Cingular's churn rate holds at lowest ever

Cingular Wireless continues to post impressive quarterly results, meeting and beating analysts expectations with $8.7 billion in service revenue, up 12 percent year-on-year. Post-paid churn held steady at 1.5 percent per month, which beat expectations since the carrier warned of a potential increase in churn. The quarter also saw 1.4 million net subscriber additions for Cingular.

ARPU for post-paid services saw its first year-over-year increase since the Cingular-AT&T merger of October 2004, increasing to a solid $49.76. While this is lower than most other carriers, Cingular has at least held it steady this time around. Of course, voice ARPU is declining, but the company's data ARPU is up 46 percent to $6.32, which more than makes up for the loss on the voice side.

Technology Business Research tracked the carrier's quarterly revenue since Q2 2005, and between the quarters it steadily grew by $2 million, $58 million, $226 million, $290 million and now $366 million. The carrier's momentum is building and many attribute that to its post-paid focus.

For more on Cingular's stellar Q3:
- see this press release