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    Question The difference between "communication company" and "carrier"

    I have 2 questions: 1.Are the words " a communication company" and " a carrier " the same?

    2.Which one is more commonly used?

    Thank you in advance

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    Re: The difference between "communication company" and "carrier"

    Quote Originally Posted by jasmin39 View Post
    I have 2 questions: 1.Are the words " a communication company" and " a carrier " the same?

    2.Which one is more commonly used?

    Thank you in advance
    No, they are not the same. Which one you use depends on what the company actually does.

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    Question Re: The difference between "communication company" and "carrier"

    Thank you for your response!

    Would you do me a favor?
    I'd like you to choose a correct word for this sentence.


    The data transfer fee depends on the price plan offered by the [ communication company / carrier ] a user select.

    And if possible, would you tell me how the two words are different?

    Thank you again!!

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    Re: The difference between "communication company" and "carrier"

    Quote Originally Posted by jasmin39 View Post
    Thank you for your response!

    Would you do me a favor?
    I'd like you to choose a correct word for this sentence.


    The data transfer fee depends on the price plan offered by the [ communication company / carrier ] a user selects.

    And if possible, would you tell me how the two words are different?

    Thank you again!!
    Of the two "communication company" is correct. However, "service provider" is more usual in that context. We usually use "carrier" to describe a company that physically moves merchandise from one place to another.

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    Re: The difference between "communication company" and "carrier"

    Mobile phone providers seem to be called "carriers" sometimes. I think it's more prevalent in the US but I have heard it in the UK.

    - My mobile service keeps cutting out.
    - Who's your carrier?
    - Vodafone.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 08-Jan-2014 at 21:02.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The difference between "communication company" and "carrier"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Mobile phone providers seems to be called "carriers" sometimes. I think it's more prevalent in the US but I have heard it in the UK.

    - My mobile service keeps cutting out.
    - Who's your carrier?
    - Vodafone.
    I've never heard that term used before.

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    Re: The difference between "communication company" and "carrier"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Mobile phone providers seems to be called "carriers" sometimes. I think it's more prevalent in the US but I have heard it in the UK.

    - My mobile service keeps cutting out.
    - Who's your carrier?
    - Vodafone.
    Yes, "carrier" is used often in the US for that meaning.

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    Re: The difference between "communication company" and "carrier"

    Thank all of you!!

    Now I understand that the word "carrier" is not always accepted as a mobile phone provider.

    After all, would you tell me what term is the most usually used in the 〔  〕 below?
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    The data transfer fee depends on the price plan offered by the [   ] a user select.

    Thank you again in advance

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    Re: The difference between "communication company" and "carrier"

    Quote Originally Posted by jasmin39 View Post
    Thank all of you!!

    Now I understand that the word "carrier" is not always accepted as a mobile phone provider.

    After all, would you tell me what term is the most usually used in the 〔  〕 below?
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    The data transfer fee depends on the price plan offered by the [   ] a user select.

    Thank you again in advance
    If you have followed the posts in this thread, it should be clear that the answer depends on the variety of English you are interested in.

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    Re: The difference between "communication company" and "carrier"

    I used "communication company" first in the translation document,
    but my co-worker (a Japanese native) told me that I should use "carrier."
    He is more familiar with IT than me, so I corrected the sentence as he said.

    So I just want to know "communication company" is OK or not,
    please tell me OK or not!!

    According to bhaisahab's comment, I understand "service provider" is better than "communication company".
    So I'll use service provider instead of communication company.

    Thank you again in advance
    Last edited by jasmin39; 10-Jan-2014 at 03:38.

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