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Southeast US Cellular Network Reports
Listed Alphabetically by State

Observations about cellular carriers in the northeastern US, broken down by performance based on location, and reported by state. This information is gathered from online research, personal experience and reports by contributors in the field.


ALABAMA:
Our reports show AT&T and Verizon Wireless are tied for the best cell phone coverage in Alabama.  T-Mobile with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage, now offers excellent service across much of the state with the exception of a few remote rural areas. Sprint is a reasonable fourth choice with a notable number of dead spots in rural areas away from major highways.  We also like the availability of service in much of the state from Straight Talk and TracFone. Tampnet provides cellular service in the Gulf of Mexico, however, AT&T and T-Mobile customers can roam on the Tampnet network.


DELAWARE:

There's little difference between AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the state, they both provide the best cell phone coverage in Delaware.  T-Mobile with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage, offers excellent service across most of the region with the exception of a few remote rural areas.  Sprint also does well along highways and the cities but has a few  rural areas without coverage. TracFone and Straight Talk work very well in the the entire area.


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:

With Washington DC and its suburbs mostly urban, it's hard to find a carrier that can be considered as having the best cell phone coverage in DC.  AT&T and Verizon Wireless have catered to large groups of government employees and have the higher power to serve them in those thick-walled federal buildings. TracFone and StraightTalk work very well in the area.


FLORIDA:

From our reports, AT&T and Verizon Wireless each get credit as having the best cell phone coverage in Florida.  T-Mobile with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage, now offers very good service across much of the region with the exception of the remote rural areas. Sprint is a reasonable fourth choice with a notable number of dead spots in rural areas away from major highways. Field reports note challenges along "Alligator Alley" where only the top 2 carriers provide any coverage.  We also like the availability of service in Florida from Straight Talk and TracFone.


GEORGIA:

Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless serve most of Georgia well with one or the other suffering from a few dead spots in the northern parts of the state. For now, we tend to favor AT&T as the carrier having the best cell phone coverage in Georgia. T-Mobile with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage, offers good service across most of the state with the exception of only a few remote rural areas.  Sprint also does well along highways and the cities but has large rural areas without coverage.  TracFone and StraightTalk work very well in the the entire area.

GULF OF MEXICO:

Believe it or not, the Gulf of Mexico has excellent cellular service across almost 100,000 miles of water off the coast of the US.  Nearly all service there is offered by Tampnet.  Customers of AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint can roam on the Tampnet network but we don't know if there are any extra fees. Users include recreational boaters, shipping lines, cruise ship travelers and petroleum workers. AT&T has a partial interest in Tampnet which may eventually result in more favorable roaming charges for AT&T customers.


LOUISIANA:

Our reports show AT&T and Verizon Wireless are about tied for the best cell phone coverage in Louisiana.  T-Mobile with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage, now offers excellent service across much of the state with the exception of a few remote rural areas. Sprint is a reasonable fourth choice with a notable number of dead spots in rural areas away from major highways.  We also like the availability of service in much of the state from Straight Talk and TracFone. Tampnet provides cellular service in the Gulf of Mexico, however, AT&T and T-Mobile customers can roam on the Tampnet network.


MISSISSIPPI:

Without question, our favorite network here is C Spire Wireless with the best cell phone coverage in Mississippi along with consumer-friendly customer service. They operate in all of Mississippi with some coverage in border states, especially Tennessee. Followed closely in coverage, but not as consumer-friendly, are AT&T and Verizon Wireless.  T-Mobile does not have coverage with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage in Mississippi, their coverage is good along major highways and in urban areas. Sprint is a reasonable fourth choice with a notable number of dead spots in rural areas away from major highways.  We also like the availability of service in much of the area from Straight Talk and TracFoneTampnet provides cellular service in the Gulf of Mexico, however, AT&T and T-Mobile customers can roam on the Tampnet network.

NORTH CAROLINA:

In most locations, there's little difference between AT&T and Verizon Wireless for the best cell phone coverage North Carolina.  T-Mobile with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage, offers excellent service across most of the region with the exception of the western part of the state.  Sprint also does well along highways and the cities but has large rural areas without coverage. Look for US Cellular as the top choice in eastern North Carolina and around Ashville. In the western part of the state, Carolina West Wireless tries hard to serve their home market better than the others.  TracFone and StraightTalk work well in the the entire area. Coverage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is quite variable. Public records indicate good service near the entrances to the park but signals within the park are unreliable.


SOUTH CAROLINA:

There's little difference between AT&T and Verizon Wireless for the best cell phone coverage in South Carolina.  T-Mobile, with their new 4G LTE "Extended" coverage, offers excellent service across most of the region with the exception of a few areas in the northeast part of the state.  If you live in the northeastern part of the state, US Cellular is a top choice especially if your travels take you over the North Carolina line. Sprint does well along highways and in the cities but has some rural areas without coverage.  TracFone and StraightTalk work very well in all of South Carolina.


US VIRGIN ISLANDS:

AT&T is reported to have the most cell sites and currently has a lead in coverage in the US Virgin Islands. Viya Mobile has benefitted from the combination of 2 networks that now provide very good wireless coverage. Sprint serves most of the island with coverage that is a step below AT&T but Sprint has agreed to a joint operating agreement with Open Mobile to serve the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. This is not an acquisition and the transition should be smooth and may improve service to Sprint users in USVI.
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