If you live in Wyoming, you don't need to be told that your state is one of the nation's most stunningly beautiful. You likely already ski its mountains, run its trails, or sightsee in its park land.
The aptly named Cowboy State is still mostly country. Rodeos and ranching are as much a part of Wyoming as pizza and, I don't know, tanning beds are to New Jersey. With a relatively tiny population of just over half a million spread across nearly 100,000 square miles, there's also a lot of open space in the state.
This can make coverage in Wyoming challenging, depending on where you are. Natural barriers to service like mountains and rivers combine with a dearth of cellular towers to give the state less than stellar service, depending on your carrier.
Read on to learn more about getting the best cell phone coverage in Wyoming.
Coverage in Wyoming At-a-Glance
The still largely rural Cowboy State earns a coverage score of 27 out of 100. Here's a full list of coverage ratings by state.
What we love
- Coverage from Verizon is surprisingly excellent
- Coverage from AT&T not terrible
What could be improved
- T-Mobile and Sprint's coverage marginal at best
- Predominance of wilderness in the state makes coverage challenging in many areas of Wyoming
AT&T comes in second place, while T-Mobile and Sprint are a distant #3 and #4. While their coverage lags in Wyoming, customers can connect to other networks where the carriers have roaming agreements.
Best Coverage in Wyoming by Network
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Wyoming has 196 zip codes, and the state's best network, Verizon, covers roughly 80% of them. Here are the network rankings by zip:
Coverage in Wyoming by Network & Zip Code
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 Wyoming
The maps confirm that Verizon provides by far the most robust coverage in Wyoming, followed by AT&T. Both Sprint and T-Mobile, meanwhile, barely show up to the party. We break down the 3G and 4G network coverage below.
Coverage in Wyoming (97,867 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
Wyoming 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 Wyoming
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:
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.