AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile or UScellular? Map shows which cell provider gives your area best coverage


Considering changing your wireless carrier to get better service? You may want to check this map first.

The Federal Communications Commission has created an interactive map comparing coverage from the four largest providers, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and UScellular.

To check coverage in your area, either zoom in on the map below or type in your address. Then use the “Layers” list on the right side of the map to toggle between the providers, or compare them on top of each other.

Looking at the country as a whole, Verizon and AT&T have the most coverage, though it looks like Verizon fares a bit better out west. T-Mobile covers most of the country, but has a big hole in its coverage area centered on Nebraska. UScellular’s coverage is easily thinnest, with its strongest coverage area stretching from Wisconsin to Oklahoma.

The FCC updated the map this month using data collected up to May 15.

The map helps consumers compare two types of coverage. First, it shows you 4G LTE data coverage by each provider.

“Specifically, it shows where customers can expect to receive 4G LTE broadband service at a minimum user download speed of five megabits per second (5 Mbps) and a user upload speed of one megabit per second (1 Mbps),” says the FCC website .

The map also lets you compare voice and text coverage in your area.

See more about how the map was made and how to use it on the FCC’s website here .

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Have AT&T. There’s a cell tower a mile away. And I still only get one bar. I have to drive 3 miles away from home in order for the calls not to drop. And that goes for other carriers that have been tried before.

Litterbox Nuggets.

Just to be clear, there are now only three cellular networks in the United States. T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T. Every other cell company buys their coverage from one of these three companies. Depending on the contract they have, your calls and data are prioritized. Verizon uses the CDMA tech and is in the process of switching to GSM. CDMA is only used in North America and isn’t the global standard as GSM is used everywhere. Old Sprint phones use CDMA and won’t work on the newly merged T-Mobile networks that use GSM. Just a bit of information to consider.


I was going to go with T-Mobile but found two cans and a string works just as good.


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