Wireless Internet Providers
The hottest topic in broadband these days is wireless Internet. With the launch of new 4G LTE networks by Verizon and AT&T in 2011, Americans gained access to mobile broadband connections at speeds which can compete with DSL or cable. This guide will explain your options for getting a high speed wireless Internet providers by zip code in the United States.
There are two main wireless Internet providers in the U.S., AT&T and Verizon. The other two major networks are Sprint and T-Mobile, but most people use the big two because they have the largest coverage areas and a head start on their 4G LTE networks. You can read reviews of each of these providers here, plus see what deals they currently offer:
AT&T Mobility - With one of the faster mobile networks available, AT&T is positioning itself to become the largest wireless Internet providers by zip code. AT&T's modern HSPA+ network covers over 300 million Americans with a fast Internet connection and it supports some of the most popular mobile devices in the market, including the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPad.
Verizon Wireless - With over 100 million subscribers as of early 2011, Verizon is currently the nation's largest wireless provider. The company is leading the charge toward faster mobile broadband with their new 4G LTE network. Verizon launched their LTE network in December of 2010 and they are in the process of expansion. This new network, coupled with the addition of the iPhone and iPad devices from Apple, make Verizon one of the top choices for mobile broadband in the U.S. at 4G speeds.
T-Mobile USA - T-Mobile is currently in the process of being acquired by AT&T, but strong opposition to the deal by Sprint, and pending FCC approval, could delay the transactions for many months to come. In the meantime, the 4th largest wireless carrier in the U.S. provides Internet service to over 33 million subscribers on its 3G HSPA+ network.
A couple other options exist in the form of small prepaid wireless providers, such as Cricket, MetroPCS or LEAP Wireless. These companies are mainly discount mobile carriers with plans designed for casual data usage. Also, since they don't have the capital that companies like AT&T or Verizon do, the reach and speeds of their LTE networks are rather lacking.