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 – 2nd Half of 2018

Verizon AT&T T-Mobile Sprint
94.4 92.6 86.9 85.7
Source: RootMetrics, February 2019

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 MVNO coverage maps: 

AT&T coverage map

AT&T MVNO coverage maps: 

T-Mobile coverage map

T-Mobile MVNO coverage maps: 

Sprint coverage map

Sprint MVNO coverage maps: 

Coverage maps for other wireless providers

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