The 2021 best cell phone plans in Spokane by category:
- The fastest wireless carrier in Spokane: Verizon Wireless, average speeds reported over 160 Mbps
- The widest available wireless carrier in Spokane: TIE (Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile)
- The largest 5G network available in Spokane: Verizon (75% coverage)
- The most affordable wireless carrier in Spokane: Cricket Wireless, Metro by T-Mobile, Boost – plans starting at $10 per month
Spokane is the Washington state city you may never have heard of if you aren’t from around here. Where the plains of the Columbia Basin meet the mountains of the continental divide, natural beauty is here in the Inland Northwest Empire. 20 minutes away from Coeur’ d’Alene, ID and some of the world’s most beautiful, pristine lakes, the region also has a mild technical streak being governed in the same state as mega-hub Seattle resides.
The city has seen unprecedented growth, being the hub for most things within 300 miles of city center and benefiting from the overall growth of Washington State.
Below you can find the best mobile carriers available to Spokane consumers looking to compare plans as reviewed by the GammaWire team:
Top Mobile Wireless Plans in Spokane
Which Mobile Provider Has the Best Cell Coverage in Spokane?
Contrary to popular belief on the Seattle side, Spokane is well populated and is the second largest city in Washington. For this reason, all major carriers have decent coverage in Spokane, WA.
Quite often in small to midsized cities, all carriers are actually on the same towers, if not using the same equipment to provide coverage in an area. If you’re driving that long, empty road from Moses Lake to George, WA those cell towers you see are all going to be the only ones out there–not necessarily equipment for Verizon and T-mobile separately for example. So essentially, your service will be similar on many places, for most major cell providers in Spokane.
Verizon seems to have a slight edge in Spokane with 84% coverage. If we had to name a “worst coverage” provider in Spokane, it could be Sprint at 74% as of 2021. Again it would depend heavily on where you live. Sprint could have slightly better coverage in a more rural area or in a particular building in downtown Spokane.
Fastest Mobile Carriers in Spokane (5G, 4G, LTE)
For cities the size of Spokane, with all of the carriers sharing towers it stands to reason that speeds are similar between most of the major carriers. Perhaps surprisingly, Spokane was chosen to be one of the first cities to get 5G from Verizon becoming available as early as late 2019.
Cheap & Discount Cell Phone Plans in Spokane, WA
There are several discount cell phone plans in the Spokane area including a big presence from Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and Metro by T-mobile. Some of these guys offer plans for less than $10 a month. The way these plans work is they start at a very low rate but if you use your phone a lot, you’ll get charged overages that can really add up. Also, you probably won’t be getting the latest iPhone or Galaxy flagship phone for free or at a discount here though they do offer comparable purchasing deals.
Coverage on a discount cell plan can be a bit spotty. They work great in town but if you’re traveling outside of Spokane the coverage could be bad. Make sure they have coverage in the areas you hang out in most in and out of town.
Spokane Zip Codes with the Best Cellular Coverage
Spokane is ruled by it’s terrain and it’s trees. If you’re living on a South Hill zip code you might have a tough time getting service in some areas due to the amount of rock in the ground and the sheer number of trees. More rural zip codes might also struggle to get great service from any of the major providers. If you don’t see your zip code listed about, don’t worry, most people living in Spokane will have decent coverage from any of the above listed cell phone companies.