T-Mobile a growth story, but AT&T laughing all the way to the bank: US carriers Q3 results ranking


The Q3 subscriber churn and financial result announcements of the big US carriers are already behind us, and there are quite a lot of movers and shakers, thanks to the disruptive business models of T-Mobile and Sprint. The smaller carriers operate with a much narrower profit margin, passing the difference over to subscribers.

Thus, they are widening their base for the sake of the big two - Verizon and AT&T - and this process has been going on for a while now. The big growth standout is T-Mobile, which added more than a million postpaid smartphone subs, while, as you can see, the one that's laughing all the way to the back has been AT&T, with just 10 million subs less than Verizon, but the highest average revenue per user of them all.


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6 Comments

1. mike2959

Posts: 693; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

TMO in time will begin the profit enhancement cycle. All business are in different parts of their cycle right now. If you were to buy any of these companies or at least invest, the easy pick would be AT&T.

2. torr310

Posts: 1633; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

ATT has the plan pricing as Verizon and the network quality similar to Tmobile.

3. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

In my area att blows Tmobile out of the water with network quality.

4. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

i went to one of my local at&t store. a rep came to me and asked if i needed help. i asked him if he could do a speed test on an iphone 7. but he did a speed test on his iphone 7 instead becuase he told me that the speedtest was not installed on the display model. anyway, the speedtest result on his iphone 7 was under 5 with a ping of over 60 LOL...im with tmobile and took out my 7 inch screen blu lte smartphone with very low end specs...my speedtest result was over 25 with a ping of under 25...btw, we both had the ookla speedtest app...in my area, tmobile blows att in an att store LOL

5. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Well, yes. That's why you have to test based on where you are and not what the commercials say. I live in a valley and they all stink, so I have to add that to my considerations. I've seen people happy and mad they moved to a new apartment and saw their reception changed.

6. Colombianmax

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Holy crap... you walk around with a refrigerator-sized phone. How do you deal with a phone that huge?

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