What are the major cellular networks? - MyTCR.com Cell Phone Repair

What are the major cellular networks?

Many consumers think of their cellular providers when they hear the term “cellular network.” However, your cellular provider, such as Sprint or Verizon, is a cellular provider (or carrier) and not a cellular network.

Cellular providers utilize cellular networks to provide you with service. The two major cellular networks are:

  • CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) – uses network-based verification so you are not able to switch phones without carrier permission
  • GSM (Global System for Mobile) – features removable SIM cards that make it easy to switch to any phone that works on a GSM network

Some cellular providers use the same cellular networks. For instance, Sprint and Verizon both use CDMA networks, where AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM. Most other countries outside of the U.S. use GSM.

LTE uses a SIM card, so even phones on a CDMA network may now have SIM cards.