More than just prepaid or MVNO: These providers donate profits and proceeds to a cause

More than just prepaid or MVNO: These providers donate profits and proceeds to a cause
There is a lot to like about prepaid and reseller services. Usually the rates are quite a bit less than a traditional plan from a major provider, making prepaid an appealing option for those who have to closely monitor their expenses. All prepaid services in the United States provide service as an MVNO of one of the major carriers' networks, so coverage is generally not going to be a problem. There is also no service contract, and thus no risk of an early termination fee.

There are also MVNOs that provide service using the same general model as a traditional carrier, including subsidized equipment and two-year contracts. With these service providers, prices are usually more competitive than traditional products offered by the established network owners.

In both cases, there are possible trade-offs though. With lower cost, there may be fewer options as to which device or devices one wants to use. Some of these companies allow you to bring your own unlocked device, but in the instance you have to buy a phone from the prepaid provider, expect to pay full retail price. I many cases, the latest and greatest devices may not be available.

There are trade-offs in the other direction too. Many of these smaller, more nimble companies operate different business models compared to the traditional mobile carrier, and in this case, we dug up six providers, pre and post-paid, who have a unique take on mobile service, and the causes they fund with the proceeds from revenues they take in.



1. gorkapr

Posts: 74; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

You forgot defensive mobile

3. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

They're called Defense Mobile, and they operate through a foundation as well as staff exclusively with veterans. However, the company is brand new, and there is no information about how grants are awarded from the foundation and who they are awarded to. We are going to do a separate story about them.

2. roozbeh101

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

420 ! :D

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