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List of Verizon MVNOs

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

Which cellular service provider companies use the Verizon Wireless Network to provide cell phone service?

Verizon MVNOs  
Affinity Cellular Armed Forces Wireless Boom Mobile
Budget Mobile Lifeline Credo Mobile Defense Mobile
envie mobile Expo Mobile FamilyTalk Wireless
Flash Wireless FMP Wireless GreatCall
Infinium Wireless Net10 Wireless OTG Mobile
Page Plus Cellular Patriot Mobile Proven Wireless
Puppy Wireless Red Pocket Mobile ROK Mobile
Selectel Wireless Straight Talk Total Wireless
TracFone Wireless Services US ZingPCS

It wasn’t until the late 90s that the world officially saw an MVNO but these virtual technologies have been around for two decades now. An MVNO or a Mobile Virtual Network Operator is a company that resells cellular services. It does not own any radio frequency spectrum or network infrastructure. It purchases cellular minutes from MNO or mobile network operators. These MNOs are owners of radio frequency spectrum and infrastructure service. Then, it resells these minutes to consumers under their own brand name and at retail rates. However, the underlying network still belongs to the MNO (Mobile Network Operator) like Verizon Wireless.

The emergence of MVNO in various geographical reasons was fuelled by various factors. In some markets, regulatory intervention resulted in MVNOs because they wanted cellular companies to offer wholesale networks to offer maximum benefit to the consumers. In some other markets, mobile operators offered their excess capacity to other companies in order to bring in additional revenue.

Till the late 1980s, the telecommunication market was stringent because it was controlled by government monopolies. The journey towards liberalization started in 1993 when directives to offer more freedom for voice telephony and to interconnect public and private networks were issued. The Directive 95/62/EC of the European Parliament on 13 December, 1995 opened up new doors for the telecom market. This directive approved the application of ONP (Open Network Provision) for voice telephony services. ONP stated that if a service provider established dominant position in the market, then it must grant a transparent and fair access to its network.

Nordic countries like Denmark were first of the adopters to this directive. In 1995, the Danish government signed a political agreement of liberalization. Two years later, a Norwegian Company called Sense Communication laid the seed for MVNO. However, Sense went on to launch a dispute with the National Telecommunications Authorities (NRA) because it proposed that it planned to use its own Mobile Network Code (MNC) and SIM cards but telecom companies refused to agree and provide access to their networks. This brought the concept of MVNO and its potential benefits into the eyes of the NRA. After returning from failure and bankruptcy in November 1999 Sense established an agreement with Telenor and Swedish Telia under which it would be allowed to access their GSM network capacity. Sense finally launched its services on 17 January 2000. Meanwhile, Oftel or The Office of Telecommunications launched its own and the world’s first MVNO on 11
November 1999. It was titled “Virgin Mobile UK” and was a 50:50 private joint-venture between Virgin Group, and Deutsche Telekom's One2One.

Thereafter, the year 2000 saw the launch of three other MVNOs, Club Blah Blah and Tele A/S on Sonofon Network and Telemore on TDC. All three of them were launched in the month of October and in Denmark. 

As of 2015, Germany has the largest number of MVNOs (129), closely followed by United States (108) and the United Kingdom (76). [2] 

In 2015, TracFone launched Total Wireless that runs on Verizon infrastructure. Total Wireless is available exclusively from Walmart.  Comcast has a 5 year old MVNO agreement with Verizon. While Verizon Wireless itself has over 137 million subscribers, it plans are higher priced as compared to that of its MVNOs. The Enhanced Communications Group (ECG) had launched Boom Mobile as a Verizon MVNO in July 2016. Verizon’s oldest MVNO is PagePlus cellular which was founded in 1993. It is a seller of Android phones and allows Bring Your Own Device or BYOD for Verizon postpaid phones.  [1] 

Straight Talk, NET10, Total Wireless and TracFone are US brands of Mexico based company called América Móvil. It is the fourth largest mobile operator in the world and the largest US MVNO with over 22 million users. [1] 

Source

[1]http://www.prepaidphonenews.com/2013/02/verizon-and-verizon-mvno-prepaid-plans.html
[2] http://www.yozzo.com/mvno-wiki/the-history-of-mvno

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