Do you know which is the biggest cell phone carrier in the world?
What's so interesting about that? Well, guess what - the biggest carrier in the world is neither AT&T Mobility, nor Verizon Wireless. So, who has the largest number of subscribers?
China Mobile is the biggest carrier in the world with 703.46 million subscribers.
But if China Mobile is the biggest, and China Telecom is the third-biggest carrier in the People's Republic of China, then who is in the middle? The answer is China Unicom - yet another state-owned carrier.
So where do our well-known US carriers fit into the whole picture? Right now, the biggest US carrier, Verizon Wireless, is 19th in the global carrier rank-list by number of subscribers (108.7 million), while AT&T Mobility is 21st with 107 million. Unfortunately, both Sprint and T-Mobile USA are not in the top 30 of the global rank-list, signaling that the attempted merger between AT&T and T-Mobile may have indeed been a bad idea!
You can access a fuller list of the world's biggest mobile carriers here.
16. shuaibhere posted on 01 Feb 2013, 00:42 2 1
Biggest carrier of india is airtel for sure....
bsnl had a big chance....but they missed it...
2. Conan_Kudo posted on 31 Jan 2013, 08:25 4 0
Oi! T-Mobile USA's subscribers are consolidated with the rest of the Deutsche Telekom's mobile subscribers. As of November 2012, T-Mobile had 128.522 million subscribers, which puts them just below Reliance Communications in India, making them number 16 in the top 20.
6. squallz506 posted on 31 Jan 2013, 09:46 3 0
Isn't Verizon owned by Vodafone? Sprint by Softbank?
7. Atrixboyyy posted on 31 Jan 2013, 10:03 2 0
The sprint soft bank deal never fell thru... Did it
9. caustictoast posted on 31 Jan 2013, 11:34 1 0
No Vodafone was bought down to 45% a while ago giving Verizon Communications (the parent of Verizon Wireless) control. The Softbank deal didn't go through yet so Sprint is still doing its own thing for the time being
5. Bernoulli posted on 31 Jan 2013, 09:06 1 0
Hey t-mobile is part of deutsch Telekom, so how does deutsch Telekom rank then?! And yet again, DT is partially owned by the German government, another state owned entity
8. speckledapple posted on 31 Jan 2013, 10:54 1 0
I mean I understand this but is this a surprise considering that we only have 300+ in the US. I mean when you think about it, none of the top tier carriers here will ever amount to more than that unless 7G comes out when it can connect internationally. Till then, 300+ is the limit. In China, the limit is like over a billion.
11. idroidequis posted on 31 Jan 2013, 13:20 3 0
Well the upside to living state side is that we get most of the flagships months before other contries so I cant complain.
12. ajac09 posted on 31 Jan 2013, 14:25 0 0
no real shock... US carriers only cover the US 300 million people divided up by AT&T Sprint Tmobile verizon and others
13. BaiGanyo posted on 31 Jan 2013, 15:50 3 3
Americans are jumping to make excuses why they don't rank. The population of your country does not limit their size. Many' many carriers operate in lots of countries, like vodafone. Your companies just aren't very good.
14. pokerc posted on 31 Jan 2013, 19:13 2 0
I don't think us Americans really care who's the biggest