Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T are the four major mobile phone service providers in the United States. The most important factor in choosing a mobile provider should be coverage. A mobile provider may have the best price and exclusive phones available on the network, but it does not mean much if you are unable to get a signal or your calls drop. Areas like San Antonio do not notice that much of a difference in coverage while it is highly significant in places like New York City, where providers like AT&T are notorious for dropped calls. Verizon is the current leader in coverage, followed by Sprint.
The phone you are planning on using on the network can also be an important consideration. If you already have a phone, you need to know if it is CDMA or GSM compatible. The easiest way to tell is whether or not your phone has a SIM card. If it does, it is a GSM phone and can only be used with AT&T and T-Mobile. If you have a CDMA phone, it can only be used with Verizon or Sprint. Certain new smartphones are carrier specific, which means they cannot be used with another provider. The iPhone was once an AT&T exclusive, but now it is available on multiple networks. AT&T still leads the market with having exclusive smartphones not available with other carriers.
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