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How to accurately check a mobile carrier’s coverage and speed in any location



When considering a mobile carrier, travelling or buying a home you might wonder if you will get service in any given location and what kind of speeds you can expect. We are here to help guide you through the steps to check a mobile carrier’s coverage and speed in any given location.

How to check a mobile carrier’s coverage and speed in any given location

  1. Visit Speedtest by Ookla on the App Store on your iPhone or on Android visit Speedtest by Ookla – Apps on Google Play or visit Speedtest by Ookla in your web browser
  2. Clicking on the respective links above will launch their respective app stores
  3. Select Install on the Speedtest by Ookla app listing page
  4. Once installed, Open the Speedtest app
  5. Select the Map button in the bottom toolbar
  6. This will launch the coverage map
  7. It will first show you the coverage and speed (2G/3G, LTE or 5G) in your location
  8. If you are curious about another carrier’s coverage and speed then Swipe Up on the card at the bottom of the page that shows your current carrier
  9. Under Top Providers you can select nearly any carrier available in any given location
  10. With any carrier selected you can inspect the map for cellular coverage and speed in any given location, enjoy!

This tool is available on iPhone and iPad, Android, Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, Apple TV, the Web and more. The steps above should cover the non-mobile platforms listed here but might be in a slightly different location.

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