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Wireless Q2 Scorecard

3:00 PM -- Things are starting to look up for the big three wireless operators, AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Verizon Wireless , and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S), as they wrap up the second quarter of the year. (See AT&T Reports Q2, Verizon Reports Q2, and Sprint Reports Q2.) Smartphone and data growth helped all three, although the benefits weren't shared equally.

See below for six key metrics with the winner in each starred. The race is quickly becoming neck-and-neck for VZW and AT&T, which together own more than 182 million wireless connections, while Sprint struggles to keep up.

Table 1: Wireless Operators' Second-Quarter Earnings
Verizon Wireless AT&T Sprint
Total Revenue $26.77 billion $30.8 billion* $8 billion
Total Subscribers 92.1 million* 90.1 million 48.2 million
Subscriber Additions 1.4 million 1.6 million* 111,000
Postpaid ARPU $51.56 62.63* $55
Total Churn 1.27%* 1.29% 1.85%
M2M "Connections" 7.7 million* 6.7�million 3.8 million
Source: VZW, AT&T & Sprint

We will update the rankings next week when Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) -- parent of the fourth-largest US carrier, T-Mobile US Inc. -- and WiMax operator Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) report their second-quarter earnings.

Here's our recent coverage of the big three: — Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:28:38 PM
re: Wireless Q2 Scorecard

Its a shame Sprint doesn't give data ARPU, would be a relevant metric here.

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