The following charts the top 10 U.S. wireless carriers in the third quarter of 2010 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier. The subscriber figures include both retail and wholesale customers.

This list does not include resellers or MVNOs such as TracFone.

And don't forget to see how these figures stack up against first quarter 2009, second quarter 2009, third quarter 2009, fourth quarter 2009, first quarter 2010 and second quarter 2010 figures.

(Don't forget to check out our wrap-up of the wireless industry in the third quarter, and our special report on the top global handset makers in the third quarter.)

Top US Wireless Carrier Metrics Q2 2010 (ranking by subscribers, retail + wholesale)
  Carrier Subscribers (millions) Net Adds (millions) Churn
(Avg
Monthly)
Service Revenue      (US$ millions) Data % of Service Revenue ARPU
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1 Verizon Wireless 92.063 1.351 1.27% $14,046 34.5%  $50.42
2 AT&T 90.130 1.562 1.29% $13,186 33.2%  $50.02
3 Sprint Nextel* 47.924 0.106 2.79% $6,397 31.8%  $48.03
4 T-Mobile USA 33.620 -0.093 3.40% $4,699 24.9%  $ 46.52
5 MetroPCS 7.634 0.303 3.30% $922 n/a  $39.84
6 US Cellular 6.144 -0.003 1.91% $973 22.1%  $52.71
7 Leap Wireless 5.288 -0.112 5.0% $597 n/a  $37.61
8 Clearwire*** 1.692 0.722 3.2% $123 100.0%  $41.58
9 Cincinnati Bell 0.510 -0.014 3.4% $69 25.4%  $44.44
10 Ntelos 0.439 -0.006 3.0% $94 23.1%  $49.93
11** Cellular South**  n/a          
*Sprint Nextel subscribers and net adds excluding estimated number of affiliate subscribers, but including wholesale; service revenues excluding wholesale and affiliate
**Cellular South is a private company and does not reveal its metrics, but is presumed to be in top 10 but have under 1 million subscribers
***Clearwire subscribers and net adds include wholesale subs outside current 4G network coverage area, but from whom Clearwire receives nominal revenue; revenue is total revenue
****Blended, calculated by Strategy Analytics
Source: Strategy Analytics, based on carrier reports

Original Source: Mike Dano; FierceMobileContent (http://www.fiercemobilecontent.com/special-reports/grading-top-10-us-carriers-third-quarter-2010#ixzz14oqva3ZI)