U.S. mobile data service revenues top $13.2 billion in Q2
The U.S. mobile data market grew 6 percent quarter-over-quarter in Q2 2010, exceeding service revenues of $13.2 billion--a 22 percent annual increase--according to data compiled by Chetan Sharma Consulting. Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) and AT&T (NYSE:T) together accounted for 75 percent of Q2's data revenue growth--the two rivals now represent 70 percent of all U.S. mobile data revenues, as well as 62 percent of the nationwide subscriber base.
Chetan Sharma notes that at the end of June 2010, the average U.S. subscriber consumes approximately 230 MB of data per month, up 50 percent over the end of 2009, with smartphones now making up 31 percent of all addressable devices. Data presently accounts for 31 percent of operator ARPU, up 4 percent quarter-over-quarter, with Verizon Wireless leading in data ARPU at $17.37. Non-messaging services still generate between 60 percent and 65 percent of U.S. data revenues; subscribers now average 639 messages per month.