T-Mobile didn’t catch Sprint in 2014 after all

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“Put a fork in it, they’re done” John Legere boldly said on a number of occasions referring to how he fancied his company’s chances of overtaking Sprint’s subscriber base by the end of 2014. With the pace T-Mobile was gaining subscribers at the time, and how fast Sprint was losing them, it seemed a no-brainer. And not just to John Legere. As it turns out, Sprint had something of a mini recovery during the second half of the year.

At the end of September, 2014, Sprint was “serving 55 million subscribers”. And with yesterday’s announcement from T-Mobile that it had finally reached the same milestone, Sprint needed to lose customers in order for T-Mo to be named the third largest carrier in the States. But Sprint didn’t lose customers. In fact – according to a press release today – the company added almost 1 million customers in the final quarter of last year.

Sprint Corporation (NYSE:S) reported preliminary results from the third fiscal quarter of 2014 that demonstrate the positive impact of Sprint’s efforts to offer customers the best value in wireless. During the quarter, Sprint platform net additions totaled 967,000 including postpaid net additions of 30,000, prepaid net additions of 410,000 and wholesale net additions of 527,000.

These are preliminary results for both companies, but it means that – although it is closer than ever to matching Sprint – T-Mobile is still approximately 1 million customers short.

Sadly then, Legere’s prediction that T-Mobile would be #3 by the time 2015 came around didn’t pan out. But on a more positive note, it would only take one more similar quarter from both companies for #TeamMagenta to become the 3rd largest U.S. wireless operator.

Source: Sprint

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  • calvin200

    I think this is why Legere made the comment that Sprint couldn’t discount their way to profitability (rough paraphrase). This should get interesting.

  • Kingcharming

    cool /10char

  • UMA_Fan

    Damn

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    In my area sprint now has better lte coverage than tmobile. but they lack any signal in most rural area whereas tmo has edge

    • Joe

      edge which will be all LTE by mid 2015

      • J.J.

        i cant wait!!! northern indiana has plenty of edge to spare. i saw the new 700mhz map deployment will have almost all of the southern part covered just north of indianapolis, but no love up north yet.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          same here in central cali. 700mhz all over the valley

        • Joshua Miller

          Ugh I hate driving from Sacramento to San Luis Obispo on the 5. Its edge most of the way south of Stockton.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          I get hspa or LTE from south of merced to Sacramento…. Haven’t gone further up but its pretty good

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        yep

    • tony

      by mid 2015 all 2g and 3g and edge networks is replaced by 4 glte.

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        2g is better than zero lol.

  • Chris

    I wonder how many of those Spring 1 million adds came from AT&T and Verizon. They have been advertising the heck out of that “Cut the plan in half” in my area. Every time I turn on the tv I see at least one commercial that starts with “What’s in your hand? … AT&T Bill … We’ll cut that in half…” I haven’t really seen much T-mo ads except when I go online lol.

    • UMA_Fan

      Read again. The vast majority of their net additions were wholesale, meaning MVNOs like Boost, Virgin Mobile, etc. which I can’t really fathom why they are so successful?

      The cut your bill in half event required you to be Sprint post paid of which they only netted 30,000.

      If not for Sprint’s prepaid success T-Mobile would have passed Sprint.

      • J.J.

        well that is very interesting.

      • Evan Anderson

        Netted 30,000, but grossed the highest amount in 3 years. Churn caused their net additions to be lower and is Claure’s next goal. He met his goal of postpaid net adds in Q4, now the goal is to reduce churn.

      • calvin200

        People who live in cities are realizing that Boost and Virgin are great deals because network improvements. Sounds like T-Mobile as a whole.

  • J.J.

    i figured it would take 1 or 2 more quarters. That cut your bill in half deal is pretty epic. that had to have brought many over just because of the sticker shock.

    • tony

      sprint half off on your bills is a lie, first) when you come from verizon and at&t you have to trade in your phones and be on their eip program its mandatory. HALF OFF data only, not the whole bill. then you get hit by sprint’s activation fees $ 25 per line nonrefundable. on top of the $25 per line sprint’s buyback offer $350 has a restriction attach it, you have to be on an approved plan in order to qualify for the $350 etf offer from sprint. if your not on that certain plan your etf buyout offer from sprint is denied. (this is how sprint do to their new customers, sprint dont inform new customers about this and then later on customers finds out their etf is denied and dont know why. because sprint dont tell them this at the time of signing sprint contract. its a way for sprint to rip you off withotu paying you the etf.) and a $9.99 administrative fees, add in another $ 35 service fees. Both of my friends who got duped into half bill off from sprint is suing sprint in los angeles. fraudulent billing from sprint is rampant.

      • J.J.

        wow. i guess i never had a reason to look into it but thats terrible

        • Mo’Nique

          Ahaahaa T-Mobile/MetroPCS are such retards. Haaaaaaaaaaa T-Mobile smells bad. Goodbye T-Mobile. Sprints 3G will always be so much better than sorry behind T-Mobiles 2G/3G network offer. Ewwwwaaauuhh T-Mobile. #TeamSprtCorporation #TeamBoostMobile

        • Brutal

          …and this is exactly the level of maturity and intelligence I would expect a Sprint user to display. You nailed it. Thanks!

        • Bori

          Sorry to say, but T-mobile users are not any better, they are just as immature.

        • Bori

          LMAO!

        • J.J.

          huh….

        • J.J.

          i shall go to sprints site and scream from the mountain tops…… Ewwwwwwwaaaaah!

      • IamTwone

        Yea my friend had this issue coming from At&t. Went for the iphone deal went to the apple store because sprint didn’t have the 64gb 6+ signed a 2yr contract, come to find out they wont pay his etf unless he finances or leases the phone. He originally wanted to go on tmobile but they wont let him because he owed them money that was charged off going on 5 yrs ago and they wont accept his paperwork.

        • tony

          remember the sprint $50 unlimited data deal? if you bring your phone they charge you $25 for discount phone fee. if you buy sprint phone they still charge you $25 extra for service fee.

        • IamTwone

          I didnt know that i left sprint almost 2 yrs ago because in central Jersey there LTE speeds was around 2mbps down, was mostly using wifi since we left I average about 20-30gb a month on my line because I don’t use wifi and my sister gone up to about 70gb in 1 month. Because I know with sprint every month my bill was a different price.

      • Mo’Nique

        Maybe you are too cheap for your own Good, fool.

        • tony

          im on t mobile , both of my firends who went to sprint from verizon is suing sprint. they got good lawyers in ca.

        • Sho’Niece

          Hey stupid, he ain’t no fool, maybe his friends is dough.

        • derp hurr-durr

          ^^^Boost Mobile user.

          So easy to spot these poor examples of what our “coddling of the mentally deficient” has wrought for our species.

    • tony

      oh did i mention if you dont get on sprtin eip program they charge you another $7.99 they call that maintaince fee because your not on their eip easy pay program.

      • J.J.

        ouch, looks they want to force you to finance a phone to keep you on the hook.

        • tony

          yes, dont get duped into signing sprint contract, my friend is not the only one suing sprint, if you look at sprint facebook there are many other new customers that came from at&t and verizon is getting duped, they think they are getting half off their bills but its an illusion. they are suing sprint as well.

        • Jose Hernandez

          I saw this coming

    • tony

      sprint will rip you off and nickel and dime you to death if you let them.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Not actually Sprint has been tragetting ppl who contracts are about to expire and offering them the 50 dollar plan. Which is a very sweet deal. But it doesn’t offer more then tmobiles

      • J.J.

        wow. i guess it would be hard to leave when a company your already with dangles that price in your face.

  • UMA_Fan

    Post paid net additions of 30,000 isn’t much for them to celebrate considering all their fanfare over the cut your bill in half event.

    I didn’t see those prepaid numbers from Sprint coming. I would think the best prepaid options in the US would have to go to MetroPCS and Cricket. Was it Boost Mobile’s recent price cuts that caused all those prepaid adds?

    • DDLAR

      Going up by 30K is better than going down. Sprint has been steadily losing customers for quite a while. This is a step in the right direction.
      In general, I think it would be good to have four solid nationwide carriers. I’m rooting for both T-Mobile and Sprint to do well.

    • archerian

      Cut your bill in half was introduced only in December, so whether it was good or bad for them, its full impact is not seen in the current results.

      • Evan Anderson

        It was “wildly successful” and was extended through 2015, so it was definitely good for them. They were also able to post the best postpaid gross additions in 3 years.

  • Guest

    Those poor 967,000 people…

    • Mirad77

      Maybe sprint is cooking the numbers to stay nos 3,lol.

      • Mr Paul

        Maybe T-Mobile didn’t do enough building outside of cities, in fact, they DIDN’T. Cities can yield a good number of customers, but certainly not all.

        • Tanner

          It’s jot even really about ppl outside of cities. Most of the time it’s about ppl who live in the city and travel that get fed up with tmo. I love tmo, but I’m counting down until the launch LTE on all the 2g sites. Cuz outside of of the city the edge gets frustrating.

        • T-Mo in KY

          Uh oh, some bodies upset their network stinks. T-Mobile has vastly improved rural coverage where I live in central Kentucky. They don’t even report LTE in three different small towns here that I commonly go to. Sprint on the other hand has a top speed of 6mbs in the city just north of me. I live in a small town 15 miles south and I get around 25mbs average and a max of 41mbs. Sprint blows. They may get better but as of now, they stink. Customers wouldn’t be fleeing if they were so amazing. One quarter of positive growth. You celebrate that, we’ll celebrate the best year in company history at T-Mobile with no signs of slowing down.

        • Mr Paul

          I love AT&T, thanks. I can challenge anyone with VZW, T-Mobile, and Sprint in my area to tell me simply their bars and 1x/E/3G/4G(H+) or LTE, let alone before even doing speedtests and measurements or what not.

          Most times, even people on Verizon have 3G while I have LTE or 1 bar or LTE while I have 4-5. That’s not even speedtesting or checking -dBm and I already win. Not like I should, though.

          Where the heck are Verizon and Sprint? I mean I know T-Mobile doesn’t care about my area, but I can’t help but wonder how I can be the only one with good coverage.

      • KingCobra

        Yes to the tune of 900,000K free tablets.

  • Bird Feeding

    Verizon and Att must be really scared now /sarcasm
    Exactly my point from previous topic, quit counting eggs before they hatch and it’s going to take time before TMo even come close to the big 2 sub numbers

    Good day crows

    • Mr Paul

      BINGO! Took. The. Words. Out. Of. My. Mouth.

    • KingCobra

      Who said TMO was coming for the Big 2 in subscriber numbers? Outside of a few unrealistic fanatics on this blog, I’ve never seen anyone claim that.

  • Paul

    We were hoping but it wasn’t a sure thing. Plus, Sprint is trying to bounce back and the new commercials are pretty cute.

    Honestly, I see it happening this year but not sure if Q1 or Q2. It dependson what either side does to grab new customers. It’ll be interesting to see what they pull out of their hats.

  • Mirad77

    Tmo still a good job in my book last year. Hope Legere et al. go for nos 3 this year.

  • stluser

    I have yet to see a sprint galaxy s5 speed test above 20mb/sec and the Spark network is in St Louis. I ask all my friends using sprint to perform speed tests and none of them go over 10mb/sec either. Then I show them my T-Mobile speed tests hitting 20mb/sec and they’re like wow.

    • div

      Dude I am hitting 79.90 mbps with tmobile…even i did not believe that was animation or real for the first time…

    • KingCobra

      Spark only enabled Sprint to offer speeds that are respectable. Their initial LTE rollout was garbage 5 Mhz LTE in most markets and still remains so. In areas where they have Spark they’re still usually 4th place, Spark just allowed them to occasionally be tied for last in a few cities.

    • Trevnerdio

      Same as div. It’s on and off here in Panama City Beach, but my speed went from ~38mbps to 73 overnight. It was great.

  • archerian

    Sprint is on a road to recovery with Dan Hesse gone. A few of my contacts who work with Sprint are talking about huge management changes there, even in the Network operations group. Sprint will become a strong challenger soon.

    • tony

      bullshit read my comments how sprint rips off new customers with half off promotion.

    • tony

      sprint will face hundreds of not thousands of lawsuit, and i can smell it from far away.

    • Mr Paul

      I know, and I didn’t believe until I saw the overwhelming evidence on RootMetrics markets tests. After 10-15+ markets of clear improvements, I have more hope in Sprint than I do in T-Mobile. I’m really curious to see how they’ll do this year. Don’t mind the T-Mo trolls, they’re angry that they’re still number 4.

      • Jose Hernandez

        T-Mobile trolls on a T-Mobile “fan” web site? Really?

        • archerian

          maybe shills was the right word… but some of the comments on this site have a troll effect, especially some single liner ones with profanity yet no grammar and sense.

        • Jose Hernandez

          I will agree with you on that. Not a fan of those either.

        • Adrayven

          haha, I had to laugh at that too..

        • J Cav the Great

          clearly they allow ANY idiot to post comments.. Smh

        • Mr Paul

          Wrong, it’s a T-Mobile news site, retard.

    • UMA_Fan

      This has been the Sprint running line for years.

      When Sprint is definitively the best at SOMETHING let me know

      • archerian

        It’s not perfect, but recent network improvements in Sprint’s network are visible. They lost their way with rigid management and their dalliance with WiMax till a year ago, the potential for success is more with Sprint than with T-mobile. The new owners are in it to succeed and not looking for a quick flip sale. As in the case of T-mobile, nothing can impact change as much as leadership change, and that has happened only recently.

    • KingCobra

      “Sprint will become a strong challenger soon”. I’ve been hearing that for the past 5 years.

      • archerian

        Nothing would change as long as Dan the Pacifist was in charge, not anymore. If you look at rootmetrics reports over the past few months you can see significant improvements. Its not perfect but improvements over the past few months are noticeable. And to be fair, T-mobile was the distant challenger 4-5 years ago.

        • tony

          lol its funny when customer of sprint calls customer service why their network drops calls and slow data. sprint says their phone might have problem lol. they tell that line to every sprint customers who complains about network issue.

      • Fraydog

        I honestly don’t blame people for thinking that, but this is the first quarter literally since Sprint Nextel merged where I can ever remember Sprint hit their network deployment targets. They still have a ways to go if they want to catch T-Mobile in network deployment pace.

  • UMA_Fan

    One explanation is existing Sprint customers who already have Sprint devices migrating or activating Boost, Virgin, Sprint prepaid etc for a cheaper bill.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      Since when can a sprint phone be put on boost/virgin?

      • J Cav the Great

        Since flashing phones became possible in the early 2000s

      • themask128

        Also since sprint owns boost mobile and virgin mobile and as their networks are all part of sprints main network – its just registering the device to be usable on virgin/boost

      • UMA_Fan

        I’m sure it’s extremely easy. A lot of Sprint retention people offer to to migrate customers intending on cancelling to Boost at a reduced cancellation fee.

        This is appealing to many sprint customers since they do not have to purchase a new phone. I would imagine this would count as a prepaid activstion.

  • Stefan Naumowicz

    30k postpaid vs over half a million wholesale- not exactly strong numbers. Taking low value wholesale adds out of the equation their numbers were pretty poor

    • Adrayven

      Thats my thought.. it’s mostly a boost from their pricing war.. not really anything to do with reliability or service..

      I’d be interested in seeing what their churn is the next few quarters. I’m willing to bet it will remain very high as people try and dump them on a fairly fast clip.

      • dtam

        I was thinking that too. considering how deep they discounted their plans, $100 for 10 lines, only getting a net add of 30k is pretty pathetic

        • UMA_Fan

          Yeah it just goes to show how tarnished the Sprint brand is. They might as well rebrand as Softbank mobile.

  • Nick Bashford

    Oh don’t worry, T-Mobile will surpass Sprint soon enough. I would have counted for 2014, but have been on backorder with T-Mobile (Phones arrive today!). I’m sure others are that way too over the Holidays.

  • UMA_Fan

    “My Sprint internet service is good when I’m connected to WiFi”
    -Real Sprint customer quote

    • mingkee

      When you check the phones in Sprint corp store, you may realize many of them hooked up with Wi-Fi.
      The speed isn’t that great when you connect to LTE.

      • KingCobra

        So true. I looked at the ones here at the Sprint store in my local mall and they’re all on Wi-Fi. They’re ashamed of how bad their LTE network is here. They’re the only carrier around that I see putting all their demo phones on Wi-Fi instead of showing off the LTE network.

        • Trevnerdio

          Well, in all fairness, T-Mobile too now operates all of their display phones on WiFi as well. Might be more cost effective than putting a SIM in every one of them.

        • Mr Paul

          That’s total BS. They can’t group all the SIMs into one store account on an unlimited data plan, and have employees make sure no one abuses it?

        • Trevnerdio

          I have no idea, I’m just guessing.

    • TK – Indy

      “I can make phone calls when I am connected to WiFi.”
      – Real T-mobile customer quote

      • UMA_Fan

        “When I’m in a building cellular services can’t reach my Verizon phone can’t make calls even when I have WiFi”
        -Real Verizon customer quote.

    • Noor

      “It takes me 10 minutes to download a small app.”
      -Real Sprint Customer Quote

    • Mr Paul

      Sounds like typical CDMA behavior. Most Verizon users use WiFi and judge their data by the 1 time every 100 days that they actually use their data connection. I’d bank that Verizon wouldn’t have near half the speeds they test if most people weren’t afraid to use their data, because virtually all their ‘unlimited’ users are using 3G.

  • Jose Mendoza

    Im thinking that in 10 years, T-Mobile and sprint will be #1 and #2 like Verizon and at&t but without so much greediness for money from the careless CEO’s

    • dtam

      good fantasizing, but that won’t happen. there’s no way that verizon and att will just go down quietly and not counter if tmobile and sprint get big. they are already making sacrifices to pricing

      • Jose Mendoza

        Its possible like for example, T-Mobile made data stash in which it rolls over data but you can keep it for a whole year, att just initiated roll over data but customers can only keep it for a billing cycle. Verizon will most likely not even do this because they are the most greedy at data. Sprint will most likely either keep their plans the same, or do something similar to T-Mobile.

        • dtam

          if data stash worked that well in stealing so many of verizon’s or att’s customers, att will yield and offer the rollover for longer than 1 month and verizon will begrudgingly offer the same. these people aren’t dumb.

    • KingCobra

      Not happening. TMO and Sprint have a long way to go to ever get close to the Big 2 in total subs. Even if they’re networks right now were as good as Verizon it would take over 10 years to catch up because the Big 2 aren’t going to just suddenly start dropping subs out of nowhere.

  • tony

    if you sign up with sprint , sprint’s bill will **** you up in the butt.

    • Bori

      Speaking from experience?

      • tony

        2 friends switched to sprints half off bill promotion from verizon and they are suing sprint with their lawyers now for fraudulent billing in los angeles now.

        • UMA_Fan

          Well it’s only fraudulent if it differs from what they signed for. Clearly sprints marketing is being disingenuous as always

        • tony

          Sprint emploYees also goes into yoUr account and adds ad ons as well in corporate store.

        • JC!!

          Oh please, as if T-mobile is any better…. you are a fool. Hardcore fanatic, if T-mobile says to throw yourself off a cliff, your dumb a** would probably do it. SMH

  • jay

    I’m not talking bad about T-mobile nor Sprint. But i recently just left T-mobile for Sprint. My kids live in Pa, and with Tmobile I spent more than half my drive there either with edge or no service. With Sprint I can stream music and make phone calls the whole entire time. I live in Northern NJ, and to be honest, I have LTE 95% of the time. Sure its not blazing fast like Tmobile, but I get 15-25 Down with speedtest. And yes i have screen caps to back it up. Building penetration is also way better. So right now Sprint suits my needs perfectly. Maybe when Tmobile takes care of their edge areas i’ll bounce back, but they have tons of no service and edge areas to cover. If I lived in a heavily populated city i wouldnt complain, but I just can’t spend most of my trips with edge or no service.

    Everyone likes to crap on Sprint, sure there 3g at times can be frustrating, but those who continually knock them, think about this. Where was Tmobile before John came into the picture? They were unusable. He turned that company around and look at it now. So couldnt the same be said for Sprints new guy? I already see major improvements in their network. LTE everywhere, so what its not in 25-30 down. If i can stream music i’m happy.

    Again I think Tmobile has done amazing things, and I truly hope they can get better and better. They fix their areas and i’ll go back. And sure Tmobile will most likely become number 3. But once Sprint gets back on track and i think they are, they will regain #3. And who really cares who’s number 3 or 4? You can be brand loyal, but that doesn’t mean one is better than the other and just because your 4 your useless. The market needs 4 solid companies, Two smaller companies becoming solid choices will make the top 2 fix their companies. Do not be surprised to see them eventually offer unlimited again, of course if they do you know how they only care about money, you’ll have to pay out the nose for it.

    So I’m sorry this is long, both companies serve people in their own ways. Sprint and Tmobile are on the upswing. Don’t judge a company by the past, If you all did that, none of you would be with Tmobile. Again I’m not hating on any company but so many people make no sense, Sprint sucks their network is crap, maybe for you. And if it wasn’t for At&t’s failed merger where would Tmobile be now? So we all gave Tmobile a chance and look what they have done. So give Sprint a chance, they’ve surprised me.

    • Dan Hesse

      Cool Story Bro. Tell us that part about double digit speads on Sprint’s now network? I love reading make believe fantasy stories…

      • jay

        Oh really? Make believe? Can you post Screen caps on this? I have no problem doing that

    • tony

      sprint even overcharges their own customers over 10 years , when their old customers want to upgrade their phones, holy shit. there is that couple customers with 1 phone that cost him $170+ monthly. 1 phone. lol

    • dtam

      edge to LTE upgrades are in progress.

    • Bori

      Amen!!

    • Guest

      I wouldn’t say that T-Mobile was unusable pre un-carrier. I use to be able to pull down 20-25 down with my Galaxy S3 on T-mobile’s hspa+ 42 network. Completely usable. It was even faster than my home wifi at the time!

      • jay

        Where I am from honestly they were unusable. I never made it sound like hey T-Mobile sucks. All I’m doing is stating my opinion, sprint works for me. Yes I know edge to lte and John said by mid 2015 it will be completed. Look I’m a T-Mobile fan, but sprint just works better for me at this moment. There are way to many haters here to actually have a normal conversation. My point is this, if T-Mobile can turn it around, why can’t Sprint? I personally do not care who uses who for service. But it doesn’t matter at all if T-Mobile passes sprint. I’m not going to lose any sleep at night. Because once sprint gets there stuff together they’ll take it right back. They will battle each other from here on out. I don’t make money either way so who cares?

        • Daniel Darnell

          I also recently left T-Mobile for Sprint and Sprints service in my area is far superior to T-Mobiles. I’m on LTE often with Sprint but even when I’m not I still have a pretty solid and good 3G network. That’s more than I can say for T-Mobile which is 75% EDGE here and the other 25% 3G and no LTE at all. On data Sprint blows T-Mobile away here on coverage and speed, also in building voice coverage is better too. I’ve been nothing but impressed on how good Sprint is in my area. My area has 800 Mhz voice on Sprint that you fall back on to in buildings (if you have a Spark phone and I do) and that helps quite a bit.

        • jay

          Finally a good comment. I haven’t been in a spark area yet but looking forward to see how it is. It’s just unfair that a few people are so against sprint. They are under new management. Same spot T-Mobile was in. Sure areas of sprint may not be awesome. But drive past exit 25 in nj to the Delaware water gap into pa. Then keep driving. Enjoy those super fast edge speeds and then try to make a phone call with no service. That’s why I don’t use T-Mobile anymore. Not because I think they suck, but because they are not what I need. What good is service you pay for that you can’t use? If they fix the edge which is everywhere, drive around north jersey. T-Mobile and sprints service isnt perfect, but sprint works for me. This thing I have is a phone. Used to make calls and texts first. Yeah T-Mobile is fast in populated cities but sucks outside. So they fix that and then say how great the are. But no company is perfect. So stop hating and be happy two companies offer unlimited and two companies are affordable. It doesn’t make my bill cheaper where they fall. Look at Verizon, their number one. Why aren’t there more people there? Because they are to expensive. If the company suits your needs than keep it at that. But to hate is just wrong

        • Daniel Darnell

          If you look at East TN, NC, and SC which is my neck of the woods T-Mobile only has LTE in the very populated areas and just a bit outside of any metro you move all the way down to EDGE which to me isn’t even useable. Sprint on the other hand has LTE in many places and where they don’t at least you fall back to 3G coverage. Plus as I said Sprint has some Spark in those areas and 800 MHz voice/data in some spots to help with indoor coverage. T-Mobile has areas it’s great in but in my areas Sprint is far ahead of T-Mobile.

    • itguy08

      I love what T-Mobile is doing (I’m a customer and a shareholder) but they need to put some serious investment into the state of PA! Their service is dead last in the vast majority of areas in this state!

      Hopefully they will as I’ve already seen positive changes but there is a _LOT_ of work to do in PA!

  • gadget_hero

    I am no telco executive but Sprint/T-Mobile are the good guys they should focus on taking as many customers from $T and $VZ as possible, they are the enemy. Also I really think that the cellular 850 band should be taken back by the government and resold back out in smaller chunks, I mean AT&T and Verizon didn’t even pay for it! And 15MHz channels really! Why not smaller 5MHz channels so more can have access to good low band spectrum?

    • superg05

      good idea just wrote the fcc

  • emcdonald75

    If T-Mobile had nationwide 700MHz A-Block spectrum and could remove the Channel 51 interference, Sprint would be number 4 by now. T-Mobile should make attractive offers to purchase all available A-Block spectrum. I only hope the spectrum owners are willing to sale it.

    • UglyPete

      I guarantee you 99.9999999999999% of customers have no idea what you are talking about and it would have 0 effect on customer aquasition.

      • emcdonald75

        I cannot help that customers are uneducated about the company they purchase services from. I like to know something about my investments. Every product, service or good I buy, I want to know something about it and T-Mobile is no exception. 700MHz will make a difference to a person that cannot get reception in a building in major cities or when they travel on highways or live in rural areas because of the great propagation of that spectrum. Just my 2¢.

        • Mr. Mark

          Are you seriously calling your cell phone service an investment?

        • emcdonald75

          I invest money each month to have reliable service. How is it not an investment? My cell service is my primary method to make contact with others for work and play.

        • Mr. Mark

          There’s a difference between a transaction (exchange of currency for goods) and an investment. You are not investing your money in faith that you will get that money back with interest. You are exchanging your money for a service.

        • emcdonald75

          True but people also invest in their children’s education not expecting money to come back immediately but with the hopes of a future return. I just get my return in daily reliable services. Lol.

        • UglyPete

          Sprint: WE WILL CUT YOUR BILL IN HALF FREE IPHONE WE WILL PAY ETF………..
          Tmo: We have removed channel 51 interference from our current 700 megahertz spectrum and have invested in propagation of the a block. We are calling it uncarrier 51. #51 #3rdPlace #CustomerStash

        • dtam

          obviously tmo will dumb it down.

          tmo: we have improved our network even further to give you better service coast to coast and inside buildings. sign up for your 7 day test drive now!

        • Mr Paul

          LOL! OMG PERFECT. But it will take until Uncarrier 51 and until Sprint has Spark at least everywhere T-Mobile has a coverage for them to finally get the 700MHz. By then we’ll almost all have 3 good choices and T-Mobile will have half of it’s current customer base. #LastButNotWorst #51IsTheNew69 #Still4thPlace

      • Trevnerdio

        Well, tell them that T-Mobile now works indoors and I guarantee you they’ll understand that.

    • KingCobra

      Outside of geeks and techies (people posting on this blog and forums), people don’t even know what 700MHz is.

      • emcdonald75

        I’m not making a public announcement. I posted my statement on a tech blog. Why are people telling me the obvious about what the public understands? People don’t understand many things when it comes to their services. That’s the reason many companies getting away with treating their customers like crap is because they know an everyday customer will not know the difference between good or mediocre service.

    • archerian

      Attractive offers require boatloads of cash especially to get it from unwilling sellers or the competition

    • calvin200

      If this, then this, because of this, what if, maybe when……… All carriers have this, heck all of life does. Deal with the now, upcoming, and probable not the becauses.

  • good… gives them reason to keep pushing forward

  • Fabian Cortez

    John Legere should have never opened his mouth in that regard.

    He and everyone who boasted about passing Sprint at the end of 2014 are now eating their words.

    • KingCobra

      They would be eating them if Sprint started outpacing TMO in subscriber adds. Since they’re still adding a lot more customers than Sprint, it’s still going to happen, just not as soon as Legere predicted.

    • archerian

      Unless tmobile starts churning real profits he will eat a lot of his words end of this year. The bulk of the people who would have moved have already moved, now this year it will be really tight competition.

      • Romdude

        True but still better off than sprint.

      • tony

        yes well t mobile busy buying 700 aws spectrum and saving moeny for 600 mhz auction, while sprint is doing crap to their lte. :p

      • tony

        t mobile’s deployment of wideband network is months ahead of schedule.

    • UMA_Fan

      I think Legere knew what he was doing. He’s mentioned as soon as he made that statement how it must have infuriated SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.

      Sprint is a mess. They offer EIP plans, rental plans, and contracts. A lot of the moves they’ve made are rash and aren’t about building up their brand or business.

      • Fabian Cortez

        I suspect that John’s statement put Sprint on notice as there was a very good chance that they would have overtaken Sprint. It definitely put Sprint into panic mode.

      • Guest

        Now Legere is a secret agent man. He is the most fabulous. ;)

      • calvin200

        Now Legere is a secret agent man. He is the most fabulous ;)

      • Romdude

        Well those half price plans at sprint are gonna bleed their revenue. I hope softbank really has deep pockets.

    • calvin200

      Had it out with a few TMobile fans already about who is 3rd or 4th. In the end it doesn’t make a difference. When you become delusional and repeat anything Legere says you’re going to get some egg on your face. Here’s to the future.

    • dtam

      that’s his personality. they’re as close as they’ve ever been so it’s not like he’s not backing it up. it’s not even a question of if anymore, it’s a matter of when

    • patt

      I am not a Sprint or T-MO or AT&T Customers. Am on VZW but because of T-Mobile we all get better deals.

      T-Mobile forces AT&T
      AT&T Forces Verizon.

      let’s keep it that way. I give T-Mobile like 5-6 months and they will surpass Sprint easily.

  • Bori

    Bunch of Sore Looser’s here LOL.. Face it guys, T-mobile did not beat Sprint, quit acting like elementary school girls and accept it. Geez..

    • yankeesusa

      That comment sounds like something an elementary kid would say. I guess some people could sound like sore losers but who cares. Whether you have tmobile or not they are affecting the mobile industry for the better, at least for now. I myself have both a sprint phone for business and a personal tmobile phone and they are both great. My tmobile gets way faster LTE and is more accurate with data and my sprint phone serves well when I travel and I hit 2g spots with tmobile. At this point it doesn’t really matter who you are with. It’s what works for you.

      • Bori

        Well the comment goes quite well with the attitude some folks have here.

        • yankeesusa

          Which comment? my comment? If it’s my comment then i’m glad because i’m all for using any service that works for me and I have both sprint and tmobile. So if that’s the case I’m glad that others have the same idea. I don’t blindly follow companies, I go with whoever can offer me what i need and right now tmobile does for my personal line and sprint does for my business line.

        • Mr Paul

          Seriously.

          >>T-Mo fanboy and John Legere lapdog: T-Mobile is t3h fastest growing carrier ever, we’re number one! We have more towers than Verizon! AT&T isn’t even worth anything! Sprint isn’t worth anyone’s money! Go T-Mobile!!!!11!1!
          (comment gets 1285 likes)
          >>Rational Person: Well firstly, T-Mobile is still really lacking outside of cities, I mean there’s nothing to rant and rave about when there’s 10 people on every post that can clearly testify they have no coverage outside of metropolis’. Also, AT&T and Verizon have way, way more coverage than T-Mobile in a lot more places, and AT&T has more H+ than T-Mobile and Sprint have LTE combined, so I wouldn’t even worry about number of towers, but rather what the carriers are doing with them. As for the rest, you are just a troll and I’ve wasted enough time when you’re not even going to read this and spew more prerecorded Legere and Ray lies at me.
          (comment gets 1 like every 6-12 hours for a couple days)
          >>T-Mobile fanboy and Neville Ray worshiper: GO BACK TO UR SPRINT, TROLL. T-MOBILE IS #1 AND HAS THE BEST NETWORK IN THE WORLD. YOU CAN ARGUE ALL U WANT BUT U NO U WRONG!!1!!
          (comment gets 25 likes in 5 minutes and 100 likes in an hour)

    • UMA_Fan

      Ok but if they have just one more quarter like this tmobile will surpass them in total customers

      • JC!!

        You said it, IF, let’s just stop counting our chickens before they hatch. Tmobile did not make it this quarter, maybe next, get over it!

        • dtam

          it’s called looking at trends.

          what’s to get over? does UMA_Fan seem hurt or something because I didn’t get that out of his comment

        • Bird Feeding

          You might not but others see he’s hurt…
          All the crows trying to find an excuse why TMo didn’t surpass Sprint…
          Wait til 1 more quarter, wait til tax time, sprint added Tablets, excuses are pretty lame and bad

          TMobile has it own issues that aren’t even network related….
          TMobile needs to stop allowing reps to fraudulently sell jump insurance, TMo needs to stop screwing over its legacy customers. Thats just two off my tip of my tongue….

          NEWSFLASH It doesn’t make much of a difference if they surpass Sprint considering Att and Verizon are ahead by 60,000,000 subs each respectively…

    • Romdude

      You’re only seeing the sore losers, the majority don’t care about sprint at all. Just had to speak for the mostly silent majority.

      • Bori

        Glad you did!

  • steveb944

    I’m sure once tax return season rolls in there’ll be an influx of customers. It’s really only a matter of time.

  • KingCobra

    It’s pretty much inevitable. It’s only so long Sprint can keep giving away tablets to mask their bleeding postpaid subs.

    • archerian

      Where did you see that mobile data/ tablets adds contributed to the increase in subscriber count? Sprint has actually managed to reverse their postpaid ‘bleeding’ to a net positive.

      • KingCobra

        It doesn’t show in this report since this isn’t the full report, only preliminary but based off their past reports the majority of their gross postpaid additions came from tablets. That actually prevented their losses from being larger than what they would’ve been otherwise.

        It isn’t just Sprint though. AT&T has masked a few quarters of what would’ve been losses with tablets, to a lesser extent Verizon. All the carriers count them as postpaid subs, some are using them to pump up their quarterly numbers more than others because their phone subscriber growth isn’t good.

      • John

        It you google cnet sprint battle back adding 967,000 customers. Sprint added a measl

        • Evan Anderson

          30,000 net ADD comming off a quarter with net losses much more than that. That’s a significant turnaround. They also stated that they had the highest amount of postpaid GROSS adds in 3 YEARS. CYBIH definitely was a success or they wouldn’t have extended it through 2015.

        • John

          It’s a definite turnaround just thought a promo like cut your bill in half would of helped Sprint do better than 30,000 postpaid. However, there’s no disputed that it’s a positive turnaround for Sprint

        • Evan Anderson

          Wait until we have the gross numbers and we’ll truly see how well it did. Churn is still pretty high, which hurts net additions.

        • I dispute it. I am extremely skeptical about the numbers, and I don’t believe it was the “”cut your bill in half” promotion at all; that was too late to be much help (and had too many conditions like turning in all the devices). If any growth occurred, it’s because additional lines could be added for literally nothing. They may have added lines, I doubt they had a net gain of customers.

        • mingkee

          Ting is moving to HSPA/LTE.

        • John

          That’s great to see that Ting will be moving away from using sprints network. That means that Sprint will no longer be able to use wholesale subscribers using Ting in their wholesale subscriber counts. However, that dosen’t take away the fact that Sprint gained some this quarter in part due to some whole sale subscribers using Ting.

          Anyway thanks for the info!

        • archerian

          Thanks, I have seen the data where the total numbers are listed. My question was specifically how KingCobra was able to state the reversal off Sprint’s postpaid subscriber losses was due to tablets when Sprint themselves haven’t released that breakdown.

  • TK – Indy

    It will be a back and forth cage fight throughout 2015, at least. This is good for the industry, and things are working as they should.

  • yankeesusa

    Most of those customers were prepaid which can drop very easily. We’ll see in a couple months after all the 2g is turned to LTE. More people will start test driving after hearing that their friends tmobile phone gets LTE and many more areas.

    • archerian

      Prepaid customers can go either way in a year or so.

  • HeatFan786

    I would’ve said they have a fork in them since they introduced Wi-Max.

    • calvin200

      Things change.

      • HeatFan786

        Not with Sprint. Their MO is just keeping crappy signal and speed. That Spark network doesn’t do jack.

        • calvin200

          Difference is night and day here. I couldn’t wait to get off the horrible network because I was on a contract. I realize this is not the case for everybody yet. They still are last in rootmetrics’ ratings so it’s not a bragging thing, but now I’m happy at least.

  • Ordeith

    Better luck next year, T-Mobile

  • superg05

    well when you are loud and give the competition a heads up to turn up there game they will should have silently sailed by then opened your mouth

    • Mr Paul

      Legere’s big mouth still has yet to come back and bite him. Most people learn the value of shutting their mouth with necessary by age 14.

      • superg05

        sprint barely survived in number 3 by a thread they only added

        250,000 if ledger wasn’t going “on your left” all the time they very well could be number 3 right now

  • John

    Doesn’t really matter that much. If they can both gain market share vs Big Red and Death Star and remain viable it’s better for everyone.

  • Nerd_Baller

    I’m just glad speedtest doesn’t count against my LTE bucket; 2.4gb half way through my bill cycle just on that app lol. What’s your guys’?

    • Lee

      On Sprint Spark I do speed tests all the time used 7 gig and not even half way through my cycle. Thanks to unlimited data and never throttled or slowed I can coubtinue high speedd data test. Last month I used 17 gigs and 15 of those were Speedtest.net. I will be a Sprint customer for life.

    • Jason

      How many times are you speedtesting a day?
      Thats like 50 speedtests in 15 days…
      I think you need help for your addiction! J/K :)

      • Nerd_Baller

        I think tmobile is upgrading the network here in salt lake city because I keep getting 4 to 10 down, but then it goes up to 35. Going to my AA group tonight though regarding my addiction

  • AJ from S4GRU

    Don’t care. Sprint can be any number. They still suck and get schooled by tmobile!

    • Fabian Cortez

      I LOL’d at that. Mainly due to your user name.

      The hate he receives is on a whole other level.

    • Romdude

      Not even an option here, max for sprint is 5mbps at best. I’m pulling 55mbps right now.

  • VG

    I see a lot of people have commented that Sprint increased their numbers via pre-paid and tablets, as though these numbers don’t really mean much. Please remember that T-Mobile has also increased their numbers using similar methods. T-Mobile owns MetroPCS (a prepaid carrier), and I’m sure a lot of customers signed up for that “200MB free for life” tablet plan with no intention of every paying a dime for extra data. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander!

    I hope T-Mobile continues their network upgrades and expansion. That will be the best way to achieve the #3 spot.

  • VicRooLoo

    Awwwww, good guess though Legere.

  • Omar Boyer

    I dont get it how some people can be on sprint here in los angeles its really the worse.Dropped calls ,slow lte . I kno 2 people as of this day that have brand new iphones 6 from sprint and are on 3G more than half of the time,they showed me how slow and bad it can be on sprint 3G so bad Fb didnt even load ,app store never loaded they were we have to be suffering with this most of the time ,in places they have lte its a lil better but running a speed test they were gettin 3-5 dwn 1,3 up ,tmobile is never that slow even on a bad day heck even att which i hate gets at least more than 10 on a bad day …

    • tony

      Yep both friends switched from verizon to sprint for half bill onlY to find double charges bogus fees from sprint half bill is a lie they are suing sprint in los angeles for fraudulent billing too.

    • tony

      When YoU go into sprint corporate store the sprint sales and forge your signature and put add ons into your account

      • Ross

        Stop spreading BS, Tony, or also talk about how T-Mobile stores are forcing new signups into Jump plans without their knowledge.

        • tony

          uh not bullshit, its true. i dont know where you got your sprint phoen from, but in los angeles? sprint stores sales rep will put add ons into your account without your knowledge until the bill comes then your screwed.

        • tony

          sprint store sales rep is famous for adding total protection plans after the customer took them off online.

    • Caligurl323

      Agree sprint here in los angeles its the worse crappy data speeds even with lte ,dropped calls txt messagin all messed up says it sent txt other person never gets it and when they do an hour later they get the same message like 3 times ..

      • Omar Boyer

        Agree cali girl there network vision thing here never fixed there crappy network they still need to fix it pronto ! All companies work better tmo,att ,verizon even metro lol

        • Rob H.

          Metro now is T-Mobile. You can’t get a CDMA Metro device from Metro anymore.

        • Omar Boyer

          I know that my friend works at metro ,metro is way better since it uses tmobile.

        • Rob H.

          It sure is nice. Best 60 bucks spent on cell service. Just sucks you don’t get any data roaming on Metro. Like it does any good roaming on AT&Terrible anyway.

        • Omar Boyer

          Attterrible actually works outside the city and has hspa unlike tmobile haha which is usually edge only.

        • Jose Hernandez

          Until the middle of this year, when all of the edge areas for T-Mobile will be LTE.

        • monkeybutts

          You can get Unlimited T-mobile data through Harbor Mobile + 5 GB of legal tethering for $53 now with all the benefits of postpaid T-mobile. MetroPCS can’t match that. Even with family discount it’s $55 a month.

    • tonY

      I get 102 mb download 30 upload on t mobile note 4 in los angeles.

      • gmo8492

        Unless you were standing directly under a Sprint tower that’s utter bs.

        • calvin200

          ? Why would him being under a Sprint tower help gmo?

        • tony

          im on t mobile in los angeles and im getting 102 mb down. sprint is shit.

  • Mike

    This will be interesting to see. With a rather saturated mobile market yet both Sprint and T-mobile showing net adds of over 3 million, what are the big boys going to show? I’d like to see them shrink/lose customers. And some day that is likely to happen. Is the 4th quarter of 2014 the turning point? Hmm. Maybe we should all start predictions…

  • Humpity Dumpity

    I’m surprised nobody has blamed Obama yet :(

    We got people here worshipping John Legere like the fannies worshipped Steve Jobs

    I like TMobile, Im hoping TMo will keep chugging but some of yall here need some serious help, it can’t be healthy to fall in love with someone you’ve never met n most likely never meet. It can’t be healthy to lie or make up information and when presented with facts that show otherwise.

    • mingkee

      Without Obama and Dems, T-Mobile should have been a part of ATT or Sprint.
      GOP favors couple of exa-sized corporations instead of many mega-sized one.

      • eight7four

        Most ignorant thing i’ve read today. Executive branch has nothing to do with those mergers.

      • Humpity

        ROFL Good point :)

  • Sprint was at 54 million subscribers at the end of Q3. At the end of Q4, they are back to 55 million subscribers. That puts them neck and neck. Depending on what the thousands are, T-Mobile could have surpassed Sprint.

    • John

      I am not a sprint fan by any means. I have been a loyal T-Mobile customer for 10 years. However, I need to point out a discrepancies in your post.

      Sprint had 54.8 million subscriber at the end of Q3 and that number excluded wholesale/affiliate subscribers according to fiercewireless. Google fiercewireless Q3 2014 top 8 wireless carriers. It is estimated that Sprint had about 55 million customers at the end of Q3 2014. Whereas T-Mobible had about 52.89 million customers at the end of Q3 2014.

      T-Mobile added 2.1 million Suscribers at the end of Q4 2014 bringing there total subscriber count to 55million subscribers. Whereas Sprint added about 967,000 subscribers in Q4 2014 bringing there subscriber count to 56 million subscribers.

      It looks like T-Mobile didn’t remove Sprint from 3rd place. However, it looks like T-Mobile will be dethroning Sprint from 3rd sometime in 2015.

      • archerian

        If T-mobile screws up the forced grandfathered plan migration happening now that would mean several of the approx 7 million accounts are at risk of being ported to prepaid or other carriers.

        • John

          Well if they port to metro pcs they will still be included in T-Mobile subscriber count since they now own them. T-Mobile subscriber count of 55 million includes the 10 million that are under the Metro PCS brand. Just like Virgin mobile and boost mobile are included in Sprint’s total subscriber count since Sprint owns those 2.

        • archerian

          Forget grandfathered customers, there is a very low chance ANY T-mobile customer will port to MetroPCS at current price points and shutdown plans. They will most likely port to Cricket or other MVNOs. Even if some moved to Habor or SimpleMobile, the net ARPU goes down.

  • Stone Cold

    As long as T-Mobile continues to try and grow and upgrade the service offered. Beating Sprint doesn’t matter

    • mingkee

      When band 12 LTE is deploying over time, T-Mobile will have stable growth in 2015 and 2016 until the sub maxed out at 70 meg.

    • monkeybutts

      As long as T-mobile and Sprint keep gaining customers with their lower prices for more data AT&T and Verizon will have to keep offering more for people who need more coverage.

  • Chris Putt

    Although interestingly, Sprint’s biggest gains came from wholesale — i.e. operators not branding themselves with Sprint. Evidently, the Sprint name gives consumers little to no confidence.

  • mingkee

    We will expect sharp customers drop on Sprint in Q1 for bogus “cut the bill in half” promo and massive lawsuit for that.

    • Evan Anderson

      Except for the fact that CYBIH is “wildly successful”. Don’t expect a drop.

      • Roger Sales

        its gonna drop their ARPU by a lot + their adds are stemming the bleeding, not creating traction for themselves. I wouldn’t call it a wild success. Don’t get me wrong though, its pretty much the best move they have since they don’t have the network everyone else can offer right now – its a good strategy while they are figuring things out with Spark.

        • Evan Anderson

          Wildly successful in terms of attracting new customers, not financials.

    • calvin200

      Massive lawsuit for “Cut your bill in half”? Who is doing that?

  • Isaiah Davenport

    What hurt T Mobile’s subscriber count is the iphone 6 back-orders they had. Most customers got tired of waiting and went to carriers that had the iphone. Not to mention the glitches some customers had when trying to order them.

    • Evan Anderson

      Every carrier suffered from iPhone supply issues. It was an Apple problem for the most part.

  • ed

    Well, Sprint did buy Boost and Virgin (which already had bought Helio) so maybe T-mobile should buy Simple Mobile and H20 and it will be more even?

    • monkeybutts

      Sprint didn’t buy anything last year they have owned those brands for a few years.

      • John

        Sprint bought boot mobile in 2006 and then they bought virgin mobile in 2010.

        • John

          Archerian my friend you are mistaken. Google this article TracFone adds just 5,000 subs in Q3 as subscriber growth grinds to a halt. iIts from fiercewireless.
          In the article it states “TracFone acquired T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) MVNO Simple Mobile and its 1 million customers in the spring of 2012.”

          Like I said any of the MVNOs owned by tracfone go tracphone regardless of which U.S carrier’s wireless network they are pigging backing on.

          Google the article Third quartet 2014mobile subscribers by operator.
          The Article is from PrepaidPhone news.
          in the article it states “América Móvil’s Tracfone subsidiary, which operates under the Straight Talk, NET10, Tracfone, Simple Mobile, Page Plus, Telcel America and SafeLink Wireless brands, and is by far the largest prepaid MVNO gained 414 thousand subscribers last quarter. Tracphone’s total subscriber base as of Q3 2014 is 25.9 million”

          From my understanding: I know most mvnos subscribers go to the network they are piggybacking off of. However, the exception goes to mvnos owned by tracphone.

        • archerian

          Page 2 of T-mobile’s official earnings report – “Customer – SIM card with a unique T-Mobile mobile identity number which generates revenue. Branded customers generally include customers that are qualified either for postpaid service, where they generally pay after incurring service, or prepaid service, where they generally pay in advance. Wholesale customers include Machine-to-Machine (“M2M”) and Mobile Virtual Network Operator (“MVNO”) customers that operate on T-Mobile’s network, but are managed by wholesale partners”.

          Tracfone = wholesale partner. As I mentioned earlier, not all Tracfone customers are counted as T-mobile MVNO, only the ones using T-mobile’s network. No exceptions since Tracfone is the largest. T-mobile reported 7 millions MVNO customers last quarter, do you really think the non-Tracfone T-mobile MNVO users made that up? MetroPCS is not counted as an MVNO here.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Simple mobile use to be t-mobile mvno

      • John

        When did simple mobile change from a T-Mobile MVNO my friend? I looked online and everything I am finding still shows simple mobile as a T-Mobile MVNO. However, maybe I missed an article or something.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          They still use t-mobile network but they were purchased by America movil. Trac phone parent. They are a subsidiary now instead of a independent company

        • John

          Yeah so dosen’t all of the tracfone customers piggy back of of ATat, Verizon, sprint, and T-Mobile?

          So if I understand right all the brands owned by Trac Phone like net 10, safe link, simple mobile etc go to tracphone’s subscriber base unlike other wholesalers like Ting whose subscribers go to the network provider they piggy back off of.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          I’m not sure lol I think so :-/

        • John

          No problem buddy. I read that Trac phone is a MVNO that uses atat,t-Mobile,Sprint,Vaerizon, and U.S Cellular. Trac Phone is a subsidiary American Movil medicos largest telecommunication company and they hold agreements with the 5 largest United states network operator mentioned (T-Mobile,Sprint, Verizon, Atat,and US Cellular). The brands like net10, safe link, simple mobile, straight talk, page plus are owned by tracphone. So all the subscribers that uses any of those Mvnos go to tracphone’s subscribers numbers even though they piggy back of of one of the 5 largest U.S. carriers network. I think what sets tracphone’s apart is that they are owned by the largest Mexican telecommunication company. That what I gathered from reading the tracphone’s wiki article.

          Thanks anyways buddy!

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Thanks. Too bad Simple Mobile was bought by Amira movil. T-Mobile would have had 2.5 Million customers if they bought them and merged them with Metro

        • archerian

          They still count the 2.5 million in the 55 million total

        • Billybob

          Hello, Simple Mobile is owned by Carlos Slim, the richest man in the world. T-Mobile won’t be buying them anytime soon although at one time there was talk of Simple Mobile buying T-Mobile. Carlos could buy them outright with just his walking around money.

        • archerian

          T-mobile counts these MVNOs in it total subscriber base, the ones connected to its network.

      • screenname

        Simple is still running on TMO. Look at APN settings to validate what I’m saying

        MMSC:http://smpl.mms.msg.eng.t-mobile.com/mms/wapenc

        .

  • Jay J. Blanco

    If t-mobile would have pused Metro to more markets this could have been avoided. Cricket is matching prices and stealing customers.

    • monkeybutts

      Aside from $60 plan there really aren’t benefits to MetroPCS over T-mobile these days. They need to do something to draw more attention and $29 phones isn’t gonna do it.

      • Roger Sales

        Flat rate billing, and the midrange phones available for both are cheaper on Metro – and Metro’s friendlier for single liners(60$ versus 80+tax on T-Mo). Don’t get me wrong, T-Mobile is better in the long run for a lot of other reasons – but MetroPCS fills a lot of the stuff for people with different needs. They work well in tandem.

    • UMA_Fan

      Or bought Cricket when they had the chance.

      • archerian

        They might have wanted to but would have had to issue more notes to get the extra $1.2B for Cricket.

      • U MAss

        Or deployed their 3g network around the same time the other carriers did

        • UMA_Fan

          This has nothing to do with the market realities of today

  • Michael Lynady

    Who cares #3 or #4-lower prices what matters-as for investment $-sprint has a helluva lot more – if sprint decides to spend, their total coverage will smash tmo

    • Romdude

      After 7 months, Sprint still hasn’t bought additional spectrum in my area and apparently they don’t care about Hawaii. it’s sad when you see the three other carriers’s busy stores and then see the empty sprint store with one guy just milling around doing nothing.

  • Andre’ MindYoBusiness

    I’m with Sprint, switching over to AT&T next month and I can’t wait. Fuck Sprint and their shitty service. I never had that issue when I was with T-Mobile for 7 years prior.

  • Roger Sales

    Why did you leave T-Mobile if you didn’t have a problem with them? ;o

    • Andre’ MindYoBusiness

      I left them because I had lost my phone, well it was stolen; however, T-mobile wanted me to pay a ton of money even with insurance and my bill was due at the same time and it put me in really awkward situation and I want just gonna give them $400 right out, they didn’t wanna work with me or anything and it just put a horrible taste in my mouth after all those years that’s how they treated me. So I was like screw them and I dipped out. Switched to Sprint and it was fine, just me by myself on my own line. So I added two family members and got the framily plan and it has been hell. The whole gimmick of you saving money is just full of shit. It was awful! My bill is consistently well over-priced every month and I’m tired of it.

      • DJ Domxx

        Going to ATT will be the biggest mistake youll ever make !! Dont do it !! They are a total ripp off !! Trust me !! Been there done that !! With Tmobile now you can even travel with your phone and use it in any other country out of USA unlimited at no extra charge !!

  • Roger Sales

    I think people are missing the point: T-Mobile’s growth hasn’t slowed, and even if Sprint has a similar quarter next year they will be #4, thats not really a question in anyones mind.
    T-Mobile’s LTE network will cover more people without roaming than Sprint will cover with roaming this year, voLTE included(which IS a big deal, because it means older technology can be phased out ASAP.).
    I think Sprint’s best option is to keep putting pressure on AT&T and Verizon because thats where the money is – something they’ve realized on their own. It won’t make them #3 again, but it’ll keep them in business.

    • calvin200

      So are you comparing next years TMobile LTE vs this years Sprint LTE? How do you figure that will happen and why not compare both of theirs LTE coverage to each other next year? I’m not saying it won’t.

      • Victor

        I’ve seen differences recently switched from Sprint to T-Mobile SSeptember 2014 I had Sprint and spoty LTE everywhere in SoCal. I recently went to Vegas September 2014 and for the most part had Edge! I went again November 2014 saw some new LTE on the I-15 from Ontario to Vegas! And went again this new years and had LTE almost on the whole way! What else do people need from T-Mobile? I give it to this summer 2015 and I will see that T-Mobile will be more competitive with Verizon’s and AT&T’ network. (That’s my opinion)

        • Romdude

          Yup, you were right. Now it’s official, t-mobile is 3rd.

  • vinnyjr

    More important T-Mobile has a more robust, much faster and speaking for myself I have not dropped a call in, well I can’t remember when. T-Mobile has a solid Network and getting better daily. Thank You T-Mobile, Thank You John Legere.

  • RedGeminiPA

    Maybe because Sprint is more usable in more places, especially since they roam on Verizon. On top of that, Sprint has LTE where I live (not that it’s screaming fast, but still) while T-Mo is still EDGEing it along. I’ll stick with Sprint. I’m really giving up hope for T-Mobile’s push into areas outside of big cities.