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    IP-Based MVNOs Compared

    I have been searching for a generic name for the companies, like Freedom Pop, that seem to be completely IP based. Is there one already? if not, would "IP-based MVNOS" be an accurate term for them? Who all should be in that list? Is it just:

    -Freedom Pop

    -Mint Mobile

    -Ting

    -Unreal

    Are there more? Are all of the above IP-based MVNOs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim1348 View Post
    I have been searching for a generic name for the companies, like Freedom Pop, that seem to be completely IP based. Is there one already? if not, would "IP-based MVNOS" be an accurate term for them? Who all should be in that list? Is it just:

    -Freedom Pop

    -Mint Mobile

    -Ting

    -Unreal

    Are there more? Are all of the above IP-based MVNOs?
    Not sure what you're talking about, maybe drop the acronyms and explain what you're referring to.
    If you mean VoIP (voice over internet protocol), Mint mobile isn't.

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    Neither is Ting.

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    And neither is Unreal on the Sprint side. On the AT&T side they are.

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    So, as already mentioned, of those on your list, really only FreedomPop and Unreal AT&T are VoIP only.

    If you use data only, either cellular or WiFi, you can use a GV # along with Hangouts or the GV app to accomplish pretty much the same thing. The same can be accomplished with TextNow or any other similar app/system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    really only FreedomPop and Unreal AT&T are VoIP only.
    Unreal is a spin-off (brand) of FreedomPop. So there is only one actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick880 View Post
    Unreal is a spin-off (brand) of FreedomPop. So there is only one actually.
    VoLTE is IP. So Visible is IP only. Soon all carriers will be IP only.
    I think it's less confusing to call FreedomPop and and Visible AT&T data-only carriers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeswap View Post
    VoLTE is IP. So Visible is IP only. Soon all carriers will be IP only.
    I think it's less confusing to call FreedomPop and and Visible AT&T data-only carriers.
    Visible AT&T?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    Visible AT&T?
    Oops, I meant to say Unreal AT&T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeswap View Post
    Oops, I meant to say Unreal AT&T.
    Gotchya!

    I wonder if referring to FP and Unreal AT&T as VoIP, and Visible, and soon to be all MVNOs using the Vzw network, as VoLTE, would be the best way to refer to / differentiate them? It still seems a little confusing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeswap View Post
    VoLTE is IP. ... Soon all carriers will be IP only.
    I fully agree...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim1348 View Post

    Are there more? Are all of the above IP-based MVNOs?
    Wouldn't TextNow qualify under your definition? I think they route all calls and texts through their app.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VisionsDivine View Post
    Wouldn't TextNow qualify under your definition? I think they route all calls and texts through their app.
    I think they probably would, which is why I mentioned TextNow above.

    Quote Originally Posted by Boz1 View Post
    So, as already mentioned, of those on your list, really only FreedomPop and Unreal AT&T are VoIP only.

    If you use data only, either cellular or WiFi, you can use a GV # along with Hangouts or the GV app to accomplish pretty much the same thing. The same can be accomplished with TextNow or any other similar app/system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yeswap View Post
    VoLTE is IP. So Visible is IP only. Soon all carriers will be IP only.
    I think it's less confusing to call FreedomPop and and Visible AT&T data-only carriers.
    True, but there usually is a noticeable sound quality difference between Voice-over-LTE and app-based VOIP calls like FreedomPop. So they may be technically similar but I think of the two protocols differently when evaluating plans or recommending a service to someone.
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