American Cell Phone Coverage

Kacper from Poland had a lot to think about as he planned his visit to the US: where to start, what vehicle to buy, what sights he wanted to see and in what order. So it was easy to make a quick decision what seemed like a small detail: which American cell service provider to choose.

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February 3, 2021

Kacper from Poland had a lot to think about as he planned his visit to the US: where to start, what vehicle to buy, what sights he wanted to see and in what order.

So it was easy to make a quick decision what seemed like a small detail: which American cell service provider to choose.

Kacper did what we all do when we go to a new country: see if service is available from any provider that a) you recognize and/or b) you like (or at least, don’t hate).

T-Mobile, the American affiliate of Deutsche Telekom, stood out against AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint.

Further research showed that T-Mobile speeds were pretty good, and that it’s rolling out 5G pretty well.

So Kacper decided on T-Mobile, and moved on.

Kacper would regret that choice.

T-Mobile is a great mobile service provider if you live in a major city like New York, Los Angeles, or Houston.

But according to OpenSignal, T-Mobile is only so-so if you’re in a rural area.

If you’re traveling through rural areas of America, Verizon will provide you the best coverage.

Verizon provides the best coverage in rural America.
Graphic powered by OpenSignal

Knowing that they provide the best rural coverage, would Kacper have chosen Verizon?

Maybe… but, maybe not.  He might have wondered, “how much time will I really be spending in rural areas?”

The answer, it turned out, was a lot.  

According to OpenSignal, rural areas cover 97% of the land mass of the United States!

97% of the US landmass is rural.
Graphic powered by OpenSignal

Some of the coolest stuff in America is in those rural areas.  Being able to confidently explore them with cell coverage will make your experience that much better.

So, if you’re planning to travel to the United States, remember that

  1. The country is mostly rural, and
  2. Verizon offers the best rural coverage in the US

As for Kacper, he rode out his first pre-paid month with T-Mobile.  At his first opportunity, he swapped over to Verizon, and hasn’t looked back.

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