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1 Way AT&T Still Beats Verizon Wireless

According to recent estimates from NPD Group, just 12% of tablets sold in the U.S. are cellular models. That's a relatively small percentage, showing that the market has voted largely in favor of Wi-Fi-only models since consumers don't feel the need to constantly have their tablet connected. It also doesn't help that not all tablets are offered with cellular options.

Within this subset of the market, AT&T  (NYSE: T  ) is the leading carrier with 49% market share, while Verizon  (NYSE: VZ  ) Wireless trails with a 42% share. That's 91% of the cellular tablet market occupied by the two largest domestic carriers. Sprint Nextel is far behind with 7%, and T-Mobile has just 1% of the market.

In the video below, Fool contributor Evan Niu, CFA, explains why it's important for carriers to grow cellular tablet sales while pushing shared data plans.

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  • Report this Comment On May 24, 2013, at 3:02 AM, Yogurt30 wrote:

    Yes buy AT&T! Don't mind that the percentages add up to 99%.

    Let's just go based on their numbers:

    Out of 1000 tablets sold, 120 of them are cellular models. Out of the 120 tablets, 59 belong to AT&T for their lovely internet provider. 51 belongs to Verizon. Wow an 8 unit difference per thousand tablets sold! That's a crazy huge advantage. Buy AT&T now! Sprint would then get 9 and T-mobile 1.

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