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Were you aware that the United States has more than three separate mobile networks?


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Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. That’s the three that come to mind when people inquire about wireless networks in the USA, isn’t it? While these are the prominent players, there are, in fact, more wireless networks out there than you might realize. Excluding MVNOs that depend on existing networks, there are at least 40 options available. No, that wasn’t a typo. You might be curious about why you’ve never encountered them; that’s because many of these are highly localized regional networks.

First, let’s examine the top five independent networks based on the number of subscribers. Then, we will explore the reasons behind the continued dominance of the big three networks.