Wireless subscriptions market share by carrier in the U.S. from 1st quarter 2011 to 2nd quarter 2017

Wireless carrier/operator subscriber share in the U.S. 2011-2017 This figure shows the market share held by wireless carriers in the United States in terms of the number of subscriptions fro 2011 to 2017. In the second quarter of 2017, Verizon held a 35.74 percent market share.
U.S. wireless carrier subscriptions - additional information

The wireless telecommunication market in the United States was worth an estimated 256 billion U.S. dollars in 2016. As of the second quarter of 2014, Verizon and AT&T were joint wireless carrier market leaders as both held a share of 30 percent or more of subscriptions in the United States.

Verizon, founded in 1983 and based in New York, announced revenues of 125.98 billion U.S. dollars in 2016. Of this revenue in 2016, over 89 billion U.S. dollars came from wireless services, which is almost three times as high as 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 145.74 million customers as of the fourth quarter of 2016. This meant that Verizon had 10 million more subscribers than AT&T and more than twice as many as T-Mobile US.

77.8 million of AT&T's 146.8 million wireless subscribers in 2016 were postpaid subscriptions. Another 13.5 million were prepaid subscribers. AT&T’s overall revenue amounted to more than 160 billion U.S. dollars in 2016.
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This figure shows the market share held by wireless carriers in the United States in terms of the number of subscriptions fro 2011 to 2017. In the second quarter of 2017, Verizon held a 35.74 percent market share.
U.S. wireless carrier subscriptions - additional information

The wireless telecommunication market in the United States was worth an estimated 256 billion U.S. dollars in 2016. As of the second quarter of 2014, Verizon and AT&T were joint wireless carrier market leaders as both held a share of 30 percent or more of subscriptions in the United States.

Verizon, founded in 1983 and based in New York, announced revenues of 125.98 billion U.S. dollars in 2016. Of this revenue in 2016, over 89 billion U.S. dollars came from wireless services, which is almost three times as high as 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 145.74 million customers as of the fourth quarter of 2016. This meant that Verizon had 10 million more subscribers than AT&T and more than twice as many as T-Mobile US.

77.8 million of AT&T's 146.8 million wireless subscribers in 2016 were postpaid subscriptions. Another 13.5 million were prepaid subscribers. AT&T’s overall revenue amounted to more than 160 billion U.S. dollars in 2016.
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United States
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1st quarter 2011 to 2nd quarter 2017
Supplementary notes
* As of the 1st of May Metro PCS was officially taken over by T-Mobile in a merger that was arranged back in October 2012.
** Market share based on subscriber data shown heres

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