What is 4Net Wireless?
4Net Wireless explains the difference among "Carrier", "Network", and "Re-Seller." We have a unique relationship with both the cellular carriers and their wholesale partners. We support the major wireless companies and the networks they maintain, and offer the best deals among their re-sale partners. We offer the best plans from carriers who are not affiliated with the Top 4 networks but still use the infrastructure of these carriers. When you shop on our Plan Page, you are dealing with carriers who have an established reputation and you can shop with them in total confidence. 4Net Wireless is part of the Mountain Wireless Cellular Network, a large collection of wireless web sites designed to give you the advantage of a well-informed wireless consumer. You can follow our updates and interact with us through social media.
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What Is a "Carrier"?
The Top 4 major cellular companies are "carriers" because they carry your data and calls across their own network. The other companies on the above list are virtual carriers: they carry your account with your plan and phone, but they don't actually carry your calls. These companies are also known as Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO), wholesale networks, or cellular "re-sellers". Occasionally, these MVNO's will use networks provided by carriers that are not one of Top 4. Some of the carriers listed above are actually owned by the major carriers themselves. In most cases you won't know which carrier you're using, especially with the companies that use Multiple Networks. The type of wireless device determines whether a CDMA or GSM carrier is used. Some features that are available from the "main" carriers may not be offered by these re-sellers. This is where to look if you hate your carrier but love their network.
Who Are the Top 4?
The "Big 4" are Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. These companies operate the 4 largest cellular networks and the only networks that offer 'nationwide' coverage in the US. There are indeed good reasons to deal directly with them but if your objective is to save money, our alternative carriers provide service on the same wireless infrastructure, generally at a lower price. Even that is not assured so we provide the tools to help you get the best wireless deal.
What Is a "Network"?
The Network is the physical infrastructure of transmitters, receivers, cell sites, back hauls, switches, and all the equipment needed to connect your calls and data to sources within and outside the cellular framework. The Top 4 major cellular companies do not carry all of the connections in the US, but do carry the most and are set up to serve the largest number of people across the largest geographic areas.
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