All the U.S. Phone Companies That Offer the iPhone

It's not just the big four anymore

When the iPhone was introduced, if consumers wanted the hot new smartphone, they could use it only with AT&T, which had exclusive rights. But as the years have passed, options have expanded. These days, U.S. consumers have many iPhone carriers to choose from.

Whether you want to use your iPhone with a standard monthly plan, pre-pay for your usage, or get a discounted model from small regional carriers, you have options. To help you sort through what's available, here's a round-up of all the U.S. iPhone carriers, broken down by their type.

You don't have to stay with one company forever. It's possible to switch your iPhone carrier, but it's important to understand costs and other factors involved.

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National iPhone Carriers: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon

National carriers AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon are the major companies people associate with the iPhone. These companies service the largest number of customers across the country. They provide calling, data, texting, personal hotspots, family plans, and more, as well as the latest iPhone models. 

These companies are a sure bet, offering all the features and models you may want, but they may be more expensive than smaller carriers, with limited upgrade options.

T-Mobile and Sprint merged in April of 2020.

Prepaid National Carriers

Prepaid carriers offer similar services to the major carriers, but instead of paying a fixed monthly fee for your phone and data use, you pay a certain amount that's debited as you use your phone. When you use up what you've paid, you have to recharge your account.

You can save considerable money using a prepaid plan, but there are some drawbacks. For example, you usually have to shoulder the cost of your phone, and there are sometimes roaming restrictions.

Here are some of the best prepaid plans to use with your iPhone:

Boost Mobile

All Boost Mobile prepaid plans include talk, text, unlimited data, unlimited music streaming, a Wi-Fi hotspot, six months of Tidal, and more perks. Plans range from $35 to $60 per month, with additional savings when you add a line.

T-Mobile Prepaid

T-Mobile's prepaid offerings start at $15 per month, including unlimited talk and text plus 2GB of high-speed data. Coverage extends through North America, so if you are heading to Canada, Mexico, or Latin America, you're in luck.

AT&T Prepaid

AT&T Prepaid has plans that start at $25 per month with high-speed data, unlimited talk and text in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, rollover data, and multi-line discounts.

Mint Mobile

Mint Mobile has prepaid plans that range from $15 to $25 per month, including unlimited talk and text, 4G LTE high-speed data, nationwide coverage, and the ability to keep your phone number.

Straight Talk

Straight Talk's prepaid plans start at $30 per month and let you refill your service plan automatically. With unlimited talk and text, high-speed data, and solid coverage, there are plans that will meet anyone's needs.

Other Carriers

Consumer Cellular, Cricket, Simple Mobile, Walmart's My Family Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, and Net10 Wireless all offer a variety of prepaid plans with excellent features.

Regional Carriers

Unless you live in certain, mostly rural, places, you've probably never heard of most regional iPhone carriers. These smaller providers serve customers with coverage and plans suited to their area, often providing coverage for hard-to-reach areas.

Here's a look at regional carriers in the U.S.:

Many of these providers offer nationwide coverage plans to customers in their specific areas.

Other Carriers

As the iPhone becomes more and more ubiquitous, additional carriers that don't fit in the categories above are starting to offer it. These are often national carriers that target their services at very specific markets or customers. Some of the most prominent of these niche carriers are: