3 thoughts on “World’s largest mobile phone companies”

  1. Measuring size by subscriber count is just plain stupid, its beyond meaningless (well expect for HS mfgs).

    A better measure would be by network system usage (ie. MOUs), and of course the most important metric of all, total system revenue.

    Here’s a fact you don’t hear often, even through VZW has more than twice the subs for Sprint PCS (pre Nextel merger), VZW only carrys about 20% more system MOUs per month.

    File under, things that should make you go Hmmmm.

  2. The big problem with MOU is that not all are paid and not all are paid at the same rate. Also, what about things like SMS and data that don’t often count for minutes? Total revenues are nice, but those numbers had AT&T Wireless and Nextel as the industry leaders yet they were on the bottom position in mergers. I think like in most industries, you need to look at growth and margins and neither one outside the context of the other.

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