Best Cell Phone Coverage in Kentucky

22 September 2017

There are worse things to be associated with than horse racing, bourbon, college basketball and fried chicken.

I’d also like to take a moment though to consider two other very worthwhile Kentucky-sourced contributions to American society: the cheeseburger and the Corvette. Louisville is the birthplace of the cheeseburger, first served at Kaolin’s restaurant in Louisville in 1934. Corvettes, meanwhile, are manufactured in Bowling Green. If there’s anything more American—and wonderful—than cheeseburgers and Corvettes, I certainly don’t know what they are. If I could, I’d be writing this while sitting in a Corvette, munching on cheeseburger.

I’m sure you didn’t come here to hear me wax poetically on food and cars, so back to the topic at hand: cell phone coverage. As it turns out, coverage is fairly strong throughout Kentucky, especially for a state comprised of so much rural and agricultural land. Read on to learn about the best cell phone coverage in Kentucky, and who provides it.

Coverage in Kentucky At-a-Glance

The Bluegrass State boasts good overall cell phone coverage, scoring 81 out of 100. 

What we love
  • Coverage from AT&T nearly perfect
  • T-Mobile's network also strong
What could be improved
  • Sprint's coverage is not so hot
  • Coverage always a bit tricky in 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 Kentucky, and takes the title for the best network in the state. 

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

Best Coverage in Kentucky by Network
NetworkCovered Area %

Kentucky has 947 zip codes, and the state's best network, AT&T, covers almost all of them! Here are the network rankings by zip:

Coverage in Kentucky 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 Kentucky

The maps confirm that AT&T provides the most robust coverage in Kentucky, followed by T-Mobile. Verizon has pretty decent coverage, while Sprint limps behind. 

Coverage in Kentucky (40,417 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
3G 40,132 19,921 23,134 11,873
4G LTE 34,773 23,666 29,427 14,871

Kentucky 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 Kentucky

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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