Best Cell Phone Coverage in Indiana

22 September 2017

Larry Bird. Don Mattingly. Michael Jackson. Axl Rose. Steve McQueen. The impact of Hoosiers has been felt across sports, music and acting. 

There seems to be something about the unpredictable skies and endless fields of Indiana that inspire those who grow up there to dream big. Maybe the quiet country just begets deep contemplation. And practice. 

Nowadays, though, Hoosiers spend more and more time on their phones, like the rest of the country. And they have the freedom to do this without too much gritting of the teeth, since the state boasts an impressive coverage rating. 

Read on to learn about the best cell phone coverage in Indiana, and who provides it. 

Coverage in Indiana At-a-Glance

Coverage in Indiana is strong all around, earning a score of 95 out of 100. Here's a full list of coverage ratings by state

What we love
  • Coverage from AT&T very strong
  • Coverage from T-Mobile also excellent throughout the state
What could be improved
  • Sprint coverage the fourth best, but still not abjectly terrible
  • Coverage always a bit tricky in remote areas

All four major carriers are well represented throughout the Indiana, as are a multitude of smaller MVNOs that run on their networks. AT&T and T-Mobile generally provide the best coverage in Indiana, followed by Verizon and, a bit further back, Sprint. 

AT&T and Verizon boast the widest network reach in Indiana, within a few decimal points of one another. 

T-Mobile is a very close third, while Sprint is not far off in fourth place. 

Best Coverage in Indiana by Network
NetworkCovered Area %

Indiana has 961 zip codes, and the state's best networks, AT&T and Verizon, cover roughly 99% of them. Here are the network rankings by zip:

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

The most important part of the 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 Indiana

The maps confirm that AT&T provides the most robust coverage in Indiana, followed by AT&T. T-Mobile also has strong coverage. We break down the 3G and 4G network coverage below. 

Coverage in Indiana (36,228 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
3G 36,228 32,945 33,593 23,044
4G LTE 35,181 36,025 34,116 30,249

Indiana 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 Indiana

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 to see which carriers run on which major networks: 

Verizon Wireless
Getting the Best Plan & Coverage

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.

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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