The United States is the world’s most valuable market for operator-led handset subsidies. No other country on Earth subsidizes as many cellphones as the US. It dwarfs every country, including China, India, Germany and the rest. In particular, WCDMA and LTE smartphones are heavily subsidized for postpaid users by top-tier US carriers like Verizon Wireless, ATT, Sprint and T Mobile. How big, in dollars, is the subsidy market today? How much subsidy share do Apple, Samsung and others capture? Will operator subsidies rise, plateau or fall in 2013? This published report -- available to download by clients of our Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service -- answers those questions and more.