Sprint is the fourth largest wireless carrier in the U.S. While its network isn't as extensive as Verizon, AT&T, or T-Mobile, you may still consider switching to Sprint for other reasons. Maybe the signal strength is great in your area or you're getting a good deal on a used smartphone on the Sprint network.
Regardless of your reason for checking out Sprint coverage, we've got the lowdown for you. In addition to the coverage map below, I'll also tell you how to save over half on cell phone plans for the Sprint 4G LTE network.
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Sprint Network Coverage
Does Sprint provide service in your location? Use the map to see whether you'll get the coverage you need not only where you live, but in places to which you travel.
Sprint's strong point is its solid 4G LTE network in large metropolitan areas. The network excels in highly populated locales, with less reliable wireless coverage throughout the Great Plains and western states. There are some areas with weak or no coverage:
- Spotty areas of the Midwest and West, from the Dakotas to Nevada
- Non-metropolitan areas of California
- Widespread spotty areas throughout the middle South and New England
Sprint's cell phone coverage map:
Rootscore Network Performance – 2nd half 2018
Of course, coverage isn't the only factor in choosing a mobile network. You also want to know that you're going to get the 4G speed you're used to. According to OpenSignal, Sprint users experience 4G reception 85.7% of the time. You can see how this compares to the other major networks in our coverage guide.
Sprint Cell Phone Plans
Once you've decided to switch to the Sprint network, you'll probably want to know how to find the cheapest Sprint phone plans. It's a great time to be a wireless customer because you no longer have to pay Sprint prices for Sprint service.
Thanks to the growth of the MVNO industry, you can now choose your network and then shop around for the best features and prices offered by alternative carriers called MVNOs.
MVNOs - or Mobile Virtual Network Operators - are mobile service providers that lease space on the big four networks and sell it to you at discounted rates. Yes, it's really that simple to find a cheap cell phone plan.
Benefits of MVNOs
There are several reasons to go with a smaller wireless carrier:
- Better prices
- Service on the 4G LTE network of your choice
- No contracts
- Great customer service
- Keep your number and phone
- Simple sign-up - usually online
These carriers offer competitive plans on Sprint's nationwide 4G LTE network:
- Plans from $5 to $39 per month
- Up to 10 GB 4G LTE data
- Free texting in all plans
- Tethering allowed
- Use plan minutes/texts for service to Mexico, Canada, and China
- Plan costs - $10 to $45 per month.
- 250 MB to 4 GB high-speed data
- International options
- 10% of your bill goes to cause of your choice
- 7-day U.S.-based customer service
- $9 to $40 per month
- Wi-Fi only up to 4 GB of 4G data
- 25% off your first six months
Network Coverage Comparisons:
Don't forget to check out how Sprint compares to Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile as well:
Sprint MVNOs give you all of the same features you're accustomed to on Sprint phone plans without the high cost.
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