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

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Coverage Maps: Find a Cheap Cell Phone Plan With the Best Coverage
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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 Big 4 wireless networks in the United States are Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Which is best for you?

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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 outstanding, followed by AT&T.

RootMetrics reports that third-place T-Mobile performs better in metropolitan markets than at the state or national level.

RootScore Overall Performance – 1st Half of 2019

Verizon AT&T T-Mobile Sprint
94.8 93.2 86.9 86.7
Source: RootMetrics

Smaller carriers called mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) rely on one or more of the Big 4 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 Big 4 wireless networks as a starting point; 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 Big 4 wireless networks and links to coverage maps for many low-cost cell phone carriers, all of which you can learn more about in Clark’s cell phone guide!

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

Verizon Coverage Map

Verizon coverage map

Verizon MVNO Coverage Maps: 

AT&T Coverage Map

AT&T coverage map

AT&T MVNO Coverage Maps: 

T-Mobile Coverage Map

T-Mobile coverage map

T-Mobile MVNO Coverage Maps: 

Sprint Coverage Map

Sprint coverage map

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Sprint MVNO Coverage Maps: 

Coverage Maps for Other Wireless Providers

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