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Alaska Cellular Network Reviews

Observations about cellular carriers in Alaska. This information is gathered from online research, personal experience, and from reports by contributors in the field.

What information we have is more from visitors than locals. GCI Wireless provides coverage in the largest number of Alaska communities and with a recent expansion provides the greatest amount of the best cell phone coverage in Alaska, including data. AT&T serves many areas of the state with their own network, offering good broadband service as well as a large phone selection. ASTAC Wireless has some of the most loyal customers in the state as they serve the northern tip of the state and act more like family than a company.   Verizon Wireless has entered the state with a new 4G LTE network that depends on some roaming partners for greater coverage around the state, however, non-4G phones cannot access the Verizon network, so mainland visitors may end up roaming on a different network.  Bristol Bay Cellular may be your only choice in the upper Aleutian Islands. Sprint and T-Mobile have no networks of their own in Alaska. TracFone and Straight Talk are also good choices for prepaid in most areas of the state. Some towns have only one wireless carrier, many where wireless is the only phone service available.

Wireless Carriers Available in Alaska:
These carriers operate their own network in Alaska. Listed by our "MW Rating" for their performance in Alaska 
GCI WIRELESS
Covers most of the state
VERIZON WIRELESS
Available with some limits
AT&T
Available over most of the state
ASTAC WIRELESS
In northern Alaska
COPPER VALLEY WIRELESS
Small carrier based in Valdez
CORDOVA WIRELESS
Small carrier south of Valdez
TELALASKA CELLULAR
In several small communities
OTZ CELLULAR
In northwestern Alaska
BRISTOL BAY CELLULAR
In the northern Aleutians


Prepaid Carriers Available in Alaska:
Top prepaids not from the above carriers
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