How Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and more stacked up in Q3 2016: The top 7 carriers

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The third-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, so now it's time to see how the nation's top wireless carriers stacked up against each other in terms of key metrics.

In this report you will find a ranking of the of the top seven U.S. wireless carriers in the third quarter of 2016 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. You'll also find major metrics -- such as churn, ARPU and revenue -- of each carrier.

This list does not include resellers or MVNOs such as TracFone Wireless. (To see how TracFone did in the third quarter, click here.) You also might want to check out our wrap-up of the wireless industry in the third quarter of 2016.

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Top US Wireless Carrier Metrics Q3 2016 (ranking by subscribers, retail + wholesale)      
Rank   Subscribers (millions) Net Adds (millions) Postpaid Smartphone Net Adds (mil) Blended Churn (Avg Monthly) Service Revenue
(US$ millions)
Data % of Service Revenue Blended Retail ARPU
1 Verizon 143.876 1.125 0.242 1.26% $16,684 58.0% $46.74
2 AT&T 133.338 1.532 0.165 1.45% $14,963 56.3% $52.49
3 T-Mobile 69.354 1.970 1.061 2.27% $7,133 58.0% $43.34
4 Sprint 59.199 0.753 0.323 2.78% $5,849 n/a $43.44
5 U.S. Cellular 5.030 0.051 -0.007 1.73% $771 n/a $45.36
6 C Spire* n/a            
7 Shentel 0.994 -0.013 0.008 2.98% $144 n/a $44.95
Subscribers include retail and wholesale connections of both traditional and new connected device categories (e.g. M2M). Verizon Wireless subscribers include Strategy Analytics' estimates for wholesale and connected device volumes. Sprint subscribers and net adds exclude affiliate subscribers, but include wholesale.
Blended Retail ARPU is derived from reported postpaid and prepaid retail/branded ARPU, unless reported separately by carrier.
T-Mobile postpaid smartphone net adds, blended churn and blended ARPU are estimated or derived by Strategy Analytics
*C-Spire is a private company and does not reveal its metrics, estimated to have c. 1.0 million subscribers. nTelos Q1 2016 figures estimated by Strategy Analytics.
 
Source: Strategy Analytics, based on carrier reports
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