Verizon, AT&T 4G LTE coverage maps: truth comes in comparison

Verizon, AT&T 4G LTE coverage maps: truth comes in comparison
4G LTE devices have been available for more than a year on Verizon Wireless, but it’s not your only LTE carrier. AT&T has rolled out the first markets covered with LTE service and Sprint is also preparing a 4G LTE network for launch later this year. Even T-Mobile has confirmed plans for switching to the technology in an upgrade over HSPA+.

With all those networks comes one question: which network is better, has wider spread coverage and which should you choose? The update for Coverage, now with Retina display graphics serves you the hard facts in an easy to digest manner, so you can make your informed choice.

The application by Technomadia allows you to overlay maps of coverage of all major carriers and even plan your road trips so that you don’t go out of service. It shows 2G, 3G and 4G LTE coverage maps, and it’s all very simple and visual.

Of course currently there’s little competition to Verizon’s ultra fast LTE spreading over 205 major metros. But if you’re okay with HSPA+ 4G speeds than AT&T actually trumps Verizon in terms of how much land it covers. Check out the screenshots below to see the difference yourself, and if you need the tiniest details about carriers’ coverage, it might be a good idea to hit the App Store and lookg for Coverage. It costs $1.99.


source: Technomadia

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58 Comments

53. AndresGalvan98

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

Well it's certainly made clear that AT&T means business. Look at how they're trying to cover Verizon's footprint with their own. Earlier this year, AT&T's LTE was growing rapidly, but since Verizon established their LTE network, it has been growing dangerously fast. AT&T has a lot of slack to pick up if they wanna get that largest network spot.

48. tjdj916

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

UNLIMITED=UNLIMTED>>>>all networks toggle to some degree...even though your speeds may lower you still have unlimted data...if there are no overage charges on your bill then it is UNLIMITED...it doesnt take much education to figure that one out...I am a customer with unlimited data and I am happy to have it...i use WIFI when available (dont have it at home) and i have never seen slower speeds. Thank you at&t for actually providing the BEST 4g network and for taking the time to perfect your HSPA+...it has really improved my data experience.

47. tjdj916

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I would rather have 2 layers of 4g spped anyday over huge drops in speed outside of LTE coverage areas...Networks dont build themselves overnight. Also LTE is a natural progression from GSM?HSPUA so even though Verizon has been deploying LTE longer than at&t..it is a much easier process for at&t to deploy LTE, therefore it will not take as long.

54. AndresGalvan98

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

About the 2 layers, AT&T doesn't just have HSPA+ over Verizon, but their 3G (HSPA) is A LOT faster than Verizon's (EV-DO).

45. crysiswarmonger

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 06, 2012

I think it is worth mentioning that even thought this is an ATT v. VZW article.... Where is Sprint? Last... No 4g with switch to LTE in any appreciable amount. Sprint deserves to go bankrupt.

41. hitechredneck

Posts: 103; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

Opinion are like aholes and everyone's got one. Enough said.

38. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I will say that if anyone has a FAN (employee discount) on their account had better hope they never have to call customer care, as you will get business customer care - when can be horrendously worse than consumer customer care. I have had several family members leave as the result of the f'ups. Discounted plans = discounted service. LOL

36. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Christony kid's parents must have had a real bad experience with AT&T. When I was with them, all was good as I dislike calling their customer care. You can call any company and get crap service over the phone. Now, that I have had accounts (and smartphones) with each company, I can say that call quality is better with VZW, but their 3G data is lacking as well as not being able to use internet while using voice, which comes in handy when talking sports, or HALO, with my cousin.

35. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I laugh at those who write about how when someone likes either company and are called fanboys. We are all fanboys of something - get over yourself.

32. atlvideoguy

Posts: 75; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

Att's fast internet would be awesome if you didnt have a 3gb data cap on your unlimited plan.

34. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

No different, except my one GB, on my 4GB plan. Stupid comment videoguy as you make zero sense. Now, for those Verizon users with unlimited data plans - that is a much better deal than those users with AT&T.

44. atlvideoguy

Posts: 75; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

I was referring to the point made by Clark Howard that AT&T's unlimited plan is no longer unlimited. Once you use that 3GB of data cap your high speed wireless broadband gets throttled to painfully slow speeds. So to make sure what I say ,aces since once you hit 3GB data, your broadband internet becomes painfully slow for the rest of your billing period. Not a comment, but a fact.

28. Tez31087

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Verizon is the best overall. Best service, quality, speed, reliability, and technology. At&t and other carriers always strive to be like or better than the best which is Verizon. Verizon is heavily invested in their network and care about their customers. Yes Verizon has had a few hiccups with their Lte network but that is expected since it’s new. At&t will have the same problems as well once they step their game up. How long does it take Verizon to fix network problems? Not long at all. For all the people who claim that they don’t have service where they are living, call Verizon I bet you they will do something about it before At&t will. And for all the people who claim they never experienced a drop call with At&t is a D*** lie with a capital “D”! Accept the fact that all carries will always be in Verizon’s foot prints!

55. AndresGalvan98

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

I haven't had a single dropped call on AT&T since 3G started being deployed. I am EXTREMELY pleased with the network in my area. I'm in an HSPA+ zone, and my HTC Inspire 4G REALLY takes advantage of the speeds. I get a solid 5-9mbps down and around 1-3mbps up. I can't wait to see how fast LTE will be when it comes to my area!!! Though, I keep wondering what makes my mom's Galaxy S II Skyrocket get speeds under 3mbps down and less than 1 up. If the device is LTE, can it use HSPA+, or does it have to fall back onto HSPA? It's a big difference where I live.

27. swenner29

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

I'm just sitting here, laughing. I've had AT&T for 10+ years. A few friends have Verizon. I've never had a dropped call (to be fair I haven't travelled the entire country but I have used it in areas where you wouldn't expect cell reception at all, period) but my Verizon friends have dropped calls and missed texts, frequently. My iPhone's download speeds are just as fast as any wi-fi I've encountered with my laptop. The boyfriend just got the iPad 3 and the Verizon 4G LTE data plan for it. He was taunting me about my iPhone's plain old 4G network - didn't I wish I had Verizon, he asked me. He's paying for a Verizon 4G LTE plan yet lives in an area where that's virtually impossible to accomplish. Meanwhile, my lowly 4G iPhone downloads everything in seconds with no problems, even at his home in the boonies. I have the unlimited data plan, so while his 2 GB plan was gone after only one day of downloads, I didn't have to worry. And his kids kept borrowing my iPhone. I'll keep my AT&T. Have fun with your Verizon. :)

29. christony1120

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Oh please stop with your bulls**t accept the fact that Att is crap and probably won't be as good as Verizon until the next 3 to 4 years really just get over yourself

37. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

VZW 3G vs HSPA+ 21.0M or even 14.4 is no contest.

24. ironmarc89

Posts: 64; Member since: Jan 22, 2012

All that bragging about Verizon's LTE about its better than everything else, Its overrated. Yes their LTE is fast as f**k but if you arent in an LTE area, you are stuck on 3G which is what you will be on most of the time. AT&'s 3G is waaaaaaaaay faster and idk about you but anything faster than basic LAN 's1.5 Mbit/ sec is fast. I kno with Verizon 3G, i got 400 Kbits/sec and with AT&T, i got 6 Mbits/sec. Luckily the town where i'll be stationed at has both LTE for AT&T and Verizon and HSPA+ 42 Mbits for T-Mobile. Bring on the iPhone 5/ Galaxy s 3/ HTC One X!!!!!!!!!!

30. christony1120

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Wow that has got to be the biggest lie i have ever hea rd.... my sisters "3g" iphone 4 is faster than her boyfriend's "4g" iphone 4s.... you att fanboys seriously have to get over yourselves and accept the fact that VZW is better

33. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Reality is that AT&T's iphone 4Ss are much faster than Verizon's. That is a fact, jack. Now, any LTE 4G Verizon device should beat both iphones, though.

43. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Also AT&T's LTE is faster than Verizons LTE, though it's still in its' beginning buildout phases. Verizon was more interested in slapping up their LTE so fast that they did a half-assed job with it. 9 tims out of 10, if you find an article comparing AT&T and Verizon LTE services... AT&T smokes Verizon, like they always have. And it's a blatant FACT that AT&T's 3G service is leagues faster than Verizons' 3G. christony1120 has his head up his ass if he thinks otherwise.

21. Diamond

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

AT&T can't compete with Verizon as everyone on saw their sad attempt by trying to buy out tmobile to gain for towers to push their LTE network HPSA+ is just a boosted 3G. Verizon has over 200 4GLTE markets compared 30. By the end of 2012 Verizon will have over 400 4GLTE markets.

20. spinz

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Plus Verizon is offering 4gigs for $30 unlike AT&T only 3gigs for same price.

26. ironmarc89

Posts: 64; Member since: Jan 22, 2012

thats deal is temporary....#TheEnd

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

AT&T is taking to long to light up LTE. Why can't they expand more markets where people with 4G phones needs it? And what's the point in have a LTE phone when AT&T didn't launch any markets. I need D.C. and NY.

23. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

If you want LTE go to Verizon. The map says it all. Waiting for AT&T to have a flagship network is like waiting for world peace.

25. ironmarc89

Posts: 64; Member since: Jan 22, 2012

why fight about speed when most ppl cant enjoy it without the data caps anyway.

40. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

No kidding. That's like bragging about which drag racing car is faster when they are still confined to a short, straight track.

31. christony1120

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Hate to break it to you but att just sucks why don't you change to VZW and I'll guarantee you'll have lte in D.c and N.y

10. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Both networks has their own ups and downs depending on the area. Majority of cellular networks in the world are using GSM and theres a reason for that. AT&T's network technology is better than VZW since its GSM but as a overall company, I think VZW is way better. They offer better phones, better plans and better customer service than AT&T.

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