Best Cell Phone Coverage in Delaware

22 September 2017

You've probably heard about or seen the Wayne's World joke about the state. 

Wayne and Garth stand in front of a green screen of rotating images of different states, which they excitedly improvise lines about. When it gets to Delaware, they stand dumbfounded for a moment, unsure of what to say. Finally, Wayne breaks the awkward silence with, "Hi, I'm in Delaware." 

Of course, Delawareans know this skit sells the state quite short. Sure this tiny state--the nation's second smallest--suffers from a lack of an identity outside of the mid-atlantic region. That's all the better to keep the crowds away from the state's lesser known beaches; after all, there's no slowing the flow of D.C. area folks to the likes of Rehoboth and Dewey every summer. 

And there's more to the state than just beaches. Delaware is also home to plenty of culture, nightlife and dining options, much of it in and around Wilmington. Best of all, the state retains a small town feel--you're likely to encounter people you know no matter where you are in the state. 

Another reason to be in a good mood if you live in Delaware is the cell phone coverage: it ranks among the most covered states in the nation. Read on to learn more about the best cell phone coverage in Delaware. 

Coverage in Delaware At-a-Glance

Delaware crushes it when it comes to cell phone coverage, scoring a 96 out of 100.  

What we love
  • Coverage from AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile nearly perfect
  • Coverage from Sprint also quite strong
What could be improved
  • Coverage sometimes not the best right near the ocean
  • Coverage may be a bit tricky along the banks of the Delaware River

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 Delaware, and takes the title for the best network in the state. 

Verizon and T-Mobile come in a close second and third, respectively, and Sprint is a couple of points back in fourth place. 

Best Coverage in Delaware by Network
NetworkCovered Area %

Delaware has 97 zip codes, and the state's best network, AT&T, covers roughly 99% of them. Here are the network rankings by zip:

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

The most important part of the process is to ensure that the areas that you are located in and travel to are well-covered. 

You can check your own coverage by entering your address here

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 Delaware

The maps confirm that AT&T provides the most robust coverage in Delaware. This is great news for residents of The Small Wonder. We break down the 3G and 4G network coverage below. 

Coverage in Delaware (2,012 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
3G 2,013 1,979 1,976 1,936
4G LTE 2,008 1,772 1,976 1,447

Delaware 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 Delaware

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: 

Verizon Wireless
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. 

In addition to showing you a map of your area with the coverage from all four major carriers, we filter through the available cell phone plans and present only those from carriers who provide good reception to you.  

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