America's Top Wireless CarriersOther Major Carriers: [NOT UPDATED]
Cingular Wireless is the largest wireless company in the United States, with more
than 46 million subscribers who use the nation's largest digital voice and data network.
Cingular is dedicated to providing customers with wireless technology designed to enrich
Cingular Wireless is a joint venture between the domestic wireless divisions of SBC
(NYSE:SBC) and BellSouth (NYSE: BLS). SBC owns 60 percent of the company and BellSouth
owns 40 percent, based on the value of the assets both contributed to the venture.
- Annual Revenue - $15.4 Billion (2003)
- U.S. Market Coverage - 100 of Top 100
Verizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network,
serving 42.1 million customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless
is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD).
- Annual Revenue - $22.5 Billion (2003)
- U.S. Market Coverage - 49 of Top 50; 97 of Top 100
Sprint operates the largest all-digital, all-PCS nationwide wireless network
in the United States, already serving the majority of the nation's metropolitan areas
including more than 4,000 cities and communities across the country. Sprint's PCS
division has more than 21.3 million subscribers (03/04).
Nextel Communications, a FORTUNE 200 company based in Reston, Va., is a leading
provider of fully integrated wireless communications services and has built the largest
guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the country covering thousands of communities
across the United States. Today, 95 percent of FORTUNE 500 companies are Nextel customers.
Nextel and Nextel Partners, Inc. currently serve 297 of the top 300 U.S. markets where
approximately 259 million people live or work. Nextel is traded on the NASDAQ National
Market under the symbol NXTL. Nextel Partners is a separate company traded on the NASDAQ
- Domestic Revenue: $10.8 billion (2003)
- Domestic Digital Subscribers: 15.3 million (3Q04)
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T-Mobile operates the largest all digital, nationwide wireless network based on
the globally dominant GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) technology. T-Mobile USA
is a member of the T-Mobile International group, the mobile telecommunications subsidiary of
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE:DT).
- Philosophy: To provide customers with the best overall value in their wireless service.
- Subscribers: 12.1 million customers (3Q03)
- Coverage: T-Mobile's network covers 224 million people with service in 45 of the top 50
U.S. markets. T-Mobile and its affiliates own licenses to provide service to over 95 percent
of the U.S. population. T-Mobile offers Wi-Fi (802.11) wireless broadband Internet access
in over 2,200 public locations across the country.
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ALLTEL is the nationís seventh-largest wireless telephone company with 7.928
million customers (3Q03) and the nationís sixth largest wireline telephone company with
about 3.1 million customers. The company is a national leader as an integrated communications
provider offering services such as local telephone, wireless, long-distance, paging and
Internet to more than 12 million customers in 26 states.
Based in Chicago, U.S. Cellular Corporation is one of the nation's largest
wireless telecommunications providers. Since its founding in 1983, U.S. Cellular has
grown to provide wireless service to more than 4.8 million customers (3Q04)
in 26 states.
- Third Quarter Revenue - $692 Million (2004)
The above statements including figures were taken from the respective carrier's
websites and quarterly reports. Some figures *ARE* out of date.
Dobson Communications Corporation provides a variety of cellular services and
products designed to address a range of business and personal needs. In addition to
mobile voice and data transmission, it offers ancillary services such as call forwarding,
call waiting, three-party conference calling, voice message storage and retrieval and
no-answer transfer. The Company also sells cellular equipment at discount prices and use
free phone promotions as a way to encourage use of our mobile services. Dobson currently
serves 1,579,500 customers (3Q03) under the Dobson and Cellular One brand names.
- 12.6% penetration, 1.6% churn - 1Q03
Western Wireless Corporation(NASDAQ:WWCA) is a leading provider of communications
services in the Western United States. The company owns and operates wireless phone
systems marketed primarily under the Cellular Oneģ national brand name in 19 western
states. Western Wireless currently serves 1,246,100 customers (3Q03).
Centennial is one of the largest independent wireless telecommunications
service providers in the United States and the Caribbean, with approximately 6 million
Net Pops and 548,900 wireless subscribers in the U.S. (3Q03). Centennial's U.S.
operations are in two clusters, one in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, and the other in
Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and an affiliate of
The Blackstone Group are controlling shareholders of Centennial.
- 8.8% penetration, 1.7% post-pay churn, 272 minutes per customer - MAY03
Compiled by James Bellaire