What Company Offers the Best Cell Phone Service in Southwest Louisiana?

Over the past few years I have been testing cell phone services in Southwest Louisiana. For a more accurate comparison I tested the four primary mobile providers; AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. I used this method because those companies provide the actual network and towers for almost all cell phone service in the US, and they all offer coverage in all 50 states.

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The Top Spot Goes to

After comparing all the providers, I have come to the conclusion that AT&T offers the best “bang for your buck” in price versus coverage and the included talk, text and data allotments as well as data speeds. AT&T had the best coverage of all four carriers in Southwest Louisiana. I have never had a dropped signal for voice or data throughout our area including as far North as Gillis and Ragley and as far South as the Gulf of Mexico. AT&T recently edged out T-Mobile and now has the fastest download speed and the second fastest upload speed in our area. T-Mobile still has the fastest upload speeds out of all cell phone service providers in Southwest Louisiana. AT&T also recently edged ahead of all carriers in price versus service when they increased their data allotment on their $40 plan to include 6GB of high speed data along with unlimited talk and text. They also offer a plan with unlimited talk, text, and high speed data for $60 per month.
AT&T Bring Your Own Device SIM Card

And Second Place goes to…

Verizon came in second place. Their coverage in our area is on par with AT&T for the most part. I did notice that the service started to get a little spotty as I approached the Gillis and Ragley area. Another thing that also set Verizon back is that their price versus service is the highest. Their lowest tier of service offers unlimited talk and text, but only 2GB of high speed data for $35 and their $50 plan only adds 2GB more high speed data.
Verizon Bring Your Own Device SIM Card

The Bottom Two Tie for Last

I put Sprint and T-Mobile at a tie for last in our area. While T-Mobile does have the second highest speed in our area, it does no good if you can’t get a signal. I noticed that with T-Mobile, if I went more than about a mile North of the railroad tracks in Sulphur, I lost signal. T-Mobile also had little to no coverage in Moss Bluff or North of Moss Bluff. They also had no coverage in South Lake Charles.

Sprint provided slightly better coverage making it almost to Houston River Road and as far South as Fisherman’s Headquarters on good days. In addition to poor coverage in our area, Sprint also suffers from the lowest download and upload speeds.

Prices for all four wireless providers are listed below.

AT&T
$40 Unlimited talk, text with 6GB of high speed data
$60 Unlimited talk, text with unlimited high speed data

Sprint
$40 Unlimited talk, text with 3GB of high speed data
$50 Unlimited talk, text with 5GB of high speed data
$60 Unlimited talk, text with Unlimited high speed data

T-Mobile
$40 Unlimited talk, text with 3GB of high speed data
$50 Unlimited talk, text with 5GB of high speed data
$60 Unlimited talk, text with 10GB of high speed data

Verizon
$35 Unlimited talk, text with 2GB of high speed data
$50 Unlimited talk, text with 4GB of high speed data
$70 Unlimited talk, text with 8GB of high speed data
$80 Unlimited talk, text with Unlimited high speed data

If your phone service provider is not on this list or if you would like to know which major carrier a particular company uses, click here to see the a list of US Mobile Virtual Network Operators.

*This comparison was done using only prepaid, non-contract service plans and I used my own devices for all four services. Some providers may offer discounts for enrolling in automatic and/or paperless billing.