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Q: Cellular phone subscription statistics in United States. ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Cellular phone subscription statistics in United States.
Category: Reference, Education and News > Consumer Information
Asked by: stevemay-ga
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Posted: 09 Jan 2006 09:22 PST
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Question ID: 431154
I want to know the current number of users of cellular phones in the
U.S.  Of these users I want to know the distribution between the
carriers (ie. if there are 100 million users, how many Verizon has,
Sprint, Cingular etc.)

All sources and references need to be included in the answer.
Subject: Re: Cellular phone subscription statistics in United States.
Answered By: bobbie7-ga on 09 Jan 2006 11:18 PST
Hello Stevemay,   

According to the CTIA The Wireless Association ( )

Wireless Subscribers: 194.5 million U.S. Subscribers

Wireless Penetration: Over 65 percent of total U.S. Population

CTIA: October 2005


180 million mobile phone users now in U.S.
Tuesday March 15, 2005 

"The U.S. wireless phone market continued to grow at a rapid pace in
2004, ending the year with over 180 million wireless subscribers, up
over 21 million from the year before. According to figures released at
CTIA Wireless 2005, last year was the second best year in the history
of mobile phones."


The subscriber distribution data is as follows:

Cingular Wireless 
Total subscribers: 52.3 million

Verizon Wireless 
Total subscribers: 49.3 million 

Sprint Nextel 
Total subscribers: 45.6 million 

T-Mobile USA 
Total subscribers: 20.3 million 


?T-Mobile USA continues to be the crown jewel in T-Mobile
International's empire, reporting a 26.4 percent increase in revenues,
to $3.39 billion, compared to the same period in 2004. The carrier
also reported slightly more than 1 million net additional subscribers
for 20.3 million total subscribers. T-Mobile's parent has said it also
expects to upgrade the U.S. carrier's network to 3G services by 2007,
although it hasn't issued details. Analysts speculate T-Mobile USA
will join a spectrum auction expected in mid-2006.?


?In terms of size, Cingular became the largest U.S. carrier a year ago
when it acquired AT&T Wireless and continues to hold that lead. It
recorded 867,000 net additions in the third quarter, giving it 52.3
million subscribers.?

?Verizon Wireless also continues to close ranks, with 1.9 million net
adds in the quarter for a total of 49.3 million subscribers. Sprint,
after completing its merger with Nextel, had 1.3 million net adds for
a total of 45.6 million subscribers.?
Source: Company reports

Industry Sustains Wall Street Charm 
Most financial metrics show strong, or even record, growth - although
ARPU continues to trend lower.
By Brad Smith
November 15, 2005
Wireless Week

See revenues, churn, net adds and ARPU for these carriers at the link below.

Search criteria:
"million cell OR mobile phone users"
Subscribers million Verizon Cingular Sprint
Statistics Data

I hope the information provided is helpful!

Best regards, 
Subject: Re: Cellular phone subscription statistics in United States.
From: ronmelo-ga on 31 Jan 2006 20:42 PST
Can someone tell the breakdown of the wireless subscriber base by
types of users on averages of what they spending a month and their
average number of minutes spoken. This could for any varrier in the

Cingular has  52.3 million:
User type 1: average type- 50% of total subs talks about 500 day time
minute and has a average bill of $50 per month.

User type 2: average type- 20% of total subs talks about 800 day time
minute and has a average bill of $75 per month.

User type 3: average type- 15% of total subs talks about 1200 day time
minute and has a average bill of $125 per month.

User type 4: average type- 10% of total subs talks about 2000 day time
minute and has a average bill of $150 per month.

User type 5: average type- 5% of total subs talks about 2500 day time
minute and has a average bill of $200 per month.

etc... what I really need is to come up with how many users are
spending more then $130 per month in voice minutes per month.


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