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Cell Phone Coverage In Tampa

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

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Tampa 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 Tampa

The table below shows the proportion of Tampa with coverage from different cellular technologies.
Network4G Coverage5G Coverage
AT&T100%100%
T-Mobile100%98%
Verizon100%97%
Dish0%90%
Don't be alarmed by Dish's lack of 4G coverage in Tampa. Dish has a newly-built network that's 5G-only.

US Cellular And Dish Roaming Coverage

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

The 90% figure for Dish may understate what subscribers in Tampa experience after accounting for roaming agreements.

Millimeter Wave 5G

Parts of Tampa 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 Tampa is likely sparse (mostly limited to dense, outdoor areas like popular parks or sports stadiums).

Tampa Cell Signal Strength

There are 3,191 map hexes within the census-defined boundaries of Tampa. 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&T27%65%8%0%
T-Mobile58%36%6%0%
Verizon39%55%6%0%
Dish8%60%22%10%

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, 190 hexes in Tampa that fall in bodies water, along rivers, or near shorelines are excluded from the table above.

Crowdsourced Coverage Data In Tampa

Coverage Critic has 170,690 crowdsourced data points from 1,855 map hexes within the boundaries of Tampa. Data is available for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

NetworkUnique HexesTotal Observations
AT&T1,45456,820
T-Mobile1,52172,575
Verizon1,14140,965

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Florida 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 Tampa is rated as medium-high confidence. Documentation is available elsewhere covering limitations of Coverage Critic's approach.

Last updated: February 27, 2024