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There are four major cell phone carriers here in the United States: Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint. Of these “Big Four,” T-Mobile has the second-most nationwide coverage. T-Mobile is quickly expanding, so their network is likely to get even bigger and faster in the near future. This guide will give you a look at the T-Mobile coverage map and how it compares to its closest competitors.


T-Mobile Compared

T-Mobile is 11% behind Verizon when it comes to national 4G coverage. Recently T-Mobile beat out AT&T by 1% for the number two position. However, that 1% margin comes with a caveat: T-Mobile’s 4G network runs on the 600MHz spectrum, and right now only select new phones can connect to it. For example, when it comes to iPhones, only the iPhone XR (or newer) are 600 MHz capable. Similarly, only a handful of newer Galaxy phones can access the spectrum.

  • Verizon: 70% 4G coverage
  • T-Mobile: 59% 4G coverage
  • AT&T: 58% 4G coverage
  • Sprint: 27% 4G coverage
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Verizon has the most 4G coverage.
AT&T has the most 3G coverage.

While T-Mobile’s 4G network is quite robust, the carrier’s 3G network lacks breadth. 3G acts as a fallback when a 4G signal is unavailable. The lack of 3G coverage can be a drawback if 4G coverage is spotty in your area.

  • AT&T: 70% 3G coverage
  • Verizon: 62% 3G coverage
  • Sprint: 25% 3G coverage
  • T-Mobile: 22% 3G coverage

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T-Mobile Coverage Map

T- Mobile’s 4G network covers 59% of the United States. This wasn’t always the case, as T-Mobile has tripled their national LTE 4G coverage in the last three years. If you left T-Mobile and are looking to come back, or want to try it out for the first time, it’s a great time to do so.



T-Mobile’s Coverage in Your Area

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Before committing to T-Mobile, check their coverage in your area. You can do this by using the Let’s Talk cell phone plan comparison engine. To use this tool, fill out your address in the “Coverage Check” box. Once you click search, look in the upper right-hand corner and click on the map. This will show you if T-Mobile has coverage in your area, and if it’s 4G or 3G.

T-Mobile Coverage by State

State Percentage Covered Mile Covered (mi²)
Alabama 81.84% 42,362 mi²
Alaska 0% 0 mi²
Arizona 58.80% 67,267 mi²
Arkansas 89% 47,384 mi²
California 72.69% 112,804 mi²
Colorado 60.38% 62,951 mi²
Connecticut 98.44% 4,957 mi²
Delaware 96.83% 2,009 mi²
Florida 88.14% 51,178 mi²
Georgia 90.65% 53,450 mi²
Hawaii 63.06% 4,311 mi²
Idaho 50.36% 41,792 mi²
Illinois 86.11% 48,518 mi²
Indiana 95.87% 34,724 mi²
Iowa 65.35% 36,871 mi²
Kansas 86.07% 70,823 mi²
Kentucky 86.43% 34,901 mi²
Louisiana 92.31% 43,142 mi²
Maine 25.49% 8,516 mi²
Maryland 93.34% 10,187 mi²
Massachusetts 94.26% 7,870 mi²
Michigan 84.64% 50,470 mi²
Minnesota 87.60% 78,171 mi²
Mississippi 68.5% 32,667 mi²
Missouri 81.04% 56,434 mi²
Montana 57.56% 84,830 mi²
Nebraska 14.38% 11,200 mi²
Nevada 58.95% 65,646 mi²
New Hampshire 76.75% 7,405 mi²
New Jersey 97.85% 7,565 mi²
New Mexico 88.59% 106,322 mi²
New York 84.29% 41,270 mi²
North Carolina 83.20% 42,103 mi²
North Dakota 83.59% 47,103 mi²
Ohio 95.13% 39,189 mi²
Oklahoma 94.45% 66,012 mi²
Oregon 47.27% 45,949 mi²
Pennsylvania 92.94% 42,110 mi²
Rhode Island 91.44% 1,078 mi²
South Carolina 96.29% 30,060 mi²
South Dakota 76.21% 58,602 mi²
Tennessee 75.29% 31,704 mi²
Texas 85.92% 229,252 mi²
Utah 66.12% 55,161 mi²
Vermont 60.92% 5,858 mi²
Virginia 81.55% 33,277 mi²
Washington 62.86% 43,012 mi²
West Virginia 42.17% 10,214 mi²
Wisconsin 72.61% 40,672 mi²
Wyoming 52.28% 51,832 mi²

Ookla Speed Test

Ookla runs a speed test app where users can run a speed test from their phones. They measured over 4-million unique mobile devices that performed over 11.5 million consumer-initiated cellular tests. They found that AT&T had the fastest download speed of the four major carriers beating Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint.

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Ookla’s findings in their Q2 2019 speed testing

Fastest Carriers

  1. AT&T with an average download speed of 32.91Mbps
  2. T-Mobile with an average download speed of 30.94
  3. Verizon with an average download speed of 29.43Mbps
  4. Sprint with an average download speed of 28.15 Mbps

RootMetrics

RootMetrics tests indoor and outdoor network performance and they found that of the four major carriers, T-Mobile performs better than Sprint, but falls behind Verizon and AT&T landing in the 3rd place. Rootmetrics’ 2018 report is here.

Best Overall Network from RootMetrics

  1. Verizon
  2. AT&T
  3. T-Mobile
  4. Sprint

Fastest Carriers from RootMetrics

  1. Verizon
  2. AT&T
  3. T-Mobile
  4. Sprint


Get Better T-Mobile Coverage

To get the most out of T-Mobile’s network, make sure you have a phone that can access the 600 MHz 4G spectrum. The table below outlines what phones are currently capable of accessing T-Mobiles 600 MHz network.

T-Mobile 600 MHz Capable Phones

Alcatel Apple LG Samsung OnePlus Motorola T-Mobile
Alcatel 3T 8-inch iPhone XR LG Aristo 2 PLUS Samsung Galaxy A6 OnePlus 6T Motorola moto e5 plus T-Mobile REVVL 2
iPhone XS LG G7 ThinkQ Samsung Galaxy J3 Star Motorola moto e5 play T-Mobile REVVL 2 Plus
iPhone XS Max LG K30 Samsung GalaxyJ7 Star
LG Q7+ Samsung Galaxy Note9
LG Stylo 4 Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
LG V30 Samsung Galaxy S9
LG V40 ThinQ Samsung Galaxy S9+


Let’s Talk Take: T-Mobile Coverage Map

If you have a phone that is compatible with T-Mobile’s 600 MHz network, T-Mobile is the place to be. With growing coverage all over the United States, T-Mobile’s service will only get better. Plus, T-Mobile is aiming to have 5G coverage available for everyone by 2020.

Check out some of the least expensive plans on T-Mobile’s network: