Cell Phone Service Coverage


Cell Phone Service Coverage

Cell phone towers only reach so far and as you travel, you’re “bouncing” from tower to tower. Dead zones occur when you’re between towers where there is limited coverage – that’s when your cell phone will drop coverage of go slowly. Depending on the destination and route you take while traveling, you’ll experience different ups and downs. You can plan for you cell phone signal reliability by checking out some of the links below.

Official Carrier Coverage Maps

AT&T        https://www.att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.html
Verizon      http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/support/coverage-locator
Sprint       http://coverage.sprint.com
T-Mobile    http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage.html
MetroPCS  http://maps.metropcs.com

Prepaid Carriers

Virgin Mobile http://coverage.sprint.com
Boost              http://www.boostmobile.com/coverage/
Straight Talk http://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home/h/coverage/servicearea
Ting                  http://ting.com/coverage

Cell Phone Coverage Check

Of the main carriers in the US, not each one has excellent coverage in every state. Here are two sites to check service coverage by carrier for different geographical regions.

Both sites use crowd sourced data uploaded from their mobile apps on Android and Apple devices. When looking at an area, I recommend using both sites to get a better idea of how your coverage will fare.

http://www.rootmetrics.com  (Our pick – love the street level abilities)

If you’re thinking about changing or adding cell phone service, be sure to check the above coverage maps (both from the carrier and from crowd sourced maps) based on your location to be sure you choosing a service that will give you the best coverage in your area.