What Network Does Net10 Use? posted by mfe on November 22nd, 2013 - 8:54 am | Net10
What network does Net10 use?
The type of Net10 phone and a customer’s coverage area will determine the network that is used. Net10 doesn’t have their own network towers but utilizes the towers of major phone companies like AT&T, Verizon and other US cellular carriers. Two major network technologies are GSM and CDMA network technologies. If the Net10 user is using a GSM phone, they can expect to use a GSM network like AT&T or TMobile. If, however, the Net10 customer is using a CDMA network phone, then they can expect to use a CDMA network carrier like Verizon or others.
One important difference between GSM and CDMA is in the coverage area difference. While GSM can be found in most countries globally, CDMA is often found most in the US and North America. If you are mainly going to be using your phone locally in the United States or North America, then you can purchase a Net10 CDMA phone and enjoy coverage that the network provides. However, if you travel a lot or do business internationally, then using a GSM phone will ensure that you get international coverage.
So, while Net10 doesn’t have their own network, they do benefit customers by offering phones and services on a variety of GSM and CDMA networks. The important thing to remember is that GSM and CDMA aren’t interchangeable. You can’t switch from one to the other using the same phone as only one can be in your phone at a time. That is to say that you you either have a GSM technology based phone or a CDMA based phone. Just make sure that you chose a phone that can handle the coverage area that you expect to use the most and purchase the phone accordingly. Simply assessing your needs properly before purchasing will save you time and money later.