Updated on 08.21.14

The AT&T/Verizon Market Share Duopoly (Infographic)


Why You're Having a Hard Time Lowering Your Cell Phone Bills

If you’re having a difficult time understanding why you can’t get a lower Verizon bill or lower ATT bill, then take a look at this latest infographic.

ATT and Verizon Combined Market Share

This first infographic provides an overview of the AT&T and Verizon’s 64% control the U.S. cellular market. The graphic provides one of many ways to consider the possible effects of concentrated market share on consumers.

The Public Policy of Lower Bills

There are several perspectives on the question of the utility and efficiency of concentrating the ownership of the U.S. cellular spectrum between just a few companies. One perspective that’s interesting to note is the point of view from Washington. Just last year, the Dept. of Justice blocked AT&T’s acquisition of T-Mobile noting the deal would result in diminished competition. And now, the D.O.J. is reviewing Verizon’s proposal to acquire $3.6 billion in additional spectrum from cable companies that would increase their control of and capacity for U.S. smartphone data traffic.

Mobile Data Traffic Growth

Ultimately, U.S. data traffic in the foreseeable future is set to multiply several times over each year. Only time will tell what spectrum ownership structure will best suit the standards, interests and aims of providers, subscribers and regulatory agencies.


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  1. valleycat1 says:

    So long, TSD. It was fun while it lasted. I’m off to better sites.

  2. MARIA says:

    horribly written.
    I am not sure what you are requesting I comment on:
    What I think of a weekly infographic?
    AT&T/Verizon 64% market?
    Washington’s perspective?
    Data Traffic/ Cost.
    This article is all over the place…and drops you in the middle of nowhere with very little information.

  3. Johanna says:

    “I’m eager for feedback” – have you discussed this with Trent?

  4. julie says:

    The last graphic should just be End of the Simple Dollar.

  5. Johanna says:

    (i.e., how your business model conflicts with his? You may be better off on another site.)

  6. Katie says:

    This is a Cut Media thing. Frugal Dad has had stuff like this for a while.

  7. Katie says:

    I do appreciate that the infographics are well-designed and cite their soures, but it is SEO link bait.

  8. Riki says:

    Yeah, this infographic thing has been popular in a lot of places lately. Personally I think they’re dull, unoriginal, and generally have some questionable sources.

  9. Katie says:

    I do appreciate that the infographics are well-designed and cite their sources, but it is SEO link bait.

  10. DOT says:

    Trent, Take the money and run…I am!

  11. Becky says:

    I love this! It’s new information to me and I thought it was presented in a really interesting way. The Simple Dollar was starting to get a bit boring to me, and this post has made me decide to continue subscribing. Thanks!

  12. Katie says:

    Whoops, sorry for the duplicate comment!

    The strategy appears to be: get a lot of links, then top-load the post with spammy coupon info later. Search frugal dad amazon.

  13. Andrew says:

    “My name is Nicole…”–suitable for a restaurant server or a flight attendant, not a serious contributor to a PF website.

  14. kc says:

    It is SO weird that Trent made no mention of this in his post this morning.

  15. Andrew says:

    What is your full name? What are your interests and qualifications?

  16. Misha says:

    Andrew, I don’t even get what you’re trying to say. Are you trying to say she should be male, or are you trying to say that her career choices should be limited by the perfectly normal name her parents gave her, or what? I don’t see a way for this to end and still reflect well on you.

  17. Dianne says:

    This is spam, right? Or a really late April Fool’s joke?

  18. Tracy says:

    @Misha, I think he’s saying (and I agree) that just saying “My name is Nicole” is not a sufficient introduction – not that her name is itself an issue.

  19. DOT says:

    What are your interests and qualifications?..
    Personally I wouldn’t mind a little background information on a stranger that appears on a long running blog for the first time ever..with a post that is completely off key of the original blog author . Not too much to ask.

  20. Tracy says:

    Ugh, moderation. Also, I hate infographics.

  21. Tracy says:

    I agree with DOT – I don’t think full name/resume needs to happen, but some introduction on how/when/why she got into PF (if she is) and/or blogging would be appropriate.

  22. kc says:

    Weirdest. Blog. Ever.

  23. Nick says:

    Ugh… moderation.
    I had a thoughtful comment on why this infographic isn’t great, but whatever.

    I used to read this site twice a day every day… now I check it maybe once a week.

    The good news is that I know where to come if I ever need COUPONS!

  24. Riki says:

    Actually, there were two posts this morning. Click back and there’s one by Trent as well.

  25. DK says:

    FRUGAL PHONE TIP = use Virgin Mobile

    $26.50/month (25+taxes) for unlimited data, unlimited texts, unlimited voice (w/ a little extra work using Google Voice or other VOIP options). This has saved me about $950/year from AT&T.

  26. Evita says:

    Of NO INTEREST to all of us outside of the U.S.!
    Did not even bother to read!

  27. A Sumner says:

    Short version of comment in moderation: Can’t see on mobile device.

  28. Steven says:

    It’s kind of sad to watch TSD go down in flames…Cut Media is a joke. They need a better strategy. One that’s less…spam.

  29. Steven says:

    Moderation. Surprise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Steven says:

    I’m deleting TSD from my favorites. I’m over it.

  31. Stephanie says:

    This blog has taken a serious turn for the worse…so sad.

  32. BirdDog says:

    Hot mess

  33. John says:

    I have really struggled to provide constructive criticism on this post – as is rightly requested. Unfortunately, while Trent asks us to respect the site and the other commenters and provide an environment in which we all flourish, this post utterly undermines the respect with which we treat this site and the content posted to date.
    I’d love an explanation as to why this has been allowed to be posted – and what value it adds to the readership.

  34. Lilly says:

    W.T.F. is my only thought

  35. Kevin says:

    Trent has never respected his readers. Now that he is rich, that is not likely to change.

  36. Todd says:

    Apparently the dollar is not so simple. Money changes everyone.

  37. cheryl says:

    I stopped reading Frugal Dad because I hated the infographics. Please let this one be the last or I will stop reading Simple Dollar as well.

  38. scott says:

    Not nearly as bad as everyone else has depicted but not good either.

  39. Marilyn says:

    Infographic was interesting, but kinda comes out of nowhere. How is this supposed to help us? A better intro to why this shift would be appreciated.

  40. Shannon says:


  41. Lisa says:

    The infographic is too busy. I lost the will to finish it.

  42. kc says:

    The site’s Alexa ranking is slipping. How long will the subscriber base hang on?

  43. Jim says:

    I agree. It seems the blog is going in a not-positive direction.

  44. Fr33d0m says:

    Not sure one post amounts to a wrong direction, or a reason to leave in a huff.

    Still, this sort of post is not what we come here for.

  45. Lisa says:

    Really did not see the point to this article. I read TSD for Trent’s insight and will stop if it starts having random and senseless guest posts like this.

  46. kc says:

    I certainly hope Nicole enjoyed the comments!

  47. kc says:

    From Trent’s Cut Media announcement:

    In terms of content, virtually nothing will change.

  48. Misha says:

    Freedom @ #44 – It’s not just this one post. It’s the culmination of a number of things that are pointing to a wrong direction, and this post is the final straw for some after months of lazy posts, bad information, and moderation that alterates between draonian and non-existent.

  49. Misha says:

    draonian = draconian, sorry

  50. Lisa says:

    So when this was Trent’s show to run comments appeared instantly, now, the message “Your comment is awaiting moderation. Please be patient; it may take a few hours for your comment to be approved. This is merely to ensure that no material offensive to a general audience appears on The Simple Dollar” appeared when I hit “submit”. This tells me everything I need to know. The name of this blog should be changed to “Cut Media’s Simple Dollar”.

  51. Derek says:

    Did I click the wrong link and end up at the Consumerist?

  52. Shannon says:

    While I appreciate that -opolies are bad and in the long term hike prices up, a lesson on long term global economics isn’t what I’m looking for when I come to this site.

  53. Shannon says:

    Can we get back to making our own laundry detergent now?

  54. Nancy says:

    Okay, maybe the infographic helps SEO. So what, as long as the content is useful or interesting and appropriate to the site. That’s the way it’s supposed to work. The question becomes “is the content useful and interesting.” Info on what drives costs up seems appropriate for a site focused on frugality and cutting costs. It helps me choose my mobile provider and consider whether to make a change. Whenever there is guest content, though, an intro from the owner of the blog should explain the relevance and offer his take on the subject. That would maintain the personal touch.

  55. Evangeline says:

    I hope Trent is enjoying his money, but he is losing what little audience is remaining.

  56. socalgal says:

    Wow. What the heck happened to this blog? I am outta here.

  57. Duane says:

    I think the infographic represents an interesting change of pace for the site, especially since longtime readers are so familiar with Trent’s voice.
    I usually just read the blog through email subscription but I felt compelled to post after visiting the site today.
    I only hope that Trent recognizes that the negative commenters don’t represent me or the majority of readers. Unfortunately, being negative and critical to no point appears to be the way in a lot of comments’ sections.

  58. T says:

    Fine. I’ll bite.

    To me, the point of an info graphic is to skillfully depict information in a way that words cannot. To me, this is not an infographic. It’s an essay illustrated with stars, colored boxes, and drawings.

  59. Marc J. says:

    Infographic completely buries the lead – there’s nearly 200 cellphone companies out there competing for your business!

    As a customer of one of the (larger) 180+ companies, I can say that generally the Customer Service side leaves a lot to be desired, but the cell phone works just as well has anyone elses.

    Oh, and the technology means that calls/data/text run off the Sprint network for about half the price of a Sprint phone. Government market manipulation will not solve anything remotely close to what the author’s goal is – scariest phrase in the English language: ‘I’m from the Government and I’m here to help.’

  60. Ajay Devgan says:

    Hey Nicole … Nice comparison. Hope you don’t find the comments too harsh. Because, you haven’t seen harsh yet. Post another article for harsh comments.

  61. Ajay Devgan says:

    “My name is Nicole” is a stupid introduction for a new blogger on a PF Site. List your credentials. What makes you worthy of TSD?

  62. Michael says:

    Nicole, I know you’re just doing your job, but this is bad.

  63. Joan says:

    Nicole, if this is the sort of stuff you will be posting, I will be skipping all of your posts. Nothing against you, I’m just not into the infographics.

  64. Steve says:

    24 hours later and still in ‘moderation’.

  65. Tammy says:

    I think this is great Nicole.

  66. Diane says:

    #65 Steve – Don’t feel bad, mine’s been there for three and a half days. No flaming, no profanity, just a Simple Goodbye. Perhaps I’ll just send an email straight to Trent instead. Unless of course, Nicole is handling his mail.

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