Best Cell Phone Coverage in New Mexico

22 September 2017

“Land of Enchantment” is as apt a nickname as any when it comes to New Mexico. The state boasts an incredible amount of geographic beauty and diversity, from the soaring Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the rolling Chihuahuan Desert. 

Of course, there’s much more to New Mexico than pretty vistas. Albuquerque is a bustling hub of technology, science and education, Las Cruces is home to New Mexico State University (the Aggies) and Los Alamos National Laboratory is a major nerve center for some of the nation’s most important research.  

Still, outside of these places, New Mexico is largely rural--a quarter of the state is forested, for heaven's sake. Read on to learn about who to go with to get the best cell phone coverage in New Mexico.

Coverage in New Mexico At-a-Glance

Like New Mexico's undulating landscape, coverage in the state has its ups and downs. Overall it's pretty good though, considering how much of the state consists of rural areas. Here's a full list of coverage ratings by state

What we love
  • Coverage from Verizon is excellent statewide
  • Coverage from AT&T and T-Mobile good as well
What could be improved
  • Sprint coverage in New Mexico abjectly weak
  • Coverage always a bit tricky in remote natural and rural areas, of which there are many in New Mexico 

All four major carriers are represented throughout the state, as are a multitude of smaller MVNOs that run on their networks. AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon generally provide the best coverage in New Mexico, while Sprint's network barely shows up to the party. 

Best Coverage in New Mexico by Network
NetworkCovered Area %

New Mexico has 428 zip codes, and the state's best network, Verizon, covers roughly 82% of them. Here are the network rankings by zip:

Coverage in New Mexico 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 New Mexico

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

Coverage in New Mexico (121,581 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
3G 94,486 89,856 70,438 16,747
4G LTE 56,687 99,396 89,066 6,241

New Mexico 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 New Mexico

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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