If you’re looking for a new cell phone plan, you may be considering AT&T.
You may also find yourself wondering, how good is AT&T's coverage?
In this article we will cover:
Let's dive in!
The above statistics come from our analysis of the FCC signal strength data for the contiguous United States. The statistics ignore coverage data for Alaska and Hawaii. You can still see coverage data for Alaska and Hawaii in the interactive map below and in the table that shows cellular coverage by state.
AT&T is a mobile network operator, also known as an MNO.
MNOs, such as AT&T, build and operate their own cellular networks. They put up cell towers, purchase spectrum licenses from the FCC, install networking equipment, and develop their own 5G and LTE network cores.
AT&T has three main networks:
The AT&T 4G LTE network is the largest network in the United States, covering 74.6% of the land area in the country and over 99% of Americans. AT&T will brand this network as "AT&T 5Ge" in some areas, which is misleading. Even though your phone's status bar will show "5Ge," in reality you are connected to LTE.
AT&T 5G is AT&T's low-band 5G network. It covers an impressive 290 million people, or 87.4% of the U.S. population. Speeds on AT&T 5G are about the same as on AT&T LTE.
AT&T 5G+ is the more impressive network AT&T offers. It uses C-band and mmWave 5G spectrum to deliver fast data speeds and exceptional performance. The fastest download speed ever reported on AT&T 5G+ on the crowd-sourced speed test map is 2,511 Mbps down.
The C-band and mmWave 5G radio waves do not travel as far as low-band 5G radio waves. As a result, AT&T 5G+ only covers about 175 million people right now. That is 52.7% of Americans.
AT&T publishes its own coverage map of its 4G LTE and 5G networks.
However, sometimes AT&T’s map can be… overly optimistic.
Consider checking out our estimated AT&T coverage map and verified coverage AT&T coverage map below to see what coverage looks like in your area.
AT&T uses their own nationwide 4G LTE and 5G networks to provide coverage.
AT&T has the second most 5G coverage in the United States right now.
AT&T 5G covers 41.4% of the U.S., which is just a bit behind T-Mobile (49.0%) and well ahead of Verizon (14.7%).
Keep in mind that most of AT&T’s 5G coverage is their low-band 5G, which gets about the same speeds as LTE. Just over 290 million people are covered by AT&T's low-band 5G network.
AT&T’s 5G+ network is their faster network and uses new 5G technologies, such as C-Band spectrum and mmWave, to boast substantially faster speeds. Roughly 175 million people are covered by AT&T 5G+. It is also common to find AT&T 5G+ at airports and sports arenas because it has the capacity to handle many more people.
If you haven’t tried AT&T’s network in a while, it may be worth taking advantage of Cricket’s 7-day 3GB free trial offer to test the service in your area.
Cricket is owned by AT&T and uses AT&T network for service, so you’d get the same speeds and coverage you can expect from AT&T directly.
AT&T’s LTE network is nationwide and covers over 99% of the U.S. population.
AT&T has a robust nationwide network that covers 74.6% of the contiguous U.S. land area.
But how good is the coverage in each state?
Here's a detailed look at how much of each state AT&T covers, as well as the excellent, great, and good coverage areas in each state. This data comes from the FCC.
AT&T's median data download speeds ranged from 15.7 Mbps in Wyoming to up to 122.3 Mbps in Rhode Island. The median download speeds were between 7 Mbps in Mississippi to 15.4 Mbps in the District of Columbia. Median latency performance on AT&T's network ranged from 26 ms to 78 ms.
AT&T and Verizon have similar coverage.
AT&T covers 74.6% of the contiguous United States and Verizon covers 71.5%.
5G coverage is a different story. AT&T has substantially more 5G coverage than Verizon. AT&T boasts 41.4% 5G coverage compared to only 14.7% 5G coverage on Verizon.
Data speeds are about the same on the two carriers.
Using data from our crowd-sourced speed test map, AT&T has median speeds of 61.17 Mbps for download and 11.29 Mbps for upload.
Verizon’s median speeds are 61.23 Mbps for download and 11.65 Mbps for upload.
Both carriers will likely offer very similar coverage and data speeds to one another in your area. AT&T and Verizon are some of the best networks in the United States.
If you'd like a more granular look at coverage, consider checking Verizon coverage and data speeds in your area using our Verizon coverage map.
AT&T coverage is a measurably better than T-Mobile coverage.
AT&T covers more of the United States than T-Mobile.
74.6% of the U.S. is covered by AT&T compared to only 59.5% being covered by T-Mobile.
AT&T has a bit less 5G coverage overall compared to T-Mobile. 41.4% of the continuous United States is covered by AT&T 5G, compared to 49.0% covered by T-Mobile 5G.
However, T-Mobile has substantially faster download speeds than AT&T.
Median download speeds on T-Mobile are 152.34 Mbps, according to data from our crowd-sourced speed test map.
AT&T's median download speeds are just 61.17 Mbps.
Upload speeds on both carriers are pretty similar. AT&T has median upload speeds of 11.29 Mbps, and T-Mobile has median upload speeds of 17.34 Mbps.
Both AT&T and T-Mobile will likely perform well in cities with T-Mobile delivering slightly faster speeds. But when it comes to getting service in rural areas, AT&T’s bigger coverage area may make it a better option.
Check T-Mobile coverage and speeds in your area using our T-Mobile coverage map.
Yes, AT&T coverage is good. It has a robust nationwide LTE network that covers over 99% of Americans, and AT&T currently is the largest 5G network footprint in America.
Yes, AT&T offers 5G and covers 41.4% of the United States with its 5G network.
Yes. All off AT&T's postpaid plans include free unlimited talk, text and data roaming in Canada.
Yes. All of AT&T's postpaid plans include free unlimited talk, text, and data roaming in Mexico.
AT&T offers international coverage starting at $10 per day. When you pay for international data, you get unlimited talk, text, and data roaming for a period of 24 hours.