UScellular Coverage Map

Does UScellular have good cell coverage?

Stetson Doggett
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Stetson Doggett
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Updated:
December 6, 2023
UScellular logo overlayed on top of map of United States

How good is UScellular's coverage?

In this article we will cover:

  • UScellular coverage details
  • UScellular coverage map
  • UScellular 5G coverage
  • UScellular LTE coverage

Let's dive in!

UScellular Coverage Quick Stats

  • Network: UScellular
  • Total area covered: 10.6%
  • Total square miles covered: 855,068
  • 5G area covered: 7.1%
  • 5G square miles covered: 573,580

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.

UScellular Coverage

UScellular is a regional network operator. 

They build and operate their own cellular network in parts of California, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

In areas where UScellular does not provide native network coverage, they allow their customers to roam on the AT&T or T-Mobile networks for service. 

Thanks to UScellular’s roaming agreements with AT&T and T-Mobile, UScellular is able to provide nationwide service and cover over 99% of Americans.

However, if you’d just like to see where UScellular’s native network provides coverage, you can check UScellular coverage in your area by using the maps below.

The first map shows estimated coverage. This map was created using signal strength data made available by the FCC.

The second map is a verified coverage map. It shows where individual people have connected to the UScellular network and are reporting coverage.

Check out both maps below:

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UScellular 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

UScellular Cell Phone Plans

What network does UScellular use?

UScellular uses its own 4G LTE and 5G networks to provide coverage.

It also has roaming agreements with AT&T and T-Mobile. UScellular customers will switch to the AT&T or T-Mobile networks for service in areas where the native UScellular network doesn’t have coverage.

UScellular 5G Coverage

UScellular 5G coverage map

UScellular offers low-band, mid-band, and mmWave 5G coverage.

Its low-band 5G network uses band n71 and operates at 600 MHz. Low-band 5G can travel farther distances, but it typically has slower speeds than the other types of 5G.

UScellular’s mid-band 5G network is using C-band frequencies, which are 3.4 GHz and 3.7 GHz. Together, these frequencies make up 5G band n77. UScellular is also using n41, which operates at 2.5 GHz. n41 is the primary 5G band that T-Mobile is using for their mid-band 5G network, too.

mmWave 5G is the ultra-fast kind of 5G that gives you multi-gigabit speed, and it is also available on UScellular. UScellular is using bands n258, n260, and n261 for mmWave 5G, which includes 24 GHz, 28 GHz, and 39 GHz frequencies respectively. 

UScellular’s 5G footprint is relatively small though. 

It only covers 3.3% of the land area of the United States according to data from the FCC.

5G speeds on UScellular range from about 25Mbps to 200Mbps.

Customers will be able to roam on AT&T and T-Mobile’s 5G networks outside of UScellular’s service area. 

UScellular LTE Coverage

UScellular LTE coverage map

UScellular’s LTE network is much larger than its 5G network. UScellular LTE covers 6.97% of the land area of the United States.

As a smaller regional provider, it makes sense that UScellular’s network footprint to be smaller than the other carriers.

Thankfully UScellular’s roaming agreements with AT&T and T-Mobile means UScellular customers can enjoy nationwide coverage.

UScellular Coverage by State

State Total Coverage Great Coverage Good Coverage Poor Coverage
AR 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
CA 7.1% 2.7% 1.3% 3.0%
GA 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
IA 93.3% 37.0% 27.8% 28.5%
ID 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
IL 30.1% 14.2% 6.9% 9.1%
KS 30.7% 10.5% 7.1% 13.0%
KY 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
MA 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
MD 10.7% 5.1% 3.1% 2.5%
ME 57.3% 15.3% 15.6% 26.4%
MI 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
MN 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
MO 35.7% 14.5% 10.3% 10.9%
NC 39.7% 15.2% 10.1% 14.4%
NE 45.3% 12.7% 9.7% 23.0%
NH 35.1% 17.0% 8.3% 9.7%
NV 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
NY 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
OK 48.2% 19.8% 12.6% 15.8%
OR 29.4% 9.9% 5.6% 13.8%
PA 1.1% 0.4% 0.3% 0.5%
SC 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
SD 0.2% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1%
TN 16.2% 6.7% 4.6% 5.0%
TX 1.9% 0.7% 0.4% 0.8%
VA 18.7% 5.5% 5.0% 8.2%
VT 5.2% 2.1% 1.1% 2.0%
WA 18.3% 7.5% 3.6% 7.1%
WI 48.0% 25.3% 12.8% 10.0%
WV 28.2% 11.0% 7.6% 9.6%

UScellular 5G Coverage by State

Sate Total 5G Coverage Great 5G Coverage Good 5G Coverage Poor 5G Coverage
AR 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
CA 4.5% 1.5% 0.9% 2.2%
GA 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
IA 71.9% 29.5% 19.2% 23.1%
ID 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
IL 24.9% 10.8% 5.8% 8.3%
KS 14.6% 4.9% 3.4% 6.3%
KY 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
MA 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
MD 9.7% 3.8% 3.1% 2.8%
ME 37.6% 12.1% 10.4% 15.2%
MN 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
MO 28.9% 9.6% 8.8% 10.5%
NC 32.3% 9.8% 7.6% 14.9%
NE 23.5% 5.7% 3.8% 14.1%
NH 9.9% 2.9% 2.7% 4.2%
OK 28.9% 8.5% 7.0% 13.5%
OR 15.0% 5.9% 3.0% 6.1%
PA 0.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
SC 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
SD 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
TN 11.2% 3.9% 2.4% 5.0%
TX 1.4% 0.5% 0.3% 0.7%
VA 10.7% 2.0% 2.0% 6.7%
VT 2.6% 0.6% 0.6% 1.4%
WA 15.7% 6.9% 2.9% 5.9%
WI 37.2% 20.1% 9.6% 7.5%
WV 19.4% 6.0% 5.0% 8.3%

UScellular Coverage Frequently Asked Questions

Is UScellular coverage good?

UScellular’s native network coverage is quite small compared to the other carriers, covering only 6.97% of the United States. However, UScellular’s roaming partnerships with AT&T and T-Mobile means that UScellular customers get excellent nationwide coverage that, yes, is quite good. 

Does UScellular offer 5G?

Yes, UScellular offers 5G on its own network. It uses a mix of low-band, mid-band, and mmWave 5G frequencies for fast speeds and excellent capacity. 

Does UScellular have coverage in Canada?

Most of UScellular’s plans include free talk, text, and data roaming in Canada. 

Does UScellular have coverage in Mexico?

Most of UScellular’s plans include free talk, text, and data roaming in Mexico. 

Does UScellular have international coverage?

International coverage is available from UScellular as a paid add-on. International data ranges from $5 to $10 per day, or $35 per month for service. 

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