Badger is a Mobile Phone company in the HD Era. It is most likely a parody of Fido Solutions, a Canadian phone company also named after an animal (a dog). While Whiz and Tinkle were more preoccupied with Communications Network, Badger developed the first touchscreen phone.
In GTA IV
It is Niko Bellic's first cell phone provider that he uses to communicate and interact with the environment. Badger equipment is not compatible with ring tones or wallpaper and only prominently displays the Badger logo as its theme. Even though Roman supposedly gives his old phone to Niko during the mission It's Your Call, the player can still access the phone beforehand, though the only thing that can be done with it is trigger multiplayer and, in the PC version, the Video Editor.
In Chinatown Wars
The PDA present on the touch screen runs on the Badger network. The software is apparently known as BadgerOS, and gives the player access to the game's menus and features. While mobile phone conversations are not present, the PDA (as well as the computer found in safehouses) can be used to receive email. On the PSP version of the game, there are three themes selectable from the Settings menu (which can be found inside the System application), the default is Badger's skin, but one for "Sprunk" and another for "Tw@ Internet Cafe" can also be chosen.
- The Badger network, like the Whiz network, is capable of sending photos, as shown by Ray Boccino sending you a picture of a target in the mission A Long Way To Fall, which means that perhaps Niko's inability to use themes, ring tones and to take and send pictures is due not to the network but to the cell phone he used at the time.
- Ray Boccino owns a Badger phone, however it is shown as a Whiz phone, and also in the cutsene for the mission Late Checkout, he is seen throwing his phone at the waiter in the restaurant, which is used in an Whiz Wireless television commercial demonstrating "Enjoy Robust, Durable Handsets".
- In the Ballad of Gay Tony, you have a Badger phone, though if you go into the 'Themes' menu, you may select a Whiz Wireless wallpaper.
- Badger is used as another term to fart in some parts of the UK, to keep up with Rockstar's crude humour.