Best Cell Phone Coverage in Arkansas

22 September 2017

The first thing most people notice when they visit Arkansas is how friendly its residents are. 

It’s the type of place where folks will not only give you directions, but lead you partway to your destination. The type of place where locals are genuinely interested to hear about where you’re from, how you earn a living, and what you’re doing in good ole Arkansas.

Many Arkansans have roots in the state that stretch back generations, even well before the Civil War. They know the state to be an unsung gem, and they’re not very interested in leaving. Part of the reason for that attraction relates to the state’s natural beauty. Arkansas contains over 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams and rivers, not to mention two and a half million acres if national forests, six national park sites, and 50 state parks. Whew.

For a state with so much wilderness and so many bodies of water, you might expect cellular coverage to be a bit less than stellar. Thankfully, that’s not the case. Read on to learn specifics on finding the best cell phone coverage in Arkansas.

Best Coverage in Arkansas

We've rated Arkansas with a respectable coverage score 87/100. Ratings are based on the breadth of 3G/4G coverage network. Here's a full list of coverage ratings by state.

What we love
  • Coverage from AT&T outstanding
  • Coverage from Verizon and T-Mobile also very good
What could be improved
  • Sprint coverage not so hot
  • Coverage always a bit tricky in remote natural areas

All four major carriers are well represented throughout the state, as are a multitude of smaller MVNOs that run on their networks. 

AT&T has the widest network reach in Arkansas and takes the title for the best network in the state. 

Verizon is a close second, and T-Mobile a respectable third. Sprint's coverage lags behind the a bit, but customers can connect to other networks where Sprint has roaming agreements. 

Best Coverage in Arkansas by Network
NetworkCovered Area %
T Mobile86.35

Arkansas has 580 zip codes and the best network has the best coverage in every single zip code. We've looked at each ZIP code in Arkansas for the breadth of coverage offered. 

Coverage in Arkansas by Network & Zip Code
NetworkZip Code AvailabilityCoveredArea Covered m2Zips with 4G
Coverage data generated Q2 2017 from carrier maps

The most important part of this process is to ensure that the areas that you are located in and travel to are well-covered. 

You can check your own coverage by entering your address here.

Numbers on a page are one thing, but the coverage maps tell the full story. Fortunately, you don't have to go to all of the carriers' websites to get this information--you can see what the coverage is like from the four majors below. 

Coverage Maps Arkansas
Arkansas Coverage: AT&T Coverage Map (Image #1) , Sprint Coverage Map (Image #2), T-Mobile Coverage Map (Image #3) and Verizon Coverage Map (Image #4)

The maps confirm that AT&T provides the most robust coverage in Arkansas, followed by Verizon. We break down the 3G and 4G network coverage below. 

Coverage in Arkansas (53,176 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
3G 52,733 51,059 43,754 11,570
4G LTE 45421 50,667 45,919 12,032

Arkansas is broadly covered by both 3G and 4G LTE Technology. 3G is the network that some older phones run on, and the one newer 4G LTE-capable devices fall back to when unable to reach a primary network. 

Big Carriers vs. Small Carriers in Arkansas

Did you know that there are dozens of small carriers that run on the major networks, but charge a fraction of the price for service? These companies are known as Mobile Virtual Network Operators, MVNOs for short. MVNOs purchase network service from the major providers at wholesale prices, then pass the savings on to consumers. 

If you're interested in Verizon's coverage, for example, but are looking for a better deal, Straight Talk Wireless, Twigby and Red Pocket are just a few of the smaller providers you'll want to check out. 

Click on the logos below for the small carriers running on each of these networks:

Verizon Wireless

Getting the Best Plan & Coverage in Akansas

WhistleOut's new coverage check feature supercharges an already robust comparison engine by allowing you to instantly see what coverage is like at your location. All you have to do is punch in your address and we do the rest. This feature is the first of its kind, and empowers consumers to make better decisions when it comes to wireless. If you need help figuring out how to use it, the GIF below should help: 

In addition to showing you a map of your area with the coverage from all four major carriers, we filter through the available cell phone plans and present only those from carriers who provide good reception to you.  

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