How good is Boost Mobile 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.
Boost Mobile is a prepaid cell phone carrier, also known as an MVNO, that is owned by Dish.
Boost Mobile uses a few different cellular networks to provide service.
Most new activations are on the T-Mobile network. However, Boost Mobile can also use the AT&T and Dish networks for coverage. In this article, we will be focusing on Boost Mobile’s coverage on the T-Mobile network, because that is the network most new customers will be put on.
You can check Boost Mobile coverage in your area by using the interactive coverage maps below.
Boost Mobile primarily uses T-Mobile’s 4G LTE and 5G networks for coverage.
Dish, the parent company of Boost Mobile, also has an agreement with AT&T.
Most customers will be activated on the T-Mobile network, but it is also possible for some customers to be activated on the AT&T network, too.The third network Boost Mobile uses for coverage is the Dish Wireless 5G network. It is uncommon for Boost Mobile customers to connect to the Dish Wireless 5G network though, because it requires certain devices and a special SIM card.
For this article, we will be focusing on Boost Mobile’s coverage and performance on the T-Mobile network, as that is the network most customers will be placed on.
Boost Mobile uses T-Mobile’s 5G network for coverage.
T-Mobile 5G covers over 98% of Americans.
Boost Mobile is able to fully use both T-Mobile’s Extended Range 5G network and T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G network.
T-Mobile’s Extended Range 5G covers over 325 million Americans. It also covers over 90% of the U.S. highway miles. It is the largest 5G network in the United States right now.
T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G network covers 275 million Americans. It delivers fast 5G speeds. The excellent performance on the Ultra Capacity 5G network is one of the main reasons T-Mobile ranks as having the fastest speeds in most locations in our Coverage Search tool.
Boost Mobile customers will enjoy the same great 5G coverage and fast 5G speeds as T-Mobile customers.
Boost Mobile offers nationwide LTE coverage on T-Mobile’s LTE network.
T-Mobile’s nationwide LTE network covers 99% of Americans.
How good is Boost Mobile's coverage in each state?
Here is a full breakdown of what percentage of each state Boost Mobile has coverage, as well as what percentage of that coverage is great, good, or poor:
How fast are Boost Mobile's data speeds?
Data speeds are an important part to determining what your experience is like using a network.
Faster speeds provide a better experience. And slower speeds make for a poor experience. To figure out how fast Boost Mobile's data speeds are, we crunched the numbers on our crowd sourced speed tests reported by Boost Mobile customers. We found Boost Mobile had median download speeds that ranged from 13 Mbps in Alaska to 371 Mbps in the Washington, DC. Median upload speeds on Boost Mobile ranged from 5.5 Mbps in Mississippi and went up to 47.2 Mbps in Idaho. Median latency was between 22 ms and 184 ms on Boost Mobile.
Boost Mobile rides on the T-Mobile network for service, so coverage is about the same between the two carriers.
The only coverage areas Boost Mobile is missing is areas where T-Mobile has domestic roaming agreements with other carriers.
You can see where T-Mobile has domestic roaming agreements by checking T-Mobile's self-published coverage map.
Boost Mobile has a less coverage than Verizon.
Boost Mobile covers 59.5% of the U.S. and Verizon covers an impressive 71.5% of the U.S.
However, when it comes to 5G, Boost Mobile covers a substantially larger area.
Boost Mobile has over double the 5G coverage as Verizon. Boost Mobile covers 49.0% of the U.S. with 5G and over 325 million people. Verizon's 5G reaches an impressive 230 million people, but it covers just 14.7% of the U.S.
If you live in a city, both Boost Mobile and Verizon will likely perform great.
If you travel outside of cities or in more rural areas, you may find you have a bit less coverage on Boost Mobile than on Verizon.
Check Verizon coverage to see how it performs in your area.
Boost Mobile has an agreement with AT&T, and some customers are activated on the AT&T network.
Unfortunately, you will not know if you will get the AT&T or T-Mobile network until you sign up for service.
If you do get activated on the AT&T network, then Boost Mobile's coverage will be about the same as that of AT&T. The only difference is that AT&T has some domestic roaming agreements with small carriers in some areas to give AT&T customers extra coverage. Boost Mobile does not have access to these roaming agreements, so Boost Mobile customers will not have service in the limited areas that are covered with domestic roaming partners.
If Boost Mobile does not activate you on the AT&T network and instead activates you on the T-Mobile network, then you will have a bit less coverage.
T-Mobile covers 59.5% of the U.S. while AT&T covers 74.6% of the U.S.
T-Mobile has more 5G coverage than AT&T though.
You will get 5G coverage across 49.0% of the U.S. on T-Mobile 5G. AT&T 5G only covers 41.4% of the U.S.
Boost Mobile will likely perform will in most areas on either the AT&T or T-Mobile networks, as both do a good job covering cities and well-populated areas. However, AT&T does have a substantially larger overall coverage footprint than T-Mobile does. If you travel outside of cities in more rural areas, you will likely get better service on the AT&T network.
Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a way to request what network you get when you sign up, and again, most activations are on the T-Mobile network right now.
Check AT&T coverage to see how it performs in your area.
Yes, Boost Mobile coverage is good. It uses AT&T for coverage, and AT&T covers over 99% of Americans with its LTE network and has the largest 5G network of any carrier right now.
Yes. Boost Mobile customers can enjoy 5G service on AT&T's 5G network.
Boost Mobile will soon also use Dish's 5G network for additional coverage.
Yes. Boost Mobile includes unlimited talk, unlimited text, and 1GB of data at 3G speeds in Canada. An additional 5GB data pass in Canada is also available to purchase.
Yes. Boost Mobile includes unlimited talk, unlimited text, and 1GB of data at 3G speeds in Mexico. An additional 5GB data pass in Mexico is also available to purchase.
Outside of Canada and Mexico, Boost Mobile does not offer international coverage.