Best Cell Phone Coverage in Vermont

22 September 2017

Ah, the Green Mountain State, that rural gem of the northeast, 2nd-least populous state in the U.S., home to much of the nation’s maple syrup production and more cows than you can shake a gallon of milk at.

Vermont has always had an independent spirit, starting with the formation of the Vermont Republic back in 1777 up through fiercely indie Bernie Sanders’ improbable run for president in 2016. Vermont is one of only four states that was previously sovereign, along with California, Hawaii and Texas. 

With so much of Vermont dominated by rural land and the rugged Green Mountains, it wouldn’t be surprising to learn that the cell phone coverage in the state is marginal. Thankfully that’s not the case, as there’s pretty decent coverage throughout. However, this depends on which particular network you’re using; read on to learn more.

Coverage in Vermont At-a-Glance

Vermont earns a coverage score of 59 out of 100, not bad for a state with so few people and so many mountains. Here's a full list of coverage ratings by state

What we love
  • AT&T's coverage nearly blankets the entire state
  • Verizon's network is also very strong
What could be improved
  • Sprint's network is not so hot in Vermont
  • Rural areas and deep woods will keep you wondering why you even have a cell phone at all

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

Best Coverage in Vermont by Network
NetworkCovered Area %

Vermont has 309 zip codes, and the state's best network, AT&T, covers roughly 95% of them. Here are the network rankings by zip:

Coverage in Vermont 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 Vermont

AT&T is the clear coverage winner in the state, blanketing towns and forests alike. Verizon is not far off, though, and you can expect great coverage of their network as well. We break down the 3G and 4G network coverage below. 

Coverage in Vermont (9,377 m2) by 3G/4G LTE
3G 8,931 4,720 4,681 2,355
4G LTE 6,371 7,551 5,221 1,176

Vermont 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 Vermont

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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