Everything You Need to Know About Cell Phone Service in Alaska
While most people escape to Alaska to get away from the distractions of day-to-day life, it’s important to be able to communicate with each other and your loved ones back at home during your visit. Despite what most people believe, there is actually great cell phone service in Alaska. In the past, most of the state was dominated by smaller local providers such as GCI or ACS. However, larger providers have been investing in Alaska to build a reliable cellular network nearly everywhere in The Last Frontier. If you’re planning on staying with us soon, here are some things you need to know about using your phone in our area.
Once you learn how to use cell phone service in Alaska, it’s time to start planning your trip! Our Matanuska-Susitna Valley Vacation Guide is filled with the best recommendations for local things to do and experience, including hiking trails, dining, tours, and more.
4 Major Providers and Cell Phone Service in Alaska
In larger cities and towns, AT&T coverage in Alaska is excellent. Some even provide 4G! This service provider operates entirely on a network of towers, so make sure the places you are visiting have nearby AT&T towers. You’ll be happy to know that our town, (Palmer, Alaska,) receives great AT&T service.
Since December 2014, Verizon cell phone coverage in Alaska has grown exponentially. Today, the service has nearly 200 towers and their own 4G towers. Highly populated cities and areas enjoy great Verizon coverage, including Palmer! Even when you travel beyond this region, you’ll instantly start roaming on ACS and GCI 3G towers. This means that visitors still have good service even on the long stretches between towns.
Sprint cell phone coverage in Alaska is a bit different than AT&T and Verizon. Instead of using their own towers, Sprint roams on GCI and ACS service. If Sprint is your provider, you’ll be able to use your cell phone in areas covered by these two local providers. Luckily, both these services boast great coverage in our area.
T-Mobile, like Sprint, does not have their own network of cell phone service in Alaska. Instead, they roam on AT&T and GCI networks.
Things to Keep in Mind During Your Travels
While we’ve established that there is great cell phone service in Alaska, there are a few things to consider as you travel between towns or into more unpopulated areas. Here are a few tips that will help you plan your communication with others more thoroughly.
- Alaska is a huge state! In fact, it’s twice the size of Texas. Covering every square mile of the state isn’t possible just yet, but it could be a possibility in the future.
- It’s not uncommon to lose service during your trips between towns. To be safe, don’t plan for any important calls during these times.
- Some towns will have better service than others. For example, Anchorage enjoys better coverage than less populated areas. When you expect that your cell phone won’t work everywhere, it can save you from disappointment and inconveniences.
Your Ultimate Alaska Experience Awaits
Now that you know a little bit about cell phone service in Alaska, it’s time to start planning your trip! Alaska Garden Gate has everything you need for a relaxing getaway, including comfortable accommodations and top-notch amenities. Choose a cottage, apartment, or bed and breakfast room and get ready to make some incredible memories.
Plus, a full hot breakfast is available to our nightly guests each morning! In the summer, you’ll be invited to join us in the Breakfast Hall for a buffet-style morning meal. During the off-season, breakfast will be delivered straight to your door. It’s everything you need to fuel for a full day of Alaska adventures!
Find your ideal accommodation at Alaska Garden Gate and we’ll see you soon!