Best Cell Phone Coverage in Kansas

22 September 2017

There’s a certain old-school romance to Kansas. The endless flatness, the lonely, abandoned homesteads, the big sky, the quietness. 

While the state may maintain one foot in agrarian-centric lifestyles of generations past, the other foot is decidedly in the smartphone-wielding present. Fortunately for tech savvy Kansans, coverage is solid statewide.  

On the one hand, this makes sense, given how flat the state is—I mean, what is there to interfere with a cell signal? On the other hand, it’s somewhat surprising given how much of the state is still rural.  

Read on to learn more about the best cell phone coverage in Kansas, and which carriers provide it.

Coverage in Kansas At-a-Glance

Coverage in the great state of Kansas is strong, overall. The state clocks in with a score of 85 out of 100. 

What we love
  • Coverage AT&T is amazing
  • Coverage from Verizon nearly as strong
What could be improved
  • Sprint coverage leaves a lot to be desired
  • Coverage always a bit tricky in deep valleys or remote natural areas

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

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

T-Mobile comes in third, and Sprint is in fourth place. While Sprint's coverage lags a bit, customers can connect to other networks where Sprint has roaming agreements. 

Best Coverage in Kansas by Network
NetworkCovered Area %

Kansas has 749 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 Kansas 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 Kansas

The maps confirm that AT&T provides the most robust coverage in Kansas, followed very closely by Verizon. T-Mobile has pretty decent coverage, while Sprint lags behind. We break down the 3G and 4G network coverage below. 

Coverage in Kansas (82,270 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
3G 82,029 70,208 54,811 11,523
4G LTE 73,770 81,937 59,882 21,502

Kansas 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 Kansas

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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