T-Mobile added an impressive 8.3 million customers in 2014, preliminary earnings announced

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T-Mobile normally leaves it at least three weeks after a quarter has ended before announcing any financial figures. But for Q4 2014, the company has decided to give us an early sneak peak at its final quarter earnings. As well as an overview on 2014. As suspected – last year was huge for our favorite carrier.

In a press release published this morning, T-Mobile announced its preliminary full year 2014 customer highlights as well as its preliminary fourth quarter 2014 highlights. And it looks good on both parts.

In 2014, T-Mobile has shown that it managed to maintain its strong performance throughout the entire calendar year. It added a massive 8.3 million net customers (total). 4.9 million of those net additions were branded postpaid, and 4.0 million of those were phone net additions.

As for the fourth and final quarter of the year, T-Mobile managed to add 2.1 million total customers (net). 1.3 million of those were branded postpaid net customer additions and 266,000 were branded prepaid.

Net adds for each quarter in 2014:

It’s worth noting that Q1 was the first ever time T-Mobile had added more than 2 million customers to its ranks. Which makes the subsequent 2.3 and 2.1 million in Q3 and Q4 all the more impressive. To reach that milestone once was impressive, to do it three times in a single year is massive.

What’s more, T-Mobile’s porting ratios are really strong. Porting ratio, for those unaware, is the number of customers joining T-Mo from a competitor versus those going in the opposite direction. Versus Verizon, it has a porting ratio of 1.4 to 1.0. Versus AT&T it’s 1.8 and against Sprint its a huge 2.2 to 1.0.

“Porting ratios have been in our favor vs. the competition for seven consecutive quarters and it looks like we will continue to beat everyone on total postpaid phone adds as well,” continued Legere. “We are not slowing down, and customers know it. Just a few weeks ago we unveiled Un-carrier™ 8.0, introducing Data Stash™ with 10GB free LTE data to qualifying Simple Choice™ customers. Now we are the only national provider to let you roll over your unused high-speed data. Clearly customers are seeing through the tricks and the confusion that the other guys offer and coming to T-Mobile for our solutions.”

What this means now is that T-Mobile has just over 55 million total customers. This is an important figure for T-Mo, because it could be enough to ensure that it is officially the third-placed carrier in the U.S. Now we just need to wait and see what Sprint announces. If Old Yeller has managed to add more subscribers over the holiday quarter, T-Mo may just have to wait a little while longer before becoming the #3 carrier officially.

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Long story short: T-Mobile has had a very strong year. It’s adding customers at a rate comparable to the big two carriers. In fact, it’s adding more. And while its customer base a spectrum portfolio is nothing compared to VZW and ATT, the rate at which it is growing will surely have the duopoly at least a little nervous about 2015.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Paul Garrison

    Awesome to hear, but hope they can repeat it this year.

  • Joe

    This is good but they really need to get more spectrum in some of the city’s that only have enough for 10+10 cuz now congestion is becoming a problem. And they need to buy more 700 mhz

    • I believe they’re working hard to do those things, but the FCC still needs to come through to limit the amount of 700 mhz AT&T and Verizon can hang onto.

      • Mr Paul

        Sure, but that cannot happen until T-Mobile AND Sprint are both very built up. Otherwise, this country has no reliable networks.

    • donnybee

      I’ve noticed a LOT of network congestion in my area. When I came back to T-Mobile in 2013, I was very easily getting 27-30 mbps speeds indoors. Now I get about 5-9 mbps.. sometimes just over 10 mbps if I’m lucky. I still like it enough to stay on LTE, but I’ve noticed the HSPA+ is faster on many occasions. We need more spectrum here in Utah. And fast. We won’t be lucky enough for 700 mhz just yet..

      • Joe

        Same in Charlotte NC my mom’s phone started dropping to hspa+.

        • donnybee

          Really? I actually have been manually turning off LTE sometimes because even with decent signal strength it’s so slow. It definitely makes me glad that T-Mobile didn’t try to replace HSPA+ with LTE, but wow.. I love the growth of the company, but I just want my speeds back haha

          Are you in a market they acquired 700mhz for?

        • Joe

          No but they can buy cavalier but they would still have to wait for chanel 51 to move

        • Jay Holm

          HSPA+ is a very, very capable technology.

        • Joe

          I know but the fact that it has to switch to hspa+ tells you that lte is really congested.

        • KingCobra

          What part of Charlotte? T-Mobile has been pretty good for me since they upgraded us to 10 Mhz LTE a few months ago. Only time I see congestion is at Panthers games or at the malls on weekends but that’s to be expected on all carriers.

        • Joe

          When driving on 77 to Huntersville like 2 days ago it was doing that btw this was on my mom’s phone (nexus 5) cuz I don’t have an lte phone yet

      • mingkee

        New York isn’t better.

        • notyourbusiness

          Depends on where you are, then. Where I live in Queens, I’ve been getting 32Mbps down in my house. Seeing 60Mbps when I’m outdoors in the neighborhood.

        • mingkee

          The data service isn’t good in Downtown Brooklyn especially around NYCCT area. I often have hard time to have internet working on both phone and hotspot and left alone VoLTE (choppy when the data is badly congested).
          Other areas in Brooklyn works rather well though. Bay Parkway area usually gets 30Mbps, Brooklyn College area gets up to 45Mbps.
          Even financial area (WTC along Fulton Street) can get 20~ish Mbps even daytime.

  • TK

    A year of high growth in a mature market is a hard task to accomplish. Congrats to the T-mobile team.

    • archerian

      Its a great achievement but it its a saturated market, with minimal loyalty. When price is your main weapon it can be a double edged sword. T-Mobile has huge debt for network improvements and ETF payoffs and EIP.

      • RiskyBidThis

        Were this a few years ago when they relied on prepaid paygo customers to grow and maintain their numbers I’d agree. It’s not, so I don’t.

        T-Mobile advertises itself as being customer friendly and as providing the best value, which does not necessarily mean the lowest price.

        Their debt levels also aren’t that terrible in the scheme of things. Their debt is far lower than Sprint’s which is far lower than AT&T or Verizon’s. Their margins are lower, but their growth rate lately has been insane and their network capex is staying the same while their opex will drop this year as the MetroPCS shutdown finishes up.

        Most of their debt is from the MetroPCS merger BTW. They’ve been burning through cash, but that’s mostly costs from the merger and spectrum acquisitions.

        • archerian

          even now a sizeable portion of T-mobile’s customer base and growth base is non postpaid. Is there something wrong with it, when around 70% of the world is prepaid? Prepaid users do not offer the same ARPU or loyalty as postpaid.

          Providing best value certainly has a price component to it when other providers offer arguably superior coverage. Do you really think T-mobile was able to add 10M or so subscribers due to the value nature of their services which didn’t have a lower price carrot? The whole ‘value’ that T-mobile offered for getting this huge net add was lower price, in fact that is widely touted even today by their marketing material. If pricing was the same as ATT or VzW, even with international data, Wifi calling, Data stash etc etc there would have been no major new adds.

          Debt – all companies have debt, ATT and VzW have debt too, but their debt to income ratio is MUCH better than T-mobiles. How can you say T-mobile’s network capex is the same when they just offered notes to fund more spectrum purchases and LTE upgrades? In fact, most if not all major network capex incurred by T-mobile are via loans (offered after the metropcs merger) which is simply due to the fact that T-mobile needs to spend money on network expansion but has no money.

      • KingCobra

        It’s not solely price though. Now that AT&T/VZW have slightly lowered their prices, T-Mobile is still cheaper but not by much. Then there is Sprint who is now the cheapest of all carriers but is still bleeding customers.

        It’s a combination of pricing, marketing, customer service, and consumer friendly initiatives.

        • archerian

          “It’s a combination of pricing, marketing, customer service, and consumer friendly initiatives” – I agree, but my point is take out the first feature and regardless of whatever T-mobile has offered in marketing, customer service and consumer friendly initiatives wouldn’t have helped much.

          T-mobile’s CSR isn’t what it used to be in 2008 and earlier, the turnover rate is high, training low and doing something in store that doesn’t involve a sale is a nightmare most of the time. Marketing and consumer friendly initiatives I agree have become better. But the overwhelming factor for the exodus from other carriers is cost.

  • Qbancelli

    T-Mobile is still slowing EDGE to unusable speeds once you use up your 4G allowance, to force you to move to a more expensive plan.

    They’re no better than AT&T, and all the others sleazy carriers.
    I remember using EDGE, even GPRS 10 years ago, before 3G and LTE. It was 3 times faster than what you get now, AFTER you hit your cap.

    • Acdc1a

      Let’s see, slow service or bill shock? I’ll take slow service for the win.

      If they are slowing you every month it’s time to find another plan.

    • You mean a mobile service provider wants to make more money on their mobile service? The nerve.

    • Paul

      Then perhaps you need to either upgrade or use less data.

    • dtam

      what are you smoking? slowing down speeds is infinitely better than being automatically charged for overages. This gives the customer the alert to upgrade their data plan so they choose. Would you rather t-mobile just stop giving you data completely?

      and I’ve went over my allowance before, it’s good enough to check emails and use google maps

    • donnybee

      You’re going over your 4G bucket each month? Sounds like you’ve got a plan that’s unfit for your needs to me..

      I do wish they would slow you to better speeds after the data allowance, but really I keep T-Mobile for the unlimited 4G data. It’s priceless these days.

    • gpt2010

      Please switch to AT&T or Verizon. They will gladly take your money instead when you go over allowance. Stop being cheap and just get unlimited and not even worry about going over. If you are constantly going over, that means you are on the wrong plan.

      It annoys me when people complain about going over their data plan and they don’t look at themselves as the main problem. You are the one that is using your data not T-Mobile. Do you expect us to feel sorry for you that you go over and are slowed down? We should be complaining about how much of a cheap person you are to not be on the unlimited plan. Or you should complain more about how you need a new job that pays better so that you can afford unlimited. Basically, you get what you pay for, and obviously you are not paying enough.

      • donnybee

        I agree with this. But I also think he may have just been referring to EDGE speeds not being “as fast”, which is also untrue. 5-10 years ago, EDGE was the same speeds, but the things we used mobile data for were not as demanding either. Today those same speeds will not carry activity of 2014.. Which goes back to your point. He needs to buy a plan to meet his needs.

        • variousfires

          I actually think Qbancelli might have a point about T-mobile’s EDGE speeds. About a year ago, just after they announced Uncarrier X.0 (I don’t remember the number) which allowed you to use 2G data internationally, I traveled to India.

          I was amazed at how much I was able to do with just an EDGE signal. Sure it was slow, but as long as I was patient, I could load web pages, access google maps, etc. In the US when I am limited to areas with EDGE coverage, I can’t get a simple web page to load.

          I don’t know what the differences are, but there’s clearly something unnaturally slow/unusable about T-mobile’s EDGE network.

        • donnybee

          That’s interesting. I haven’t experienced EDGE outside the country, but that’s good to know it’s decent. Thanks for chiming in.. I wonder what the deal is with our EDGE speeds.

          Thankfully, EDGE is getting decommissioned, but T-Mobile will still throttle down once you’ve passed your bucket of 4G. That will offer the benefit of faster pings and larger bandwidth (presumably). So you should get top-end 2G speeds with the throttle, but I wish they would raise that limit closer to 3G.

        • Oms

          Could you just claify whether while on your trip to India you were connected to EDGE or were you connected to something like 3G or 4G but throttled to 2G speeds? I think you’ll have a better experience when you are connected to 4G or 3G and just throttled to 2G speeds than if you are actually connected to an EDGE tower.

        • archerian

          Its not un natural – tmobiles throttled speed is not EDGE, its around a quarter of it.

        • archerian

          T-Mobile throttled speeds are lower than EDGE speeds, they are around a fourth or so as fast from what I have seen.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      Unlimited $10 cheap ass

      Or go to vz or ATT where they charge you $10 per gig after your allowance. BYE FELICIA

      • SMH

        Why hasn’t this guy been banned or atleast comments moderated?

        Every post this guy makes contains either profanity or a personal attack.

        I don’t even understand your motive to reply besides trying be an internet tough guy.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          lol

    • mingkee

      At least you won’t be shocked by thousands of dollars bill just for overage.

    • Kidney_Thief

      To be clear, once you go over your high-speed data allowance, you’re not automatically relegated to EDGE. You’re still allowed on the HSPA+ and LTE networks, just at a capped speed.

      • archerian

        To be even clearer the capped speeds are however lesser than usual EDGE speed.

    • M

      Would you rather have your speeds capped when you go over your limit, or be charged a ridiculous amount of money for every GB over the limit you go?

    • KingCobra

      Except on T-Mobile you have the option of purchasing a truly unlimited data plan if you need more data unlike AT&T. You also only get throttled instead of $15/GB overages. It sounds like you need to stop being cheap and just pay for an unlimited data plan.

  • Almost half of the new customer additions were prepaid and over a third of all its customers are prepaid. Hopefully in 2015 TMUS will be as much a prepaid uncarrier as a postpaid uncarrier. For, until now, TMUS is still very much carrier to its prepaid customers, which bring in the same revenue for the same service as postpaid customers.

    • archerian

      “same revenue for the same service as postpaid customers” – except most prepaid customers don’t subscribe to the same level of service as a postpaid customer and hence offer lesser ARPU. Also there is no EIP payment holding them back from switching.

      • That’s not what I’d call uncarrier thinking.

        • archerian

          Not all Uncarrier initiatives, especially the ones that were most successful in additions can be sustained long term when its time to pay the piper.

        • Irony

          He doesn’t understand or care about that.
          Every uncarrier addition he complains about it not being applied to prepaid.
          He’s also the $30 prepaid plan.

        • Augusto

          It might not be your opinion of uncarrier thinking but it’s a fact ARPU is lower for prepaid customers.

          Your paying $30 a month and hoping for what they include for $70 a month plan!
          How cheap and ridiculous can you be?
          Do you think TMo could sustain and build out their network if everybody was on your $30 plan?

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          I think he’s referring to the simple choice prepaid customers that pay 50-80 a month just like postpaid simple choice, yet don’t receive the same benefits.

        • Jas

          No he has stated multiple time in multiple threads stating he believes his $30 prepaid plan should get all the Uncarrier benefits… All over his post history….

          Any of the $50 plus plans should have perks but not ETF payoff IMO BTW

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          “For, until now, TMUS is still very much carrier to its prepaid customers, which bring in the same revenue for the same service as postpaid customers.”

          I believe you that he is on the $30 plan, but it clearly sounds like he is referring to customers on the simple choice prepaid plans (not necessarily himself)

        • Jaso

          That statement may be true how he has written it but he’s only using it as guise to include himself….
          He has stated his $30 plan should have the uncarrier perks previously multiple times, which I stated in my post already above.
          The $30 plan doesn’t create the same revenue as postpaid so his statement would exclude himself.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          True, but to be fair he didn’t mention anything about that plan. He’s specifically referring to the simple choice prepaid plans

        • Huh?

          Where did he specifically state “simple choice”? His post says prepaid customer no where does he state” simple choice”.

          The label “prepaid” as he has used includes the $30 plan.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          “..which bring in the same revenue for the same service as postpaid customers.”

          Do you really need to have everything spelled out for you?

        • Huh Again?

          thats not specifically stating simple choice prepaid buddy…

          He believes the $30 $35 bring in revenue. He has stated this also previously.
          Why do you think he hasn’t replied about it?

          But no i dont need anything spelled out for me because I’ve read his post where he’s already stated his positions

        • Where did learn about my inner motivations, calling 1-800-PSYCH?

        • Jason

          No I read your statements made here, unbelievable huh?

          No problem if you want uncarrier incentives but the $30 $35 plan is where TMo should keep the line otherwise TMo is undercutting it’s own value.

          I have no idea what you asking me on your last question.

          I don’t even think data stash should apply to the $30 plan because it’s already a good value by itself.

          I love to save money but I also like for all parties to benefit during business agreements. If everybody jumps on low profit plans, the low profit plans will disappear.

        • I never said this. All along I have pointed out that TMUS treats customers which pay the same for the same service differently depending on their buying prepaid or postpaid. Your distortion is unwelcome.

        • They charge $30 for the service that they provide. It is not a subsidized plan. Its price should cover costs and provide a profit. It’s no different from other plans.

          Besides, the prepaid $70 plan comes with less perks than the $70 postpaid plan. Care to say why instead of focusing on me, who knows why?

        • Jas

          See I told you Stefan!!
          I agreed about the simple choice prepaid plans being available for uncarrier…
          Its just a guise for his entitlement issues…

        • Oms

          Because T-Mobile will generally make more money out of the $70 post paid customer than the $70 pre-pay customer. Think of the expense that T-Mobile has to incur when pre-pay customers have to make payments at local retailers (they have to make some revenue for providing the service) or have customer service staff collect payments over the phone and then pre-pay customers are less likely to use premium services (think international calling plans, higher cost data plans, phone upgrades, etc.). So, overall, the company sees greater income potential in post paid customers. Their number one priority is making money for the shareholders and so they have to give incentives to keep their priority customers happy and enrolled in the company’s preferred plans. If you as a customer are not happy as a prepay customer, you can upgrade to post paid and get the benefits of being a post paid customer. Plain and simple.

        • The payments are made through special dial numbers, online or vouchers directly to T-Mobile. The costs from prepaid are no different from post paid. That is, abstracting the interest on providing the service on credit to post paid customers.

    • Oms

      Sorry, but if you want the same benefits of a plan, you have to change. There’s a financial reason for T-Mobile to offer most of the uncarrier incentives only to Simple plan subscribers.

      • Which is it? T5MUS has no contracts or phone subsidies. Pray, tell, what are the financial reasons for it to restrict its incentives to postpaid plans?

        • Jas

          Financial reasons would most likely be that shareholders give more weight to postpaid customers when it comes to numbers. Postpaid also have eip agreements that make it more difficult to change carriers than prepaid.

          I agree with you that prepaid should get uncarrier incentives but only Simple Choice prepaid which doesn’t include the $30, $35, or simply starter plans.

        • Oms

          Then if you’re not paying less as a pre-paid customer why stay with the prepay plan? Why don’t you just switch to a regular plan?

        • Why shell out extra $10 to the government?

        • Oms

          I see. So you just want someone else to subsidize your taxes. You want to contribute less but still receive all the benefits that other people pay for. Seriously, stop complaining or just pay your fair share by moving to a Simple Choice plan.

        • I pay my less than fair share in the sales taxes of the prepaid plan, but I just refuse to subsidize Obamaphones.

        • Oms

          By Obamaphones, do you mean the Lifeline Program that Obama started by himself in 1985?

        • Yes, which Bush extended to smartphones, commonly known as Obamaphones. Your point being?

        • Oms

          I just heard as the program as “Obamaphones” from you. I find it interesting that Obama gets all the credit for it when the program was started decades way before his presidency. Perhaps, a better pseudoname would have been “Reagan Phones” given that the program goes back to 1985 when Reagan was president.

        • I’d have no problem to prefix the ridiculous entitlement with the name of any president from Reagan to Obama., since neither axed it, but started, left alone or expanded it.

        • Jas

          That by calling them “obamaphones” and then acknowledging the fact obama has nothing to do with their origin makes you look ignorant…

        • Do you realize that your posts show that you are an ass?

        • Jason

          No I didn’t think correcting misinformation would be construed as being an ass.

          Personally I’d rather look like an ass than look ignorant ;p

        • Well, as only a few can, you managed to show that you are an ignorant ass.

        • Jason

          Woah good comeback, just make sure you added your pennies right so you can pay for your $30 plan ;)

        • This guy

          You know any tax you pay gets blanketed into all money collected and spent by the government?

        • This guy

          You know taxes are included in price when you reup your balance?? So even if your using prepaid your still subsidizing “obamaphones that existed before Obama”

        • No, prepaid plans are exempt from the universal access tax and other fees imposed on the postpaid plans.

        • Jaso

          Do you just make up stuff all the time?

          I’m an ass and a waste of time but you post misinformation…. hmmm

          Universal Access fee is included in the price your charged for you prepaid refill.

          An easy google search should confirm this btw ;p

    • Goat

      To be fair, they’re working on ways to include Prepaid customers in their moves.

  • Paul

    Excellent news on growth. Let’s hope they can hold onto those customers and continue to invest in the growth of their network.
    And…LET’S GO COWBOYS!!!

    • Mike

      Go ‘Hawks!!

      • Paul

        Ha ha, I’m hoping for some GREAT games this weekend.

  • Go Blackhawks.

    Go Denver Broncos. Congratulations T-Mobile keep up the good work.

    • Paul

      Hoping for some GREAT games this weekend.

  • SEBA

    By the end of 2015 Tmobile’s LTE will cover as much as Verizon. Looks like this will be final chapter for Verizon and AT&T.

    • itguy08

      They have a LOT, LOT, LOT of work to do, especially here in PA. Plenty of Verizon LTE, not that much T-Mobile. And they are the #4 carrier in most of PA according to RootMetrics!

      • donnybee

        I wonder what will happen to those scores once all their EDGE is upgraded to LTE this year..

        • itguy08

          I dono. They do desperately need 700a in most of the state. Sadly most of the state’s 700a is owned by Cavalier.

        • Goat

          Hello from a fellow Pennsylvannian :)

        • KingCobra

          I noticed that Cavalier owns a lot of 700a in many areas. They own it here in NC too but it seems they aren’t doing anything with it.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          indeed

    • Jay Holm

      T-Mobile better advertise their network improvements later this year.

    • Fact Check

      Muah LOL Slow down buddy TMo still 50+ million subs behind both ATT and Verizon.

      Besides your LTE statement is false, end of 2015 LTE pops projection number for TMobile is 300 mil while Verizons is 330 mil…. Verizon currently has above(300 mill pops) what TMobile is projecting end of 2015.

      • Edgar

        The United States only have 315 million of population, so there is no way the could cover 330.

        • SEBA

          The other 15 million are newborns

        • FACT CHECK

          I deserve that I should fact checked myself…. I read it 2 months back so I’m looking for it but i believe it was on fierce…

          Either way your statement is still false. TMobile could add 8.3 mill for five years straight and could still be behind by 20 or 30 million subs….

          If this was a book, TMobile would be at chapter 4 on a 16 chapter book. Still lots of work to go

        • Baxter DeBerry

          of course its got ways to go but its doing pretty good def going full steam unlike sprint which is loosing them in droves

        • FACTCHECK

          For sure! … I was one of them who left Sprint 3 to 4 years back… LOL

          Wimax killed my Sero plan! I was already waiting patiently for Wimax to be deployed and useful that I didn’t want to waste my time to see how Sprint’s LTE conversion went….

        • Kingcharming

          Or illegals.

        • Edgar

          Your claim is not so accurate. Because the newborns will live in the same place as the already 315 mil. So the adjustment will have to go both ways. We are not sure how many people T-Mobile will cover then. Could be 300 million or 315 million. And I think that’s enough to make a good Marketing campaign to compete with Verizon coverage and steal a lot of customers from them.

        • FACT CHECK

          Just qouting from an article, maybe they rounded up…. LOL

          Still doesn’t change anything, but as I have stated before that pops data is useless…. Coverage has to be good and pops doesn’t take that in any equation…

          Don’t get me wrong I would love to see TMo overthrow the big 2 but thats like a decade away with the requirement of better numbers than the above numbers in the article

        • Baxter DeBerry

          not quite, if they roll out band 12 fast enough it could take a max of 5 years, lets not forget verizon and att when they where rolling out back 10 years ago (yes i know different company names back then) they slowly rolled out on high bands.. low band makes it easier only prob is theres not enough so there will be dropped calls, txt, data unless they can get more which maybe there betting on the 600mhz.. who knows

        • FACTCHECK

          I hope it is quick. I love TMo! I just pricechecked for postpaid and I would have a minimum $40 increase with less data… I could use mnvo of the big four but I’d prefer not to…
          I have signal issues but when the signal is present its great…
          I would even pay more for better coverage thru TMobile…

          At the same time it bothers me when I read fanboy comments. Even if and when TMobile gets with 20 million of the big two, there will be a struggle because Verizon and Att have leverage to drop prices and compete back. Optimism is awesome but there’s also a thing called reality.

        • Baxter DeBerry

          agree, they will have to do more than lower prices.. ill never go back to AT&T ever until they stop dipping into our political system.. tryin to toss DSL to the curb and all that.. if and when they chose to stop all the noncense and the lies about 100 cities getting fiber then ill consider

        • Ordeith

          Google is much, much more involved politically than AT&T. Have you managed to boycott them as well or are you only selectively hypocritical?

        • Baxter DeBerry

          oh come on, at least from what I see google holds true to its promises, it launches google fiber in areas it says.. although I do find there is a privacy issue with google and the consumer.. att passes laws to keep incumbents from starting networks in the states, stating that att will do it but look they been saying that for what 20 years? and nothing but wireless has been done..

        • Ordeith

          So, hypocrite.
          Got it. Message received.

        • TylerCameron

          Google only does good things politically. If itbeerent for Google, SOPA probably would’ve been enacted and Verizon’s 700MHz Block C spectrum would have no limitations. All of their devices would be locked and Verizon would be throttling LTE.

        • Ordeith

          Google only does good things?? LOL
          I see you are from the school of the so-naïve-its-funny way of thinking.

        • TylerCameron

          Google does no evil. They do things because it is right. Except for the new YouTube comment system.

        • Ordeith

          Google does plenty of evil.
          People like you are scary.

        • TylerCameron

          Oh no, they collect all of our search history! What ever shall we do? God forbid we be delivered ads that are more relevant.

        • Ordeith

          You are incorrectly convinced of Google’s altruism. But worse, you WANT to be convinced of it, it allows you not to think.
          So don’t think and carry on.

        • UMA_Fan

          This makes me laugh. It’s not so easy for Verizon and at&t to just wake up and lower prices.

          Their playing a different game entirely where they truly don’t care whether Verizon and at&t is no 1 or 2 but have enough customers where they want to squeeze as much money out of them as possible

        • FACTCHECK

          What would make it difficult to lower prices?
          Thats exactly what saved TMobile plus the cash infusion from ATT breakup…
          It’s not like either of the big two coverages are lacking so what would make it more diffucult for the big two to do exactly what TMo did?

          I replied to op because he stated Verizon and Att should be scared because TMo covers the same pops for LTE(which is false) Ignoring that both Verizon and Att have a 50 Mill lead over TMobile….

          Are you asserting that TMobile coming back from 50 million down is more likely than the big two dropping prices to be more competitive?

        • KingCobra

          They would definitely be afraid of TMO having near equal coverage. They have shareholders and investors to please and lowering prices means lowering profits. No company wants to do that if they don’t have to. Some investors were already upset about them losing market cap in 2014 from lowering prices and sacrificing profits in order to compete with T-Mobile.

        • FACTCHECK

          totally ignored the actual question…

        • Edgar

          They can’t lower their prices just like that. The first thing that will happen is the drop of the stock price, then the investors complaining for their margins.

          This is why they haven’t done that and why can’t do it. It will devaluation the company right away. And if with the model they are using, they are making high profit, they won’t change it.

        • FACTCHECK

          They haven’t done it because they haven’t needed too either.. TMobile could double its base tomorrow and still be in third place… The tmo employees and the tmo fantrans here are the ONLY ones who don’t understand what 60 million is

        • KingCobra

          Well just think about it for a second. If VZW is at 303M and T-Mobile is at 300M then obviously that means T-Mobile will be covering a large geographic area in order to reach that goal. Only a 3M difference means that VZW would only have a few remote areas with LTE where TMO doesn’t.

        • John

          Thing is TMobile isn’t at 300m pops yet….
          Just because pops are covered it doesn’t mean that it is good coverage

        • Edgar

          If you hear the City conference Ray Neville not only stated population coverages, he also talked about the huge amount of geographical coverage expansion with the LTE build out in 2015. So he has addressed both things.

      • Tanner

        Verizon has 303 million.

      • chrssstp9

        Yes Verizon’s coverage is major, but they still have 2g in few places and 3g still encompassing there 4g which should already be covered.

      • Chad

        knowing T-Mobile they will likely be above that 300 million goal for pops, at the end of the year.

      • KingCobra

        You mean 303 Million lol.

    • KingCobra

      It won’t quite be equal to Verizon but yes it will be pretty damn close. It will cover most of the corridors and rural areas that people care about. There will still be a few remote areas where Verizon is the only one with service though.

  • Bud

    Fix you’re voice services in Staten Island.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      Your*

      • Heather B

        Thanks for pointing out my biggest pet-peeve :)

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          lol

      • MagentaUser

        Shut up

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          havent spoken, typed. or instead of lashing out maybe correct it instead

    • Macano

      You don’t have to be with tmobile you know

    • Mike Palomba

      Voice services all over Staten Island work amazingly.

      • Bud

        Not true mike at least 10 drop calls a day.

        • Mike Palomba

          What area are you in?

        • Bud

          Annandale.

        • Mike Palomba

          I’m not in Annandale very often but in Oakwood Heights coverage is amazing

        • Bud

          Just moved from bay ridge. Never had a drop call in the other boroughs. SI has been bad for me. I have been with T-Mobile since 1999.

        • Mike Palomba

          What type of phone is it? Usually my coverage is great in Staten Island, other then in certain buildings

        • Bud

          It’s a iPhone and most of the time it’s outside.

        • Mike Palomba

          Hmm thats weird, I have an iPhone too and I don’t really have any calling issues anywhere in Staten Island. Maybe give T-Mobile a call to see if your phone is having an issue connecting to the tower or if there’s an outage

  • VG

    AT&T just announced they are implementing a data rollover plan, similar to T-Mobile’s new Data Stash (but not exactly the same). Another instance of T-Mobile’s forward thinking and how the other carriers scramble to copy T-Mobile initiatives!

    I love T-Mobile and the way it is shaking up this industry!!!!!

    • Ordeith

      I wish T-Mobile would do better at copying AT&T’s coverage.

      • Macano

        You don’t have to be with tmobile you know that right

        • Jason

          So insightful, Mother must be proud! ;p

          I’m pretty sure he know he has options and I’m pretty sure you know your coming off as an ignorant jerk.

        • Is there anything more pathetic than someone who hides behind anonymity and votes up his own posts?

        • Ordeith

          I don’t know, people who make assumptions like that can be pretty pathetic.

        • Jason

          i didnt upvote myself ROFL

        • Macano

          Don’t you think Tmobile is aware of their coverage issue and how hard they had been working on it just for douche to complain about it. It is pointless to complain for the same thing over and over, specially when t mobile has been working so hard. Relax your tits

        • Jaso

          I’m sorry but I’m not the transvestite your looking for :/ The guy you want is secret BOB….

      • TK

        This has to be what is making everyone shake their heads at AT&T. It is what I will call the “Donut Shop” effect. The donut shop that has great donuts near your house gets your business, not Dunkin. When you hit the road, though ….

      • KingCobra

        By the end of this year they’ll be about equal.

    • Mr.Radar

      AT&T’s “Rollover Data” is a pale imitation of T-Mobile Data Stash. From the Yahoo News article on the plan:

      > If you do not use your full allotment of plan data in a given month, the extra amount automatically rolls over and is available to be used within the next month. Within a given month, you will use your plan allotment first, before you begin using your Rollover Data. Unused Rollover Data does not carry over.

      This means you will have at most one month’s worth of data available for rollover (but only if you used none in the previous month) and if you end up dipping into your rollover you will have no rollover data the next month. It’s designed to be as useless as possible. What a joke.

  • Jason

    Why couldn’t this been posted couple weeks back when someone was stated TMobile added 10 million? LOL Hmm I wonder who that was…

    8.3 mill is still awesome though good job TMo!

    • John

      I think the that the person who stated T-Mobile added over 10 million meant over 6 quarters not 4 quarters as they are talking about here in this article.

      • Jason

        No they clearly posted about 2013 when I replied back. The person claimed “Tmobile added 10 million for the year”
        They also stated Att and Verizon went negative for the year which also was false…
        Was that you?
        I can’t remember and I’m too lazy to go back LOL

        • UMA_Fan

          Verizon and Att did in fact lose phone customers. Most of their gains were from existing customers adding cheapo tablet lines

        • John

          UMA you hit the nail on the head. At&t and Verizon lost cellphone subscribers, but added tablet subscribers. Which is the only reason the big 2 didn’t show a loss overall.

        • KingCobra

          Very true. They’ve been doing the tablet thing for a while in order to mask what would’ve otherwise have been losses.

  • TylerCameron

    I know this is off-topic, but why does tmonews (a legitimate website) have ads to sites that are malicious? “Secret Brian pill”? Really?

    • BxK12

      ads are based on what you search… what cha been searching??? lol

      • Joe

        Those ads are not based on what u have been searching cuz I get those exact same ads (Secret Brain pill) on allot of websites and they don’t work the same like regular ads at least not that I am aware of.

      • TylerCameron

        It’s pretty obvious these ads aren’t based on what I search for. I can pull this site up on a computer that I’ve never been on before, and they’re still there.

        • BxK12

          nope your wrong

        • TylerCameron

          *You’re
          As in, you’re an idiot. I know what I’ve seen, and I’m definitely not wrong about getting on a different device and seeing the same ads -.- I think I know what I’ve seen a little better than you.

        • BxK12

          nope i’m right , your wrong, no one believes you give up now.

        • Ordeith

          The alternative is your device is infected with some kind of malware that triggers on certain DNS queries and http traffic patterns it sees through a hidden local proxy.

        • TylerCameron

          On every device I’ve ever been on? Even a freshly installed Windows system? Okay.

        • Ordeith

          That’s more plausible than that you are somehow singled out as the only individual on this site that has ever experienced such a thing.

        • TylerCameron

          Joe reported the same thing.

        • Ordeith

          Oh are you talking about the click bait? I thought it was something more nefarious. Don’t you have plugins that can make those invisible?

        • TylerCameron

          Yes, I’m talking about the clickbait ads. I use adblock on all my computers, but there’s no adblock on my mobile devices. I just don’t know why Tmonews’s web admin allows such malicious ads.

        • Ordeith

          The ads are predatory and misleading, but hardly malicious.
          Malicious ads are the ones with drive-by downloads and exploit infections. Like Google’s hacking of Safari through AdSense to get at private data, or Google’s drive-by downloads of Chrome and the Chrome toolbar though AdSense ads disguised to look like download buttons on otherwise legitimate online software repositories.

        • Dasani

          The ad is probably ip tracking.

        • mingkee

          Actually, same ads appear on both big machine (laptop) and mobile (phone and tablet) and regardless what browser you used.
          Ban hammer is ready on my home network and…BOOM!!!

        • TylerCameron

          It’s always the exact same ads. Only on this site. I don’t usually see them on my computers since i use adblock, but out of curiosity, I disabled it, opened a private Chrome window on all my machines, and it’s the same ads.

        • Ordeith

          Chrome still tracks you, even in incognito, across Google’s properties (including AdSense). Chrome is also vulnerable to an HSTS implementation flaw that allows sites to use “super cookies” to fingerprint and track you even in incognito mode, and identify you as the same person across browsing sessions and modes.
          So Chrome isn’t really a good test.

        • TylerCameron

          *opens private Safari window*
          Same thing. I even opened the Samsung browser on my phone and I get the same ads.

    • maanshu

      USE adblocker on Chrome.

    • DStudio

      Who’s Secret Brian?

      • bob90210

        Sorry, can’t tell you.

        • DStudio

          I know, I know, because if you told me …

  • Ryan

    2015 looks to be quite the interesting year for the big 4.

  • mingkee

    It will be more interesting this year and early next year when band 12 keeps rolling out. However, be aware the bandwidth isn’t that much on band 12 as band 2 and 4 LTE.
    It’s pretty sure T-Mobile will overtake Sprint this quarter if it wasn’t last quarter. In addition, some Sprint-based MVNO are switching to T-Mobile (Ting).
    If Sprint could migrate from CDMA to HSPA with LTE and allow unlocked phones (Sprint can deploy band 2 for HSPA), the company should gain some customers from big 2.

    • TMOTECH

      Band 12 will be used with carrier aggregation. Which means it will be used in conjunction with band 2 or 4 if the handset can see both signals. So once it is implemented it should be faster than what you see now.

  • YABD

    90% of those customers came from Verizon.

    • Dasani

      or MVNOs.

    • monkeybutts

      Most are coming from Sprint, followed by AT&T, and lastly by Verizon according to number porting.

      • Ross

        Umm, it’s just a ratio. In terms of raw numbers, I’d think most are coming from AT&T and Verizon rather than from Sprint just because Sprint is half the others’ size, so there’s less there ‘to come from’.

    • Read Much

      Actually the data is in the article ;/

  • Cam Fas

    I left Verizon for tmobie the funny thing is there were only a few places when I didn’t have lte but I have always had service and my lte speeds are way higher on average then my Verizon ever was and the call quality is much better

    • Mark G

      tmoble is decent if you do travel, or go anywhere rural

  • J.J.

    It will be very close with sprint. I think the slash your bill in half promotion may have sucked a few in and slowed the bleeding a bit. Go Tmo!!

  • Mirad77

    3rd?

  • Ross

    So John Legere first claimed T-Mobile would surpass Sprint first by Thanksgiving, then by end of 2014, now ‘2015 for sure’. Looks like Sprint is slipping away from him.
    In September, he said the porting ratio with Sprint was 4:1, now it’s 2.2:1, and Sprint is not even directly targeting T-Mobile – all their recent promotions have been targeted at the big two. I don’t see T-mobile getting to #3 anytime soon.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      As in the article it say t-mobile has 55 million customers. So t-mobile has caught up with Sprint. Now we’re waiting to see if Sprint gained or loss customers. T-Mobile will pass Sprint and it will be soon

      • Bori

        I doubt that but I like your optimism :-)

        • Mr Paul

          Legere has a nice cult following, no? Look at all the people doing his work for him; bleh.

      • Ross

        How can one say T-Mobile has caught up with Sprint without knowing what Sprint’s numbers are? Or are you just being fanboyish? Also having 1, 100 or 10,000 more customers than Sprint is not magically going to make T-Mobile network better than Sprint in any areas. This is an empty goal Legere is pushing to boost his own ego.

        “T-Mobile will pass Sprint and it will be soon”
        That’s exactly what my comment was about, that Legere has made that claim twice already without meeting it.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Dear Aristotle

          If you would have understood what I was saying and read the article and t-mobile 3 Quarter Report, Sprint 3rd Quarter Report. And this article And did a little math from Preliminary report. T-Mobile and Sprint have 55 Million Customers. What I was saying is it going to happen soon especially after Sprint tally up there customers for their 4th Quater Report. We will know for sure.

          T-mobile already forecast slower growth because of credit requiremmet changes.
          I’m not a fan I’m a former shareholder and
          Keep up with stuff like this.

          There’s no I in team. It’s takes a team to do something like add 2 Million customers we would have been met the goal if more customers took up the refer a friend program.

          And your right it doesn’t magically makes a Network better it takes Billions and Billions of dollars. T-mobile is agrressively working on it. Taking loans, restructuring debt and selling stock to raise money on its quest to do so. It’s going to take time. If Legere woke up with 20 Billions dollars I’m sure they would buy all the 700mhz A licenses and build a better network over night.

        • coop5454

          Wait! Did i miss something? When has Sprints network been good in the past 2 years? Also, the customers gained would have to come from somewhere, and in the past year a tidal wave of Sprint customers have been jumping ship. I would be astonished if Sprint found a way to stop bleeding customers without an earth shattering new marketing strategy.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Thank you!

        • KingCobra

          You haven’t. Sprint’s network has been bad for like the past 3-4 years. Sprint has been giving away tons of tablets to artificially inflate the subscriber counts but it won’t be enough for much longer.

        • Mark G

          lol…….we all know t-mobile has the best network….

        • Nerd_Baller

          Because of porting ratios. You might wanna look that up. When you lose between 2.2 and 4 customers everyday to 1 gained over the last several years, that makes a dent in subscription numbers

      • Mark G

        who care they had to merge with metro to catch sprint, Now if they could match or pass sprint on coverage then they would be a cell phone company worth switching 2

        • Jay J. Blanco

          T-mobile was adding customers way before Metro PCS. Metro helped that’s all

          You wanna know why Sprint is bleeding customers it’s obviously because of Network issues. And you see the numbers above obviously your observation is a opinion. If t-mobile wasn’t improving their network they wouldn’t have added 8 Million customers

        • Mark G

          sprint says they added about 1 million subscribers, but who cares who is 3rd or 4th when both carriers have so much work to do. sprint needs speed and t mobile needs coverage……If sprint went out of business today I can assure you verizion and at&t will get more of the subscribers than t-mobile.

        • John

          This post of yours is ignorant. Did you know that Sprint’s 55 million subscriber count includes boost mobile subscribers and virgin mobile subscribers since those prepaid companies were bought by sprint years ago. Sprint own those 2 companies, but decided to keep those two prepaid brands alive. One could argue that sprint had to merge those 2 prepaid companies into the sprint company to get all of its 55 million customers.

        • Mark G

          the post wasn’t ignorant, but somehow the point of the comment alluded you…..the point…. t mobile passed verizion tomorrow it wouldn’t matter because t-mobiles network suck, hands down……. yes its fast but there is no coverage

        • John

          The post was ignorant. T-mobile is not the 1st carrier to grow in subscribers/size due in part to merger and aqquisions. At&at for instance gobbled up tons of small regional carriers over the years. Their biggest purchase most recently was cricket wireless and its nearly 5 million customers.

        • Mark G

          Dude we all know that’s how they all got be the size they are but once again you dance around the point of coverage, if t mobile had 200million subscribers it wouldn’t matter because as of now t mobiles coverage it lacking more that the other 3 carriers…….

        • KingCobra

          Catch Sprint on coverage? Don’t you mean VZW/AT&T? Sprint’s network has been trash since smartphones took over the market and they’re bleeding subscribers primarily because of the network.

        • Mark G

          smh………they have to catch sprint first, sprints customer issues are due to many issues that have been ignored over the years. I’m all for t-mobile and sprint shaking up the wireless industry, Im not for just 1 company because in the end the increased competition benefits me with savings and more options………with that being said I’m also realistic………

        • dtam

          they are pretty much there. the network reliability index published from rootmetrics has sprint at 73.8 and tmobile at 73.0 (big red is at 83.4 and the deathstar is at 82.1). they are also in the process of upgrading all of their EDGE towers to LTE towers. Call coverage was never that bad for tmobile data coverage in EDGE areas was

    • KingCobra

      Sprint’s been giving away a lot of tablets to offset their postpaid phone subscriber loss. That’s pretty much the only reason why T-Mobile didn’t pass them last quarter.

      • Mark G

        smh

  • Jay J. Blanco

    The masses are flocking to magenta. I knew they were adding customers but wow simply amazing

  • james

    They areboth at like 17 percent market share sprint slightly ahead

    • Jay J. Blanco

      T-mobile is ahead actually

      • Jay Holm

        Officially ahead? 4th qtr results haven’t officially been announced.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          T-mobile is ahead by 1% market share

        • Jay Holm

          Hmm, but there is a new headline on Tmonews saying that T-Mobile didn’t pass Sprint in 2014.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Doesn’t matter if it didn’t happen last Quarter. It will happen face the facts. T-Mobile adds at least a million customers in a quarter now. Do the math it will happen by early Q2 2015. Lol

      • KingCobra

        We don’t know until Sprint releases their Q4 numbers.

  • KingCobra

    T-Mobile is already in a positive porting ratio with AT&T/VZW with only 260M covered by LTE and a lot of rural EDGE. So just imagine the pressure that will be put on the Big 2 once T-Mobile is at 300M POPs by the end of this year. That means most rural areas will be LTE and some ‘no service’ gaps will be filled in. We will finally be at near network parity in the US Market for 3 carriers. The competition is going to be fierce.

  • Loganopolis Jammyjamjamjam Bop

    UNRELATED QUESTION: anyone got lollipop on their g3 da51? apparently store demos are getting them but i got a minor non os related update.

  • ZxyLady

    I am very happy that TMO had been so successful, other carriers’ customers should be thanking TMO for shaking up the top 2s monopoly on pricing and features.

  • 9to5Slavery

    How many pops?

  • TBN27

    Quick off topic question. I was doing a speed test yesterday. I used ooklaa speed test and root metrics. At the very same spot on my root metrics speed test I got between 9 and 12mbps and on ooklaa I got 64 Mbps. Which one is telling the truth? Which one is more accurate? Or could the root metricsxbe wonky? I had the same thing happen with the open signal app a while a go.

  • Jason

    You said they usually release the quarterly report 3 weeks after. Well it’s been 5 weeks since the last quarter ended. This article outlined a “preliminary” quarterly report. Where’s the full report? Are they hiding something they don’t want us to see? I have a sneaky feeling that there’s something in there about a forward statement having to do with migrations that will set off a fire-storm among tenured subs.