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List of T-Mobile MVNOs

T-Mobile Mobile Virtual Network Operators List that our cell phone signal boosters work with:

Which cellular service provider companies use the T-Mobile Wireless Network to provide cell phone service?

T-Mobile MVNOs  
Aeris Communications Inc. Boom Mobile campusSIMs
Cellular Abroad Consumer Cellular China Telecom Americas (CTExcel)
GoSmart Mobile Infinium Wireless Jaguar Mobile
Jolt Mobile KidsConnect Liberty Wireless
LycaMobile MetroPCS Mint SIM
Mobal Net10 Wireless NTT DoCoMo USA
OTG Mobile Project Fi Proven Wireless
Red Pocket Mobile Republic Wireless Simple Mobile
Speed Talk Mobile Straight Talk Telcel América
Tempo Telecom The People's Operator USA Ting
TracFone Ultra Mobile Univision Mobile
US Mobile UVA Mobile UWT Mobile
Value Wireless Walmart Family Mobile ZingPCS
ZIP SIM    

Western research agencies have forecasted 200 to 300 million MVNO subscribers in the world by 2016-2017. What, then, are MVNOs and why are they such a huge success? MVNO, short for Mobile Virtual Network operators are resellers of cellular services. They buy wireless capacity or cellular minutes from MNOs, short for Mobile Network Operators. Then, MVNOs resell these minutes to consumers at retail prices and under their own brand names.

AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon are four of United States’ biggest MVNOs. These big companies sell their extra minutes to cellular resellers like Net10 Wireless, Liberty Wireless and The People’s Operator USA. Also, one major difference between these two types of cellular service providers is that MVNOs don’t have their own cellular infrastructure or cellular towers. They use such infrastructure and radio-frequency bandwidths of the MNOs. Hence, their network is said to be “virtual”.

It is quite possible that a cellular service provider may have purchased bandwidth in a particular region, say region A. It doesn’t have its own frequency spectrum in other geographical regions, say region B. In this case, it will function as an MNO in region A and an MVNO in other regions such as region B. 

MVNOs are classified on the basis of their relationship with the MNOs. Such virtual network operators can have access to the physical network infrastructure, the service packages and the customer relationship management of the companies they rely on. Considering this, MVNOs are classified into three categories: Resellers, Service Operators and Full MVNO.

The Resellers are also known as service providers. They have the tightest relationship with their service owners. Resellers just buy services at wholesale rates from companies that own radio frequency spectrums and other infrastructure services.  Since they do not own any infrastructure, this gives them plenty of room to market and establish their brand value in the market, without worrying about the services. Here, both the parties benefit and work in a symbiotic manner. The MNO gets to use all its unused capacity that would otherwise have gone waste. The resellers can focus on the marketing aspect of their business and customer relationship management. Consumers that purchase services from a reseller tend to use SIM cards or CDMA devices that belong to the MNO rather than the MVNO. These are also known as “skinny MVNO”

The second type of MVNOs is the Service Operators that have a more complex relationship with the company whose services they are reselling. They are dependent on their parent company for the network and infrastructure facilities. However, Service Operators provide their own SIM cards to be used by their customers. This type of relationship is less preferable by both parties in the cellular market. Since Service Operators have comparatively more power over their MNOs, they might compete with them for services like data and video that provide higher margins of profit. They are more popularly known by the name “light MVNO”.

The third and last category of MVNO is the most powerful. Full MVNOs have the most complex relationship of all with their MNOs. They can easily interface with their parent company because they tend to use the same infrastructure used by major MNOs to offer services. They can offer their own value-add services to their customers. Full MVNOs also have the power to switch host MNOs with ease. They own their own SIM cards and CDMA devices. The only difference between these two parties is that the resellers, in this case, lack their own radio networks. 

According to an article by Forbes, T-Mobile has an aggressive market in the United States. It MVNO business has doubled and it further plans to increase its market share and increase its visibility in the cellular market.[2] Straight Talk, Simple Mobile, Republic Wireless and Net10 Wireless are some of T-Mobile’s popular resellers. Mango Mobile is a freshly launched T-Mobile MVNO. It has plans in variations of Fresh Mango, Ripe Mango, Sweet Mango and Lime Mango, laying more emphasis on international features. It is a lesser known fact that Virgin Mobile, a popular player in the cellular market, uses T-Mobile’s network in the United Kingdom.

Statistics Source:

[1]http://www.json.ru/en/poleznye_materialy/free_market_watches/analytics/rynok_mvno_v_rossii_i_v_mire_osnovnye_tendencii_i_perspektivy_razvitiya_2013/
[2]
http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2016/07/06/a-look-at-t-mobiles-wholesale-wireless-business/#1ac66b35466b

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