America's Top Wireless Carriers
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    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 their lives.
    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

  2. 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

  3. 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 National Market.
    • Domestic Revenue: $10.8 billion (2003)
    • Domestic Digital Subscribers: 15.3 million (3Q04)

    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.

    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.

  6. 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)

Other Major Carriers: [NOT UPDATED] The above statements including figures were taken from the respective carrier's websites and quarterly reports. Some figures *ARE* out of date.
Compiled by James Bellaire