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Colorado Cellular Network Reviews

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

Verizon Wireless dominates the state with native service in the largest number of counties. AT&T is almost as good as Verizon in urban areas and has improved rural coverage with acquisitions and new cell sites. AT&T is weakest in the northwest quadrant of the state.  For rural residents, Viaero is an excellent choice east of I-25, and Union Wireless for the northwest part of the state. Sprint gives you good coverage and features in urban areas and along most major highways, but not in rural areas. T-Mobile has very good urban coverage but has not yet added their "Extended" service in rural areas. Choice Wireless serves several rural areas and a handful of small towns in the state with good coverage and competitive plans. TracFone and Straight Talk are good prepaid choices over most of the state. Rocky Mountain National Park has some usable coverage along the main road through the park due to its high altitude. Move away from those high spots and there is no service other than near park entrances. A large percentage of Colorado is covered by National Forest lands which generally do not permit cellular sites.

Wireless Carriers Available in Colorado:
These carriers operate their own network in Colorado. Listed by our "MW Rating" for their performance in Colorado 
VIAERO WIRELESS
One of our best-rated carriers
VERIZON WIRELESS
Better in Colorado than some other states
UNION WIRELESS
Colorado is a better part of their network
T-MOBILE
Colorado is not one of T-Mobile's best states
AT&T
Colorado is not one of AT&T's best areas.
STRATA WIRELESS
Colorado coverage is somewhat limited
SPRINT
Sprint suffers in rural areas
CHOICE WIRELESS
Limited to very rural areas.
NNTC WIRELESS
Small network w/regional roaming


Prepaid Carriers Available in Colorado:
Top 10 prepaids not from the above carriers
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