If you are looking for an affordable cell phone plan, you may have come across MobileX.
MobileX offers affordable cell phone plans that range from around $5 to $25 per month and can save you $500+ per year on your cell phone bill.
But how good is MobileX coverage?
In this article, we will cover:
Let’s dive in!
MobileX is a prepaid cell phone carrier that was started in 2021 by Peter Adderton.
Peter Adderton is the former founder and CEO of Boost Mobile.
MobileX is a type of cell phone carrier known as an MVNO.
What is an MVNO?
An MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) is any cell phone carrier that does not own its own network infrastructure. Instead, MVNOs such as MobileX purchase access to existing cellular networks from bigger carriers.
What network does MobileX use for coverage?
MobileX uses Verizon’s 4G LTE and 5G networks to provide coverage.
By using Verizon’s existing network, MobileX is able to offer affordable plans without compromising on the quality of service.
You can check MobileX coverage in your area by using the two coverage maps below.
The first coverage map is an estimated coverage map created with data from the FCC.
The second map is a verified coverage map of MobileX created with crowd-sourced data.
Use the search bar in the coverage maps below to see MobileX coverage in your area:
MobileX uses the Verizon network for coverage.
Because MobileX uses Verizon, its coverage is essentially the same as that of Verizon.
MobileX offers extensive 4G LTE and 4G coverage across the country.
MobileX uses Verizon 5G Nationwide and 5G Ultra Wideband networks to provide 5G services across the United States.
MobileX covers about 230 million people on Verizon’s 5G Nationwide network, or roughly 69% of the U.S. population.
About 200 million people, or 60% of the U.S population, are covered by MobileX on Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network. Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband is substantially faster than 5G Nationwide, boasting speeds up to 4 Gbps.
MobileX provides robust nationwide LTE coverage on Verizon’s advanced LTE network.
Verizon LTE covers a remarkable 98% of the U.S. population, so you are likely to get coverage in most places.
How good is MobileX’s coverage in each state?
Here is a detailed breakdown of what percentage of each state MobileX covers, including the percentage of coverage that is great, good, or poor quality:
Having good coverage is one thing.
But what about data speeds?
Cellular data speeds indicate how fast your phone will load web pages, send emails, deliver Snapchats, stream videos, and more. Having fast data speeds is an important part of getting a great mobile experience.
How fast are MobileX’s data speeds?
We compiled data from our crowd-sourced coverage map to find out.
For MobileX, the median download speeds were between 11.1 Mbps in Alaska and 135.3 Mbps in Washington, DC. Median upload speeds ranged from 6.6 Mbps in Mississippi to 24.6 Mbps in Rhode Island. And median ping performance on MobileX was between 26 ms to 128 ms.
Since MobileX uses Verizon towers to provide service, coverage is about the same between the two carriers.
The only difference is domestic roaming coverage.
What is domestic roaming?
Domestic roaming is where your phone will switch to a partner network for coverage in areas where your primary network does not have service.
For example, Verizon does not have coverage in certain parts of Kentucky. Instead of having a dead zone, Verizon made agreements with Appalachian Wireless and Bluegrass Cellular, which have coverage in the parts of Kentucky that Verizon needed, such that Verizon customers could use the Appalachian Wireless and Bluegrass Cellular networks for service when their phones lost signal to the Verizon network.
MobileX does not have access to these same domestic roaming agreements.
If you travel through the small number of areas in the United States covered by domestic roaming partners, then you will not have coverage on MobileX but you will have coverage on Verizon.
Very few people will ever notice the lack of domestic roaming coverage on MobileX because it is such a small percentage of Verizon’s overall coverage footprint.
Still, it is an important difference to mention.
The rest of the coverage between MobileX and Verizon will be exactly the same.
Both carriers will use Verizon’s LTE, 5G Nationwide, and 5G Ultra Wideband networks for service.
MobileX coverage is similar to AT&T coverage.
MobileX covers 55.9% of the United States and AT&T covers 57.0%.
The big difference between MobileX coverage and AT&T coverage is with 5G coverage.
MobileX only covers 11.3% of the U.S. with 5G.
AT&T covers a whopping 31.7% of the U.S. with 5G:
MobileX and AT&T have surprisingly similar data speeds.
From looking at our crowd-sourced data, MobileX and AT&T both had a median download speed of 61.2 Mbps.
Upload speeds were also similar between the two carriers. MobileX had a median upload speed of 11.7 Mbps, and AT&T had a median upload speed of 11.3 Mbps.
Regardless of which carrier you choose, you will get some of the best coverage and good data speeds across the U.S.
Check out our AT&T coverage map to see exactly what AT&T coverage and data speeds look like in your area.
MobileX has better coverage than T-Mobile.
While MobileX provides coverage across an impressive 55.9% of the U.S., T-Mobile offers service across just 35.3% of the U.S.:
That said, MobileX has worse 5G coverage than T-Mobile does.
Only 11.3% of the U.S. gets 5G coverage on MobileX.
T-Mobile, meanwhile, is broadcasting 5G coverage across 27.3% of the U.S.:
Data speeds are also slower on MobileX than on T-Mobile.
While MobileX gets a median download speed of 61.2 Mbps, T-Mobile boasts a median download speed of 152.3 Mbps.
That is around 2.5x faster speeds on T-Mobile.
Upload performance is relatively similar on the two carriers, with MobileX getting 11.7 Mbps up for its median speed and T-Mobile getting 17.3 Mbps up.
Overall, you are likely to get a bit faster speeds on T-Mobile in major cities. But MobileX still has good data speeds, and more importantly it covers a measurably larger area of the United States.
Use our T-Mobile coverage map to see how T-Mobile coverage and data speeds look in your area.
MobileX uses Verizon towers.
Yes, MobileX has good coverage. It covers 98% of the U.S. population on Verizon’s LTE network, and over 230 million Americans on Verizon’s Nationwide 5G network.
Yes, MobileX offers 5G on Verizon’s 5G Nationwide and 5G Ultra Wideband networks.
No, MobileX does not have coverage in Canada.
No, MobileX does not have coverage in Mexico.
No, MobileX does not have international coverage.