Coverage Scores assess the quality of networks’ cell phone service a given city on a 0 to 10 scale. Coverage Scores don’t account for other factors like prices or customer support quality.
- 8.5+ – Nearly all subscribers using a network with a score above 8.5 will experience a strong signal in outdoor areas by their residences. The large majority of people will experience a strong signal inside their homes. Few dead spots will be found when out and about within the city.
- 7-8.5 – The large majority of people will experience a strong signal just outside their homes. Most people will also have a strong signal indoors. Dead spots may exist within the city, but most people won’t encounter dead spots often.
- 5-7 – Most people will experience acceptable signal strength at their homes, but a substantial portion of people won’t have adequate service. In most cases, people should opt for a network with a higher Coverage Score. People who aren’t adamant about having high-quality service and/or lack other options may still have a satisfactory experience with networks that score between 5 and 7. Consider looking at coverage maps and talking with neighbors before choosing a network that scores in this range.
- 0-5 – If possible, opt for a network with a higher score. Consult coverage maps if you have no better options.