While Verizon and AT&T have traditionally been the two biggest players in the U.S., Sprint and T-Mobile have almost always been stuck behind in third and fourth place, respectively. However, T-Mobile’s big “Uncarrier” surge over the last year is threatening to shake up the traditional order and make it, not Sprint, America’s No. 3 wireless carrier.

While this sort of scenario would have been unthinkable a year ago, it won’t be too much longer before it becomes a reality if T-Mobile and Sprint keep having quarters like the ones they just reported on over the past week. While Sprint lost nearly half a million subscribers last quarter, T-Mobile continued to absolutely bludgeon the competition by adding a stunning 2.4 million net customers, including 1.8 million total postpaid additions.

Jan Dawson at Beyond Devices has put together a handy chart that tracks U.S. wireless carrier subscriber numbers over the past several quarters and as you can see, T-Mobile has really been coming on strong in the past year.

While both of these carriers are still a long way behind AT&T and Verizon, it does seem that T-Mobile has a lot of momentum right now and it’s certainly conceivable that one year from now it could be America’s No. 3 wireless carrier.

Dawson’s entire post is worth reading for some sharp analysis and you can find it by clicking the source link below.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.