Do you know which is the biggest cell phone carrier in the world?
posted by Ray S. / Jan 31, 2013, 8:13 AM
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?
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.
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Yes and 3rd or 4th place is owned by Airtel
posted on Jan 31, 2013, 8:21 AM 4
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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.
posted on Jan 31, 2013, 8:25 AM 4
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Isn't Verizon owned by Vodafone? Sprint by Softbank?
posted on Jan 31, 2013, 9:46 AM 3
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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
posted on Jan 31, 2013, 11:34 AM 1
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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.
posted on Jan 31, 2013, 10:54 AM 1
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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.
posted on Jan 31, 2013, 3:50 PM 3
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I wouldn't listen to these guys. They are completely wrong on a lot of info. Tmobile is the 17th largest provider in the world at 128 mil customers verison has only 100 mil and at&t even less so it sux for at&t that the merger didn't happen
posted on Jan 11, 2014, 11:06 AM 0
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