Best Cell Phone Coverage in Alabama

22 September 2017

If there's one thing Alabamans are serious about, its their University of Alabama football. Parents teach their children to say "roll tide!" practically before they teach them to say "mama."

Alabamans take their cell phone coverage seriously too, and the state boasts surprisingly strong coverage given how much of it is comprised of rural land. It's a good thing, too--you don't want to anger an Alabaman. That southern hospitality only goes so far. 

Read on to learn which carriers provide the best coverage to Alabama. 

Coverage in Alabama At-a-Glance

Coverage in Alabama is surprisingly solid, earning a score of 85 out of 100. Here's a full list of coverage ratings by state

What we love
  • Coverage from AT&T very strong
  • Coverage from T-Mobile also excellent throughout the state
What could be improved
  • Sprint coverage not so hot
  • Coverage always a bit tricky in remote natural, rural areas

All four major carriers are well represented throughout the state, as are a multitude of smaller MVNOs that run on their networks. 

AT&T has the widest network reach in Alabama, and takes the title for the best network in the state. 

Verizon comes in second, and T-Mobile is in third. Sprint's coverage lags a bit, but customers can connect to other networks where Sprint has roaming agreements. 

Best Coverage in Alabama by Network
NetworkCovered Area %

Alabama has 812 zip codes, and the state's best network, AT&T, covers 98% of them. Here are the network rankings by zip:

Coverage in Alabama by Network & Zip Code
NetworkZip Code AvailabilityCoveredArea Covered m2Zips with 4G
Coverage data generated Q2 2017 from carrier maps

Numbers on a page are one thing, but the coverage maps tell the full story. Fortunately, you don't have to go to all of the carriers' websites to get this information--you can see what the coverage is like from the four majors below: 

Coverage Maps Alabama

The maps confirm that AT&T provides the most robust coverage in Alabama, followed by Verizon. T-Mobile has pretty strong coverage as well, while Sprint lags behind. We break down the 3G and 4G network coverage below. 

Coverage in Alabama (51,714 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
3G 51,195 45,69035,096 14,447
4G LTE 44,79846,910 40,930 11,665

Alabama is broadly covered by both 3G and 4G LTE technology. 3G is the network that some older phones run on, and the one newer 4G LTE-capable devices fall back to when unable to reach a primary network.

Big Carriers vs. Small Carriers in Alabama

Did you know that there are dozens of small carriers that run on the major networks, but charge a fraction of the price for service? These companies are known as Mobile Virtual Network Operators, MVNOs for short. MVNOs purchase network service from the major providers at wholesale prices, then pass the savings on to consumers. 

If you're interested in Verizon's coverage, for example, but are looking for a better deal, Straight Talk Wireless, Twigby and Red Pocket are just a few of the smaller providers you'll want to check out. 

Click on the logos below to see which carriers run on which major networks: 

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