Tag Archive: Carrier


Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ to forego carrier branding

For years, carrier branding on high-end flagships was a blight upon beautiful phone design. Breaking up the glass and fancy textures was a big carrier logo, announcing to everyone who doesn’t care that you’re on a particular carrier. Some examples were annoying, and some were plain criminal.

With the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, you won’t have to worry about that. T-Mobile and Sprint have been light with carrier branding lately, but even the AT&T and Verizon models will feature no carrier branding  [Read More…]

MintSim: The new carrier in town (Review + Giveaway)

In case you haven’t been watching any commercials or paying attention to anything about mobile plans, there have been some major leaps for the consumer in the past 12 months as it pertains to mobile phone plans. First, almost every major plan now comes with unlimited talk and text. No more “rollover minutes” or worrying […]

How to bring your own phone to a prepaid alternative carrier

Here’s how to make sure your unlocked or pre-owned phone will work with an alternative carrier.

There are a number of things to consider before moving to an alternative carrier. How much data do I really need? Am I looking for better service, or just cheaper service? And if I already have a phone, will it work on the carrier that I choose?

We’re going to delve into this topic, but there are a couple of things  [Read More…]

What are the advantages of going with an alternative carrier?

Using an alternative to the big four wireless providers is a great idea for many of us, and here are some reasons why.

When we talk about phone companies most of us automatically think of the big four here in the U.S.: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. But they’re not the only choices when it comes to who you get your service from and the popularity of alternative carriers is on the rise.

It’s not difficult to  [Read More…]

The downsides to using an ‘alternative’ carrier

Beware of things that seem great “for the price”.

The company that provides your cellular service has a single goal in mind — to make money. Achieving that goal in 2017 means offering features you want at a price you are willing to pay, and guaranteeing a certain quality level to that service. Some of us pay more for that guarantee, or more for an increased capacity to enjoy wireless service, but for the most part the  [Read More…]

What do I need to jump from Big Four to an alternative carrier?

Making the change to an alternative carrier can save you money and give you better service, but you need to know a few things before you do it.

When you port out your number and switch away from one of the Big Four to a carrier that might work better for you, nothing is hard. You either click a few buttons online and enter a few details or make a phone call from someone else’s phone and  [Read More…]

What is an alternative mobile carrier?

Alternative mobile carriers are often cheaper and just as reliable as the networks they rely on.

Alternative carriers abound around the world, and are becoming an increasingly reliable source of low-cost connectivity in the U.S. Also known as an MVNO, or Mobile Virtual Network Operator, these alternative operators are often no-frills, and cost less than the incumbent networks on which they operate.

What is an alternative mobile operator?

The idea behind an MVNO is simple: instead of  [Read More…]

Disable those annoying, power hungry carrier apps [How-To]

As I think we all know, manufacturer and carrier apps can be some of the most annoying apps on the planet, especially if they are constantly bugging you to either log in or read their new post. We all wish we could just uninstall them and curse them off into oblivion. Unfortunately, without root privileges,

Play Store carrier billing is now live for Airtel and Vodafone customers in India

You can now buy digital content on the Play Store with your carrier account.

In a bid to make it easier for customers to purchase digital content in India on the Play Store, Google has rolled out carrier billing to Airtel and Vodafone customers in the country. The company tested the waters with Idea last year, and now Airtel and Vodafone subscribers can buy apps, games, movies, and ebooks on the Play Store and bill it to  [Read More…]

Despite its marketing message, T-Mobile is once again just another big carrier

Some of us have seen through the T-Mobile hype. Others need to catch up.

As we near the CES show in Las Vegas the first week of January, T-Mobile is hyping up yet another “Un-carrier” event. Unlike previous iterations we’re now done with sequentially numbering these Un-carrier releases (I think we’d be at 13 now?), and instead it’s being marketed as “Un-carrier Next.” Truth be told the iterations of Un-carrier releases really started to lose meaning  [Read More…]