Consumer Cellular Coverage Map

Does Consumer Cellular have good cell coverage?

Stetson Doggett
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Stetson Doggett
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Updated:
December 6, 2023
Consumer Cellular logo over map of the United States

If you’re looking for a new cell phone plan, you may have come across Consumer Cellular and its affordable prices. 

Consumer Cellular’s low-cost plans range from $20 to $50 per month and can save you over $500 per year on your cell phone bill. 

But, how good is Consumer Cellular's coverage?

In this article we will cover:

  • Consumer Cellular coverage
  • Consumer Cellular coverage map
  • Consumer Cellular 5G and LTE coverage
  • Consumer Cellular vs. Verizon coverage
  • Consumer Cellular vs. AT&T coverage
  • Consumer Cellular vs. T-Mobile coverage

Let's dive in!

Consumer Cellular Coverage Quick Stats

  • Carrier: Consumer Cellular
  • Network: AT&T
  • Total area covered: 74.6%
  • Total square miles covered: 6,024,212
  • 5G area covered: 41.4%
  • 5G square miles covered: 3,345,127

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.

Consumer Cellular Coverage

Consumer Cellular is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that uses AT&T for coverage.

By using AT&T’s existing 4G LTE and 5G networks instead of building their own network, Consumer Cellular is able to save on costs and offer more affordable cell phone plans.

Consumer Cellular covers over 99% of American's thanks to AT&T's nationwide LTE network. And over 290 million people are covered by Consumer Cellular 5G on AT&T's 5G network.

Check Consumer Cellular coverage in your area using the map below.

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Consumer Cellular Coverage Map

Map Key:
Great coverage
Good coverage
Poor coverage
Great coverage = stream 4K videos, video call, use your phone to its fullest potential
Good coverage = stream 480p videos, browse social media, stream music, use the web
Poor coverage = make phone calls, send a text
*The Estimated Coverage Map is created with coverage data from the FCC

Consumer Cellular Cell Phone Plans

Consumer Cellular 1GB
AT&T coverage
1 Line
$
20
/mo
+tax
tax included
1GB
high-speed, then data stops
Deprioritized
Included hotspot
480p SD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Consumer Cellular 5GB
AT&T coverage
1 Line
$
25
/mo
+tax
tax included
5GB
high-speed, then data stops
Deprioritized
Included hotspot
480p SD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Consumer Cellular 10GB
AT&T coverage
1 Line
$
35
/mo
+tax
tax included
10GB
high-speed, then data stops
Deprioritized
Included hotspot
480p SD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Consumer Cellular Unlimited
AT&T coverage
1 Line
$
50
/mo
+tax
tax included
35GB
high-speed, then 128Kbps
Deprioritized
Included hotspot
480p SD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Boost Infinite
AT&T or T-Mobile coverage
1 Line
$
25
/mo
+tax
tax included
30GB
high-speed, then 512Kbps
Deprioritized
5GB hotspot
480p SD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts

What Network Does Consumer Cellular Use?

Consumer Cellular uses AT&T’s nationwide 4G LTE and 5G networks to provide service. 

Because Consumer Cellular rides on AT&T towers for service, coverage will be the same between the two carriers. 

Consumer Cellular 5G Coverage

Consumer Cellular 5G coverage map

Consumer Cellular provides 5G coverage using AT&T’s nationwide 5G network. 

AT&T’s 5G network covers an impressive 41.4% of the United States, making it the second largest 5G network. For comparison, T-Mobile and Verizon’s 5G networks cover 49.0% and 14.7% of the United States, respectively.

Over 295 million people are covered by AT&T 5G.

Consumer Cellular LTE Coverage

Consumer Cellular LTE coverage map

Consumer Cellular rides on AT&T’s robust nationwide LTE network for coverage.

AT&T’s LTE network covers over 99% of the U.S. population, so you’re likely to have service in your area. 

Consumer Cellular Coverage by State

How does Consumer Cellular's coverage vary by state?

Here is a table with a full coverage breakdown:

State Total Coverage Great Coverage Good Coverage Poor Coverage
Alabama 95.2% 31.0% 25.8% 38.5%
Alaska 8.4% 0.9% 1.5% 6.1%
Arizona 74.6% 13.3% 20.5% 40.9%
Arkansas 87.4% 21.2% 24.4% 41.8%
California 78.5% 32.5% 23.3% 22.7%
Colorado 85.1% 16.4% 25.0% 43.7%
Connecticut 99.8% 46.3% 35.6% 17.9%
Delaware 97.9% 54.6% 26.4% 16.9%
District of Columbia 100.0% 93.0% 7.1% 0.0%
Florida 93.4% 42.2% 23.8% 27.4%
Georgia 94.0% 30.3% 23.9% 39.8%
Hawaii 77.4% 20.4% 21.1% 35.9%
Idaho 56.7% 12.7% 16.1% 27.9%
Illinois 99.3% 40.6% 33.0% 25.7%
Indiana 99.1% 47.9% 28.5% 22.7%
Iowa 87.7% 23.9% 24.1% 39.6%
Kansas 98.6% 31.6% 33.8% 33.2%
Kentucky 90.0% 24.9% 24.5% 40.6%
Louisiana 95.7% 38.3% 24.8% 32.6%
Maine 63.2% 9.5% 16.5% 37.2%
Maryland 93.2% 45.7% 26.6% 20.9%
Massachusetts 99.6% 43.9% 35.0% 20.6%
Michigan 88.1% 33.2% 21.4% 33.5%
Minnesota 93.3% 30.3% 30.1% 32.9%
Mississippi 94.5% 30.5% 23.7% 40.3%
Missouri 98.1% 38.3% 29.5% 30.3%
Montana 69.5% 12.7% 19.6% 37.2%
Nebraska 94.1% 19.5% 34.0% 40.6%
Nevada 60.8% 10.0% 20.2% 30.6%
New Hampshire 96.6% 39.7% 36.7% 20.1%
New Jersey 98.9% 63.2% 19.5% 16.3%
New Mexico 84.7% 19.8% 27.6% 37.2%
New York 86.5% 26.7% 23.0% 36.7%
North Carolina 86.3% 26.1% 23.4% 36.8%
North Dakota 98.2% 27.2% 35.8% 35.2%
Ohio 98.1% 42.4% 29.4% 26.2%
Oklahoma 93.3% 30.8% 29.5% 33.1%
Oregon 58.4% 11.0% 14.2% 33.2%
Pennsylvania 92.4% 37.0% 26.5% 29.0%
Rhode Island 99.6% 74.3% 22.8% 2.5%
South Carolina 95.6% 39.0% 24.9% 31.7%
South Dakota 96.9% 27.7% 35.0% 34.2%
Tennessee 92.4% 31.1% 22.9% 38.4%
Texas 92.7% 27.7% 29.7% 35.3%
Utah 87.6% 23.0% 27.2% 37.4%
Vermont 96.0% 14.9% 31.0% 50.1%
Virginia 81.5% 22.3% 19.1% 40.1%
Washington 70.4% 20.0% 20.5% 29.9%
West Virginia 68.0% 14.8% 16.6% 36.7%
Wisconsin 78.3% 27.3% 18.4% 32.6%
Wyoming 70.8% 10.1% 19.7% 41.0%

Consumer Cellular 5G Coverage by State

State Total 5G Coverage Great 5G Coverage Good 5G Coverage Poor 5G Coverage
Alabama 59.4% 24.5% 22.1% 12.9%
Alaska 2.3% 0.6% 0.8% 0.9%
Arizona 21.1% 7.1% 7.4% 6.5%
Arkansas 68.8% 22.1% 25.4% 21.3%
California 54.2% 28.5% 17.2% 8.6%
Colorado 40.9% 9.6% 14.2% 17.1%
Connecticut 89.6% 47.8% 35.5% 6.3%
Delaware 93.4% 56.6% 27.0% 9.7%
District of Columbia 100.0% 94.2% 5.8% 0.0%
Florida 85.2% 41.2% 24.1% 19.9%
Georgia 61.8% 27.3% 20.8% 13.7%
Hawaii 53.4% 21.6% 20.7% 11.2%
Idaho 18.4% 5.2% 7.3% 5.9%
Illinois 76.1% 33.6% 27.3% 15.1%
Indiana 92.9% 48.1% 29.6% 15.2%
Iowa 10.6% 4.2% 3.7% 2.7%
Kansas 51.4% 18.5% 18.7% 14.3%
Kentucky 58.6% 22.0% 21.4% 15.2%
Louisiana 77.7% 35.5% 22.6% 19.6%
Maine 32.2% 8.1% 11.6% 12.4%
Maryland 88.7% 46.3% 28.7% 13.8%
Massachusetts 86.7% 44.8% 34.0% 7.9%
Michigan 67.2% 30.4% 21.1% 15.7%
Minnesota 76.9% 26.8% 27.0% 23.2%
Mississippi 32.8% 12.0% 10.2% 10.7%
Missouri 75.8% 34.8% 26.4% 14.6%
Montana 31.7% 8.7% 13.0% 10.1%
Nebraska 6.4% 1.8% 2.9% 1.7%
Nevada 27.8% 7.1% 11.3% 9.4%
New Hampshire 18.4% 10.8% 6.8% 0.8%
New Jersey 90.4% 63.9% 19.4% 7.1%
New Mexico 45.7% 13.0% 18.0% 14.7%
New York 63.5% 28.2% 24.7% 10.6%
North Carolina 22.4% 9.9% 8.3% 4.2%
North Dakota 82.2% 24.0% 31.9% 26.4%
Ohio 89.8% 41.8% 31.3% 16.7%
Oklahoma 64.6% 26.1% 23.7% 14.8%
Oregon 16.2% 5.9% 5.6% 4.8%
Pennsylvania 77.7% 38.5% 26.4% 12.7%
Rhode Island 93.1% 71.5% 20.2% 1.4%
South Carolina 30.3% 16.1% 10.2% 4.0%
South Dakota 81.3% 25.0% 31.3% 25.0%
Tennessee 51.6% 20.0% 16.6% 15.0%
Texas 72.6% 24.7% 25.2% 22.6%
Utah 53.5% 19.9% 21.6% 12.0%
Vermont 13.4% 3.6% 6.6% 3.2%
Virginia 41.1% 15.5% 13.5% 12.1%
Washington 49.8% 19.0% 19.1% 11.7%
West Virginia 45.4% 15.6% 16.4% 13.4%
Wisconsin 38.8% 19.4% 12.3% 7.1%
Wyoming 33.4% 8.2% 14.3% 10.9%

Consumer Cellular Data Speeds by State

Cellular data speeds are an important part of how good your experience is on a network.

How fast your data speeds are directly impact how quickly content loads on your phone, and your ability to make FaceTime and video conference calls.

Here is a full breakdown of Consumer Cellular's median data speeds by state. Keep in mind you typically need about 25 Mbps download speeds to stream 4K video, 8 Mbps to stream 1080p video, 4 Mbps to stream 720p video, and 1.5 Mbps to stream 480p video.

State Consumer Cellular Median Download Speeds Consumer Cellular Median Upload Speeds Consumer Cellular Median Latency
Alabama 47.0 Mbps 7.3 Mbps 40 ms
Alaska 16.9 Mbps 10.6 Mbps 67 ms
Arizona 42.2 Mbps 7.5 Mbps 43 ms
Arkansas 36.8 Mbps 9.3 Mbps 45 ms
California 52.3 Mbps 11.3 Mbps 35 ms
Colorado 55.1 Mbps 11.0 Mbps 45 ms
Connecticut 62.9 Mbps 9.1 Mbps 33 ms
Delaware 87.0 Mbps 8.4 Mbps 34 ms
District of Columbia 76.1 Mbps 15.4 Mbps 30 ms
Florida 82.2 Mbps 12.6 Mbps 34 ms
Georgia 52.3 Mbps 10.2 Mbps 30 ms
Hawaii 42.4 Mbps 10.5 Mbps 26 ms
Idaho 23.6 Mbps 7.2 Mbps 42 ms
Illinois 98.3 Mbps 13.0 Mbps 30 ms
Indiana 82.3 Mbps 11.8 Mbps 37 ms
Iowa 60.7 Mbps 7.2 Mbps 42 ms
Kansas 66.2 Mbps 9.3 Mbps 38 ms
Kentucky 51.1 Mbps 10.5 Mbps 58 ms
Louisiana 48.4 Mbps 10.4 Mbps 49 ms
Maine 36.6 Mbps 7.5 Mbps 47 ms
Maryland 68.4 Mbps 10.5 Mbps 30 ms
Massachusetts 74.6 Mbps 11.0 Mbps 33 ms
Michigan 101.2 Mbps 8.2 Mbps 32 ms
Minnesota 41.5 Mbps 9.3 Mbps 47 ms
Mississippi 30.6 Mbps 7.0 Mbps 58 ms
Missouri 51.4 Mbps 8.4 Mbps 38 ms
Montana 76.2 Mbps 11.1 Mbps 68 ms
Nebraska 66.8 Mbps 7.8 Mbps 51 ms
Nevada 114.9 Mbps 14.3 Mbps 29 ms
New Hampshire 45.0 Mbps 8.9 Mbps 42 ms
New Jersey 61.2 Mbps 10.4 Mbps 44 ms
New Mexico 20.6 Mbps 9.8 Mbps 55 ms
New York 67.7 Mbps 13.1 Mbps 38 ms
North Carolina 55.3 Mbps 8.2 Mbps 40 ms
North Dakota 74.7 Mbps 11.3 Mbps 59 ms
Ohio 72.8 Mbps 11.5 Mbps 40 ms
Oklahoma 37.7 Mbps 9.8 Mbps 40 ms
Oregon 38.3 Mbps 7.5 Mbps 41 ms
Pennsylvania 67.6 Mbps 11.1 Mbps 43 ms
Rhode Island 122.3 Mbps 13.0 Mbps 30 ms
South Carolina 76.9 Mbps 11.0 Mbps 40 ms
South Dakota 73.0 Mbps 8.4 Mbps 46 ms
Tennessee 49.5 Mbps 9.5 Mbps 43 ms
Texas 44.1 Mbps 12.0 Mbps 34 ms
Utah 74.5 Mbps 10.6 Mbps 33 ms
Vermont 39.5 Mbps 8.4 Mbps 42 ms
Virginia 63.8 Mbps 11.9 Mbps 38 ms
Washington 46.6 Mbps 9.4 Mbps 34 ms
West Virginia 64.0 Mbps 13.7 Mbps 65 ms
Wisconsin 54.4 Mbps 8.5 Mbps 46 ms
Wyoming 15.7 Mbps 8.3 Mbps 78 ms

Consumer Cellular vs. AT&T Coverage

Consumer Cellular uses AT&T’s network for service, so coverage is the same between the two carriers. 

If you’d like more information about AT&T coverage in your area, you can check out our AT&T coverage map.

Consumer Cellular vs. Verizon Coverage

Consumer Cellular Coverage is a bit better than Verizon’s coverage.

Consumer Cellular covers 74.6% of the U.S. and Verizon covers 71.5% of the U.S.

When it comes to 5G coverage though, things are a little different. 

Consumer Cellular has almost three times as much 5G coverage as Verizon does. 

You can find 5G coverage on Consumer Cellular across 41.4% of the U.S. Verizon’s 5G network covers just 14.7% of the U.S.

Data speeds on both Consumer Cellular and Verizon are relatively similar.

Data from our crowd-sourced speed test map shows both carriers get median download speeds of 61.2 Mbps.

Median upload speeds are also similar between the two carriers. Consumer Cellular gets 11.3 Mbps for median upload speeds and Verizon gets 11.7 Mbps.

See our Verizon coverage map for more information about Verizon coverage and data speeds in your area. 

Consumer Cellular vs. T-Mobile Coverage

Consumer Cellular has better coverage than T-Mobile.

Consumer Cellular covers an expansive 74.6% of the U.S. while T-Mobile covers just 59.5%.

5G coverage is surprisingly similar between the two carriers. Consumer Cellular 5G covers 41.4% of the U.S. and T-Mobile 5G covers 49.0%.

Consumer Cellular is a bit slower than T-Mobile though.

According to data from our crowd-sourced speed test map, Consumer Cellular gets median download speeds of 61.17 Mbps and median upload speeds of 11.29 Mbps.

T-Mobile's median download and upload speeds, meanwhile, are 152.34 Mbps and 17.34 Mbps, respectively.

Both Consumer Cellular and T-Mobile will likely perform well in cities, with T-Mobile offering slightly faster data speeds. When it comes to getting service outside of cities in more rural areas, Consumer Cellular may be a better option thanks to its bigger overall coverage footprint. 

Check T-Mobile coverage in your area using our T-Mobile coverage map.

Consumer Cellular Coverage Frequently Asked Questions

Is Consumer Cellular coverage good?

Yes, coverage on Consumer Cellular is good. Consumer Cellular uses AT&T for coverage, and AT&T covers over 99% of Americans with its LTE network. AT&T also has the largest 5G network of any carrier right now.

Does Consumer Cellular offer 5G?

Yes. Consumer Cellular provides 5G coverage on AT&T's 5G network.

Does Consumer Cellular have coverage in Canada?

Yes, Consumer Cellular offers coverage in Canada at pay-per-use rates. Currently Consumer Cellular charges $0.01 to $0.06 per minute, $0.01 to $0.06 per text, and $0.01 to $0.06 per MB of data ($60 per GB) for use in Canada.

Does Consumer Cellular have coverage in Mexico?

Yes, Consumer Cellular offers coverage in Canada at pay-per-use rates. Currently Consumer Cellular charges $0.01 to $0.06 per minute, $0.01 to $0.06 per text, and $0.01 to $0.06 per MB of data ($60 per GB) for use in Canada.

Does Consumer Cellular have international coverage?

Consumer Cellular offers coverage internationally at pay-per-use rates. However, some of the rates are quite expensive. You may want to consider other options for cellular data while traveling abroad.

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