Best Cell Phone Coverage in Ohio

22 September 2017

At some point in the '50s, the powers that be decided that the Ohio Buckeye tree would be the official state tree. This is why Ohio is known today as the Buckeye State. This is a riveting fact, but what we're really concerned with is the kind of coverage you can expect with your cell phone carrier throughout the state. 

Coverage in Ohio is a bigger deal than ever before. The carriers have invested heavily in network infrastructure throughout the state, giving Ohioans strong reception in more places. This superior reception means residents can also choose from a wider variety of carriers, giving them more opportunities to save money. 

Getting the best reception possible in your area is what you're really paying for. Why not save yourself money and check out our coverage map below. Another resource we want to mention:'s recent drive tests of the networks throughout the state

Coverage in Ohio At-a-Glance

The first ambulance service was established in Cincinnati, Ohio. This isn't exactly an emergency, but you really should know that we give Ohio's coverage a score of 95 out of 100. 

What we love
  • AT&T's coverage rules Ohio
  • Verizon's coverage great as well
What could be improved
  • Sprint's coverage is pretty good, but leaves more room for improvement than the other three
  • Coverage can be a bit tricky along certain highways

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 Ohio, and takes the title for the best network in the state. 

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

Best Coverage in Ohio by Network
NetworkCovered Area %

Ohio has 1,416 zip codes, and the state's best network, AT&T, covers roughly 92% of them. Here are the network rankings by zip:

Coverage in Ohio 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 Ohio

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

Coverage in Ohio (41,372 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
3G 41,319 37,820 38,704 29,510
4G LTE 39,666 39,542 39,890 32,708

Ohio 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 Ohio

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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