Market share of wireless subscriptions held by carriers in the U.S. from 1st quarter 2011 to 2nd quarter 2015

This figure shows the market share held by wireless carriers in the United States in terms of the number of subscriptions. In the third quarter of 2012, Verizon held a 34 percent market share. In the first quarter of 2013, the company's market share dipped to 31 percent.


U.S. wireless carrier subscriptions - additional information

The wireless telecommunication market in the United States was worth an estimated 205 billion U.S. dollars in 2014. As of the second quarter of 2014, Verizon and AT&T were joint wireless carrier market leaders as both held a 34 percent share of subscriptions in the United States. Verizon, founded in 1983 and based in New York, announced revenues of 120.55 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, a 5 billion U.S. dollars increase on the previous year. Of this revenue in 2013, over 81 billion U.S. dollars came from wireless services, which is more than double the revenue generated from the company’s wireline services. Verizon is the company with the most wireless subscribers in the United States, with the figure standing at 123.5 million customers as of the second quarter of 2014. This meant that Verizon had 7 million more subscribers than AT&T and 70 million more subscribers than Sprint Nextel, two of its closest competitors.

Like Verizon, AT&T held 34 percent of the wireless carrier market share in the second quarter of 2014. Of the 110 million wireless subscribers that the Texas-based company had in 2013, 73 million had a postpaid subscription and 7 million were prepaid subscribers. AT&T’s overall revenue amounted to almost 129 billion U.S. dollars in 2013.

Sprint is the third largest wireless carrier in the United States based on subscriptions, with the company holding a 16 percent market share in the second quarter of 2014. The wireless segment of the corporation generated revenue of 2.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2013, in comparison to the 0.2 billion U.S. dollars generated by the wireline sector.

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CarrierVerizonLeap WirelessAT&TMetro PCS*SprintUS CellularT-Mobile
Q1 '11 33% 2% 32% 3% 17% 2% 11%
Q2 '11 34% 2% 31% 3% 17% 2% 11%
Q3 '11 34% 2% 32% 3% 17% 2% 10%
Q1 '12 34% 2% 32% 3% 17% 2% 10%
Q2 '12 34% 2% 32% 3% 17% 2% 10%
Q3 '12 34% 2% 32% 3% 17% 2% 10%
Q4 '12 34% 2% 32% 3% 17% 2% 10%
Q1 '13 31% 2% 34% - 18% 2% 13%
Q2 '13 31% 2% 34% - 17% 2% 14%
Q3 '13 35% 2% 33% - 16% 1% 13%
Q4 '13 35% 2% 32% - 16% 1% 14%
Q1 '14 34% - 34% - 16% 2% 14%
Q2 '14 34% - 34% - 16% 1% 15%
Q3 '14 34% - 34% - 16% 1% 15%
Q4 '14 34% - 34% - 16% 1% 15%
Q1 '15 33% - 34% - 16% 1% 16%
Q2 '15 33% - 34% - 16% 1% 16%
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