T-Mo to overtake Sprint as #3 carrier by year’s end?

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If John Legere has his way, T-Mobile will have overtaken Sprint as the third biggest network operator in the U.S. by the end of 2014. This statement of intent came just a day after the company announced it had taken Sprint’s crown as the top prepaid carrier.

“I predict the #uncarrier will overtake @Sprint in total customers by the end of the year! There, I said it!,” tweeted Legere.

T-Mobile’s 15.64 million prepaid customers puts it around half a million ahead of Sprint’s 15.19 million, but in total, Sprint still has more subscribers. According to the most recent estimates, Sprint has approximately 53 million customers on its network (prepaid + postpaid). While T-Mobile only recently broke the 50 million milestone, and now has 50.5 million subscribers. But, although it’s still 2.5 million behind its nearest  competitor, the two are traveling in opposite directions.

For the last 5 quarters running, T-Mobile has gained over 1 million customers. Last quarter it brought in 1.5 million more customers, the one before that it managed to get past 2 million net adds. Sprint shipped 220,000 last quarter, and even more in Q1. Even if Sprint manages to stop losing customers, and get net adds/losses down to zero, T-Mobile’s recent trend would still place it ahead of Sprint by the end of Q4.

But it’s hard to judge how Sprint’s going to perform for the rest of the year. It’s just replaced its long-serving CEO with a new one, cancelled its plans to merge with T-Mobile and is still struggling with the logistics of getting its new LTE network online.

What do you guys think? At what point will T-Mo overtake Sprint and take 3rd spot?

Source: Yahoo! Finance

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  • It’s very possible they could take the #3 spot by the end of the year, because they are doing very well. With the new news just posted, I think more people will leave sprint for tmo!

    • Adrayven

      and I think fewer T-mo customers will leave.. I was already thinking about it until they axed the merger plans… I’m sure others were as well..

  • gorilla

    I’m surprised they haven’t already

  • sushimane

    For me its possible. second quarter has just ended now we just gotta see about the third and the fourth quarter earning. Stock market is hurting but it doesn’t reflect on T-Mobile. so by year end I think they can do it even if its only by a million. Uncarrier 7.0 is about to be announced let’s see what they can offer to us.
    Let’s go T-Mobile!

    • Roger Sales

      with 700-A coming online, it’ll only reduce churn for customers who choose handsets that have it and are being served with it in those areas. plus, this is the first full year of availability for the iPhone, and the iPhone 6 will be hard to resist on T-Mobile with WiFi-calling on board.for any consumer.

      • Chardog

        And WiFi calling support on the new ios..

    • Jay Holm

      Is there a date for announcing Uncarrier 7.0?

      • sushimane

        No but they did say late summer

      • Chardog

        Heard something about September.. Not even sure the “what” of it is entirely hashed out, but they will come up with something.

  • monkeybutts

    The iPhone 6 alone can draw in 1 million new customers.

    • SEBA

      And note 4 another 2 million

    • taron19119

      I think 1.5 million iPhone 6 + paying ETF

    • DirkDigg1er

      Agreed. However, ATT and Verizon typically have the lionshare of iPhone customers. I think every carrier will benefit from its release.

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        Iphones are already the most popular phones on those carriers, the user base is already saturated with iphone users. because of that the majority of the sales they get from new models are existing customers upgrading. For T-Mobile on the other hand, iphone users havent saturated the customer base yet and this will be a big opportunity for them to do just that; alot of iphone users were just waiting for tmobile to get the iphone to make the switch, and this is the first release that times up well with those who planned to do so once the iphone was offered. those who held off upgrading with their carrier are off contract by now, and the ones that upgraded just before will be off within a few months. The same scenario played out for sprint when they first offered it. Every carrier will benefit as they always do, but T-Mobile is poised to benefit much more than the others.

  • James Shaggy

    I said once and I will say it again. TMobile should acquire/merge with US Cellular, Cspire and a few other regional carriers for their customers and spectrum before the other 3 strike first. Nobody knows is the 600mhz auction is going to be a hit or miss but there is still 700mhz licenses they can round up.

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      Sound strategy, but not really all that easy. in fact, it might get expensive. On the other hand, there’s a quicker potential return, since they already have the tower equipment.

      • Hector

        T-Mobile has the momentum, but Sprint has more potential. With the proper leadership, Sprint has the chance to make more noise.

    • lynyrd65

      After Son lost T-Mobile, what do think his very next move would be? US Cellular is lined up in his sights.

  • Get_at_Me

    Softbank prob wishes they bought tmobile instead lol.

    • calvin200

      So true.

    • Chardog

      The bought a lemon, that’s for sure… Why they couldn’t tell by Sprint’s yellow color, IDK.. LOL

  • rob

    i just heard that t-mobile will have an exclusive for 1 quarter of selling iPhone 6. his is supposed to be the next 7.0 or 8.0

    • taron19119

      Where from

      • EndlessIke

        drugs.

    • KingCobra

      Not happening.

      Apple isn’t going to give any carrier a timed exclusive on a new Iphone release. They can’t have the iPhone 6 being their lowest debuting sales for an iPhone ever. T-mobile doesn’t have enough money to make that happen.

      • UMA_Fan

        I don’t think it’s going to happen either BUT would be amazing if true. The only logic behind this is that tmobile is the only carrier in the US where the iPhone isn’t the top selling phone so maybe that’s something that really bothers Apple.

        Also Legere made it a point to bring up during the test drive uncarrier event that consumer awareness of the iPhone even being available on tmobile was low.

    • dm33

      LOL

  • taron19119

    The real question is when t-mobile becomes the #3 carrier what will DT have to say

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      Cha-ching?

    • DirkDigg1er

      They want $50 per share lol.

  • Cam Fas

    Too bad they didn’t get 700mhz in Vegas hope they get 600mhz in Vegas it would be nice if they not only put 700 on the new iphone but 600 just in case they get it next year it would suck too have too wait for the ip7

    • Justin Merithew

      Is there a list of where they will have 700mhz coverage? I’m curious if it will end up in my area (Southern NH/Maine)

      • EndlessIke

        Southern NH may be part of the Boston market (home cooked meals?), where T-Mobile definitely has 700mhz spectrum.

        • Justin Merithew

          Sweet, fingers crossed!

      • DirkDigg1er
    • Bryan Pizzuti

      Uhh, 600 Mhz doesn’t exist yet as a band definition. That part has to happen way before phones come out that support it.

  • Your Fave CSR

    great article!

  • steveb944

    With the release of the new iPhone(s) and the new Note T-Mobile will be #3 and keep growing.

    Everyone I’ve spoken to with Sprint and an iPhone (Sprint was the first affordable option 2 yrs ago to grab one) is waiting on the new iPhone to switch over. I managed to get a few to switch with the ETF option as their service was complete crap.

    • DirkDigg1er

      I hope you are getting commission checks. You may be able to leverage that skill to your advantage.

      • steveb944

        I wish, but I’m not a T-Mobile employee. And when we try the referral program, the T-Mobile rep has already placed his ‘buddy’ to receive the credit. I’ve stopped trying to get the credit now because of that.

        • TYLERDERK

          When you use that referral program both the referred and referee get a credit.
          I doubt he gave it to a buddy probably another customer would make more sense and that’s how both customers get a credit.
          He shorted his company not the customers.

      • josephsinger

        You seem to think that not talking trash about your own company is somehow a noble thing.

  • Globus

    I want a MI3, not Apple or Samsung. Where is Xaiomi in the US. Youtube Mi Pad or MI2 or MI3. Then I will connect to TMUS.

    • Jay Holm

      “MI3”? Umm,…wtf?

    • Justin Merithew

      If it’s that important to you you may need to buy one direct. I don’t think Xiaomi will be making a push for their phones on any US carrier anytime soon, so why would you have this prevent you from trying Tmo? Buy unlocked and get a SIM.

    • dm33

      Xaiomi isn’t legal in the developed world (US, EU). They don’t pay royalties for all the technologies they steal, I mean “use”. If you thought Samesung was bad, Xaiomi is worse. Ship all those jobs to China for sure. They have no problem stealing others technologies. Not a level playing field for trade.

  • Globus

    Why does Legere bash every cellco idiot out there–someone will bash him next.

    • Chad

      He doesn’t care if he’s bashed, that’s the game he plays!

      • archerian

        Its not possible to be a people’s champion forever and be the CEO of a publicly traded company, especially in a market where saturation is very close if not already happening

    • Paul

      He takes as well as dishes out.

    • josephsinger

      You evidently do not know how businesses work. It’s not businesses’ best interest to make their competition look good but more the other thing to make your business look good and the other guys’ businesses not so much. It’s been that way since time immemorial.

  • Mike

    Sounds like the FCC wants a 4 carrier model now and in the future. they may not have taken into account that Sprint may be a dead bunny In the very near future. Then what? How would the unevenness of GSM vs CDMA carries play out in the minds of the FCC? Wasn’t that the issue that iced the ATTMO deal?

    • EndlessIke

      Sprint would go through a Bankruptcy and emerge free from all of its bad debt/contracts and start over. Same as how every airline in the country has gone bankrupt. There’s a long way from failing multi-billion dollar business to “non-existent”

      • archerian

        Why would Sprint need to go through bankruptcy when they have Softbank backing?

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          Sprint is still making money, and has a lot of it… There’s a long way to go before this scenario would even come up. If it were to, its cheaper to declare bankruptcy and erase your debts than it is to pay them off.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      The potential GSM monopoly was really only a nominal factor in the decision to block that merger, far from “the issue that iced” it. The big one was AT&T leapfrogging VZW to become the largest carrier by a substantial amount and leaving an enormous gap between #2 (vzw) and #3 (sprint), further isolating the top dogs from the underdogs in the already grossly imbalanced, duopolistic industry. The technology used (GSM/CDMA) by the involved parties was of little to no concern. On top of that, with all 4 carriers currently migrating rapidly to LTE, that issue will be nonexistent altogether in the near future anyway.

    • Paul

      You bring up a good point but merging to form a 3 carrier system and 1 of 4 carriers filing for bankruptcy are very different.

  • calvin200

    Now maybe commenters will stop saying T-Mobile is the 3rd largest. Really what difference does it make anyway?

    • Felipe Bigio

      That’ll never happened

    • TechHog

      I’ve never seen anyone say this. In fact, I’m willing to bet that you’re misreading comments which say that they will be the largest soon.

      • calvin200

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        “VapidRapidRabbit • 2 days ago

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        Jared Denman VapidRapidRabbit • 2 days ago
        It already is”
        Should I waste more of my time?

        • TechHog

          There are always a few people who are wrong about things though. :/

        • calvin200

          There are just so many cheerleaders on here.

        • VapidRapidRabbit

          I rarely comment on this site, but since you are copying and pasting comments, know that I made that comment on another blog and know that T-Mobile is on track to pass Sprint.

        • calvin200

          There are more people than you so don’t take it personally. I can waste my time and find more, but I should be cleaning my house. I don’t care if TMobile passes up Sprint. Like something or don’t like something just be honest and factual. I could give you 5 reasons I would want to be with Sprint or T-mobile. Many people on here just want to paint their faces magenta and run through the streets. It comes down to–it’s only a cellular phone carrier.

        • VapidRapidRabbit

          I don’t even have T-Mobile. I have AT&T, so I don’t see how I’m wanting to paint my face magenta.

        • calvin200

          OK, that’s good. I wasn’t talking about you. It was a general statement. I know one of them personally.

        • guidomus_maximus

          This is a T-Mobile user site, duh. Go away Sprint Troll

        • calvin200

          Call me what you want, I don’t care. I’m not praising a Sprint god I’ve called out Sprints bad customer service along with the BS on here. Sorry I’m not leading cheers. ,

        • Chris

          It’s a blog site that has information about mostly T-mobile stuff… So what do you expect? Do you expect to go into a Los Angeles Lakers game while they are playing Miami Heat and expect more Miami Heat fans than Lakers? Come on now.

          What’s funnier than people saying T-mobile is #3 on this site? Is people who come here wants to argue to people about who has better coverage and expect to have non-bias conversation with people who come here and generally like “T-mobile”. Seriously…

        • calvin200

          Sorry, but BS rubs me the wrong way.

  • trife

    John Legere: A face only a mother could love.

    • josephsinger

      This from someone who does not even show their face!

  • Kit Pogi

    I’m just glad the whole Sprint/Tmo merger is over! I would’ve given a serious thought of leaving Tmo if merger became reality whew….

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    They’ll try to get it done in 2014, but I’m thinking Q1 or Q2 2015, during Android Flagship Season (the release of the GS6, M9, and G4). Particularly since that set of flagships will have Band 12 support, and if they’re smart they’ll make a VERY big deal out of that.

    • JBrowne1012

      Note 4 is what you forget and nexus 6 both release this year that will drive more than 2.5 million customers combined in the first month

      • Bryan Pizzuti

        Nexus 6 is still just a rumour, and the Note 4 is more of a niche device than the other flagship. No way that drives more than a million I figure.

        • Jose Hernandez

          The Note 3 sold well over 10 million units (Total). Those phones are becoming more and more popular. Selling more than than the previous one.

          So TMO could indeed see a nice jump with it. iPhone 6 and Nexus can only help. But we will have to wait and see.

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          Umm, wouldn’t 10 million units to this point work out to about a million a month? :)

        • Jose Hernandez

          Ok, the sales of the Note 3 as a whole number, not Tmobile only.

          My point is that with every new release of the Note series, Samsung is selling more and more of them.

          Plus the other flag ship devices coming later on can only help them with new customers coming on board.

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          Exactly. The other flagships. In Q1/Q2. Which is why I figure it’ll take until then to surpass Sprint. Much as I wish it were sooner, people need a reason/excuse to jump carriers, and the best excuse is the release/purchase of a new device (especially when you want to guarantee band compatibility). We’ll get some from the iPhone6 and Note 4 launches, but we’ll need to wait to get the rest from the GS6, G4, and M9 when they launch.

        • Chris

          Well, my wife wants the Note 4 – she’s jumping from GS4. So I guess you can count that as 1 :) but we’re current customers so. hehe

        • Paul

          Nexus 6 is pretty much confirmed and being built by Motorola. Google “Nexus 6 confirmed.”

        • Bryan Pizzuti

          No, Nexus 6 is not confirmed. Google “Nexus 6 confirmed” and you get a bunch of articles with that in the subject line, but typically also a question mark. Dig into the articles and it’s all “Rumors and hits pretty much point to an eventual Nexus 6 confirmation at some point in the future.” In other words, so much equivocation that they could be saying anything and not get in trouble for blatantly lying in order to get search placement and draw ad clicks for revenue. But at least the choice of headline got you to click on the article so they can get paid by their advertisers.

        • Paul

          First, awesome that you ACTUALLY googled it. Thank you for knowing what is in the articles. You know how many times people don’t and continue to argue? Though I’m not arguing and was curious if you’d actually read any of the information in the articles.

          You’re right, it’s mostly speculation based on a leak of information. However, it’s fairly positive in its direction pointing towards a new Nexus 6 phone; all arrows point to __ situation. If anything at this point it puts doubt that the Nexus program is dead which is good to hear. So there is a real possibility that there will be another Nexus.

          Also, a lot of companies have more than one “flag ship device” and the Note 4 is considered one. It’s a flag ship to those of us that like the larger phone format. I, personally, am likely to purchase a Note 4 when they are released. That is my personal preference.

          Finally, I agree that they’ll likely take over by Q1. It seems more reasonable, but I would love to see them move to #3 in Q4. The holidays could hold some great deals to bring in more customers as well.

        • UMA_Fan

          No way. The Note is a blockbuster flagship. A lot of people buy it.

      • Paul

        iPhone 6 as well.

  • Mike Palomba

    I think they should’ve overtaken Sprint a while ago. The problem is the people who still think T-Mobile is like it was years ago. They don’t realize that it’s a lot better now and it’s certainly a lot better than Sprint

    • calvin200

      That’s the same situation Sprint will soon experience.

      • UMA_Fan

        Good point. People joined Sprint for the most part for superficial reasons. A lot of times it was just for a device. If tmobiles service remains consistant I don’t see why people will ever be tempted by Sprint even if they lower prices.

        • calvin200

          Some people won’t care or remember, some will be tempted by money, some will want service where a different carrier doesn’t have it, and some people will marry their cell phone provider. The point being, if TMobile was horrible and they are adding all these customers, it means it is possible. A great plan, good marketing, a CEO that rips people apart in tweets……. whatever it takes I guess.

        • Mike Palomba

          Sprint prices aren’t even that good though. I pay less now then I did with sprint and we have more minutes and Better customer support

      • Mike Palomba

        No it’s the opposite for sprint, years ago their prices were competitive and their coverage was ok, now they are using the same tech they did in like 2008. I just switched to tmobile this month from sprint after 4 years and it’s a huge difference

        • calvin200

          My bill is $53 a month (cost), I now have LTE in most places including my house (800 frequency/ tech) , I have unlimited data, I’m not throttled (unless I”m in the top 5% of data users and things are congested), my coverage map isn’t Verizon but it I can leave the cities. They are in the middle of spending about 4 BILLION dollars to fix their MESS up and to update technology. So yes, I do believe some will consider it a viable option. I’m not saying it’s there yet or that it will be the best. What I was saying was it has vastly improved, it isn’t done yet, and Sprint will find itself in the situation you described TMobile is going through. It’s not going backwards as you described it.

        • Mike Palomba

          Sprint is going backwards. They were ok when we First switched to them 4 years ago but their service actually got worse. 3G speeds of like .2mbs and “LTE” speeds of 2mps are horrendous. Not only that but their customer service is rude and misinformed on most topics. And they’re more expensive then the competition for worse service. With Sprint we paid $280 for 1600 minutes unlimited text and unlimited data. With tmo we pay $240 and we have unlimited everything (data throttled at 3gbs and they even paid our early termination fees. Plus we have the latest phones (LG G2, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and LG G3 all financed and included in that $240)) and the service is great where I live (Staten Island) and the customer service is superb, better then verizon att and sprint IMO (I get business support) so maybe sprint is good for some people but honestly tmobile is the way to go

        • calvin200

          1. Think about this logically, you think they are dumping 4 billion so when they are done they will have a worse network? That doesn’t even make sense and is contrary to experience and reports. They are fixing things and it got messy. I experienced it. While they were working on my towers I was dropping data and it was sloooooooow. It was horrible!!
          2. Customer service is not the best and I have received false information–once I understand them.
          3. I don’t know how many people were on your plan. How many were there?

        • Mike Palomba

          I had been having problems with Sprint for the last year or so. I called to complain and they said that I had 99% reliability rate according to their computers. That obviously was not true because we had been dropping calls not getting calls and constantly could not make calls that year. Also several customer service agents told me incorrect information and I did not even know who was right about the information because every person told me a different story and I don’t know how many people had that plan but I know that is the plan was available when we signed up. It’s actually $300 but we had a city worker discount of $20 off per month

        • calvin200

          Sprint was a mess, which is why they had to fix it. I didn’t mean to infer the only problem Sprint had was their network vision fixes. I mean there was a reason why they had to do it.
          Customer service–I experienced the same thing you did.
          Did I miss how many people were on your plan? If it was two that was a ridiculous amount-ouch. I don’t know if Sprint even has limited talk minutes anymore. They could, I guess, but you can’t say they are expensive because you had a plan that was expensive 2 years ago. Just like you said, a company changes and people still think of how it use to be.

        • Mike Palomba

          It was 4 people but that’s still an extremely high price. I know sprint is improving but it took too long for me and I would’ve stayed if they were willing to help out with the issues we were having rather then saying. “You can put your device value towards your etfs if you want” that was like begging us to leave, so we did

        • calvin200

          That’s a bid difference than going backwards. Yes, painfully bad for an extended period of time. It seems like they knew how bad it was so they weren’t holding you back. Right now your plan with 4 people for completely unlimited everything would be 280. That’s saying each phone was $25 a month. So it’s in the ball park pricewise.

        • Mike Palomba

          That’s not a bad price at all but tmobile still beats that price and coverage wise, as of now, they beat sprint.

        • calvin200

          That new plan 4 for 140 is crazy cheap. I even told someone to consider it–if they don’t travel far outside the cities. Yes, I understand that is changing. I disagree with you about coverage nationwide, but I love the fact that TMobile doesn’t hit you with overage fees. That’s one of their good selling points.

        • Mike Palomba

          It’s 4 for 100 lol and I do agree that both compaines have their strong points and weaknesses. I didn’t experience many with sprint but I’m sure there are good things about them

        • calvin200

          Sorry 4 for $140 I edited it, but apparently it didn’t show up on here.

        • Mike Palomba

          Yea I figured and the other think I hate about sprint is that the value of their phones is less then other providers since they refuse to unlock them. I’m trying to sell my Spint gold 5s and no one wants it meanwhile it’s in mint condition looks brand new and has a clean ESN. For some reason people don’t buy sprint phone for as much as other phones

        • calvin200

          Sprint is the worse at unlocking, at least you can do it legally on your own now. At this point people are holding out for the probably triband 6. There is somebody out there who wants it though. Good luck. Flopping cards out and being able to jump around networks would be a dream.

        • Sophie

          Sprint sucks, plain and simple. I was a Sprint customer and switched to T-Mobile the moment they started paying ETF’s. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made! Sprint always claims to be working with new technology but never deliver. They always say they are working on their towers. Sprint is the only carrier that uses that excuse — how long does it take to upgrade towers? Sprint is the only company that takes forever for a subpar network that isn’t worth waiting for! Even their LTE was slow and spotty. Sprint claims Sprint Spark will be able to reach 50Mbps but T-Mobile already delivers that! Sprint can’t keep using the same old stake excuse. Enough is enough! They’ve been “fixing” their network for how long? They claim to also have the newest network and are almost done with NV upgrades, that should scare people it’s almost complete and it’s still the slowest and most spotty network?

        • calvin200

          So you know the Sprint story, “It’s almost here”.. I wish I would have switched too but I didn’t want to pay the etf. I believe it was before the payment of etf started or I wasn’t aware of it.
          T-Mobile fixed their problems, and did it the right way. Sprint did not and they made bad choices . Kudos to T-Mobile for doing it right.
          Now that NV is done it’s gotten better. Not there yet, but I’m pulling down pretty decent speeds and getting coverage in places I didn’t before. NV2 has started so the overloaded system is going to get a break. Sprint has more spectrum than you can shake a stick at. Things have changed with new ownership. Oh, I pray I’m right. LOL

        • guidomus_maximus

          Sprint is always announcing some new venture to improve their network and it never seems to work out. They can’t deliver on their promises.

        • calvin200

          So you know the history of Sprint-sad but true. Softbank is making changes, my fingers are crossed.

        • dkbnyc

          I give Softbank another 2 years before putting Sprint on the chopping block. Son is under the mistaken impression that a more business friendly government will allow the merger. He’s wrong. Obama is the biggest sell-out to business there ever was.

    • Bob

      I disagree. As a wireless carrier technician, I am still not seeing TOM outside of tje metro and suburbs. Better coverage means extending into the rural areas.

      • Mike Palomba

        Tmo** and yes, that’s their main problem right now, rural coverage, but they are working on that

      • Chardog

        The company is currently upgrading all remaining areas with 2G/3G to LTE.. I believe a good chunk of it will be done by this time next year.

      • MuthaFuckinStephen

        Than you’re not doing your job cause I see more 4g and LTE now than I see Edge signals on my phone.

        • Jay Holm

          Location?

        • MuthaFuckinStephen

          I live in San Francisco. And commute to Stockton. A few years ago (2005) I would only get Edge or GPRS once I left the bay area. Now I’m getting 4G, sometimes LTE. Only once did I see edge signals for a couple of miles. Then it would switch back to 4g. I know it’s hspa+ cause my Pandora radio wasn’t buffering. T-Mobile is slowly improving. Its not gonna happen over night. But it’s happening. No I don’t work for T-Mobile.

        • SP

          Not a very impressive screen name…You should have more pride in yourself and how you present yourself to the public

        • MuthaFuckinStephen

          Relax is just a name. Don’t like it? Look away.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          I, for one, find his Disqus name hysterical. You must be one of those who is easily offended by what John Legere says.

        • calvin200

          Your phone, could be. Nationally on a whole, they are not there. The maps show improvement, but not even close.

        • dkbnyc

          Here’s the thing. Sprint may have better coverage that T-Mobile at the moment but it’s network is crap. Who cares if you have towers every 4 feet across the country if your network is crap?

      • vinnyjr

        Wrong, my brother is a tower jokey and all he does is install LTE hardware. T-Mobile is installing their MIMO 4×2 LTE hardware everywhere, much of it is in the rural areas. I travel in many areas of the US, T-Mobile has increased it’s rural footprint by 15-25% and over the next 6 months that number will double. T-Mobile has more plans with different LTE hardware in different areas, thinking outside the norm, T-Mobile is growing faster than anyone thinks. These are FACTS.

        • Life Coach

          Excellent. Just excellent. Continue to proofread your remarks, and keep up these meaningful contributions. This was a killer comment, Vinny, and I agree 1000%! Hit ’em with the facts!

      • Krali

        That’s not at all true. Better coverage doesn’t just mean MORE coverage, it means BETTER coverage. If the coverage in my city went from dropping calls now and then, to no dropped calls, better voice quality and improved data…that’s better fucking coverage…and that’s just what tmobile has done. One of my friends that used to have t-mobile refused to go back based on past shitty experience here in Miami. T-mobile in Miami right now is amazing, so OP’s comment is 100% correct. She’s reconsidering trying it out thanks to the t-mo free trial deal.

    • Life Coach

      Very articulate, and well-said. Take note, Vinnyjr, some of your points could be better taken if they were as articulately stated as this man’s.

    • 1RealityCheck

      You know how many people don’t even know Tmobile carries the iPhone?

      • Mike Palomba

        Not many people that I know. Everyone I know know that T-Mobile carries the iPhone

  • UMA_Fan

    If they had just bought Leap before at&t they would have passed Sprint with this quarter results.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Nice

  • mingkee

    If T-Mobile could get C-Spire before Sprint does, it would be better.

  • S. Ali

    Lot of great companies they can acquire to make that happen.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Definitely would love them to pick up some rural carriers in the western u.s.

  • elitelibra

    I hope that tmo becomes the third. The underdog deserves some noise in terms of position and would shake up if not scare the competition

    • 1RealityCheck

      Whether they’re third or fourth will not affect your daily life or service

      • Krali

        Not really…If everything slowed down and t-mobile’s momentum disappeared, it would be equivalent to saying “The uncarrier movement does’t mean shit, you might as well go back to screwing your customers.” Also, fuck att and verizon.

  • Hector

    T-Mobile definitely has the momentum. However, Sprint has much more potential. Here’s hoping they get it together. Around the Memphis area, Sprint is way better than T-Mobile. I also believe Sprints rural coverage is superior. Not great, but T-Mobile is worse. In most major cities, T-Mobile has the upper hand in my opinion. Will be interesting for sure.

    • NorCalOffspring

      Don’t forget t-mobile is converting their entire 2G network to hspa+ and LTE which covers more than Sprints 3G network. At that point, t-mobile for sure will pass Sprint.

      • donnybee

        I don’t think they’re upgrading it all. I think they have a planned amount that they want to convert 100%, but they can’t do it all yet. And in some of the places they’ve converted, the backhaul is still lagging behind the radio tech. Phone indicates 4G but the speed is on par with where the 2G was.

        So still a lot of work to do.

        • Krali

          They’ve stated that they’re converting it all.

  • vinnyjr

    T-Mobile is converting it’s entire EDGE Network to HSPA+ and LTE, this is happening right now. Sprint is still trying to launch LTE while their 3G network is about as fast as T-Mobile’s EDGE, even slower. T-Mobile’s LTE hardware is all 4×2 MIMO, Multiple input – Multiple output. This is the newest LTE hardware that other Carriers have not even started to implement. Being the last Carrier to the LTE dance T-Mobile was lucky enough to be able to use the best and fastest LTE hardware. That alone will save T-Mobile so much money in the future while the other Carriers will all have to update. Sprint will never be able to catch T-Mobile, they made too many mistakes with their LTE network, their 3G network is painful, Sprint has a long way to go. That is too bad because they were the first Carrier to have real 4G speeds but for different reasons never got off the ground.

    • Life Coach

      Vinny, your comments are all moxie, and no brains. You sound like an overenthusiastic cheerleader with a very rosy and fragile understanding of what’s what. I agree with you and STILL find myself cringing!

      I don’t know. I’m not a fan of some of your previous comments, and I want to like you – but you stillnaound like an ill-informed, geriatric gasbag a lot of the time. Work on that.

      • So are you saying you’re a fan of and agree with what he’s saying, but you don’t care for the way he formed his opinion?

        • Life Coach

          I was, but I was wrong to be so harsh. I’m sorry, Vinny. :-( I guess your awful politics clouded my judgment. I agree 1000% with what you said. T-Mo FTW!

        • chad

          this made me laugh

  • 1RealityCheck

    If you sign up with MetroPCS, do you get the same Tmobile LTE network as if you were a Tmobile customer or not.? Their phone reps said no;their social media rep said yes. I know rate plans are different. I guess Straight Talk is still my best deal with 3gb of LTE for only $45 with an ATT SIM

    • Krali

      Yes, you do. My friend is on Metro, and I’m on T-Mobile. Whenever we compare speeds, we ALWAYS get roughly the same speeds on LTE. The only catch is that you have a GSM phone. If you get on Metro with a GSM phone, you will access T-Mo’s network. If you get on with one of Metro’s old phones, you’ll get on Metro’s legacy network. You’d probably get shut off by the end of next year as well, so you might as well buy a new phone and save the hassle. In any case, I assume you have a GSM phone, so just get Metro’s sim, pop it in, and enjoy T-Mobile’s network.

  • James

    This is great. I’ve been eyeing T-Mobile for the last 6 months. So I far, I currently plan on moving from Verizon to T-Mobile later this year. Too bad Legere’s public persona (real or not) is annoying. Oh well, he is doing a good job though.

    • Krali

      Why are you going to wait? If you’re waiting for network improvements in your area, fully understandable. Otherwise, why? T-Mobile will buy out your contract…

  • Richard Yarrell

    It’s pretty plain and simple in my book, If you’re not rolling with T-Mobile then your not rolling at all it’s that simple.