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Number of subscribers to wireless carriers in the U.S. from 1st quarter 2013 to 2nd quarter 2017, by carrier (in millions)

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Verizon WirelessAT&TT-Mobile USASprint NextelClearwire*MetroPCS**U.S. CellularLeap WirelessNtelosCincinnati BellShentel
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About This Statistic

This graph displays the number of subscribers to top wireless carriers in the United States from the first quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2017. In the second quarter of 2017, Verizon Wireless led the list with 147.24 million subscribers, followed by AT&T who recorded more than 136 million subscribers that same quarter.


Wireless subscribers by carriers - additional information

Verizon Wireless and AT&T are the leading wireless carriers in the United States, with each accounting for about one third of the market of wireless subscriptions. Since 2011, Verizon has had the highest wireless revenue among U.S. telecommunication providers. In 2015, Verizon reported almost 92 billion U.S. dollars in wireless revenue in the United States, almost 20 billion U.S. dollars more than AT&T in the same year.

Those two companies have the some of the lowest monthly churn rates in the U.S. market – the average percentage of subscribers that cease to use the company’s services per month. The churn rate is a parameter to measure the loyalty of a company’s subscriber base; the lower the churn rate, the better the outlook for the company.

Both companies are also major players in the billion-dollar global telecommunication services industry. In 2016, AT&T’s operating revenue worldwide amounted to about 164 billion U.S. dollars, with Verizon also generating revenues in excess of 125 billion U.S. dollars.

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