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Mountain Wireless Local Cellular Reports
Observations from information gathered on all the cellular carriers in the US from various sources, to help you determine which is 'best'. This analysis is arranged by state, alphabetically, Louisiana through North Dakota.



Cellular Network Observations for Each State:

LOUISIANA:

Our reports show AT&T and Verizon Wireless are about tied for the best cell phone coverage in Louisiana.  T-Mobile with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage, now offers excellent service across much of the state with the exception of a few remote rural areas. Sprint is a reasonable fourth choice with a notable number of dead spots in rural areas away from major highways.  We also like the availability of service in much of the state from Straight Talk and TracFone. Broadpoint provides cellular service in the Gulf of Mexico.

MAINE:
Our top choice for the best cell phone coverage in Maine is US Cellular with a slight coverage advantage and consumer-friendly policies. Since US Cellular isn't available in the entire area, Verizon Wireless gets the top honors elsewhere. AT&T is generally a step below but they're OK along the coast. Sprint has adequate coverage on their own network in most towns and along major highway corridors but not in rural areas. TracFone and Straight Talk are also good choices over most of New England.  We have no reports on T-Mobile in Maine but it appears they have adequate coverage in populated areas.

MARYLAND:
From our reports, there's little difference between AT&T and Verizon Wireless so they both provide the best cell phone coverage, statewide in Maryland.  T-Mobile with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage, offers excellent service across most of Maryland with the exception of a few remote rural areas.  Sprint  also does well along highways and the cities but has many rural areas without coverage. US Cellular as a top choice in western Maryland.  TracFone and StraightTalk work very well in the the state.

MASSACHUSETTS:
Verizon Wireless has historically had
the best cell phone coverage in Massachusetts, but the market is very competitive so the others have caught up. AT&T has made improvements that have fixed most of their capacity and coverage problems putting them in first or second place depending on location. Closer to urban areas, Sprint and T-Mobile are strong contenders.  TracFone and StraightTalk work well all over Massachusetts.

MICHIGAN:
Verizon Wireless has several coverage and frequency advantages including the Upper Peninsula to give them the best cell phone coverage in the largest area of Michigan.  AT&T is the leader in a few areas including certain rural locations, but they suffer in some urban areas. Sprint performs slightly better than AT&T in urban areas but they suffer in rural areas.  T-Mobile, with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage, offers excellent service across most of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. We like Thumb Cellular for their superior coverage and local participation in the "thumb" of eastern Michigan. TracFone and Straight Talk are good choices across the state.

MINNESOTA:
Verizon Wireless and AT&T have assembled networks with the best cell phone coverage in Minnesota. T-Mobile has good coverage in most of the state and is excellent in the southeast half of the state with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage. Sprint serves urban areas and the interstates, but not much else. TracFone and StraightTalk work very well in the the state.

MISSISSIPPI:
Without question, our favorite network here is C Spire with the best cell phone coverage in Mississippi. They operate in all of Mississippi with some coverage in border states, especially Tennessee. Followed closely in coverage, but not as consumer-friendly, are AT&T and Verizon Wireless.  T-Mobile does not have coverage with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage in Mississippi, their coverage is good along major highways and in urban areas. Sprint is a reasonable fourth choice with a notable number of dead spots in rural areas away from major highways.  We also like the availability of service in much of the area from Straight Talk and TracFone.

MISSOURI:
Verizon Wireless and AT&T have the most coverage in Missouri, but this is also where US Cellular shines as having the best cell phone coverage in most rural areas with the exception of the southwest corner of the state. T-Mobile, with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage, offers very good service in most urban and rural areas of Missouri. Sprint serves urban areas and the interstates, but not much else. TracFone and StraightTalk work very well in the the entire area.

MONTANA:
Verizon Wireless dominates the state with several areas with the best cell phone coverage in Montana. AT&T through acquisitions now provides good coverage across most of the state. T-Mobile offers coverage in western Montana and recently acquired spectrum that will allow them to eventually provide coverage to the entire state. Triangle Mobile provides very good coverage across the northeast quarter of Montana.  Sprint is not available in Montana. TracFone and Straight Talk are also available in most areas of the state.  There are places in the state that are served by just one carrier, so check locally for coverage in rural areas.


NEBRASKA:
Verizon Wireless is the only carrier with coverage over the entire state of Nebraska. Viaero Wireless has the best cell phone coverage in rural Nebraska and northwestern Kansas. In all but the panhandle of the state, US Cellular is a top choice for coverage and consumer-friendly policies. AT&T,  T-Mobile, and Sprint  have almost no service of their own in Nebraska other than around OmahaTracFone and Straight Talk are good choices across most of the state.

NEVADA:

There is a big difference between urban and rural Nevada cellular service. Verizon Wireless now has the overall lead in the state for coverage. If you live in rural Nevada, you would do well with Choice Wireless in the western half of the state, and AT&T in the eastern half. AT&T also provides excellent urban coverage. Sprint is next in line for coverage across the state due to good in-town and highway coverage, and being able to roam in rural areas. T-Mobile does well in Las Vegas and is usable along I-80, but there is almost no other coverage of their own in the state.  TracFone and Straight Talk are available over most of the state.

NEW HAMPSHIRE:
Our choice for the best cell phone coverage in New Hampshire is US Cellular with a slight coverage advantage and consumer-friendly policies. Since US Cellular isn't available in the entire area, Verizon Wireless gets the top honors elsewhere. AT&T is generally a step below except in the mountain areas. Sprint has adequate coverage on their own network in most towns and along major highway corridors but not in rural areas. TracFone and Straight Talk are also good choices over most of New England.  We have no reports on T-Mobile in New Hampshire although we expect some improvements with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage in populated areas.

NEW JERSEY:
Verizon Wireless gets credit for the best cell phone coverage over most of New jersey, but as you travel eastward the others are just as good. AT&T has made improvements that have fixed most of their problems putting them in first or second place depending on location. As you move closer to the coast, Sprint and T-Mobile are strong choices.  TracFone and Straight Talk work well in the the entire area.

NEW MEXICO:
Verizon Wireless dominates the state with coverage in virtually every county although not necessarily with the best cell phone coverage. They have a surprising number of coverage "holes", even along I-25. Following closely is Sprint who has some strategically-located cell sites in urban areas. T-Mobile with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage offers excellent service across most of New Mexico with the exception of a few remote rural areas in the western third of the state. AT&T has had poor coverage in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and western New Mexico but has improved in other areas with their acquisition of the Alltel and Plateau networks. TracFone and Straight Talk are good choices across most of the state.

NEW YORK:
Verizon Wireless has covered the western part of New York a bit better than the others, but as you travel east, the other carriers do their best to serve as much of  New York and surrounding areas as possible. AT&T has made improvements that has put them in first or second place depending on location. Sprint and T-Mobile are strong competitors
, but they don't do as well toward the northern part of the state.  TracFone and StraightTalk work well in the the entire area.

NORTH CAROLINA:

In most locations, there's little difference between AT&T and Verizon Wireless for the best cell phone coverage North Carolina.  T-Mobile with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage, offers excellent service across most of the region with the exception of the western part of the state.  Sprint also does well along highways and the cities but has large rural areas without coverage. Look for US Cellular as a top choice in eastern North Carolina. In the western part of the state, Carolina West Wireless tries hard to serve their home market better than the others.  TracFone and StraightTalk work well in the the entire area.

NORTH DAKOTA:
AT&T has a slight edge in North Dakota with Verizon Wireless a close second.  There are often significant local differences between the two.  T-Mobile has introduced their "Extended" coverage into the eastern parts of the Dakotas which works very well. Sprint appears in Fargo and Grand Forks and no where else.  There are a few tiny carriers that serve isolated communities who do a good job locally, like Standing Rock Telecom in the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.  TracFone and Straight Talk do well in most areas.

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