Coverage Critic aim to be more transparent than other organizations evaluating consumer products and services.
Conflicts of interest
It’s common for evaluators of products or services to make disclosures along the lines of:
I’m not impartial. I aim to avoid letting financial incentives affect how positively or negatively I view companies, but I won’t always get that right. If you think conflicts of interest are adversely affecting the quality of my content, please let me know. While I regularly discuss, recommend, and review companies I don’t have financial relationships with, I want to acknowledge that the quantity of content I publish about a company will often be impacted by the financial incentives involved.
Below, I list companies I receive commissions from with details about the arrangements.
I don’t guarantee that this information is accurate or up-to-date. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Wireless service providers
Last updated: 6/25/2019
I’m a member of an AT&T Mobility affiliate program. As I understand it, the following, one-time commissions are offered:
- $60 for a regular postpaid line
- $40 for a postpaid data-only line
- $8 for the purchase of an upgrade
I don’t believe any commissions are offered on prepaid service.
Last updated: 6/24/2019
I’m a member of a Mint Mobile affiliate program that offers commissions of $20 per sale.
Last updated: 5/21/2019
I’m a member of a Sprint affiliate program. I’m unclear on how the program’s payout structure works. I believe there is a $64 commission for new service contracts that involve the purchase of a device. I don’t know if I receive commissions when customers bring their own devices.
I’m a member of a program that offers a commission of either $10 or the cost of one month of service for each new customer I send to Tello.
Last updated: 5/6/2019
Ting offers me a $25 commission for every new line of service activated.
Last updated: 6/5/2019
I’m a member of a Total Wireless affiliate program that offers a $24 commission on “top tier item sales” and a 6.4% commission on some other types of purchases.
Last updated: 5/21/2019
As I understand it, the following commission structure is used in Verizon’s affiliate program:
- $80 for new, postpaid service contracts
- $24 for prepaid service or additional postpaid lines
- 12% on accessories
Last updated 3/19/2020
I’m a member of a US Cellular affiliate program that offers a $60 commission on most plans, a $30 commission on prepaid plans, and a 7% commission on the purchase of phone accessories.
Last updated: 1/13/2020
I’m a member of an Xfinity Mobile affiliate program that offers a $75 commission for new customers I refer.
Last updated: 1/24/2020
I’m a member of a Motorola affiliate program that offers a 1-2% commission on each order.
I’m currently trialing Skimlinks. Skimlinks has partnerships with a lot of merchants and automatically converts some of my non-affiliate links to affiliate links. Details about the merchants Skimlinks works with can be found here.
Openness about limitations
I’m not an expert about every wireless-related topic. When my evaluation approaches have limitations, I aim to publicly acknowledge the limitations.
Rigor and references
I try to defend the claims made on CoverageCritic.com with detailed explanations or references to other sources. I regularly use footnotes to expand on my thoughts, cite sources, and/or explain calculations.
- My impression is based on information available within my account on an affiliate platform.
- More details can be found on Mint’s web page about the affiliate program.
- This is based on information available within my account on an affiliate platform.
- This is based on information available within my account on an affiliate platform. Some purchases appear to be non-commissionable. I’m not entirely sure what constitutes “top tier item sales.”
- My impression is based on information found within my account on an affiliate platform.