Coverage Maps: Find a Cheap Cell Phone Plan With the Best Coverage


If you’re planning to switch to a cheaper cell phone plan, you can avoid dropped calls and slow data by finding a wireless provider with great network coverage where you live, work and travel.

The major wireless networks in the United States are Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. Which is best for you?

Coverage Maps: How To Find the Best Wireless Network for You

The independent mobile analytics firm RootMetrics by IHS Markit says Verizon’s performance on the national stage remains the one to beat, followed by AT&T.

RootMetrics reports that T-Mobile typically performs better in metropolitan markets than at the national level.

CarrierOverall RootScores
T-Mobile (includes Sprint)87.5
Source: RootMetrics by IHS Markit (2H 2020)

IMPORTANT NOTE: T-Mobile has merged with Sprint, but some low-cost carriers are still providing service on Sprint’s nationwide network. Over time, the networks will combine.

Smaller carriers, called mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), rely on one or more of the major networks and provide similar coverage — often at a much cheaper price.

To find the best wireless network for you, follow these three steps:

  1. Review coverage maps: Use the coverage maps for the major wireless networks as a starting point and see coverage maps for MVNOs on their websites.
  2. Confirm coverage: Enter your ZIP code or address on a carrier’s website to view voice and data coverage.
  3. Get recommendations: Ask your family, friends and neighbors about their cell phone coverage. Solicit feedback using Facebook or Nextdoor apps.

Here are the coverage maps for the major wireless networks and links to coverage maps for many low-cost cell phone carriers, all of which you can learn more about in Team Clark’s cell phone guide.

Keep in mind that 5G access is expanding nationwide, so check the carrier websites for updated coverage maps.

Coverage Maps for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Low-Cost Cell Phone Providers 

Verizon Coverage Map

Verizon Coverage Map

Verizon Discount Brand and MVNO Coverage Maps: 

AT&T Wireless Coverage Map

AT&T Coverage Map

AT&T Discount Brand and MVNO Coverage Maps: 

T-Mobile Coverage Map

T-Mobile Coverage Map

T-Mobile Discount Brand and MVNO Coverage Maps: 

Sprint Coverage Map

Sprint Coverage Map 2020

Sprint MVNO Coverage Maps: 

Coverage Maps for Other Wireless Providers

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