Best Cell Phone Coverage in Alabama

19 May 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 74 out of 100. 

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 and Verizon generally provide the best coverage in Alabama, not surprising since these carriers are great in rural regions, which the state is mostly comprised of. T-Mobile's is not far behind, while Sprint struggles. 

Coverage by Network in Alabama
Network Percentage of Alabama Covered
AT&T 97%
Verizon 86%
T-Mobile 79%
Sprint 34%
Coverage Summary 74%

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: 

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. 

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. 

Getting the Best Plan & Coverage

WhistleOut's new coverage check feature supercharges an already robust comparison engine by allowing you to instantly see what coverage is like at your location. All you have to do is punch in your address and we do the rest. This feature is the first of its kind, and empowers consumers to make better decisions when it comes to wireless. If you need help figuring out how to use it, the GIF below should help: 

Coverage Map Comparison
Checking coverage at an address in Encinitas across Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and ATT networks

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