This quarter the story was very much about smartphones, data, and the move to 4G. Amongst the smaller guys, prepaid competition is heating up to an all-time high, benefiting the once regional MetroPCS and Leap Wireless, but putting a dent in T-Mobile's earnings.
Things are shaping up to be a lot more interesting in the second-half of the year when we'll have some 4G metrics to compare, too.
Until then, see below for Light Reading Mobile's updated chart of six key metrics, with the winner -- OK, pretty much always AT&T or Verizon -- in each starred.
Table 1: Wireless Operators' Second-Quarter Earnings
|Verizon Wireless||AT&T||Sprint||T-Mobile||Clearwire||US Cellular||MetroPCS||Leap Wireless|
|Total Revenue||$16 billion *||$14.17 billion||$8 billion||$5.36 billion||$122.5 million||$1.23 billion||$1.01 billion||$633.5 million|
|Total Subscribers||92.1 million*||90.1 million||48.2 million||33.6 million||1.7 million||6.1 million||7.6 million||5.3 million|
|Subscriber Additions||1.4 million||1.6 million*||111,000||-93,000||722,000||7,000||303,000||683,000|
|Postpaid ARPU||$51.56||$62.63*||$55||$52||$41.58||$46.81||$39.84 (prepaid)||$37.61 (prepaid)|
|Data ARPU||$17.85||$21.07||not reported||$11.60||n/a||not reported||not reported||not reported|
|Source: Wireless operators|
Check out the rest of our coverage here:
- AT&T's Q2 iBoost
- Verizon Likes Its Droids
- Sprint Sticks With Unlimited Data Plans
- Leap Revamps Prepaid With Tiered Data
- Clearwire Plans LTE Tests in the Fall
- Clearwire Clears Up LTE Plans
- MetroPCS Gears Up for LTE