Boost Mobile coverage vs. Straight Talk coverage

by sb (admin)

Boost Mobile used to rely on on Sprint's CDMA network for its cell phone coverage and its IDEN network for its walkie-talkie or push to talk coverage. However, Boost Mobile is now owned by DISH. The coverage is currently provided by T-Mobile and AT&T.

Straight Talk phones, depending on which one you own, can rely on Verizon, AT&T or T-Mobile for coverage.

If the networks are the same, then the coverage is going to be pretty much the same with the only difference being the specific agreements Boost Mobile and Straight Talk have in place regarding bandwidth.

Where you may see a difference is when you have a Straight Talk phone that uses the Verizon network (which will be more common now that Verizon has acquired Tracfone) and compare it to a Boost Mobile phone on, say, the T-Mobile network.
In this case, the Straight Talk phone might have a slight edge as Verizon’s network is generally considered the best overall, though things might be different in your area.

When looking at the coverage based on the maps given by the providers, the Straight Talk map seems to provide better overall coverage, but you should take a look at how the coverage is where you live.

You can check out Boost Mobile's coverage map here. For Straight Talk coverage on the Verizon network, you can't really check it at the local level on their site, but you can head over to the Verizon coverage locator and check it there. Make sure you select "Prepaid" and hit "Refresh Map" to get the right coverage.

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Feb 23, 2011
Thanks, but no thanks...for now
by: Gracie

So, I've been seeing these commercials for Boost Mobile and decided to take a look. Based on their coverage map for my area, I would get good to fair coverage. Just not good enough. I'll stick with Straight Talk because I know that the coverage is great every time I make a call. The all you need plan gives me more than enough usage time and data, and I don't see a reason to switch. But, as a consumer, it's good to know we do have options.

Mar 14, 2011
by: Kirsten

K, I looked at both maps and I really think straight is the winner on this one. Not to mention the fact that straight talk offers coverage of both of the best networks, verizon AND att...

Mar 15, 2011
Just to clear things up
by: sb (admin)

The last couple of comments seem a little suspect to me, but I've left them on so I can make this point:

It's true that some Straight Talk phones use the Verizon network and some use AT&T's network. However the phone can only use one or the other depending on whether it's a CDMA phone (ending with the letter "C") or GSM phone (ending with the letter "G").

There is a slight advantage to this, in that if you know which network tends to be strongest in your area, then that's the type of phone you should get.


Mar 27, 2011
I want to switch
by: Anonymous

i already have boostmobile but i want to switch to straight talk but they dont have a blackberry. some people say that nokia e71 is pretty good but i doubt if it comes close to a blackberry.

Nov 08, 2011
ST coverage for Smartphones is bad
by: Anonymous

Beware, these comparisons are for non-Android phones. For Android smartphones, Straight Talk's coverage is terrible. Check out their coverage maps on their website.

Dec 26, 2012
customer service!
by: Anonymous

Well I switched from a Verizon Wireless to Straight Talk...have not had boost mobile. I will say customer service is lacking. I did know this going in and decided the half price monthly bill was worth a lil frustration in a CS situation.

Feb 22, 2013
New Straight Talk User
by: Gayle M.

I am very new to all the jargon. I ended my contract with Verizon as their prices were way too expensive.

I chose straight talk (not sure I chose the right phone) but the customer service does not seem to be lacking, it just takes more patience dealing with the company. Verizon gets paid big bucks so as the saying goes you get what you pay for.

I checked my model number on my phone so I will be running off the Verizon network (if I understood that correctly).

I tried to explain to my daughter who also had to make a switch. But she chose Boost Mobile as she wanted the better phone. Again, having a better phone may not necessarily be the answer if you can't use it as well. JMO.

My phone with straight talk is smaller and has a few features that are not as great as her phone. However I read the reviews on both and her phone got terrible reviews. There was nothing bad that I could pinpoint with the one I got.

So far, I am happy with the company and the short time I have been using the service.

Mar 20, 2013
Straight Talk
by: Bob

For the sim card phones, Straight talk offers two different ones. T-mobile and AT&T, at the moment you cannot buy the AT&T one off their website and you can find a limited supply by checking different stores through out the country. With the merger of T-mobile and Metro-PCS it appears that that service will be close to AT&T.If you do find a store with then Sim card, Walmart no longer offers a Store to Store swap, you would have to go there yourself or have a friend who lives there; buy and send it to you.

Jul 06, 2015
by: Anonymous

I live in NC and in looking over the coverage map - no way I could switch to this since I travel all over NC, VA and SC.

Aug 10, 2016
Great Thanks
by: Allen

Pretty awesome to read :)

Aug 20, 2017
Software Support
by: Anonymous

For me there is another issue. I have had ST for maybe three or four years. I've only just learned from ST themselves that they do not have deals with the companies for the phones they offer. What does this mean? Well, there is no way to update the mobile software. Once apps stop being supported, you are stuck and have to buy a new mobile.

As I said, I got this info straight from ST when an app stopped working and I couldn't figure out how to update the software and contacted them. This is fueling my now looking at boost, which apparently seems to allow updates.

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