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The best mobile network virtual operators

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The best mobile network virtual operators. What is the difference with traditional operators and how to switch to a virtual mobile operator.

Are you tired of spending too much with traditional telephone operators? Do you want to cut mobile phone costs and have low cost top-ups? Then I highly recommend you switch with a Full MVNO virtual operator! Do you want to know what a virtual operator is? If you've never heard of it, then you definitely need to keep reading this article as I'm going to reveal to you the best virtual mobile operators.



What is the difference between a virtual operator and a traditional operator? A virtual Operator also called Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) does not have licenses or network infrastructures, but relies on traditional operators to purchase data and voice traffic from them.

In this way, not having to incur enormous management costs, virtual operators are able to offer themselves on the market at very affordable prices.

What virtual operators offer are mainly rechargeable SIMs. No binding subscriptions and therefore no government license fee (5,16 euros per month). In addition, the customer's credit is deducted monthly.

How to switch to a virtual mobile network operator

Switching to a virtual operator is convenient for those who want to save and therefore have limited consumption (under 10 euros per month) and maybe even want to call abroad. The virtual ones, then, reserve special advantages regarding top-ups for shopping points or telephone top-ups in exchange for accrued shopping points.

The limitations of a virtual operator concern the fact of not being able to enjoy a smartphone included in the subscription and the few GB offered. Only FastWeb, Tiscali and Noverca offer many GB of internet included.



Among the most famous virtual ones is Poste Mobile followed by Fastweb. Both have good rates but advantageous only for those who already have a post office account and for those who have Fastweb at home.

To switch to a virtual operator you need go to a physical point of sale (Coop shop, post office, Fastweb shop, etc.) or activate via the Internet.

The activation data includes an identity document, your SIM and the mobile phone you usually use.

You can also decide to receive the SIM at home, but this requires filling in a form with: mobile phone number, serial number and type of SIM and identity document.

Switching to a virtual operator involves a initial activation cost and, while waiting for the old number to be transferred to you, you can use the new operator's SIM with a temporary number and wait a few days.

As for the rates, in addition to the virtual ones already mentioned, the best virtual mobile operators I'm: Mobile Fuel by Fastweb, CallAll500 by CoopVoce, Tiscali. On the Vodafone network, the following deserve to be mentioned: Lycamobile e Daily Telecom, ethnic and interesting operators only for those who call a lot abroad.

The quality of the service of a virtual mobile operator depends not only on the network used, which can be Vodafone, Tim, or Wind, but also on enabling the use of the 3G / 4G network. Many virtual operators have become Full MVNOs. It means that from the operator they rely on they only get access to the antennas to manage the rest on their own. At the extreme there are the resellers, who do not have their own SIMs but use those of another operator. They differ only in the rates.



Switching from a reseller to the operator of which he is a reseller will involve a change in rate and not a change of operator. This can be a problem, because the regulations only give the right to one operator change. The fare change is not regulated and could be denied. To take advantage of the new rate, while keeping the old number, you will be forced to switch first to another operator and then return to the virtual one by subscribing to the virtual offer and then paying twice for the activation of the SIM.


Below is a list of best virtual telephone operators and support networks:

BT Mobile: Born in 2007, it has Telecom as its support network

CoopVoce: Born in 2007, it has Telecom as its support network

Carrefour UNO Mobile: Born in 2007, it has Vodafone as its support network

PosteMobile: Born in 2007, it has Wind as its support network

Daily Telecom Mobile: Born in 2008, its support network is Vodafone

Fastweb Mobile: Born in 2008, it has TIM as its support network


DigiTel: Born in 2008, it has a support network

Tiscali Mobile: Born in 2009, it has Telecom as its support network

ERG Mobile: Born in 2009, its support network is Vodafone

Lycamobile: Born in 2009, it has Vodafone as its support network

DIGI Mobil: Born in 2010, it has as a support network

Green Mobile: Born in 2011, it has Wind as its support network

Optima Mobile: Born in 2012, it has a support network

Noitel Mobile: Born in 2012, it has Telecom as its support network

Samtel: Born in 2013, it has Telecom as its support network

Terrecablate Mobile: Born in 2013, it has Telecom as its support network

Rabona Mobile: Born in 2013, it has Telecom as its support network

A-Mobile, Bip Mobile and Noverca have closed the mobile telephone service.

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