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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "carrier"?

Carrier is a term commonly used in the United States and Canada to refer to a company that provides voice or data services. Carriers can be companies that operate wirelessly or over traditional wired land lines. Examples of such are T-Mobile, Verizon, Comcast, and Time Warner.

Also known as: "network carrier", "wireless carrier"

Referred to by: churn rate, ESN, femtocell, post-paid, prepaid, subscriber, tethering, UMA, Verizon Wireless

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