The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2015 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier.
The subscriber figures include both retail and wholesale customers.
This list does not include resellers or MVNOs such as TracFone Wireless.
And don't forget to see how these figures stack up against the fourth quarter of 2010, the first quarter of 2011, the second quarter of 2011, the third quarter of 2011, the fourth quarter of 2011, the first quarter of 2012, the second quarter of 2012, the third quarter of 2012, the fourth quarter of 2012, the first quarter of 2013, the second quarter of 2013, the third quarter of 2013, the fourth quarter of 2013, thefirst quarter of 2014, the second quarter of 2014, the third quarter of 2014 and thefourth quarter of 2014.
(And you also might want to check out our wrap-up of the wireless industry in the first quarter of 2015.)
In 2013, T-Mobile assumed control of MetroPCS and Sprint assumed control of Clearwire, then in 2014 AT&T closed its acquisition of Leap Wireless. Also, Cincinnati Bell announced its intention to get out of the wireless business, and is no longer on this list. Finally, Shentel has been added to this list as nTelos exits its Eastern markets. And, importantly, Strategy Analytics doesn't count Sprint's affiliate carriers in Sprint's total--if you add Sprint's affiliates like Shentel back into the mix, Sprint ends up in the No. 3 position.
As the first-quarter reporting season comes to a close, it's time to start parsing the information to see which carriers slipped and which managed to get ahead.
Adapted from an article by fiercetelecom.com