Verizon’s network covers 70% of the United States, which is the most coverage of the four main carriers (a group that also includes AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile). You can see how they compare by looking at the Verizon coverage map. Keep in mind that one downside to great coverage is more expensive plans. Continue reading to learn more about Verizon’s plans and service.
Verizon Coverage Compared
Verizon easily beats competitors with massive amounts of 4G coverage in the United States. AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks offer a decent breadth of coverage but fall short of Verizon’s 70% nationwide service. Verizon lays claim to a full 43% more coverage than Sprint.
- Verizon: 70% 4G coverage
- T-Mobile: 59% 4G coverage
- AT&T: 58% 4G coverage
- Sprint: 27% 4G coverage
Verizon’s U.S. 3G network falls short of AT&T’s 3G network, though not by much.
3G is the type of network signal your phone falls back to in the absence of a 4G signal.
- AT&T: 70% 3G coverage
- Verizon: 62% 3G coverage
- Sprint: 25% 3G coverage
- T-Mobile: 22% 3G coverage
Verizon Ookla Speed Test
Ookla runs a speed test app where users can run a speed test from their phones. They measured nearly 3-million unique mobile devices that performed over 12 million consumer-initiated cellular tests. They found that Verizon has the third fastest overall average download speed of the four major carriers, coming in just behind T-Mobile and AT&T.
- AT&T with an average download speed of 32.91Mbps
- T-Mobile with an average download speed of 30.94
- Verizon with an average download speed of 29.43Mbps
- Sprint with an average download speed of 28.15 Mbps
RootMetrics tests indoor and outdoor network performance and they found that of the four major carriers, Verizon performs the best beating out AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Their 2018 report can be found here.
Best Overall Network from RootMetrics
Fastest Carriers from RootMetrics
Verizon Coverage Map
One look at the Verizon coverage map and you can see that they are the clear coverage winner in the U.S. Although there are a few dead zones in western states like Montana and Idaho, Verizon’s coast-to-coast coverage is still second to none.
Verizon in Your Area
To see what Verizon coverage is like in your area, punch your address into the “Coverage Check” box in Let’s Talk comparison engine. After you search, look in the upper right-hand corner of the page. You’ll see two buttons, click the one that says “Map.” This Verizon coverage map will show you what 3G and 4G coverage is like in the places you spend time.
Verizon Coverage by State
|State||Percentage Covered||Mile Covered (mi²)|
|New Hampshire||84.38%||8,147 mi²|
|New Jersey||97.52%||7,542 mi²|
|New Mexico||81.94%||98,347 mi²|
|New York||87.21%||42,705 mi²|
|North Carolina||92.67%||46,892 mi²|
|North Dakota||97.81%||68,393 mi²|
|Rhode Island||92.21%||1,087 mi²|
|South Carolina||98.73%||30,821 mi²|
|South Dakota||96.65%||74,320 mi²|
|West Virginia||52.24%||12,650 mi²|
Verizon Cell Phone Plans
Verizon cell phones plans range from prepaid to postpaid, and unlimited data to pay-as-you-go. As the number one carrier in the United States, you will be paying a premium for their service, which you’ll notice as you scroll their plans. As pricey as the plans might be, your coverage will be unmatched all over the continental states.
Popular Verizon Plans
A Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) is a smaller carrier that piggybacks off one or more of the four big networks, i.e. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. MVNOs offer the same coverage as the majors with generally lower prices. Verizon has the best coverage in the country with the higher prices to match. If you want to be with America’s largest carrier but skip the costs, check out MVNOs that run on their network.
Some popular MVNOs on Verizon’s network are Straight Talk and XFINITY Mobile
Plans on Verizon’s Network
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