AT&T has the second-best coverage in the country, falling just 3% behind Verizon. AT&T’s 4G LTE network covers 68% of the U.S., with just a few small coverage gaps scattered throughout the country.
Many small carriers, or MVNOs, such as Cricket Wireless and Straight Talk, run on AT&T’s robust network, providing you with the same excellent coverage. AT&T’s 5G network is available nationwide, while its 5g+ (mmWave) network is available via hotspots in areas of certain cities.
In this AT&T coverage guide:
- AT&T coverage map
- AT&T’s 5G network coverage
- Pros & cons of AT&T coverage
- Where does AT&T have the best coverage?
- Where does AT&T have the worst coverage?
- AT&T coverage vs. Verizon
- AT&T coverage vs. T-Mobile
- AT&T coverage vs. Sprint
- AT&T phone plans
- AT&T coverage FAQs
AT&T coverage map
Before committing to an AT&T phone plan, you’ll want to check out AT&T’s coverage map to see if you get coverage where you live and frequently travel. The map below will give you a clear view of what areas AT&T’s 4G LTE and 3G networks cover. But with the rollout of AT&T’s 5G network, 3G is likely to become obsolete in the near future.
You can also doublecheck that you’ll receive coverage through AT&T’s robust network by using our coverage checker tool. You can enter the amount of talk, text, and data you want, along with your home address where it says “Coverage Check.” Make sure to select “AT&T’ from the network dropdown menu.
AT&T’s 5G network coverage
In order to gain access to AT&T’s ever-expanding 5G network, you first need a 5G-compatible device and a compatible AT&T plan. Some great 5G phones to consider include:
- Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G
- Galaxy S20 5G
- LG V60 ThinQ 5G
If you’re on an AT&T unlimited postpaid plan, then you’ll have access to AT&T’s 5G network for free. Other 5G-compatible plans include AT&T’s Unlimited Plus prepaid plan, as well as select plans through Cricket Wireless, an AT&T MVNO.
AT&T 5G coverage map
Unlike Verizon and T-Mobile (which now includes Sprint), AT&T’s 5G network offers three different versions of 5G technology, including:
- 5GE (5G Evolution): 5GE is essentially AT&T’s 4G LTE network with a new name. It’s widely available and although you may experience slightly faster speeds in certain areas, you can more or less expect the same performance since 5GE uses the same technology as 4G LTE.
- 5G: AT&T’s 5G network uses a low-band, sub-6 spectrum offering more robust coverage than high-frequency 5G but at slower speeds.
- 5G+: AT&T’s 5G+ network is what many people may call “true” 5G, in that it operates on the high-frequency, mmWave spectrum and offers the fastest speeds and lowest latency.
Due to this three-tiered network structure, AT&T’s 5G coverage map is a bit more complicated. Since 5GE is basically 4G LTE, you can trust you’ll have nationwide 5GE coverage. As for the 5G network, AT&T has recently announced that it is now available nationwide, which is great news for AT&T customers. Although don’t let the phrasing “nationwide” fool you—AT&T’s 5G coverage comes in at a somewhat unimpressive 6.15%, although it is continuing to grow.
You’ll also want to remember that you will get slower speeds on the sub-6 5G network than you would on AT&T’s 5G+ network, which is only available in select outdoor hotspot areas in specific cities.
Where does AT&T have the most 5G coverage?
The states with the most AT&T 5G coverage include:
- New Jersey: 67%
- Delaware: 51%
- Ohio: 41%
- Rhode Island: 39%
- Maryland: 33%
Pros & cons of AT&T coverage
As with any carrier, there are advantages and disadvantages of choosing an AT&T phone plan, but the pros, like tremendous coverage, solid features, and international perks, tend to outweigh the cons, with the main one being the high price tag on AT&T plans. Pros:
- AT&T’s 4G LTE network covers 68% of the U.S.
- AT&T’s 5G network is available nationwide for customers with a 5G phone and plan.
- AT&T has the lowest latency of the major carriers, meaning it has the shortest lag—fewer than 50 milliseconds.
- AT&T is tied with T-Mobile for the best quality voice calls over apps, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Skype.
- AT&T has the fastest download speeds, clocking in at 32.6Mbps (July 2020).
- AT&T has the lowest video experience rating of the major carriers (stalling, resolution, video loading time, etc.).
- AT&T phone plans can be pricey.
- AT&T’s 5G+ network is only available as public hotspots in select areas.
Where does AT&T have the best coverage?
AT&T has near-perfect 4G coverage in many states, including:
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
Other states with incredible coverage aboard AT&T’s 4G LTE network include:
- South Dakota
Where does AT&T have the worst coverage?
Alaska has the worst AT&T coverage out of all 50 states, with just over 7% coverage, while Maine has about 46% coverage. Other states with potentially spotty coverage include:
- New Mexico
AT&T coverage vs. Verizon
Verizon’s network barely beats out AT&T’s coverage, covering 71.4% of the U.S. while AT&T’s network covers 68%. Verizon has long since been considered the king of coverage in the wireless game, but AT&T has closed that gap in recent years, making the Verizon vs. AT&T race nearly neck and neck. As for 5G coverage, Verizon has just .0014% coverage to AT&T’s 6.15% 5G coverage.
AT&T coverage vs. T-Mobile
AT&T beats out T-Mobile’s 4G LTE coverage by about 5%, with 68% of the country covered by AT&T and 63% covered by T-Mobile. When it comes to 5G, however, T-Mobile comes out on top with about 30% nationwide coverage while AT&T’s 5G network covers just over 6% of the country.
AT&T coverage vs. Sprint
T-Mobile recently finalized its merger with Sprint, which means Sprint is now operating under the T-Mobile brand. But for now, Sprint customers still have their primary coverage on Sprint’s 4G LTE network, which covers just 30% of the country compared to AT&T’s 68% nationwide coverage. The good news for Sprint customers is that they are able to roam on T-Mobile’s network wherever Sprint doesn’t have coverage—and since T-Mobile’s network covers 63% of the country, Sprint customers have everything to gain from that robust coverage area, effectively closing the gap between Sprint and AT&T. When comparing 5G coverage, Sprint and T-Mobile’s 5G networks have combined under the T-Mobile brand, meaning Sprint has 30% 5G coverage compared to AT&T’s 6%.
AT&T phone plans
AT&T offers a broad selection of phone plans, including unlimited plans, prepaid plans, family plans, and limited data plans, as well as discounts for nurses, teachers, first responders, and more. AT&T’s unlimited plans tend to be fairly expensive, although they include great features like high data deprioritization thresholds, Mexico and Canada roaming, mobile hotspot allowances, 5G access, and international texting.
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Compare AT&T MVNO plans
If you want the benefits of service aboard AT&T’s powerful network without breaking the bank, you may want to check out the plans offered by AT&T MVNOs. These small carriers don’t typically offer as many bells and whistles, but they’re generally more affordable than AT&T plans.