To see which mobile wireless providers are available in your area, enter your zip code below.
Mobile providers by zip code
If you still need help deciding which mobile provider in your area is right for you, read on.
What types of mobile networks are available near me?
You're probably familiar with the main types of cell phone services available across the nation. Each time a carrier upgrades their network, new equipment and towers need to go up to support the new technology. Currently, 2G & 3G blanket over 99% of the country and provide voice, as well as previous-gen data services to many Americans. 4G/LTE is an upgrade to that mobile data band with speeds much faster than 3G data speeds. 5G again raises the bar for mobile carriers providing several times greater data speeds than 4G, but 5G is not yet available in all areas yet.
Enter your zip code above to see 5G coverage maps for all carriers in your area.
To review, here are the three main mobile technologies currently in use:
- 5G is the most advanced mobile network available. It combines voice and data on a single band with data speeds that dwarf the previous generation (4G). New towers are being constructed in nearly every state in the country as you read this so expect 5G access to expand every year. In addition to local availability, you'll need a phone capable of connecting to 5G. iPhone 12 and newer Apple models have 5G built-in as standard while Samsung's Galaxy 10 debuted with 5G technology built in. Several other phones models were technically 5G capable as early as 2019 as well. So, if your phone is newer than those two mentioned flagship devices (2020+), your phone is probably ready for 5G!
- 4G changed the mobile data game when it launched in 2009. It's been the backbone of America's mobile data network for over 10 years and still gets the job done for most users. 4G/LTE certainly has the bandwidth to keep you connected on the go, but power users will notice a difference in the upgrade to 5G. Don't be discouraged if your town only has 4G/LTE available for data– it's still the most used mobile data network in the country and keeps up with the average user's data needs in most cases.
- 2G/3G is still critical today for mobile coverage in more rural, hard to connect areas of the country. Some folks would not have access to our national mobile network if not for 2G/3G tech. 3G introduced speeds fast enough for streaming video but was originally built-out in 1999. In many locations, 2G/3G is still used for all voice calls while 4G takes care of mobile data transfers.
Which mobile providers are available to my home address?
We analyze mobile coverage data at the census block level so we have an excellent picture of what kind of mobile service you can expect in areas around your home. The best way to find out which carriers serve your home is to enter your zip code above and use the interactive coverage maps to zoom in on your precise location. Generally, more rural addresses will have fewer carrier options than addresses in densely populated areas. The “Big 3” carriers now offer mobile service to almost every address in the US. Here they are:
- T-Mobile – In 2020 T-Mobile merged with Sprint to form the 3rd largest mobile carrier in the USA. Today, they're quickly growing and have speeds and coverage comparable to AT&T and Verizon. We recommend T-Mobile for the best all-around value if it's available in your area.
- Verizon – In several studies, Verizon's network has consistently been called the best in the nation for coverage. The gap between Verizon's network and the other major carriers is quite small and getting smaller as 5G rolls out across the country.
- AT&T – AT&T's network is almost as large as Verizon's and in some areas, you'll get better service with AT&T. The company itself has boasted the best 5G speeds in the business, for now. In our own analysis', we've found network speeds to be similar between all of the major carriers, with T-Mobile maintaining a very small edge (<1% difference, on a national average).
While there are many locally operated mobile providers that may serve your home address, most Americans subscribe to one of the three major networks nationally. Many of these carriers, such as Mint, Boost and Cricket are technically on the same physical network of cell towers as the major carriers, but offer different, often cheaper plan options.
How do I check for mobile coverage in my area?
The easiest way is to enter your zip code above. Because mobile services vary from area to area and sometimes even block to block, we'll need more information to help you pinpoint what type of mobile coverage is available in your area. Once you arrive at the corresponding page for your location, you'll see mobile provider “cards” that represent a provider that serves you like this:
AT&T Wireless 5G available in the Seattle area
99.93% of the Seattle area
98.83% of the USA
3G or 2G: 99.91%
More about AT&T Wireless in the Seattle area
AT&T Wireless Data Speeds and Coverage in the Seattle area
AT&T Wireless covers 99.93% of homes in the city with mobile data. The fastest cellular data speed available is 5G. Coverage by homes and land mass (the % of acres with cell coverage versus the total acreage in the Seattle area) is shown below.
2G or 3G
5G is the fastest wireless internet and data speed for 92.53% of homes. 4G is the fastest cell coverage for 7.38% of homes. 0.00% of homes can only receive 2G or 3G data. We rank AT&T Wireless as #2 out of 4 for a combination of coverage and speed among Seattle mobile providers.
AT&T Wireless Voice Quality in the Seattle area
5G voice quality can be very clear, and is available to 92.53% of homes. 4G voice is considered HD, and is available at 99.91% of Seattle homes. 99.91% of homes can make calls using older 2G or 3G voice technology.
Here's how to interpret what you're seeing on a cell provider card:
- At the top-left you'll see the name and logo of the mobile carrier. In the top-right we note the type of service (such as 4G or 5G) available here.
- Coverage is the percentage of the area covered by that carrier's mobile networks. This includes and combines all network types so your coverage quality and data speeds may vary within the area specified.
- Data speeds show the cell technology available in your area such as 2G/3G (slowest and oldest), 4G (faster and ubiquitous), and 5G (the fastest mobile technology available).
- View Plans and phone numbers take you to the providers' site or their authorized retailers. Some of these links may result in payment to us, which helps us keep this site live and free to all.
Below the listed providers we also show coverage maps for each major provider by technology type. You can use these maps to get a general idea of how well-served your home is but the easiest way to pinpoint mobile coverage in your area is to “View Plans” or call the phone numbers listed.
Cell service and speeds by state
Click a state to see providers and coverage by area.
Mobile providers by city
If you're moving to a new city and not sure which zip code you'll be living in just yet, you can also browse the metro areas below. Most major mobile carriers exist in all major US cities but if you're moving from a rural to urban area or visa versa you may want to consider changing plans to the carrier that has the most coverage in your new area.
Need more? The easiest way is to find a zip code in the area or choose the city above closest to your location. You will then be free to browse surrounding cities.
Mobile Carriers by county
Some areas are better known for their county. It is usually more helpful to get more granular mobile coverage data, but if you're looking at a very broad area we compare internet service between counties as well.
Mobile providers by neighborhood
In some cases a zip code may even be too large. Cell service varies quite a bit in large cities among different neighborhoods. Compare your neighborhood to nearby neighborhoods for providers and mobile speeds by clicking one of the larger neighborhoods below.
Cell service by zip
You can enter your zip code to see mobile providers, or browse one of the larger zip codes below.