Cellular coverage should be the number one factor to consider when shopping for cell phone service. Without good, reliable coverage, you’ll find yourself resenting your service provider.
Ultra Mobile is a small GSM service provider that operates on the T-Mobile network; therefore, you shouldn’t expect Ultra Mobile’s coverage to be better than T-Mobile’s. However, you can expect it to be just as good.
Ultra Mobile Coverage Map
Ultra Mobile’s coverage strength is just as good as MetroPCS’ coverage but a lot better than Simple Mobile’s coverage. I used both Ultra Mobile and Simple Mobile and have opened a number of accounts for clients. Ultra Mobile’s coverage always seemed better based on my personal use and client feedback.
On the flip side, Ultra Mobile’s coverage strength is nowhere near Verizon’s and fractionally weaker than AT&T’s, but you pay a lot less with Ultra Mobile and they have hard-to-pass-up promotions at times.
Ultra Mobile supports 4G LTE, 4G, 3G, and 2G and now they support 5G on all their plans. If your phone supports 5G, you can serve the web on Ultra Mobile’s network at full speed.
Sometimes, it’s not Ultra Mobile’s fault that one can experience bad reception. In order to take advantage of the latest coverage technologies, the phone you use must be a supported device. Sometimes, having too many apps running can be the culprit but you can do something to about fixing that issue.
Ultra Mobile suggests that you “Always turn your device off for 10 minutes every week to let it reset and clear memory. Turn off background apps that run in the background that are not critical.”
Coverage Map: The best way to get an idea of Ultra Mobile’s coverage strength in your area is by using their coverage map.
In the input bar, type in your zip code, and the map will zoom into your location. A dark green shaded area is an indication of good coverage, though many factors are considered in determining the coverage strength in that area.
Furthermore, you can click on the “My Places” tab and add up to five different destinations. Another useful trick is to click on the “Show route” option to draw a line connecting your destination.
As you can see from the image above, a line is drawn from my first destination, Porterville, CA, to my final destination, Sacramento, CA. By doing this, I can get a good idea if service is available in all my commuting areas.
Comparing Ultra Mobile’s Coverage to Boost Mobile’s
Another way to know if Ultra Mobile has good coverage in your area is by comparing their coverage map to another provider’s coverage map.
What I’m going to do is pull up Boost Mobile’s coverage map and compare it to Ultra Mobile’s. Since I already know that Boost Mobile has decent service in my area, I am going to pull up both coverage maps and compare the two.
On both maps, I am going to zoom into the areas I go to often, which are Tulare County, Fresno County, and Kern County.
By comparing both maps, I can see that Ultra Mobile has 4G LTE speed in all my areas, while Boost Mobile has a mix of LTE Plus, 4G LTE, and 3G distributing throughout my areas (Now they both have 5G service).
Since I am already familiar with Boost Mobile’s coverage strength and by comparing both maps, I can conclude that Ultra Mobile would probably be a better option for me.
One thing to always keep in mind is that each service provider has an advantage over the other in some areas. Take T-Mobile for example, they have bad coverage in California compared to Verizon and AT&T but good coverage in New York.
If you’ve used Ultra Mobile before, share your thoughts and tell me what you think of their coverage strength by leaving a comment below.