central Illinois GSM EDGE Unknown IL Cellular Properties Inc.
Cellular One of East Arizona GSM, UMTS EDGE, HSPA+ 0.1[8] (January 2014) AZ, NM Smith Bagley Inc.
Cellular One Nation
•Subscriber count includes Broadpoint
GSM, wholesale CDMA2000[12] EDGE Unknown MT, WY, TX, LA MTPCS, LLC.
Choice Wireless (former Cellular One TXOK) GSM EDGE Unknown TX Choice Wireless, LLC
Choice Wireless CDMA2000 EV-DO, WiMAX, LTE Unknown AZ, CO, NV, NM, Navajo Nation (LTE), VI (WiMAX) Commnet Wireless
C Spire Wireless CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE 0.887[13] (2011 September) MS, TN, FL, AL, GA Telapex
Chariton Valley Wireless CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE Unknown MO Chariton Valley Telephone Company
Chat Mobility CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE Unknown IA Chatmobility
Cincinnati Bell Wireless GSM, UMTS,
GAN Wi-Fi calling[14]
EDGE, HSPA+ 0.34[15] (January 2014) OH, IN, KY Pending sale to Verizon Wireless[16]
Clear Talk (Flat Wireless) CDMA2000 EV-DO Unknown SC, AZ, CO, TX, TN, CA NTCH
Colorado Valley Communications LTE Unknown TX Colorado Valley Telephone Coop
Commnet Wireless (wholesale) CDMA2000, GSM EV-DO, EDGE, UMTS Unknown Various states Commnet Wireless
Copper Valley Telecom CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE Unknown AK Copper Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc
Cordova Wireless GSM, UMTS EDGE, HSPA+, WiMAX Unknown AK Cordova Telephone
Custer Telephone Cooperative CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE Unknown ID Custer Telephone Cooperative, Inc
DTC Wireless GSM EDGE Unknown TN DTC Wireless Systems
Element Mobile CDMA2000 EV-DO 0.077[17] (August 2011) WI Pending sale to AT&T Mobility[18]
Epic PCS GSM EDGE Unknown KS, OK Epic Touch
ETC (Enhanced Telecommunication Corporation) CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE Unknown IN ETC Miles Communications
Evolve Broadband LTE Unknown TX Evolve Broadband Worldcall Interconnect Inc.
Fuego Wireless LTE Unknown NM, TX Fuego Wireless, LLC
GCI Wireless GSM, UMTS
(legacy: CDMA2000[5])
(legacy: EV-DO[5])
0.141 (December 2013)[19] AK Alaska Wireless Network, LLC: General Communication (66%), Alaska Communications (33%)[7]
Golden State Cellular CDMA2000 EV-DO Unknown CA California RSA No.3
i wireless GSM, UMTS EDGE, HSPA Unknown IA, WI, IL Iowa Wireless Services
Illinois Valley Cellular CDMA2000 EV-DO Unknown IL Illinois Valley Cellular RSA 2-III Partnership
Immix GSM EDGE Unknown PA Keystone Wireless
Indigo Wireless GSM, UMTS EDGE, HSPA Unknown PA Indigo Wireless
Innovative Wireless GSM, UMTS EDGE, HSPA Unknown VI, PR Vitelcom Cellular, Inc.
Infrastructure Networks LTE Unknown TX, ND Infrastructure Networks, Inc.
Inland Cellular CDMA2000 EV-DO 0.013[20](July 2013) WA, ID Inland Cellular
KTC PACE GSM EDGE Unknown LA Kaplan Telephone Company
Mid-Rivers Communications CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE Unknown MT Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative. Inc
miSpot LTE Unknown MI miSpot Agri-Valley Communications, Inc
MTA Solutions CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE Unknown AK Matanuska Telephone Association, Inc
Mobi PCS CDMA2000 EV-DO 0.065[21] (July 2013) HI Mobi PCS Coral Wireless, LLC
Mosaic Telecom UMTS HSPA+, LTE Unknown WI CTC Telcom, Inc. dba Mosaic Telecom
Nemont CDMA2000 EV-DO Unknown MT, ND, SD Sagebrush Cellular
NEP Wireless GSM EDGE 0.011[22] (June 2010) PA North-Eastern Pennsylvania Telephone
Nex-Tech Wireless CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE Unknown KS Nex-Tech
NMobile CDMA2000 EV-DO Unknown NM Leaco Wireless, Inc.
NorthwestCell CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE Unknown MO NorthwestCell
nTelos CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE 0.465[23] (December 2013) VA, WV, MD, OH, KY, NC nTelos Holdings Corp.
NVC CDMA2000 EV-DO Unknown SD James Valley Telecommunications
Peoples Wireless CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE Unknown TX Peoples Telephone Cooperative Peoples & Epex Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Pine Cellular GSM, UMTS EDGE, HSPA, LTE Unknown OK Pine Cellular, Inc
Pioneer Cellular CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE 0.06[8] (January 2014) OK, KS Pioneer Cellular
Plateau Wireless GSM, UMTS EDGE, HSPA+ 0.079[24] (April 2011) NM, TX PlateauTel
PTCI CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE Unknown OK Panhandle Telecommunication Systems, Inc
S and R Communications LTE Unknown IN S and R Communications, LLC
Shentel CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE 0.341[25] (October 2011) VA, PA, MD, WV Shenandoah Telecommunications Company
Silver Star Communications CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE Unknown WY Silver Star Telephone Company, Inc
SouthernLINC iDEN 0.17[26] (April 2011) AL, GA, MS, FL Southern Company
Sprint Corporation
•Including hosted virtual operators
IMS Wi-Fi calling[27]
EV-DO, WiMAX, LTE 54.3[2] (August 2014) Contiguous US; HI, PR, VI SoftBank Corporation (80%)
Sprocket Wireless/Cross Wireless CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE Unknown OK Cross Communications
Standing Rock Telecom CDMA2000 EV-DO Unknown ND, SD Standing Rock Telecom Tribally Owned
STRATA Networks CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE Unknown UT, WY, CO STRATA Networks
Syringa Wireless CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE 0.00135 ID, WY Syringa Wireless Project Mutual Telephone Cooperative Association, Inc.
Horizon Communications, Inc
Filer Mutual Telephone Company
Direct Communications Rockland, Inc.
Thumb Cellular CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE 0.037 MI Agri-Valley Communications
T-Mobile US
•Including hosted virtual operators and affiliates
•Subscriber count includes MetroPCS
HD Voice,
IMS Wi-Fi calling[28]
EDGE, HSPA+, LTE 50.5 Million [29] (August 2014) Contiguous US; HI, PR Deutsche Telekom (67%)
Union Wireless GSM, UMTS EDGE, UMTS 0.041 WY, CO, UT Union Telephone
United Wireless
•Includes Westlink Communications
CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE 0.016[30] (June 2012) KS United Wireless
United World Telecom GSM Unknown Contiguous US; AK, HI United World Telecom
U.S. Cellular CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE 4.65 million[2] (August 2014) 23 states[31] U.S. Cellular
Verizon Wireless
•Including hosted virtual operators
CDMA2000 EV-DO, LTE 123.5 million[2] (August 2014) Contiguous US; AK, HI Verizon
VTel LTE Unknown VT Vermont Telephone Company, Inc.
Viaero Wireless GSM, UMTS EDGE, HSPA+ 0.04[32] CO, NE, KS Viaero Wireless
West Central Wireless GSM, UMTS EDGE, HSPA+, LTE 0.04[33] (November 2012) TX Central Texas Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

Defunct, merged and acquired operators[edit]

Some operators listed below may still function as a separate brand but they no longer own any infrastructure (towers, network, etc.).

Operator Voice Technology Data Technology Subscribers
(in millions)
End date Notes
Airfire Mobile GSM EDGE 0.02 June 2014 Acquired by U.S. Cellular.[34]
Alltel CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO 0.585 September 2013 Acquired by AT&T. Customer migration starts mid-2014.
The existing CDMA network will be covered by expanded AT&T HSPA+/LTE network.[35]
Clearwire WiMAX 11[36] (June 2012) December 2013 Acquired by Sprint. The sale of products and services under the Clearwire brand ended[37]
Cellular One of Northeast Pennsylvania CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown March 2012 Acquired by Verizon Wireless.[38]
Corr Wireless GSM EDGE 0.02[39] 2013 Acquired by AT&T Mobility.[39]
Leap Wireless International (Cricket Communications, Inc.)
•Includes Cricket PAYGo & RadioShack No Contract Wireless
4.57[40] (February 2014) Acquired by AT&T Mobility and operated as a wholly owned subsidiary.[40]
Long Lines Wireless GSM EDGE 0.018[41](November 2013) December 2013 Acquired by AT&T Mobility[42]
MetroPCS Communications, Inc. CDMA EV-DO, LTE 9.5 May 2013 Acquired by T-Mobile USA, formed part of T-Mobile US which uses T-Mobile's GSM network.
Pocket Communications CDMA2000 1xRTT Unknown October 2010 Merged with Cricket.[43]
PrimeCo Wireless CDMA Unknown Unknown 1999 Became Verizon Wireless.[44]
Revol Wireless CDMA CDMA2000, EV-DO Unknown January 2014 Sold spectrum licenses to Sprint.[45] Boost to pick up subscribers[46]
Stelera Wireless HSPA Unknown April 2013 Defunct.[47]
TerreStar GSM EDGE, HSPA Unknown 2010 Acquired by Dish Network[48]
Westlink Wireless GSM EDGE Unknown 2013 Acquired by United Wireless.[49]

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