I know, US only polls do exclude a lot of our most loyal followers, but today's poll is about taking a head count in a turbulent time for the US wireless industry. Dan Hesse was just ousted as CEO of Sprint, and the carrier's parent company SoftBank has allegedly ended its plans for a takeover-merger of competitor T-Mobile. T-Mobile is also poised to surpass Sprint as America's #3 wireless carrier by postpaid subscribers, with CEO John Legere predicting it will happen before the year is out.
I know that many of our US readers are T-Mobile subscribers. That should come as no surprise, though, because T-Mobile is, frankly, the smart consumer choice right now if you're covered by their increasingly-speedy LTE network. T-Mobile offers true unlimited data that you'll actually be able to use, and if you're looking for more savings, their tiered plans are priced extremely competitively, even compared to their value rival Sprint.
AT&T and Verizon remain America's wireless juggernauts, with each commanding a subscriber base greater than T-Mobile and Sprint combined by a healthy sum, though it appears the winds of change could finally be blowing in what has been a sadly stagnant US wireless business. While big red and blue still have tight grips on many non-metro markets that T-Mobile and Sprint can't afford to cover as well (lower ARPU), the metro and metro-adjacent space is unabashedly under attack by John Legere's magenta machine.
So, we're taking a poll, one which I hope to repeat a year from now: US readers - who is your current wireless carrier? I've provided options for those outside the big four, too, so read carefully. I'm not including all the MVNOs and prepaids (it would simply be too long a list), but there should be an option for your situation. For the purpose of this list, I'm including wholly-owned prepaid subsidiaries like Virgin and Boost as "MVNO"s, even though they're technically just prepaid brands.