Currently, there are five carriers. There will only be two within the next decade.
Earlier this week, the wireless industry started culling out mobile operating systems.
By 2030, only IOS and Android will exist, with Windows missing the cut.
In the United States, three carriers will miss the cut: the predictions are that Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular will be no more by the early- to mid-2020s.
In fact, Sprint and US Cellular are already disappearing from the mobile carriers industry as they continue to lose subscribers.
And T-Mobile’s momentum from 2016 is now slowing dramatically, as almost all of the new subscribers this year have been on two national carriers: AT&T and Verizon.
Nearly all of the other subs in 2017 outside of AT&T and Verizon have been on what’s called mobile virtual network operators such as Straight Talk.
With the Mobile World Congress having nothing but IOS and Android devices, there is little to no incentive for anyone to go to a lower-price network like Sprint or T-Mobile anymore.
Bottom line is this: the dominance of IOS and Android is partly to blame for the demise of Alltel Wireless – and will lead to the demise of Windows Phone, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular.
Enjoy your five carrier competition while you can. It will only be AT&T, Verizon and the Tracfone MVNOs left standing within the next few years.