TracFone Wireless Coverage Map
About the TracFone Coverage Maps
TracFone® is a prepaid cell phone service provider. TracFone does not offer contract phones. It also owns brands such as Net10® and Straight Talk®. It does not have its own network, and instead operates as a virtual network operator, by purchasing network space from the four top carriers: Sprint®, T-Mobile®, Verizon®, and AT&T®. Most of the TracFones are homed to the Sprint network.
This means you will most likely spend the majority of your time on the Sprint network, and bounce to other networks when you travel.
Coverage Available from TracFone
TracFone can offer both CDMA coverage and GSM coverage[+]. CDMA networks include: Verizon Wireless, Sprint, MetroPCS®, Cricket®, and U.S. Cellular®. GSM networks include: AT&T and T-Mobile. Though both networks offer a considerable amount of nationwide coverage, CDMA coverage is a bit better than the GSM coverage. GSM coverage is not available in parts of the Western United States. These coverage issues tend to match the same coverage issues found in the major networks.
Coverage Maps for TracFone
- 3G Map: 3G coverage is available nationwide through all the networks TracFone uses. There may be some dead spots for all of the networks but those are typically in less densely populated areas.
- 4G Map: TracFone does not provide 4G coverage unless it is 4G LTE coverage.
- LTE Map: The 4G LTE coverage depends on which network your phone uses most often. Sprint has a large network, but so do the other networks TracFone leases their space from. As a result, you should have a decent amount of 4G coverage available. Remember, you must have a 4G compatible device in order to use this technology. If you do not, your phone will use 3G in its place. 3G technology is typically available in areas where 4G LTE is not.
- WiFi Map: TracFone does not provide Wi-Fi coverage, but if your phone is compatible, it will connect to any open Wi-Fi network or any network that is password-protected that you are allowed to be on. Unlike its home network provider, TracFone does not provide 4G WiMAX coverage.
Important Information About TracFone Coverage Maps
The coverage you will get is dependent on the network your phone is homed to[+]. The network your phone is homed to will largely depend on where you buy it, and the location where your service is to be established. TracFone phones tend to be “homed” on the Sprint network first, followed by T-Mobile, then Verizon, and AT&T as a last resort. We suspect it has to do with pricing charged by the carriers to lease their network space. Check the Sprint coverage in your area before deciding which phone to purchase, but remember, these maps are only an estimate of where coverage will be available. It is not a guarantee service will work in your area.