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Cell Phone Coverage In Boston

All three major networks are expected to offer good cell coverage in Boston. Check coverage at your location with the map below.

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Boston Coverage Maps

Coverage maps draw on data from the FCC's Broadband Data Collection and Coverage Critic's crowdsourcing.

Coverage maps draw on data from the FCC's Broadband Data Collection and Coverage Critic's crowdsourcing.

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4G LTE & 5G Coverage In Boston

The table below shows the proportion of Boston with coverage from different cellular technologies.
Network4G Coverage5G Coverage
AT&T99%99%
T-Mobile99%97%
Verizon99%94%
Dish0%21%
Don't be alarmed by Dish's lack of 4G coverage in Boston. Dish has a newly-built network that's 5G-only.

US Cellular And Dish Roaming Coverage

US Cellular does not have native coverage in Boston. However, some US Cellular subscribers may still have coverage in Boston thanks to roaming agreements.

The 21% figure for Dish may understate what subscribers in Boston experience after accounting for roaming agreements.

Millimeter Wave 5G

Parts of Boston have millimeter wave 5G coverage. This novel celluar technology offers extremely fast speeds, but the coverage potential is limited. Millimeter waves aren't well-suited for traveling long distances.

Network Millimeter Wave
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AT&T ?
T-Mobile ?

Millimeter wave coverage in Boston is likely sparse (mostly limited to dense, outdoor areas like popular parks or sports stadiums).

Boston Cell Signal Strength

There are 1,235 map hexes within the census-defined boundaries of Boston. The table below shows the proportion of hexes at various levels of signal strength. Where both 4G and 5G coverage is available, data is drawn from whichever technology offers a stronger signal.

NetworkStrongDecentWeakNone
AT&T13%73%14%1%
T-Mobile65%31%3%1%
Verizon33%63%3%1%
Dish0%13%7%79%

For most purposes, decent signals are perfectly sufficient. Weak or non-existent signals cause far greater degradation in user experience.

Due to data-reliability concerns, 92 hexes in Boston that fall in bodies water, along rivers, or near shorelines are excluded from the table above.

Crowdsourced Coverage Data In Boston

Coverage Critic has 82,945 crowdsourced data points from 850 map hexes within the boundaries of Boston. Data is available for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

NetworkUnique HexesTotal Observations
AT&T66527,954
T-Mobile73236,849
Verizon58617,245

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Massachusetts State-Wide Coverage Scores

Network Coverage Score
Verizon 8.8 / 10
AT&T 8.7 / 10
T-Mobile 8.2 / 10

Data Confidence

The coverage information for Boston is rated as medium-high confidence. Documentation is available elsewhere covering limitations of Coverage Critic's approach.

Last updated: February 27, 2024