You might know that Verizon Wireless is the largest U.S. carrier by subscribers (it has nearly 118 million), and it keeps its position in the second quarter of the year. The difference between Verizon and AT&T is tiny, but it actually grew wider in Q2 2013.
AT&T also grew its subscriber base to almost 108 million and average revenue per user reached some $48.
Sprint was the only carrier with negative subscriber growth but that is largely because of the Nextel shutdown. The carrier lost a whopping 1.8 million customers, but expectations are positive after Japanese SoftBank bought a majority stake in the carrier.
Finally, T-Mobile’s strategy started showing its fruits. The company got the iPhone recently and unveiled new more affordable no commitment plans. All this resulted in 1.1 million new subscribers, but ARPU was the lowest of all big four at $38. Great for customers, not so much for the carrier. Take a look at all the stats right below.
U.S. carriers in Q2 2013: a summary
source: Strategy Analytics via Fierce Wireless