Straight Talk Coverage Map

Does Straight Talk have good cell coverage?

Stetson Doggett
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Stetson Doggett
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Updated:
December 6, 2023
Straight Talk logo overlayed on top of a map of the United States

If you’re in search of a new cell phone plan, you may have come across Straight Talk.

Straight Talk's affordable, no contract cell phone plans can save you over $520 per year on your cell phone bill.

But, how good is Straight Talk's coverage?

In this article we will cover:

  • Straight Talk coverage stats
  • Straight Talk 5G coverage
  • Straight Talk LTE coverage
  • Straight Talk vs. Verizon coverage
  • Straight Talk vs. AT&T coverage
  • Straight Talk vs. T-Mobile coverage

Let's dive in!

Straight Talk Coverage Quick Stats

  • Carrier: Straight Talk
  • Network: Verizon
  • Total area covered: 71.5%
  • Total square miles covered: 5,775,641
  • 5G area covered: 14.7%
  • 5G square miles covered: 1,191,703

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.

Straight Talk Coverage

Straight Talk is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that is owned by Verizon.

Straight Talk uses Verizon’s 4G LTE and 5G networks to provide service.

By using Verizon’s existing networks and operating mostly online only, Straight Talk is able to offer low-cost cell phone plans without compromising on the quality of their service. 

Below, you can see the estimated and verified coverage maps for Straight Talk.

The estimated coverage map shows coverage data for Straight Talk supplied by the FCC.

The verified coverage map uses crowd-sourced data. It is made up of over data with over 2 million speed tests so you can get an accurate picture of what Straight Talk coverage and data speeds look like in your area. 

You can use the search bar to search for your location, and you can toggle between Straight Talk’s LTE and 5G coverage using the maps below:

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Straight Talk 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

Straight Talk Cell Phone Plans

Straight Talk Bronze Unlimited
Verizon coverage
1 Line
$
35
/mo
+tax
tax included
10GB
high-speed, then 64Kbps
Deprioritized
5GB hotspot
video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Straight Talk Silver Unlimited
Verizon coverage
1 Line
$
45
/mo
+tax
tax included
Unlimited
high-speed, then None
Deprioritized
5GB hotspot
4K video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Straight Talk Gold Unlimited
Verizon coverage
1 Line
$
55
/mo
+tax
tax included
Unlimited
high-speed, then data stops
Deprioritized
15GB hotspot
video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Straight Talk Unlimited International
Verizon coverage
1 Line
$
60
/mo
+tax
tax included
Unlimited
high-speed, then Unknown
Deprioritized
5GB hotspot
video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Straight Talk Platinum Unlimited
Verizon coverage
1 Line
$
65
/mo
+tax
tax included
20GB
high-speed, then 64Kbps
Deprioritized
20GB hotspot
4K video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Visible Base
Verizon coverage
1 Line
$
20
/mo
+tax
tax included
Unlimited
high-speed
Deprioritized
5Mbps hotspot
480p SD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
US Mobile Unlimited Starter
T-Mobile or Verizon coverage
1 Line
$
29
/mo
+tax
tax included
35GB
high-speed, then 1Mbps
35GB priority
10GB hotspot
720p HD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts
Visible+
Verizon coverage
1 Line
$
35
/mo
+tax
tax included
Unlimited
high-speed
50GB Premium
5Mbps hotspot
480p SD video streaming
Unlimited minutes
Unlimited texts

What Network Does Straight Talk Use?

Straight Talk uses the Verizon network to provide coverage.

Because Straight Talk relies on Verizon for coverage, its coverage is the same as that of Verizon.

Straight Talk 5G Coverage

Straight Talk 5G coverage map

Straight Talk offers nationwide 5G coverage using Verizon’s 5G Nationwide and 5G Ultra Wideband networks.

Verizon 5G Nationwide currently covers about 230 million people, or roughly 69% of the U.S. population.

Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband is much faster, but it has a bit less coverage. Verizon says 5G Ultra Wideband covers about 222 million people as of August 14th, 2023, which is about 60% of the U.S. population.

Straight Talk LTE Coverage

Straight Talk LTE coverage map

Nationwide 4G LTE coverage is available on Straight Talk thanks to Verizon’s extensive 4G LTE network, which covers 98% of Americans.

Straight Talk Coverage by State

You will get reception on Straight Talk across 71.5% of the United States.

But how good is the coverage in each individual state?

Here is a detailed breakdown on how good Straight Talk's coverage is in each state. You will see the total percentage of each state the Straight Talk network covers, as well as a breakdown of great, good, and poor coverage:

State Total Coverage Great Coverage Good Coverage Poor Coverage
Alabama 87.7% 28.4% 31.7% 27.6%
Alaska 3.8% 0.6% 1.1% 2.1%
Arizona 61.8% 15.9% 19.4% 26.4%
Arkansas 82.6% 30.1% 27.9% 24.7%
California 69.1% 30.7% 22.4% 16.0%
Colorado 63.3% 16.2% 21.9% 25.2%
Connecticut 96.8% 48.9% 34.8% 13.1%
Delaware 98.9% 65.5% 25.9% 7.5%
District of Columbia 100.0% 96.6% 3.4% 0.0%
Florida 93.6% 50.2% 29.2% 14.1%
Georgia 95.4% 33.1% 37.7% 24.5%
Hawaii 72.0% 25.7% 21.9% 24.4%
Idaho 47.2% 17.3% 16.8% 13.1%
Illinois 98.2% 48.7% 35.3% 14.3%
Indiana 98.7% 49.1% 33.4% 16.2%
Iowa 92.4% 42.2% 34.1% 16.0%
Kansas 97.0% 33.0% 32.8% 31.2%
Kentucky 75.3% 26.9% 23.4% 25.1%
Louisiana 88.1% 30.1% 32.0% 25.9%
Maine 70.2% 20.0% 27.1% 23.0%
Maryland 92.7% 53.4% 27.9% 11.5%
Massachusetts 94.9% 48.4% 31.9% 14.6%
Michigan 77.8% 30.1% 24.7% 23.0%
Minnesota 84.8% 36.6% 30.5% 17.7%
Mississippi 83.3% 22.0% 28.5% 32.8%
Missouri 87.5% 29.1% 28.8% 29.6%
Montana 53.5% 14.2% 19.7% 19.5%
Nebraska 85.0% 23.0% 26.5% 35.5%
Nevada 46.9% 16.5% 18.2% 12.2%
New Hampshire 82.6% 26.0% 33.9% 22.7%
New Jersey 98.9% 66.5% 22.4% 10.0%
New Mexico 68.3% 20.5% 24.1% 23.6%
New York 83.7% 33.6% 27.7% 22.4%
North Carolina 88.1% 34.9% 32.0% 21.2%
North Dakota 93.0% 37.6% 35.2% 20.2%
Ohio 93.7% 62.7% 20.5% 10.5%
Oklahoma 55.7% 25.0% 18.4% 12.3%
Oregon 52.6% 14.8% 18.2% 19.6%
Pennsylvania 87.6% 38.4% 26.9% 22.3%
Rhode Island 98.8% 53.5% 30.3% 15.0%
South Carolina 95.0% 35.7% 33.9% 25.4%
South Dakota 86.6% 25.6% 28.8% 32.2%
Tennessee 84.9% 32.2% 27.1% 25.5%
Texas 84.6% 34.9% 29.0% 20.7%
Utah 49.0% 14.2% 17.2% 17.6%
Vermont 75.9% 22.7% 28.5% 24.6%
Virginia 89.7% 32.3% 30.8% 26.6%
Washington 64.7% 22.0% 21.3% 21.4%
West Virginia 45.2% 14.1% 14.5% 16.7%
Wisconsin 77.2% 28.1% 25.2% 23.8%
Wyoming 59.7% 12.4% 21.1% 26.2%

Straight Talk 5G Coverage by State

State Total 5G Coverage Great 5G Coverage Good 5G Coverage Poor 5G Coverage
Alabama 27.9% 6.0% 8.4% 13.4%
Arizona 19.0% 4.9% 4.4% 9.8%
Arkansas 14.6% 3.0% 4.4% 7.2%
California 33.0% 12.1% 9.5% 11.4%
Colorado 5.9% 2.1% 1.9% 1.9%
Connecticut 40.7% 12.8% 13.8% 14.1%
Delaware 87.0% 29.2% 26.9% 30.9%
District of Columbia 100.0% 71.5% 25.1% 3.4%
Florida 45.7% 15.1% 12.3% 18.3%
Georgia 19.5% 4.8% 5.9% 8.8%
Hawaii 15.6% 3.9% 5.9% 5.8%
Idaho 3.4% 1.5% 1.3% 0.6%
Illinois 20.1% 10.2% 5.4% 4.5%
Indiana 31.8% 12.7% 9.1% 10.0%
Iowa 19.8% 4.7% 6.1% 8.9%
Kansas 7.0% 2.9% 2.3% 1.7%
Kentucky 14.3% 3.9% 4.0% 6.4%
Louisiana 18.8% 5.1% 5.8% 7.9%
Maine 2.1% 0.4% 0.5% 1.2%
Maryland 58.0% 14.4% 15.9% 27.7%
Massachusetts 45.8% 14.4% 15.7% 15.8%
Michigan 23.0% 7.7% 7.1% 8.2%
Minnesota 13.4% 5.3% 4.6% 3.5%
Mississippi 4.0% 0.6% 1.2% 2.2%
Missouri 9.0% 3.0% 2.9% 3.1%
Montana 1.6% 0.8% 0.6% 0.2%
Nebraska 3.1% 1.3% 0.8% 1.1%
Nevada 5.6% 2.4% 1.5% 1.7%
New Hampshire 7.8% 1.2% 2.0% 4.5%
New Jersey 74.5% 31.8% 20.5% 22.2%
New Mexico 2.6% 0.7% 0.6% 1.2%
New York 35.8% 10.2% 10.8% 14.8%
North Carolina 38.9% 8.4% 10.8% 19.7%
North Dakota 9.9% 4.3% 4.0% 1.6%
Ohio 55.3% 17.7% 15.6% 22.0%
Oklahoma 21.9% 5.3% 6.1% 10.5%
Oregon 4.4% 1.5% 1.4% 1.5%
Pennsylvania 40.2% 13.3% 11.3% 15.6%
Rhode Island 59.3% 21.2% 21.3% 16.7%
South Carolina 39.8% 9.6% 10.8% 19.4%
South Dakota 2.7% 1.1% 0.9% 0.8%
Tennessee 29.6% 8.2% 7.9% 13.5%
Texas 15.5% 5.6% 4.0% 5.9%
Utah 6.3% 3.3% 1.7% 1.3%
Vermont 13.3% 1.8% 3.8% 7.7%
Virginia 19.2% 4.6% 5.3% 9.3%
Washington 12.2% 3.2% 3.2% 5.9%
West Virginia 1.9% 0.3% 0.5% 1.1%
Wisconsin 9.6% 3.5% 3.0% 3.1%
Wyoming 0.3% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0%
Wyoming 59.7% 12.4% 21.1% 26.2%

Straight Talk Data Speeds by State

Data speeds are an important factor for how good your experience is using a cellular network.

How fast are Straight Talk's data speeds?

We compiled our crowd-sourced speed test data to find out. Straight Talk's median download speeds ranged from 11.1 Mbps in Alaska and up to 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 Straight Talk ranged from 26 ms to 128 ms.

State Straight Talk Median Download Speeds Straight Talk Median Upload Speeds Straight Talk Median Latency
Alabama 47.4 Mbps 7.6 Mbps 53 ms
Alaska 11.1 Mbps 8.4 Mbps 81 ms
Arizona 77.9 Mbps 12.2 Mbps 40 ms
Arkansas 41.6 Mbps 8.3 Mbps 46 ms
California 63.0 Mbps 11.8 Mbps 40 ms
Colorado 58.1 Mbps 11.1 Mbps 39 ms
Connecticut 82.2 Mbps 11.0 Mbps 43 ms
Delaware 59.1 Mbps 10.2 Mbps 36 ms
District of Columbia 135.3 Mbps 16.3 Mbps 29 ms
Florida 96.6 Mbps 12.9 Mbps 37 ms
Georgia 70.9 Mbps 9.6 Mbps 33 ms
Hawaii 31.8 Mbps 14.1 Mbps 128 ms
Idaho 26.1 Mbps 9.5 Mbps 63 ms
Illinois 103.0 Mbps 14.1 Mbps 31 ms
Indiana 100.9 Mbps 13.5 Mbps 33 ms
Iowa 42.6 Mbps 12.6 Mbps 44 ms
Kansas 53.8 Mbps 11.8 Mbps 49 ms
Kentucky 87.9 Mbps 11.9 Mbps 54 ms
Louisiana 38.3 Mbps 9.1 Mbps 58 ms
Maine 25.0 Mbps 8.3 Mbps 61 ms
Maryland 40.8 Mbps 9.2 Mbps 38 ms
Massachusetts 80.8 Mbps 12.5 Mbps 40 ms
Michigan 71.1 Mbps 9.1 Mbps 40 ms
Minnesota 84.0 Mbps 10.0 Mbps 43 ms
Mississippi 21.5 Mbps 6.6 Mbps 76 ms
Missouri 45.7 Mbps 9.9 Mbps 48 ms
Montana 37.7 Mbps 11.7 Mbps 76 ms
Nebraska 125.2 Mbps 24.1 Mbps 26 ms
Nevada 116.9 Mbps 17.6 Mbps 30 ms
New Hampshire 24.6 Mbps 9.3 Mbps 52 ms
New Jersey 63.7 Mbps 9.7 Mbps 37 ms
New Mexico 38.7 Mbps 9.5 Mbps 74 ms
New York 85.3 Mbps 13.0 Mbps 40 ms
North Carolina 61.8 Mbps 11.0 Mbps 43 ms
North Dakota 94.8 Mbps 14.0 Mbps 46 ms
Ohio 59.0 Mbps 12.7 Mbps 41 ms
Oklahoma 37.2 Mbps 10.2 Mbps 39 ms
Oregon 37.3 Mbps 7.5 Mbps 40 ms
Pennsylvania 78.2 Mbps 10.8 Mbps 37 ms
Rhode Island 114.1 Mbps 24.6 Mbps 36 ms
South Carolina 64.6 Mbps 11.3 Mbps 41 ms
South Dakota 51.6 Mbps 10.3 Mbps 49 ms
Tennessee 58.0 Mbps 10.3 Mbps 44 ms
Texas 62.4 Mbps 9.5 Mbps 35 ms
Utah 47.3 Mbps 11.6 Mbps 55 ms
Vermont 20.0 Mbps 7.8 Mbps 55 ms
Virginia 32.6 Mbps 9.3 Mbps 40 ms
Washington 59.5 Mbps 9.3 Mbps 34 ms
West Virginia 47.1 Mbps 12.9 Mbps 94 ms
Wisconsin 63.7 Mbps 9.3 Mbps 40 ms
Wyoming 13.9 Mbps 9.3 Mbps 79 ms

Straight Talk vs. Verizon Coverage

Straight Talk uses Verizon towers for service, so coverage is the same between the two carriers.

Straight Talk vs. AT&T Coverage

Straight Talk has similar coverage to AT&T.

Straight Talk covers 71.5% of the U.S. and AT&T covers 74.6% of the U.S.

However, when you compare 5G coverage between the two carriers, it is a different story. Straight Talk has less 5G coverage than AT&T does. AT&T covers 41.4% of the U.S. with 5G, while Straight Talk covers just 14.7%.

Data speeds are similar between the two carriers. 

Our crowd-sourced speed test map shows that Straight Talk gets median speeds of 61.23 Mbps down and 11.65 Mbps up.

Meanwhile, AT&T’s median download speed was 61.2 Mbps and its median upload speed was 11.3 Mbps. 

Both Straight Talk and AT&T offer similar coverage and data speeds to one another, and likely both carriers will be great options in many areas.

You can check AT&T coverage and data speeds in your area using our AT&T coverage map and see how it compares to Straight Talk.

Straight Talk vs. T-Mobile Coverage

Straight Talk has better coverage than T-Mobile.

Straight Talk covers 71.5% of the U.S. while T-Mobile covers just 59.5%.

That said, T-Mobile has over triple the 5G coverage that Straight Talk does. 

T-Mobile covers an impressive 49.0% of the U.S. with 5G, while Straight Talk has only 14.7% 5G coverage.

T-Mobile also has faster speeds than Straight Talk.

T-Mobile has median download speeds of 152.3 Mbps and median upload speeds of 17.3 Mbps, according to our crowd-sourced speed test data.

Straight Talk’s median speeds are 61.2 Mbps down and 11.7 Mbps up.

Both carriers will likely provide adequate coverage in major cities, and T-Mobile will likely deliver faster speeds.

However, Straight Talk’s larger coverage footprint will likely come in handy outside of major cities and could be a better option in more rural parts of the country.

Use our T-Mobile coverage map to see how T-Mobile's coverage and data speeds look in your area.

Straight Talk Coverage Frequently Asked Questions

Is Straight Talk coverage good?

Straight Talk uses Verizon for coverage, and Verizon has one of the largest network footprints in America. For most people, yes, Straight Talk’s coverage will be good.

Does Straight Talk offer 5G?

Straight Talk offers 5G on Verizon’s 5G Nationwide and 5G Ultra Wideband networks.

Does Straight Talk have coverage in Canada?

No, Straight Talk does not have coverage in Canada.

Does Straight Talk have coverage in Mexico?

No, Straight Talk does not have coverage in Mexico.

Does Straight Talk have international coverage?

No, Straight Talk does not have international coverage.

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