Sprint CEO not fazed by T-Mobile’s momentum

Marcelo Claure

While John Legere is pursuing Sprint and seeking to overtake it as the #3 carrier in the U.S., it seems his rival is focussed on more important things. In an interview with CNET, Marcelo Claure revealed that he’s not focussed on who’s number 3 or number 4, but rather on improving its network.

“T-Mobile has great momentum,” he said. “I’m focused on fixing the fundamentals whether we’re No. 3 or No. 4. Customers don’t care about rank. I’m not worried about whether we’re No. 3 or No. 4.”

John Legere predicted that T-Mobile would overtake Sprint by the end of 2014. Something which didn’t materialize, thanks to Claure steering his ship back the right way with competitive offers. T-Mo, at the end of last year, had 55.02 million subscribers. Sprint had 55.93.

It’s obvious to anyone watching the industry that T-Mobile is growing fast. Just last quarter the magenta carrier added 2.1 million new customers while Sprint added 842,000.

Still, that isn’t where Sprint’s CEO is focussing too much. Of course, any carrier chief is going to be concerned about numbers, but more important are numbers which pertain to network performance. And Claure believes T-Mobile might be in for a shock when the next round of RootMetrics reports are published.

“I think Legere is in for a rude awakening when new scores come out about network performance,” Claure said in an interview on Thursday. “I let actions speak.”

Data is coming “in the coming weeks” and that Sprint will have a much improved performance report. He also stated that in cities where the network is really strong – Chicago for instance – we’ll start to see heavier advertising. That said, we’ve already seen what T-Mobile thinks of Sprint’s most recent adveritsing push.

While Claure tips his hat towards RootMetrics, Legere maintainces his stance that RootMetrics data is old, and doesn’t keep up with T-Mobile’s network expansion pace:

“If I were them, I’d be clinging to months-old data too,” Legere said in an email. “Everyone knows that Sprint has the worst network customer satisfaction in the industry — by a mile.

Of course, we’re used to John Legere’s fighting talk. Except it’s normally reserved for AT&T and Verizon. Is the recent attention on Sprint by Legere a sign that they’re now showing a competitive edge? And they’re apprently about to get more competitive. The carrier’s chief stated that they are going to launch a new set of plans, sometime this Spring.

Source: CNET

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  • VG

    Given that Sprint will be opening up hundreds of new location (possibly up to 1,700) across the U.S. as part of its takeover of Radio Shack, I have doubts that T-Mobile will be able to surpass Sprint this year to take over the #3 spot (unless T-Mobile can continue to stun the industry with additional UnCarrier moves).

    • Willie D

      Should be easy. Sprint is hurting for cash, Softbank won’t infuse them without selling some of the 2.5Ghz spectrum .. And opening more stores is more capital requirement, employees pay, and utilities than continuing to use money they barely have to improve service and network. Chicago is an okay market, but SF sucks, and their focus is on existing stronger markets not ones that suck..says to me, they are only looking to be #3 in some markets and happy being #4 in all others. Just saying no matter how many stores you open up, if you aren’t improving anywhere else and spending the value cash you need to upgrade and make your network better, you’re unlikely to succeed.

    • TEA

      It’s literally guaranteed T-mobile will surpass Sprint. You can’t have numbers like T-Mobiles which continue to add prospects, and not expect more people to fly from Sprint. Sprint is renting space in Radio Shack’s….INSTEAD of upgrading and expanding their network. Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile all passed over “renting” out space….what did Sprint do? Buy Nextel…errr Radio Shack? C’mon. I was a customer for over 10 years and I loved the unlimited wimax data. But service wasn’t up to par, taxes were OUT OF THIS WORLD compared to other carriers, customer service didn’t know what to say to any questions,….i felt sorry for them. They were great when they had SERO….until they started charging customers more for newer phones and SERO wasn’t allowed on these phones? Seriously, I feel sorry for them. I wish they would have expanded LTE like T-Mobile but it’s been 3+ years now…

  • JTrip

    I tried Sprint about 3 years ago in NJ just outside of Philly. Their coverage map indicated that I would get good coverage everywhere in my area. I quickly found out that there was barely any coverage anywhere and where there was it was very slow. Indoor coverage didn’t exist. I cancelled after 2 weeks. I don’t know how much they’ve improved since then but I don’t think I could even be tempted to give them another try. Sprint would have to give me a free phone, free month of service to test them out and only then if they proved their network was worthy, they’d have to beat my T-Mobile plan.

    • Luis Espinal

      I tried sprint by switching my work line that was on Verizon with a note 4 where i paid the difference for an upgrade. I kept the note 4 to use on TMobile and got a Note 3 financed in Sprint on the 60.00 plan unlimited..
      I figured I’d keep the difference my job was reimbursing me for the work phone. Wrong wrong move! Talk about crap service…. I never had LTE anywhere, except midtown Manhattan, which was like dial up. The coverage map said there’s LTE from Bridgeport,CT to Manhattan. So I tried to Netflix all the way down on the train….what a joke…couldn’t watch more than 20 minutes of a standard def movie on the Note 3. The phone switched a million times from LTE to 3g!!!! Even streaming music was a pain…it reminded me of John Legere in one of his Uncarrier announcements, where little Timmy needed data for his porn, well little Timmy can’t even do that on Sprint lol, I would know! Oh btw this was just this month, not 1-3 years ago either. What exactly did Sprint upgrade? Also..their fees are horrendous..their 60 unlimited is 77.37 in CT after all the fees plus 13.00 financing for a note 3…so that’s 90.00 right there!! I’ll just wait for them to pay for the etf from vzw and cut my losses. I’ll just get the 50.00 plan from MetroPCS…and get a zmax.

  • Willie D

    If Sprint wasn’t concerned with being #3 then why did they offer to cut AT&T and Verizon users bills in half, why did they copy the $100 Unlimited Data plan that T-Mobile pioneered, why did they copy price for price T-Mobiles trade in offer? Hmmm, seems they are concerned more with keeping customers from leaving and losing #3 than actually upgrading and beating TMobile based on network and customer service quality. Adding 2 million vs 800k speaks loudly if you wanna talk about actions.

    • FILA

      haha, true true

    • TEA

      It’s guaranteed that Sprint won’t be #3, which is why he strays and said he doesn’t care whether they are #3 or #4…. he’ll let actions speak for themselves, that’s business talk that they will start showing more ads, talking about customer satisfaction, more wideband blah blah customers will be impressed because iphone 6 will be in commercial, etc. They couldn’t cut Tmobile’s bill in half so they didn’t bother to lie about that in the commercial

    • J.J.

      he only said that because he knows tmo will surpass them very soon. he is trying to soothe investors.

      • Jacob

        Be quiet. He is being genuwine with not being number 3 anyways. Tmobile is a talk and no game with indoor voice coverage. If you are unable to make one single phone in, indoor buildings, then why bother? It’s just as simple as that. Now stop talking.

        • Paul Garrison

          I hope are getting paid.

        • Sparky

          If he’s getting paid per spelling/grammar mistake, he’s raking in some real money.

        • Matt

          You stop Talking Jacob, Sprints network and coverage is horrible. I’d Rather use CricKet than Sprint. now you be quiet

        • J.J.

          How long have you been a customer with Sprint ….. I mean T-Mobile?

  • GinaDee

    Sprint WILL get better. There is no doubt about it. We’re only living in a fantasy world if you think it will always suck.

    That said a strong Sprint will keep the onus on T-Mobile to continue to be competitive on both price and network. It’s a good thing for everyone.

    Sprint’s problem has always been internal. Their management operates like they are from separate factions or different countries. They have so many resources (spectrum in particular) that if used smartly could give them massive capacity in all the areas that matter. Unfortunately for them they don’t have a network leader like Neville Ray.

    If Neville worked for Sprint then I’d say T-Mobile would be in trouble.

    • TEA

      They would get better if they stopped bleeding themselves. Seriously. You are so right on so many levels, internal is from a different entity. I can’t imagine what their board meetings are like. Dan Hesse impressed me during a black and white commercial years ago where he said to contact him at dan@sprint.com. Obviously other people were responding for him but instead of getting to their customers needs….they are pretending they are competing with Verizon and AT&T. Verizon has the coverage, AT&T has coverage, so both of these carriers don’t need to “cut” anything to compete with their competition. Obviously, just like T-Mobile, Sprint needs to focus on Spectrum and Coverage. If I were president I would be signing agreements left and right to have towers under ownership of Sprint or renting from Sprint. I would send out ACTUAL LTE antennas, not Wifi hotspots, so people could get on LTE or 3G advanced. I would make sure all of my phones could use LTE and Voice at the same time. So many things can be reduced to coverage and speeds. Use the Spectrum or sell it.

      • Jacob

        So what? Who cares. Sprint does not care about being number 3 or number 4 anymore. It was Tmobiles ceo feeling the need to make it his business to start with Sprint. Sprint is fantastic to me in my eyes. Tmobile can be number 3. Just seriously leave Sprint alone. Enough said.

        • Jose Hernandez

          This is a T-Mobile site, go to a Sprint site and you won’t have to worry about people talking about Sprint.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Well, there is always people talking about anything and everything somewhere. You have to give them the respect of their opinion.

        • Matt

          Jacob again your not listening. His argument wasn’t about being number 3 or 4 it was actual facts about how bad Sprint sucks compared to T-Mobile. Who is so cheap with their network they use wimax instead of actual 4glte… who still uses CDMA for 4g. Even Verizon isn’t a CDMA company on their 4g because the technology is so old and horrible. Don’t be a Sprint Stan look at the facts.

        • Tarshia Brown

          Yes it was about being number 3 and number 4. Pay attention. He never said that our network sucked. What an airhead. lol Goodbye and stop talking to me.

      • Roger Sales

        I think what’s most bothersome is that on paper Sprint should be #3 head and shoulders above T-Mobile given their spectrum position both with nationwide lowband and a ton for capacity and they’re not.
        Instead we have a company that just acquired lowband rolling it out faster and showing they’ve can function better even with less. There’s a 900k difference in customers this quarter, I doubt T-Mobile will be #4 come April. Sprint has run out of time and the CEO sees the writing on the wall. 700mhz, voLTE, the strength of the data network on average are just more enticing than a network with a wrench halfway stuck in it still.
        I hope Sprint is successful to at least hurt the two bells – but they aren’t touching T-Mobile anytime soon.

    • J.J.

      i agree. if sprint stays on the tracks they will be battling tmo back and forth for a little while. long time tmo customer here(10yrs) who has stuck it out and seen amazing progress on the tmo front and a happy customer, but its that 10% a year in the rural county that tmo pisses me off. but i am confident things will continue to improve in rural so happily anticipating the next 10 yrs

    • J.J.

      tmo has improved name quality, now waiting for the entire network to match, sprint on the other hand needs to improve network and improve name quality….long road.

  • Jacob

    Who cares about Tmobile being number 3. Tmobile can have the number 3 spot for all I care. Sprint has so much more voice quality in most indoor building than Tmobile would ever dreamed to have had. Everyone else is so free to dislike Sprint. I know way deep down inside that Sprint has meeting my everyday needs, verses it being with lousy behind Tmobile. I dislike Tmobile with a passion. So yes, thats my own facr belief. Everyone else can have Tmobile. Good Day now. bye.

    • TechnoRealz

      I was on that SPCS drug that you are now on for 15 years until 2013.
      So sure, you can crow about the network bandwidth & speed esp. when there isn’t any1 else able to practically use at any great rate.

      • Jacob

        Goodbye goodbye. Who cares. My lte speeds and voicr coverage in Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Texas have been outstandingly awesomes, more over lousy Tmobile.

        • Jose Hernandez

          So can you please go to the Sprint board and preach there? Thank you

        • dtam

          does sprint even have a following?

        • Jose Hernandez

          lmol!!

        • Mike

          I light up like a Christmas tree when John Legere trashes them on Twitter

        • Jamie

          I preach whereever I like. Its a free country. Goodbye now.

        • Jose Hernandez

          Then by all means, Goodbye!!!!

        • TechnoRealz

          Apparently it’s so fast you can’t keep up with the typing : WTF is “more over lousy Tmobile.”

          So, is TMO’s coverage in those states

        • Mike

          Go smooch up to Sprint and Marcelo Claure on Twitter then.

    • Paul Garrison

      Wrong place.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      i have both right now and so far tmobile has better voice quality

      • Jacob

        Not true, Sprint has been way better in must indoor buildings as far as voice quality is concerned.

        • Jake

          most indoor*

        • dtam

          It’s amazing you travelled to wherever dontsh00tmesanta is and made some calls at his location.

          dude, you like sprint, that’s great it works for you but don’t tell other people it will work great for them. hell, even verizon has some crappy spots that tmo or sprint might have better coverage

        • Shawn

          Who said that I was telling people to join Sprint, you liar? Stop puttinh words in my mouth

        • dtam

          who are you replying to?

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Perhaps in your area but in my area tmobile tops voice quality

        • Paul Garrison

          He is just trolling and he is probably doing it for free too.

        • Jamie

          agreed. again sprint wins over tmobile in voice quality. that right there is a proven factor there. bye.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Again, in your area I do not know but in mine TMOBILE TOPS SPRINT!

        • Mike

          Sprint? Who are they? Dont they offer landline service? #pindrop

    • Cam Bunton

      Good day to you too.

      • Paul Garrison

        He can’t leave. See below.

        • Cam Bunton

          I noticed. ;-)

    • thepanttherlady

      Is that you, Mr. Son?

      • Mike

        Or Marcelo Claure. lol

        • thepanttherlady

          I almost put his name but could picture Son throwing the tantrum much easier. =D

    • bob90210

      You are absolutely right. If sprint works for you then stick with sprint.

    • Philip

      If I got all four coverage at my home or work, I still choose T-mobile. SIM card is better than CDMA.

    • schwddyballs

      Why are on a site called tmonews? Sprintnews doesn’t exist?…..oh yeah…

      • Android_God

        Sorry but maybe I missed something…are there requirements to post on here?

        • Mr Paul

          He’s just not aware of the rules of the internet.

          8. There are no real rules about posting.

          Oh woops, sorry

          8tmo. There are no real rules about posting on T-Mobile-themed sites.

  • archerian

    Class is class, can’t replace it with anything

    • bob90210

      Seminars and lectures sometimes work but one to one instruction is better than class.

  • Mike

    Sprint has been garbage since day 1

    • 9to5Slavery

      Well wasn’t any company until they’re improving?

  • Sean

    *apparently

  • Matt

    Jacob please be quiet. Nobody who knows anything about networks thinks sprints better than anybody but CricKet. T-Mobile is competiting against the big dogs like AT&T and y’all are just trying to catch up. Legere is right Sprint is thee worst network out of the big four by far.

    • bob90210

      Quit with the cheerleading. Buy the service that works for you and let others do the same.

    • Adam

      No you be quiet. Leave me alone. Stop stalking me. You are a liar. God should punish you.

  • Rob H.

    Marcelo is just unhappy he is going to be the CEO of a company when it falls from #3 to #4 this year. He is trying to stay stern, even when he knows Sprints done. Feeling like the Titanic Captain?

    • Justin Smith

      Sprint has the spectrum to be a great network which is what Marcelo is working on right now. If used correctly sprint could do much better then T-Mobile is currently.

    • Android_God

      Funny because the same could have been said about Legre when he took over T-Mobile. When you right your ship but you turn around and dump on someone who is in the same position you were? He’s acting like a jerk.

  • TK – Indy

    Marcelo is confident, because he knows that T-mobile is a distant 4th in the long game due to spectrum holdings and availability. Anyone who can’t see that T-mobile is nothing more than a flash in the pan is a mental midget. Nationwide 800 SMR. 150 mhz of 2.5 ghz spectrum to aggregate with it. Don’t hold the 600 mhz carrot out there, because that is a long ways off, and not much spectrum when and if it comes. Plus of course, you have to win the bid for it.

    • randian

      Sprint’s problem has always been mismanagement and cell density, not spectrum.

    • Mike

      How do you figure distant 4th? Please do explain.

    • JustSaying

      T-Mobile is a “distant 4th”.. you’re not good with numbers are you?

      • Mike

        Distant 4th? They are neck and neck with subscribers and neck and neck with POP’s covered.

      • TK – Indy

        Read all the words that I wrote. It is an accurate statement.

        • JustSaying

          Oh I did read all the foolish words you wrote and they are hilarious! When you’re not failing at selling Sprint phones you should do stand up comedy on side. You’re about as bad as that Mathiuz De Jesus troll on Facebook. It’s funny how you Sprint trolls actually attack your own customers when they complain. I’ve seen many LEAVE Sprint because of your ridiculous trolling. Do I want you to stop? hell no! All those customers come to T-Mobile!

        • Fabian Cortez

          Yes, Mathiuz De Jesus is a pretty bad troll.

          Alter ego is “Mo’Nique.”

    • Matt

      Sprint may be sitting on a bank’s worth of spectrum but if they haven’t the funds to deploy it and continue to bleed money like a stuck big, if won’t do much good. The extra spectrum might end up helping creditors in bankruptcy court. Ironically, I’ll bet the spectrum that Sprint holds might actually be more valuable than the company itself.

      • TK – Indy

        Don’t let the recently released financials sway you. The loss was a write-down of intangibles (non-cash items) for tax reasons. Without those, they post a profit. Stuff is finally getting done and improving quickly on using their spectrum. Wait and see.

        • JustSaying

          $2.38 BILLION net loss worth of “intangibles” are you kidding me? lol wow

        • TK – Indy

          ” The company booked a $2.1 billion non-cash impairment charge, which included a $1.9 billion write-down of the Sprint trademark name and $200 million to reduce the carrying value of wireline network assets”

        • JustSaying

          Okay so what you’re saying is by slashing prices and losing valuable post paid customers while “Trying” to invest in their network will allow Sprint to be profitable.. yeah that makes sense.. NOT

        • TK – Indy

          Investments in the network have no impact on profitability, as those are balance sheet items, not income statement expenses. This is true for T-mobile as well, which explains how T-mobile burned through 5 billion in cash loans, whereas Sprint needed only 1 billion to tide things over, including investments.

        • Ginger917

          Tmobile is 20 billion in debt. Sprint is worse off but if sprint had a couple good quarters or more they would be better off than tmobile. Not tmos fault, it’s DTs fault but numbers are numbers.

        • calvin200

          Take accounting class. It happens.

    • Orlando Duran

      Wow, you are a real peace of work. With your pathetic lies and complete bullshit, I can say that you also think global warming exists and that obama is a good president

      • TK – Indy

        It does. He is. Also, the word you are looking for is “piece” not “peace”.

  • Android_God

    I think Legre needs to let it the f**k go and stop being such an a$$hole about it. There comes a point where he makes himself out to be a gigantic douchenozzle.

    • Mike

      His name is spelled Legere and how would you classify your statement? You kiss your mother with that mouth?

      • Android_God

        If only you know what I do to my mother with my mouth it would blow your mind. #LegEreIsStillADouche

        • MC Mickey Lee

          I bet you kiss a lot of things with that mouth, especially a big yellow behind.

        • Jay Holm

          This guy is sick!

    • MC Mickey Lee

      Alright hater, go back to Sprint and let them know you did as you were told, and that you are a good troll and will continue to bend over and let Sprint keep giving it to you in the spectrum hole.

    • Matt

      I’m a happy T-Mobile customer but I grow weary of Legere’s bluster. I understand it’s marketing and perception but the childish antics are getting old. When T-Mobile’s network approaches closer to the equivalent coverage of AT&T, by all means, Legere can run his mouth. At least he’ll have earned that right.

    • logic

      who cares? are you the sprint ceo? this is just his schtick. Its an act to get tmobile talked about. To further is mission for his company.

      What do you really like all the quiet CEOs that hide and have their spokesperson say everything for them and their interns post stuff for them?

      The quiet ones are the ones you should worry about lol.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    T-mobile is going to overtake Sprint in Q2. My prediction

    T-Mobile will continue to buy 700mhz and deployment adding and securing even more customers.

    Wideband LTE available in more markets and With 4G LTE 1900mhz available in more markets. T-Mobile will continue to add subscribers.

    T-mobile will expand into Alaska this year. Sprint is no where close.

    T-Mobile is working on securing spectrum roaming agreements as well as roaming agreement with regional carriers

    T-Mobile isn’t slowing down no time soon so Sprint can take bow. 2.5 Ghz.. isn’t going to save a sinking ship. You fan boys can go away

    • TK – Indy

      They will soon run out of inventory to sell. You can play ostrich and stick your head in the magenta sand if you wish, but it won’t change the facts.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Run out of inventory yeah sure….

        • MC Mickey Lee

          Where are all of these speint trolls coming from all of sudden? You mean they actually troll a Tmo forum? Why? I NEVER visit a Sprint forum. For What? LOL

      • JustSaying

        Ok, we’ll play ostrich while you play the delusional unicorn. Tell us again how Sprint is a “successful company”. I’m embarrassed for you. Sprint has A LOT more problems than just their network. Try googling “My Sprint Experience”. Customers have blogged about their horrible time with Sprint.

        • Mike

          Wait till they run into the cost going from CDMA to all out VoLTE on all bands.

        • JustSaying

          I’m sure “TK” thinks Sprint is ahead of T-Mobile in VoLTE rollout. At least that’s what his Unicorn tells him.

        • Mr Paul

          That will surely cost more than T-Mobile building and or leasing the thousands and thousands of towers they’ll need to ever begin covering the other 2/3 of the country, right?

        • Ginger917

          Tmobile was in the same boat as sprint up until the failed merger with Att. Every carrier in my area has 4g LTE except tmobile. Think about it, all other carriers felt it was necessary to upgrade except tmobile. The sad part is i am a Tmobile customer. Tmobile and sprint are still 45 million behind the big 2. Time to put up or shut up!

        • 9to5Slavery

          Why don’t you compare that both or any or all companies go through this transition to become a successful company? You’re biased. You don’t deserve to have an opinion

    • Fraydog

      Why not Q1? Clearly you are not giving T-Mobile enough credit. Yes, we know T-Mobile will try to buy 700 MHz but they can’t get to national coverage when USCC and C-Spire are using that spectrum already. Alaska? Who cares. Verizon wasn’t even there until last year. T-Mobile doesn’t have as many roaming carriers to pick from, there aren’t as many HSPA+ rural carriers as CDMA/LTE rural carriers.

      Also, you seem to be hell bent on wanting Sprint to go away. What do you think will happen if Sprint goes bankrupt? This is the fanboy comment, folks. Sure Sprint is beset with major problems – but if you want them to go away you really aren’t for a healthy marketplace.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        It doesn’t matter about CDMA HSPA because LTE is the new world standard and most phones are now world phones.

        T-Mobile could simply lease with Crown Castle. It’s so many options.

        Sprint isn’t going no where lol Softball isn’t going to let that happen

        • Fraydog

          SoftBall, well played.

          I don’t think bankruptcy is unthinkable – on Sprint’s end they do have some issues with cash flow that are not good.

          The only issue with roaming is that devices still need CDMA and UMTS for voice. If only the US had mandated one standard. Then T-Mobile would be at an advantage. But rural carriers got sold CDMA by Qualcomm. With VoLTE this is less of a problem. Yet for some weird reason Sprint seems hesitant to embrace that.

  • Paul Garrison

    Your competition is beating down your door and you are not fazed. This has to be corporate speak.

    • Matt

      Yeah, you don’t want to scare away the investors. :-P

      • Mike

        Right! Dont want that stock to go any lower. It is worth less than $5 a share. lol.

  • Mike

    I just wonder when Softbank will get tired of investing in Sprint. Dan Hesse was on the verge of taking Sprint to bankruptcy until Softbank came along. Softbank wanted to fix it by acquiring T-Mobile and putting John Legere in charge. What does that say about Sprint? when is the last time sprint even posted anything other than a loss?

    • TK – Indy

      Nobody with any sense would even put Legere in charge of anything. He is a foul-mouthed, narcissistic, blowhard frat boy who has you all deceived.

      • Mike

        That comment just shows how uneducated you really are on this topic. Do your homework.

      • Hector Arteaga

        I’d rather have someone that is all that, but delivers results.

        • Jay Holm

          Precisely!!!

      • Mike

        Damn you’re butt hurt with all these comments.

      • JustSaying

        And what does Marcelo do? Pretend that 30,000 postpaid net adds is a “good thing” hahaha! Pat yourself on the back, TK. You are Sprint employee of the month. You don’t get a bonus though, Sprint can’t afford that after a $2.38 BILLION dollar net loss!!

      • mingkee

        …but he also made a major turnaround from a company going to Hell to nearly badass company.

  • Terry

    This debate is so old, I am going to sleep and when the crap is done being flung, please someone wake me up. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  • tony

    sprint blows goat, their network is as fast as my grandmother.

    • Mr Paul

      And outside of select cities, T-Mobile has as much coverage as a stripper.

      • 9to5Slavery

        Going down 55 in Illinois I lost everything and went on GPRS or a “blank connection”

        • Mr Paul

          Over the course of my two months with T-Mo, I eat in a couple restaurants off a main road. In this area, even Sprint has excellent LTE averaging 20 down and 10 up on a bad day, and is among their best service in my entire area. It makes sense; if there’s one area you do cover well, it’s near malls, stores, shopping, retail, etc.

          There was NO LTE in this area with T-Mo. This wasn’t one of the LTE areas I was even able to find, and barely H+. Every building I went into it was the same 2G/3G shuffle with mostly no signal in between. And the public Wi-Fi I’d try to use was worthless so I was stuck with a useless phone. It was embarrassing. Can’t even do one thing, couldn’t even receive a call or text.

          I remember when I wanted to look something up and I spend the entire time in between chatting with the people I was with, from the drinks being ordered, to the food coming out, just to try to even get a Google search to work on both the public Wi-Fi AND T-Mobile’s 2G and H+ when it would pop in. NOTHING. I felt like it was 2003.

          Funny thing is I actually went to that same restaurant again recently, and took out my phone. Wi-Fi was useless of course, but I used cell data and boom, everything I wanted and fast. Checked a couple things, texted someone, done. This time, I could actually admire my surroundings.

          Boy, it’s nice to have a carrier who gives me the service I pay for.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Yeah sprint is good with coverage where att not verizon have coverage it’s quite weird. They do very well on highway always get a 1 bar LTE some how in the boondocks where us redneck lives. Tmobile not so good on highway. I have FREEDOMPOP for highway and tmobile for city. Although would like to stream high quality pandora on tmobile to rack that baby up!

  • tony

    sprints 4g lte is actually 3 g. they dont have volte, you cant call and surf web and their spark isnt as fast as wideband network. sprint is dying.

    • Hector Arteaga

      Dang man, I love me some T-Mobile, but shoot. Sprint isn’t that bad. Some people have good experience with them. Use what works for you and be happy

  • tony

    sprint dont even have 700 aws spectrum for in building penetration. what good is sprint?
    lol

    • DDLAR

      Sprint has 800 Mhz spectrum. It fills roughly the same need. In fact, Sprint has a lot more spectrum, in total, than T-Mobile.

      • Mike

        Most of the 2.5 Ghz Sprint has is useless. Unless you are outdoors that is.

        • TK – Indy

          This one hasn’t heard about carrier aggregation. 2.5 ghz goes a long ways with it. T-mobile will be #4 again soon, and this time to stay.

        • Mike

          Sure I have, but how good will carrier aggregation work if indoors you can only receive signal on the 800MHz band? Did you think about that?

        • TK – Indy

          I sit in my home, and at work, and out to dinner – all the while getting 50 mbps on Band 41 Spark. You have never experienced it, and don’t know what you are talking about.

        • Mike

          Wow! I get 70+ mbps on T-Mobile. I have expierenced it and in much better fashion than Sprint. Ill tweet it if you want me to.

        • TK – Indy

          Lemme guess, outside, on a clear day, if you hold your phone to the sky, right? And if you go to visit granny, nothing works, because she doesn’t even have WiFi and lives a mile outside town.

        • Mike

          Wrong. I live 70 miles away from Chicago. My phone works great everywhere I go. Yes, even in rural areas.

        • TK – Indy

          Well, I wouldn’t want to call someone a liar, but your story sounds dubious. Sprint is great in Chicago, you should switch and save some money. Or go to AT&T, they got the J-block there.

        • Mike

          Why? I have no need. I have 2 lines unlimited for $100 a month. Sprint sucks in Chicago. Especially downtown. Why do you think they grabbed US Cellular’s assets and spectrum here?

        • TK – Indy

          This is just plain incorrect. You are either misinformed or outright spreading falsehoods.

        • Mike

          Nope. Come try using data while standing next to the Willis Tower. Or while there is an event going on.

        • JustSaying

          Spreading falsehoods? Isn’t that what you are here to do, TK? I mean come on. Sprint’s customer service is horrible. Sprint could have the best network in the world and still fail without good customer service.

        • Turner Movie Classics

          stop being a blind fanboy and go to some sprint fan site and cry to them about t mobile admiral nooObert

        • tony

          shouldnt you troll sprint facebook and stop those customers from fleeing sprint?

        • tony

          oh and speint customer service is outsourced to phillipines, they dont speak english.

        • calvin200

          OMG, I like Sprint but so true.

        • tony

          sprint even.

        • Mr Paul

          So when’s the last time YOU used Sprint personally.

          I’ve had ZERO problems with AT&T in my area, and all’s I get from people is horror stories on how bad they used to suck 7 years ago, or hearsay.

          I’ve NEVER heard a bad experience story from more recent than 4 years ago on AT&T or Sprint, once, and I doubt it’s any different in 99% of the areas where AT&T and Sprint have coverage evidenced by multiple crowd-source maps and even market testing like RootMetrics.

        • calvin200

          Check the ratings of Sprint in Chicago. Not to shabby.

        • JustSaying

          You sit at work? You mean at your job selling Sprint phones? You must have a lot of free time on your hands. Maybe you haven’t seen Sprint’s porting ratios, they grew last quarter. That’s something to be proud of, right? More people leaving Sprint!

        • Mike

          And only 30k postpaid adds. lmao

        • JustSaying

          right?? But let’s spin that off as ONE MILLION adds including crappy prepaid adds because that “sounds better” to investors lol.

        • Mike

          Lets give away 2 billion dollars while we are at it too!

        • Fabian Cortez

          All tablets too.

          They actually lost 205,000 postpaid phone subs.

        • TK – Indy

          I don’t work for Sprint, or get anything from them other than unlimited fast data, clear calls and reliable texts for $43/mo. I am a well-compensated IT person for a huge company with an accounting degree.

        • JustSaying

          You have an accounting degree and yet you just said T-Mobile is far behind Sprint? WOW! Which online college did you get your degree from? Might want to get a refund. oooo $43 dollars a month on what? A “Framily” plan? I love how “reliable texts” are your selling point for your plan hahaha.

        • Mike

          During the superbowl, Sprint should have apologized to their customers for past failures so they could OWN their past and turn the page.

        • calvin200

          Can’t yet, they are not “there yet”. That’s next. Now it’s price time.

        • calvin200

          Don’t knock that price. That’s just hating. Don’t be an ass (in the donkey sense)

        • ⓜ@®!ⓞ G@®CI@ ™

          Reliable texts what the Heck! If only you know how hard it is to text a Sprint customer!!! They get their text messages late as hell it posses me off! I usually have to call a Sprint customer to see if they got my text or not frustrating and it’s not T-Mobile aa friend of ours has AT&T and they have the same problem texting our friend with spotty service!

        • eAbyss

          From my experience AT&T’s texts are slow too.

        • Mr Paul

          Opposite for me. In my area, AT&T takes 2-3 seconds to send a text, Verizon takes 5-10 seconds, T-Mobile takes 3-5 seconds with a signal, and Sprint now takes seconds and minutes at worst after upgrades (used to be like some described here).

          Can I ask how long texts are taking you to send/receive when they’re slow?

        • Orlando Duran

          Sprint throttles video streaming. …look in the terms. Tmobile does not throttle on the unlimited highspeed data plan

        • eAbyss

          T-Mobile doesn’t throttle on the capped high speed plans either until you hit your limit, then everything slows down.

        • Devin Caldwell

          I got 95 down just the other day in the medical center in Houston on T-Mobile wideband.

        • tony

          lol i get 102 mb download in california on wideband network. spark doesnt even come anywhere close to windband network except verizon xlte.

        • Stefan Naumowicz

          ..and I get 75mbps on T-Mobiles fancy nameless network (15x15mhz wideband LTE)

        • Mike

          just wait till it goes 40*40 and aggregation is rolled out and used to its best with voice over LTE

        • TK – Indy

          Where is the spectrum for that going to come from? It doesn’t exist, and if it did, T-mobile couldn’t afford it.

        • Mike

          Sorry TK, typo. Meant 20*20. In AWS 3 they only bid in areas needed the most

        • Mr Paul

          The other misconception is that T-Mobile’s LTE converting frenzy is going to fix all coverage issues. It’s like uhm, no, it won’t do anything for their coverage, and they clearly also won’t even be able to convert all 2G to LTE by their deadline, and they’re leaving a lot of DC-H+ to be technical. T-Mobile also cannot build or lease the thousands and thousands of towers they’d need to even start to compete in coverage in the rest of the country they don’t cover.

        • KingCobra

          How do you figure? It’s only January and the majority of the EDGE sites in the Carolinas have already been upgraded to LTE. Looking at sensorly the other states are moving along at a similar rate.

        • Mr Paul

          Who cares about 1 area. Look around the Northeast, around the country at ALL the EDGE, let alone DC-H+. They have TONS more work to do. Way more than T-Sheep who happen to be in a converted area happen to think. I’d be VERY surprised if they were done with all EDGE and DC-H+ by the end of this year, and even more surprised if T-Mobile was ALL-LTE and began leasing and building new towers by the end of 2016.

        • eAbyss

          I regularly get 50Mbps+ in SPARK coverage areas on T-Mobile.

        • TK – Indy

          It works like this: The downlink is a much easier connection to maintain and using LTE can be established with good results in the 120-140 dBm range (a weak signal). This will come over Band 41 with at least a 20 mhz-wide pipe. The uplink is a more dicey connection and needs something less than 120 dBm to be usable (a stronger signal). This will come over the 800 mhz Band 26 with a slower 5 mhz pipe. Together, they will be fast pipe bliss.

        • Jay Holm

          The wireless industry is extremely volatile, just as unpredictable as the next 6-12 months are, the next 3-4 years are far more unpredictable. T-Mobile has been upgrading at a much faster rate than Sprint.

        • agreed

          hey im a sprint user and i troll a tmobile news site. HAI

        • calvin200

          Ditto. TMobile sucks. Lol

        • Mike

          they all suck truely, just gotta find the best one for your needs. Right now, its tmobile for me, but things must and always do change

        • Fabian Cortez

          This one hasn’t heard about carrier aggregation. 2.5 ghz goes a long ways with it. T-mobile will be #4 again soon, and this time to stay.

          What?!

          More nonfacts from you again.

          Sprint’s quarterly results show absolutely no signs of them prospering.

        • randian

          It’s not useless if their cell network had sufficient density and power. Sprint just didn’t do that making their spectrum far less useful than it should be.

        • Mike

          Thats the issue. It doesnt travel far. It will require tons of money and more towers.

        • randian

          Given the bizarre levels of NIMYism I see these days more towers is a tough sell.

        • Mike

          Very true. Thats why all are waiting on the 600MHz

        • randian

          Yeah, but 600 MHz has 1/4 the bandwidth of 2.5 GHz.

        • Mike

          Yes, therefore it travels much further and better penetrates.

        • calvin200

          How about having a network with high, medium, and low spectrum.

        • Mike

          That would be ideal, and thats wall all carriers are aiming for. I believe the best business move would be to divest some of the 2.5 spectrum to fund low and mid band spectrum. Yes Sprint has 800 Mhz , but they dont have enough of it. AT&T and Verizon have proven that 700Mhz, 1900Mhz, and the 1700/2100 MHZ bands are the way to go. the 2.5 that sprint has would be great for micro sites and malls, ballparks, sporting venues and things like that to support higher user volume. Much like the unlicensed 5Ghz spectrum.

        • Mike

          And thanks for having an actual good coversation with me with both of us having different views without the name calling. thats how these posts should be

        • Allen Enriquez

          Even that, you still have to worry if their is any strubs, trees, some cactus, some other plants species too!

        • calvin200

          The exaggeration, more than slightly, award goes to…..

      • KingCobra

        The 800 Mhz is blocked in quite a bit of metro areas and being only 5 Mhz, it won’t do much to improve Sprint’s turtle speed LTE network. They should sell off half of that 2.5Ghz in order to purchase more PCS and widen existing channels.

        • TK – Indy

          Why would they draw when all they need to do is play the cards they have to win for sure? 800 mhz is NOT blocked in a lot of metro areas, just a handful along the southern border. It is prime low-frequency spectrum that your boy Legere would give his left you-know-what to have.

  • vinnyjr

    Why do Sprint Customers troll a T-Mobile website? I can honestly say I have never even checked on anything Sprint never mind related websites. I think I know one person who uses Sprint and they are on their way out. On top of a lousy network their phones are useless on any other network. In my area Sprint is just awfull.

    • Mike

      agreed

    • JustSaying

      Why do Sprint Employees/Customers troll T-Mobile fan pages? Because there is no Sprint fan page hahaha

      • Agreed

        I concur

      • maximus1901

        S4gru

        • SumYungGai

          He said fan page, not cult.

        • Fabian Cortez

          That site…

      • 9to5Slavery

        Why do T-mobile fans troll on tmobile fan site and act like a bunch of asses? I don’t have an answer for that. I have t-mobile.

    • TK – Indy

      This is a story about Sprint’s CEO, I typically refrain from mentioning Sprint on this site, unless someone else does first, and the information they give is incorrect.

      • calvin200

        That’s the thing, a lot of incorrect information. This article is more than fair game.

      • Fabian Cortez

        This is a story about Sprint’s CEO, I typically refrain from mentioning Sprint on this site, unless someone else does first, and the information they give is incorrect.

        Thank you for outing yourself as a Sprint troll.

        The first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem. The next step is to GTFO.

  • Erik

    Sprint is the worse. My sister and niece has Sprint, and I have no idea why they stay with them. Everyone else in my family has T-Mobile, and extremely happy with it. As I am. The reason they are called Sprint is because once you try them out, you’re sprinting to find a spont for a signal or sprinting for a different carrier.

  • Jose Mendoza

    Why does Sprint’s CEO believe that they will get a better Rootmetrics Score when their coverage footprint is smaller than T-Mobile’s. I do not hate Sprint or T-Mobile. I see them as the two future leaders as #1 and #2 carrier’s one day.

    • TK – Indy

      Footprint is not smaller. At least get the facts straight.

        • TK – Indy

          Oh, we’re including the non-usable EDGE areas. That map is dishonest, you can’t get T-mobile service anywhere outside of a large town in Indiana. I know, my daughter’s non-critical teenage line is on T-mobile, and she never has service away from home.

        • ⓜ@®!ⓞ G@®CI@ ™

          Yes we are counting it because 5 months from now all THE “non usable edge” will be LTE .

        • Devin Caldwell

          I know all the edge sites in my area are now usable LTE.

        • calvin200

          Listen to yourself. We will count it because it will.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          T-Mobile has more 4G lte coverage in South Carolina then Sprint do.

        • 9to5Slavery

          But less in many places if compared. But that’s good to know! Central IL and IL is dominated by Sprint network.

        • KingCobra

          Same in NC. Sprint’s speeds are horrible too. Slower than T-Mobile HSPA+.

        • Mike

          T-Mobile will have all EDGE to LTE by June. 300 million POPs with LTE by end of year. Thats if they go by plan. They have exceeded all their goals in the rollout. Lets be real. Both Sprint and T-Mobile fell behind AT&T and Verizon and its catch up time for both. Both companies learned a costly mistake. T-Mobile works great for me and everywhere I go. Cool right? If Sprint works better for you in your area, run with it. T-Mobile and Sprint need to throw punches at AT&T and Verizon not each other. Doing so is only costing them both money. If T-Mobile didnt work for me I would have to go with Verizon. I hate that all 4 have weak coverage in Wisconsin. US Cellular has the best coverage there. My point is all the carriers have work to do, so you gotta go with the one that works best for your needs.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Does this include GPRS…

        • Mike

          yep

        • 9to5Slavery

          I can not wait…. These areas in Central IL is like stuck with GPRS and Edge and “4G” and Signal with no indicators. If I see highway 55 with all LTE, I will probably faint.

        • Mike

          Its coming by June. I have seen areas in rural wisconsin upgraded. Itll be good

        • 9to5Slavery

          And 3G that they labeled 4G, is that in the plan for LTE upgrade? I don’t see that anywhere.

        • Fabian Cortez

          So now you’re upset because the facts didn’t help your silly argument? Useable or unusable EDGE is still coverage. I can make phone calls and send messages.

          Your anecdotal experiences and trolling on this site are not wanted nor welcomed.

          Your zero credibility has now been reduced to negative infinity. From now on, we all require facts up front before you post.

        • TK – Indy

          Who made you the Disqus gestapo?

        • Mr Paul

          His massive ego and loyalty to his daddy, Legere and Uncle Ray.

        • KingCobra

          You would have to include Verizon roaming areas for Sprint’s to be larger and data is virtually unusable in those areas as well.

        • calvin200

          Mosaik—An app with a 2.5 rating. I’d rather defer to numerous other apps for thousands of actual users collecting data.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Thank you. I needed that picture a few months back. I just couldn’t find it.

      • Orlando Duran

        And then you woke up……..what an idiot. Sprints foot is way smaller than tmobile. ..don’t be a turd

      • KingCobra

        Remember that all of that Verizon roaming isn’t native Sprint coverage. Their footprint is smaller.

  • Tyler Kirchman

    Sprint needs to just dump that 2.6ghz spectrum and get more PCS + 800mhz. Plus their pricing sucks John Legere is right it should not cost the same for 1 phone vs 10 phones with promotional pricing. 2016 is gonna come around and these people are either going to dump sprint or default on their bill.

  • taron19119

    Sprint buying some of radio shack radio show stores is the stupidest thing ever they did

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Sprint has less store then T-Mobile, no one believes in them. Now they playing catch up with everyone esle

      • calvin200

        Yes, they are and I’m loving it.

  • Jeff the Hunter

    Bloomberg Intelligence just put an 86 to 115 Billion dollar figure on that “worthless” 2.5 GHz spectrum…..it performs like 1.9 with carrier aggregation…..th propagation characteristics are much better, and given the AWS auction results, seen as more valuable. As for the Radio Shack stores, that doubles Sprints retail presence at a much lower cost and faster…..Also, Sprint’s footprint is much larger than TMUS, your comment on that is fust not factual. Note also DT wants to dump TMUS, not willing to invest the 15 Billion then need over the next 3 years…so the network is not getting much better, Sprint’s is. You Sprint haters just need to wake up to reality, it’s not the same Sprint of 5 years ago.

    • TylerCameron

      Then why is it that I have NEVER seen a Sprint device with full LTE service? Why is their LTE signal so inconsistent and spotty? Why does Sprint have the slowest LTE network in all of the world?

      • Mr Paul

        Why have I never seen this glorious T-Mobile coverage that you all scream and troll us about?

        • gmo8492

          Because your area sucks.

        • Mr Paul

          Sorry, you must be over 12 years old to comment.

        • gmo8492

          Looks like you slip through the cracks then.

        • TylerCameron

          I never said that T-Mobile coverage is glorious. But usually, it’s a lot better than Sprint’s. And on average, it’s way faster. When you lose LTE on Sprint, you get barely-usable 3G. When you lose LTE on T-Mobile, you get barely-usable 2G. But on Average, Sprint LTE isn’t even as fast as AT&T or T-Mobile’s 3G networks.

        • eAbyss

          When I lose LTE I usually get usable HSPA+…

        • Fabian Cortez

          Don’t bother. He’s a troll posting outdated (probably made up) information.

          Florida is one of T-Mobile’s better states and I’ve easily surpassed 100 Mbps… Oh and proof as well.

          Why else would someone be on this site with a fused AT&T + Sprint logo as an avatar posting anti-T-Mobile nonsense.

        • jacky

          I get 103 download in los angeles ca wifebanf network on t mobile.

        • Mike

          Thats awesome, I get around 70 down in north central IL and south central WI. No wideband here yet unless i got to Rockford IL

        • Mike

          Because you have never tried it.

        • Mr Paul

          I did. No LTE in almost all areas they claimed it was in. When I did get LTE it dropped the second I walked into almost every building and it wasn’t available half the time in the areas I noticed it anyways, and crowd-source maps for my area also indicate there is virtually no LTE from T-Mo despite their false maps.

          I used T-Mobile for two months in my area, Northern NJ, much of downstate NY and on a trip to Tampa Bay and, Ft. Myers Areas Florida.

          On a good days I’d average (in megabits):
          1 down / 1.20 up for H+
          10 down / 5 up for LTE (despite being decent, it had horrible latency, never available in buildings, and unavailable virtually everywhere)

          Maximum (in megabits):
          H+: 10 down / 2 up (only one area I saw this good)

          LTE: 30 down / 10 up (saw a couple times in Florida near Sarasota, and near Danbury, CT and towns in NY bordering CT)

          FL averages:

          Tampa area:

          LTE: 5-10 down / 3-5 up
          H+: untested

          Ft. Myers area:
          LTE: 3-5 down / 2-3 up
          H+: under 1 down / under 1 up

          No screenshots so I’ll stop here being no T-Sheep will believe me.

          One other mention about FL, I did speedtests with a Verizon user. They virtually always beat me in Tampa, but near Ft. Myers ALWAYS. Only in Sarasota out of the places I was in could T-Mobile even compare to any other carrier. That was the best I saw and the coverage was incredibly spotty and inconsistent, still shuffling between LTE and H+ in buildings and even dropping occasionally.

          If I were in Florida, I’d use AT&T or Sprint (Spark areas only) being I don’t use VZ services.

          T-Mobile’s horrid LTE speeds in areas in FL where they’ve BEEN (NOT recently built) is a clear indication that T-Mobile will turn into the old Sprint in a lot of areas.

          No thanks!

        • Aaron Davis

          In Minneapolis, I get 30-70mbit download speeds on LTE. (even managed to get 90mbit once, while on a roof, 5 feet from a tower)
          T-mobile has excellent coverage in the greater Twin Cities area and along all of the interstates, and the few areas of the state that they don’t cover, t-mobile won licenses for in the last auction.

          I don’t care about Florida, or New Jersey, or New York.

          If T-mobile doesn’t work where you live, don’t use it, but don’t bash it either.

        • Mr Paul

          You don’t care about markets and states far more important than yours? Suit yourself. But I’ve stated 100 times that the great lakes, mainly MN and WI and are some of T-Mobile’s exceptions…

        • Mike

          Mr Paul what part of the country are you in? Im in the rust belt as you would say

        • Mr Paul

          NYC Metro area (not IN the city, however).

      • KingCobra

        Because it’s only 5+5 in most markets which provides for a very poor LTE experience. That’s why they’re in last place in speed in 90% of all markets per Rootmetrics.

        • TK – Indy

          This one is accurate. They have a lot of work to do. Fortunately, they seem to be getting on with it. Actions will speak going forward, no more empty promises.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      T-Mobile network isn’t going to get much better… hmmm i beg to differ. by Q4 t-mobile will own 12X12 700mhz in North Dakota. Sprint cant top that. T-Mobile has 700mhz coveraging the whole Alaska state. Sprint cant top that. T-Mobile has vo-lte while Sprint has hmmmm. 2G calling. smh

      • Shantel

        That is so not true. Sprint has no 2g calling. I currently am with Sprint right now. Their calling has always been 3g for voice/slow data speeds purposes. Thank you.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          When you make a call you drop to 2G. Sprint doesn’t have the technology deployed to handle calls over 3G or 4G. I’ve witnessed this. 4G and 3G drops and your call is handled over 2G. Which doesn’t support call and Web browsING simultaneously

        • Medion

          Sprint still handles calls over 2G (1X) or 3G (CDMA) as needed. Whatever phone you “witnessed” this on was defective.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          The phone was a HTC M8. and you can’t talk and serf the Web at the same time. The one wasn’t defective it was Sprint network

        • Mike

          You are alright man. Im just waiting to see how coverage works out with VoLTE once all carriers roll it out. VoLTE works well here now but lets see how it is once all the older technologies are gone and all phones or devices are VoLTE. The darkhorse will be what Comcast and dish do with their spectrum and how the political landscape changes once we have a new president since Obama is now a lame duck.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          I’ve been experiencing HD calling on HSPA for 2 years. so amazing and definitely will be worth experiencin across carriers. I think Dish is ether going to try to merge with t-mobile or lease the spectrum. Not 100 percent sure yet

        • Mike

          HD voice is amazing. It seems like its better on VOLTE too, but I dont know if there is really a difference. I have a feeling that Dish will try to acquire T-Mobile as well as what is left of US Cellular to have what they would need to offer bundles and use their spectrum.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          I honestly think t-mobile needs to buy US Cellular they have some good 700mhz spectrum And that’s what DT wants a merger of some kind

        • Mike

          Yes they also have alot of spectrum in areas they dont have service. I Dont think DT will fund it, I think dish would have to buy both on sperate transactions. It would still leave 4 carriers. But maybe DT will invest more here. Their advisors are saying not to dump their only growing asset. They also just dumped their stake in the UK Market. So it will be interesting to see what direction they decide to go

        • Jay J. Blanco

          I hope something comes up. Because t-mobile needs to make more money But have sustained growth at the same time. US Cellular would give tmo the extra umppp

        • 9to5Slavery

          Especially in the midwest … central Illinois.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Yes. Very nice real estate

        • Aaron Davis

          DT doesn’t want a merger, so much as they want to pawn t-mobile off onto someone else.

          If it was US Cellular trying to buy T-mobile, DT would support it, but not the other way around.

          It’s seems like DT desperately wants to exit the cellular market entirely, hopefully they don’t use the same method they did in Europe (running t-mobile/orange into bankruptcy and just walking away)

        • Jay J. Blanco

          T-Mobile is DT money tree T-Mobile US isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. They just do that to drive stock prices down.

        • J.J.

          Yea. they bought more spectrum than vz and tmo combined. I don’t see them starting a wireless so either merger or investment for later sell off

        • TK – Indy

          Jay, you are partly right. When the phone is using Band 41, if it answers or makes a call, it will boot you off of data because there is no VoLTE. When it is using the older bands, this won’t happen.

    • jacky

      O right go to sprint facebook and try to stop them from leaving sprint lol.

    • KingCobra

      Much larger? Make sure you’re looking at the native Sprint coverage maps and not the “roaming on Verizon” maps. Sprint’s service area is very similar to T-Mobile in native coverage.

      • TK – Indy

        I can only speak for Indiana, but I always have good native coverage on Sprint here, never roaming. I travel the state a lot with a teenage daughter who does travel softball, and her T-mobile line doesn’t have coverage in 90% of the places we go. I let her tether to my phone.

        • J.J.

          Yea Indiana has some issues. I’m in the northeast quadrant. But it appears they bought a ton of 700mhz in the south half, and won some aws at the auction for the north so hopefully it improves.

  • mingkee

    You should go to corp store and try LTE.
    Strangely, Phones in Sprint corp store always hook up Wi-Fi, and when I do speed test on LTE, performance isn’t greater than my G3 on T-Mobile in NYC (speed and latency).
    T-Mobile used to be terrible in Downtown Brooklyn due to congestion on both HSPA and LTE, but now LTE is a bit better.
    In other not-so-congested areas, T-Mobile can achieve 40Mbps or more and 50ms latency or shorter.
    Don’t call me to join Sprint until they convert their network from CDMA/EV+LTE to HSPA+LTE in order to allow unlocked phone (cough, cough, Sony Z3).

    • eAbyss

      HSPA+ is a GSM standard, they’d have to make the switch from CDMA to GSM in order to utilize it which would be a very expensive process and would require many people on the network to get new phones. They’d be better off just dropping everything but LTE and shoving all their spectrum into it, something T-Mobile should do also if they want to remain competitive.

      • mingkee

        T-Mobile is doing similar thing. However, they add LTE on top of ancient GSM/EDGE instead of replacing the gear.

        • Mike

          GSM/EDGE doesnt matter when it will only be used for voice. None of the CDMA/EDGE/GSM will even matter soon once all carriers go VoLTE

      • Medion

        LTE is also a GSM-bases standard. The better counterpoint is to say that – why swap existing spectrum from one 3G technology to another, when you can instead swap spectrum from one 3G technology to a 4G technology?
        CDMA will be phased out when their entire network is covered via LTE. At that point, I think they’ll address unlocked phones. It’s going to be awhile though.

    • UMA_Fan

      I think it might have been better in hindsight if Sprint just deployed HSPA+ instead of spending all that money modernizing CDMA. Even considering their customers would have to buy a new phone.

      They could have even benefited from international travelers roaming in the U.S. on their network.

    • KingCobra

      Haha they do always have them on Wifi. At least the Sprint stores in my market. Sprint is 5+5 here and easily the weakest of the Big 4 so they’re probably embarrassed by their LTE speeds in this market.

  • Mr Paul

    “Legere maintainces his stance that RootMetrics data is old, and doesn’t keep up with T-Mobile’s network expansion pace”

    What a baby. The last round of RootMetrics market tests single-handedly proved outside of the few markets T-Mobile did improve, they either got beat by one or more of the other 3 carriers, declined in performance, or saw negligible differences. The data isn’t old, it’s reality.

    • jacky

      Ookla is curent not rootmetrics

      • calvin200

        But does not give any in depth information or context.

        • Mike

          But does provide real world user expierence

        • calvin200

          A snapshot with a zoom lens on. Like I said no context.

        • Mike

          it provides real world expierence on different model phones in different locations. Like here in the chicago for example, there are some areas tmobile may be faster and some areas Sprint may be faster. It can let people see based on more results rather than with just one model phone from each carrier in a couple spots

        • calvin200

          This exactly what I’m talking about, this speed thing. It’s one small piece. Would you rather have dependable signal, good voice, texts sent and received in a timely fashion, or a speed that someone else can’t touch, for now. I would much rather have a metric that reports on all of those factors. I would be happy with a 19mb download speed if I got coverage everywhere.

        • Mike

          exactly, Tmo and Sprint need to partner to poach customers away from big blue and big red to try to level the playing field and have the cash they both need to expand. Im sure ATT and Verizon are loving that Tmo and sprint are duking it out

        • Mike

          Really I think Sprint and T-Mobile should Partner their networks to score users from At&t and verizon. Rather than going after each other and hurting each other because then only big red and big blue win

        • calvin200

          Just a bit conspiratorial here, but I do believe they are trying to make a merger inevitable by losing so much money.

        • Mike

          maybe, if we get a republican president, the two will come together at some point. If its another democrat, then we are stuck where we are at

        • calvin200

          Long live TMobile

        • KingCobra

          Sprint and T-Mobile joining up doesn’t really do much since they have similar coverage areas. The Big 2 would still have a large competitive advantage in rural coverage due to how much low band spectrum they own. Most of TMO and Sprint’s service areas overlap.

    • Mike

      Mr paul, i know we argued in the past but i see your point, but ultimately people gotta go with what works best for them in their area

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Who really needs any where near 50-100 Mbps speed. I mean come on, if either sprint or t mobile could get 5-10 Mbps every where I go, I would go with that service. Faster speeds are mostly for bragging rights. Both Sprint and T-Mobile need to work on their network. Coverage lacks on both, sprint also lacks speeds in most areas even with Spark. I am in San Jose which is officially a spark market but most people I know can’t connect to spark even with a compatible device. T-Mobile speeds are insane.

    • HangmanSwingset

      Faster service means your cellular radio spends less time communicating with the network for any given piece of information. Therefore, it saves battery.

      • eAbyss

        It also means more capacity. If you settle for 5-10Mbps now I guarantee it won’t stay at that speed for long and even if it did it wouldn’t be a usable speed later on. They have to push the limits as much as possible to stay ahead of increased data usage and an increased user base. It also helps absorb sudden increases in traffic that would cripple a network normally running 5-10Mbps.

    • Fabian Cortez

      I always find that it’s those that don’t get anywhere near 50-100 Mbps that ask these types of questions.

      • JaswinderSinghJammu

        I will say you don’t know sh*t because I usually get about 70-100 Mbps since I am on T-Mobile

  • eAbyss

    Sprint isn’t going to be doing much until they fix their cell density problem.

  • CrzyP

    Maybe he isn’t fazed. Or maybe he is sugar coating the issue to calm the fears of shareholders. You always have to take these big CEOs words with a grain of salt.

    • calvin200

      Yes, both Claure and Legere.

      • Shantel

        Very true

    • Medion

      Right now, Sprint is 3rd. When you’re in third place, you want to attack those ahead of you. If you’re attacking those behind you, then you’re taking a defensive posture. They may or may not stay ahead of TMO with that attitude, but they’ll never gain momentum on the market leaders if they continue to ignore them

      • Chris

        You have no idea if they are ignoring them. John Legere is an exception in thinking that a CEO is supposed to be rowdy, irreverant, and highly visible. There are many very successful CEOs out there who don’t spend their time insulting the competition.

  • maximus1901

    Most of the people here are clueless regarding sprint.
    Chicago: latest rootmetrics sprint=10mbps and TMO=14mbps
    Once sprint adds a channel cArd to base stations, doubling 2.5ghz spectrum to 40mhz, sprint rootmetric median speeds will DOUBLE. But wait there’s more! Sprint 2.5 equipment can handle up to 120mhz. Right now they’re using 20mhz. Theoretically, maybe not in praticw, 20 to 120mhz will make sprint median speed 6x when they currently are now.

    Adding carrier aggregation – only the edge is capable and it’s 2x – will increase the peak speeds.

    What does TMO have to compete with that?

    • eanfoso

      Advanced LTE

    • Medion

      Faulty math is faulty.

      There’s more variables than just bandwidth. You also have to account for devices, backhaul and concurrent users. If the backhaul is already taxed, then adding more available bandwidth doesn’t alleviate this. If backhaul is less than 50% utilized, then yes, you have the potential to double it by doubling the available bandwidth, subject to:

      Concurrent users! If available users are already congesting the network, AND there’s headroom to double the backhaul, then yes, increasing available bandwidth will allow for faster speeds.

      And lastly, you have to account for the devices in use. Not all devices are created equal, and just because a device is rated for, say, 150mbps LTE, doesn’t mean that it would ever approach that (not under a tower, and not under lab conditions with direct line of site). In this case, that’s just the link speed, and much like wifi, you never approach it in real world usage.

      Doubling the bandwidth won’t double the speed in any real world scenario. But it should have a meaningful impact. And as to your question on what TMO has to counter that – Currently the majority of devices on TMO access LTE via AWS. TMO is adding PCS and 700mhz spectrum, with devices able to use 2 or all 3 bands (subject to device limitations), which is essentially the same as what Sprint’s Spark does. The average speeds that you cited for TMO don’t account for this.

      So let’s recap. In your example, TMO is faster than Sprint. Sprint will double available bandwidth, which will help ease congestion, provide more access to available backhaul, and have a meaningful impact on speeds. T-Mobile will add more bandwidth (recent AWS auction) and 2 more bands via carrier aggregation (this doesn’t count a 4th band via the 600mhz auction), which will have a significant impact on performance.

      Overall, the faster one will still be faster.

      • maximus1901

        Gross aws3 bids:
        Att: $18bil
        Dish: $13bil
        Vzw: $10bil
        TMO: $1.8bil

      • maximus1901

        In chi, tmo has
        AWS: 10fdd lte, 5fdd Hspa
        Pcs: 10fdd Hspa, 5fdd gsm

        It won ZERO AWS 3 in chicago

        • maximus1901
        • Jay J. Blanco

          That doesn’t mean anything, to tmobile can buy aws from other firm or even lease it.

        • maximus1901

          If tmobile wanted to buy aws3, then it would’ve done so at the auction. There’s a reason why it only spent $1.8bil: it doesn’t have as much money as the big boys

        • Jay J. Blanco

          T-MOBILE WOULD HAVE BEEN STUPID TO SPEND MORE THEN 5 BIL ON AWS. A smart move would be to lease it from Dish or buy aws from cable companies like Verizon did.

          Verizon is selling assets to cover cost they already in 100 Billion in debt

        • maximus1901

          Why would dish lease to TMO the poorest of the big four? Why wouldn’t it lease to att vzw?

          The cable companies don’t have anymore AWS to sell and if they did, TMO couldn’t afford it.

          Yes vzw is. They raised $15bil and using $5bil to buy back shares so they must be doing a ok.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          It doesn’t matter where the money come from and Dish is more interested in t-mobile then vzw or att.

          They also have deadlines for the airwaves they do own.

        • maximus1901

          Dish is interested in money and like you said it doesn’t matter where it comes from. Who has more money and needs aws3 more? Answer to both is att vzw.

          How do we know dish cares about TMO? Because Charlie said something? Once upon a time vzw said they were interested in expanding to Canada. Words are cheap. Acquisitions are expensive. Until dish does the latter, we know nothing.

          Aws4 deadlines
          Dec 2016 – 40% population.
          If it misses this, only penalty is that the final deadline is in 2 yrs instead of 3

          Dec 2018/2019 – 70% population
          If dish misses this deadline it loses all its spectrum

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Obviously you don’t know what’s going on in the mobile industry at all. Verizon is not growing nor is ATT. They don’t have capacity problems and didn’t add 8 Million customers last year.

          Sprint, Verizon and ATT are good. Have way more spectrum then T-Mobile. T-Mobile need some spectrum to keep up with customer growth in the next 2 years.

          9 times out of 10 they probably gone just sell the spectrum anyways for profit.

        • Aaron Davis

          Verizon and At&t both have capacity problems already, without adding more customers.

          The problem with the low-band spectrum that they both use is that the number of “miles covered per tower” increases, and in an area with a high-enough population density, you start to exceed the maximum number of users per tower.

          This is why people in NYC get a busy signal when they try to make a voice call.

          This is why Verizon and at&t spent so much as the last auction, they desperately need more high-frequency spectrum for the large population centers.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Verizon and ATT had won’t be able to use that spectrum until like 2016 anyways. By then they won’t have capacity issues anymore. Lo. If t-mobile keeps adding 8 million customers in the next 5 years they will be ok. T-Mobile needs the capacity way more then Verizon and ATT because of their growth.

          The only thing AT&T and Verizon is only adding tablets now to cut customer defection rates

        • TMoUser

          Lol, they’ve only done Uncarrier for about a year and half and DT CEO is already saying it’s unsustainable. Good luck keeping the same strategy for 5 years.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          T-mobile US CEO says yes it is. You’ll see soon when 4Q report comes out

        • gmo8492

          Verizon is selling its West Coast branch of its fios service to Frontier for $10.54 billion and most of its cell towers for another $5 billion. They say it’s to offset their ridiculous spending spree at the last spectrum auction.

      • maximus1901

        Backhaul can be immediately scaled to 1gbps and probably be scaled to 10gbps without additional physical work being done.

    • S. Ali

      > What does TMO have to compete with that?

      Uncarrier 1 – 8. Sprint isn’t even on Tmobile’s level. You can throw up 1000mhz and not bring in a single customer when your company doesn’t offer value. What TMO offers is a complete experience that offers excellent value and great service. Sprint struggles to match that experience. Nobody cares about Sprint because they have no influence on the industry.

      • 9to5Slavery

        That’s not true.

        • UMA_Fan

          I mean Sprint can start by letting existing customers sign up for all these rate plan deals geared towards new customers. I’m shocked more Sprint customers aren’t upset by this.

      • maximus1901

        Sprint has been forced into implementing most of uncarrier even if it’s mostly limited time promotions.

    • tony

      when does that happen in 2020? lol

      • KingCobra

        Yes by 2020 Network Vision should be about 75% complete lol.

        • maximus1901

          Nv 1.0 rip and replace is 90-95% depending on the market.

          Current bottleneck is the backhaul providers getting backhaul to the sites. Sprint made critical mistakes earlier.

          Nv 2.0 – 2.5hgz covers 125mil. They were at 100mil mid December.

        • jacky

          You wont have any customers by then lol

    • KingCobra

      It doesn’t take much to compete with Sprint’s promises of what they might do later. If you haven’t noticed that’s what they’ve been doing for the past 5 years. Promising to upgrade this and that but not actually doing much of anything. As a result the network has suffered and they continue to lose money and subscribers. Promises don’t draw in customers, results do. It’s 2015 and Network Vision still has them last place in quality of network and customer service.

      • maximus1901

        Results in Chicago: root says sprint is #2

        • KingCobra

          And what are they in every other market? 2nd place in one market out of 200 and last or 3rd in the rest doesn’t say much.

        • maximus1901

          It says they are able to get results which is what one poster asked for.
          If it can be #2 in one market why can’t it be #2 in more markets?

        • KingCobra

          It’s not hard to do it in just one market. When they get #2 or at least close to the other 3 in more markets then we can call it a trend and say that things are moving in the right direction. Just 1 market of 200 is an anomaly not a trend. Plus this network improvement race isn’t something that Sprint has infinite time to work on. The other 3 are constantly improving as well and moving at a more rapid pace than Sprint. I would like to see them at #2 or at least in more ties with the other 3 on Rootmetrics in more markets by the end of this year, then we can say their improvements are worthy of praise.

        • TK – Indy

          Tied for #2 in Indianapolis, T-mobile last here.

        • KingCobra

          Is that the case in 1/4 of all markets or even 1/5? The point is that it’s not a trend, not a pattern. It’s an anomaly and not the norm. TMO in #1 in NYC but that doesn’t mean it’s better than AT&T/VZ overall. If you don’t understand what trends are then consult a dictionary.

        • TK – Indy

          Oops, not 5 minutes and he’s moving the bar already. What happened to 2 or 3 markets = improvement trend?

        • KingCobra

          2 or 3 out of 300 is a trend to you? 1% of markets?

        • calvin200

          If more cities are added to the list, then it will be a trend. I hope they pull it off. I love an underdog.

        • Mr Paul

          #3 in my market, they just obliterated T-Mobile’s 2 base station upgrades and they haven’t even brought full LTE or Spark to my area bringing T-Mobile’s single quarter reign from #3 back down to #4.

          Being as their coverage map has shown a slew of new LTE in my area since the market test, and T-Mobile has done nothing more to be noticed on their map or any crow-source map, my market will once again have good results from all but T-Mobile, and if Sprint starts to launch Spark, they might even overtake Verizon.

      • Mr Paul

        Has Sprint had the same CEO for the last 5 years? Scratch! The only timeline for the NEW Sprint is since August of last year, and since then, they’ve made obvious improvements. It also takes up to a year for a new CEO’s actions and management to fully take place I can only imagine what they’ll do this year if they keep up the pace.

        Some people say August, I say give him until the end of this year. Then and only then shall he be judged.

  • calvin200

    It’s not fabulous but Sprint did win one, I believe, and is playing some major catch up in cities like Chicago. Sad I know, but they are going in the right direction. I’ll just watch the scores go up while you talk about Sprint’s horrible record.

    • Andrew Heisler

      Such a rude awakening for t mobile. Sprint won one city in call quality.

      Maybe they will in the future, but they haven’t this time.

  • MC Mickey Lee

    Sprint trolls are in full effect on this Tmo news site. They sit quiet all the time good news is reported, hoping and waiting for Tmo downfall with fingers cross. But when there is the slightest Tmo setback or comparison to Sprint, the yellow trolls jump up out of hiding foaming at the mouth pointing there fingers that’s been stuck up their yellow behinds while waiting, and they bash Tmo. But we all know who is really number 3 and should be number 1. Because the presence of trolls shows the fear, weakness and lack class Sprint really has. Much love for Tmo, much love to our beloved CEO. As for you yellow trolls, if you can’t beat us, join us….or you can stay bended over while Sprint Management take turns giving it to you in the spectrum hole.

    • 9to5Slavery

      Even if they are “trolls” when they have information that stands, Tmobile user representatives on here make a fool out of themselves by stating much negativity and self opinions that I find very irritating. A lot of people who have T-mobile wether they love it or not, they should learn to respect other companies vice versa in life. You only make yourself look like an ass.

      • MC Mickey Lee

        Seem like I hurt your feelings. Huh Troll? Im surprise that Sprint let you take it out of your mouth long enough to respond to a Tmo fan showing Tmo love. Now get back down on yours knees before Sprint get real pissed, and work those jaws.

        • 9to5Slavery

          I think the person who got hurt was your ego, so sit back and reflect to how much of a class clown you turned out to be. I have T-Mobile service.

      • Mr Paul

        As I won’t pretend to be the best representation of an AT&T user or poster, brand loyalty is pathetic. I might talk in favor of AT&T or Sprint, or point out what I believe is delusion in the Uncarrier parade, but in all honesty, they’re companies. At the end of the day, it’s about the service that my carrier provides me, because all 4 carries are companies looking for profit.

        T-Mobile does NOT care about T-Sheep or T-Mobile users any more or less than AT&T cares about me. AT&T does NOT try to rip me off any more or less than T-Mobile does (with contracts, hidden fees, etc.).

        The cults that Verizon and T-Mobile have crated make me sick. Verizon and T-Mobile are not the only choices in the world, and no both of those companies are often not best at everything at all.

        I don’t see how these people pretend it’s wrong we comment on a T-Mobile news site, while meanwhile they often troll on other carrier news sites, YouTube comments, other blogs, etc.

    • Chris

      I have never seen someone take brand loyalty to a wireless carrier to the extreme that you have. It’s a little scary.

      • MC Mickey Lee

        STFU!

  • StankyChikin

    I had Sprint once… Got burned by their customer service… I had Sprint a second time.. Got burned once again. I don’t get burned 3 times by anybody. Sprint has lost me as a customer permanently.. I had no issue with their coverage, just their customer service. I hope for their current and future customers that it is much better than the last time I was a customer in ’07

    • Mr Paul

      I had Nextel back in 2006-2008, I sure hope no one… oh yeah, 8 years after Sprint bought them, they had a sundown and don’t exist anymore.

      2007 = Automatic invalid point. Way, way too long ago to judge.

      This is largely why AT&T doesn’t have nearly as many customers as they can have from Verizon and even other carriers, because people obviously have this ridiculous “never forgive never forget” mentality and decade-long perceptions of companies that actually change nearly every year.

      Not saying anyone has to use AT&T anymore than T-Mobile, or Sprint or Verizon, or that they shouldn’t use what’s best for them. But the primary reason for people NOT using AT&T like for the New Sprint, because of ancient perceptions, is absolutely insane.

      Do we wonder why Verizon is still number 1 in terms of customers? Sigh…

  • KingCobra

    Sprint still has a long way to go. Over $2.1B lost in one quarter. Only 30K net adds (actually a large subscriber loss if you throw out the tablets they gave away to existing customers to mask them), and still the lowest quality network of the Big 4. I wonder how many billions Son is willing to keep throwing into the flame pit before cutting his losses. At this point I think it might be a good idea to rebrand Sprint as Softbank in the US since the negative public perception of Sprint is so strong. Once your image is tarnished it’s hard to get back into consumer favorability.

    • maximus1901

      Sprint is 2nd in Chicago on rootmetrics.

      • KingCobra

        That’s 1 market out of how many? They’re usually last in most of them and sometimes 3rd. Are they first place in any market at all?

    • TK – Indy

      See my post below regarding the $2.1B loss (spoiler, not a real loss). T-mobile used $5B in borrowed cash last year, Sprint only $1B. Who is burning cash?

      • KingCobra

        A loss is a loss. Even without the write down it’s over $200M lost. Sprint probably needs to borrow more if it would lead to better network performance. Obviously it hasn’t or else customers wouldn’t keep leaving in droves.

        • Mr Paul

          The difference is SoftBank will invest in Sprint. For T-Mobile, DT will not. DT always treated T-Mobile US like the insignificant little red-headed (oops, I meant magenta) stepchild they are, and I doubt they don’t have plans to sell off T-Mobile in the future.

  • Jason P

    Sprint is garbage. Everybody knows that. And the ultimate everybody are the investors. Look at the market cap for Sprint. Worth about 6-8 billion less than TMo with the same number of customers. Their LTE technology is non standard and crap, requires heavy infrastructure and a ton of towers. Its just garbage from top to bottom. They will be number 4 thats just a matter of time, but more importantly they will never be able to fully compete with their spectrum portfolio and the frequencies they own.

    • TK – Indy

      I wonder who will own T-mobile in a year? And how much will they need to gouge you for to pay for the acquisition? Sprint has a far superior spectrum position to T-mobile. They are getting it together and will soon be using it to put T-mobile back in the #4 spot, this time to stay.

      • KingCobra

        Unused spectrum doesn’t mean anything to the customer. When Sprint actually puts it to use then it’s something tangible to the consumer. As of right now, Sprint is last in network performance. They’ve been “promising” and “predicting” for the past 5 years. Based on spectrum alone theoretically they should be better than Verizon and AT&T too.

      • Jason P

        The spectrum position is crap to the core and you know it. Its all high frequency non standard garbage and requires tons of capital investment to get the needed tower density. I would go take a look at your market cap, you dont have the funds to properly seed that high freq network with ANY level of reach or quality. Yah you can cover a couple cities but that dont mean jack squat. Tmo is sitting on AWS band 4 with tons of spectrum on that for upto 20×20, they have 1900 lte backup anotjer standard freq, and now they have standardized band 12 lower band 700 for rural. Youve got crap in comparison. And how the f do you expect to catch up? Are you dumb or blind? Have you seen the respective growth rates the past oh SIX QUARTERS? Get your head out of your butt.

        • TK – Indy

          Nationwide 800 SMR vs 700 mhz in 10 markets that they can’t even use? Get real. Carrier aggregation with 2.5 mhz will make Sprint a beast everywhere.

        • KingCobra

          Hahaha. 2.5 is mostly junk and Sprint can’t even afford to deploy it everywhere. Good luck getting it to connect inside a building in the few markets where it does exist. 800 is also blocked in several markets too, specifically on the border. So ask those 2 million customers in SoCal how much it’s going to help.

        • Jason P

          Dont play dumb with me little boy. You and I both know that the FCC already made the decision on Channel 51 zones and the TV stations in the few markets left have to vacate by a date certain. And by the way most of those urban areas where channel 51 exists are bathed already in AWS largw spectrum LTE. And what is this carrier aggregation crao youre toting now? Do you think Sprint are the only ones with carrier aggregation? I mean Tmo will easily aggregate AWS, PCS, and 700 as well. Its all standard in the LTE revisions they are following.

        • Mr Paul

          BS. Most of the Channel 51 conflicts have still not given to go that they are moving. It doesn’t matter if they all move tomorrow, it will be MONTHS for the move to finish before T-Mobile can even start, and being as T-Mobile already neglects over half of the NYC metro area, no one except T-Sheep has any hope they’ll even bother with much 700MHz once they could build here anyways. Plus the 700MHz is so small and insignificant it’s virtually worthless.

        • jacky

          So why are you here on t mobile site go to sprint forum and praise them. Lol

        • LA recently did, and that’s one of the biggest. ;)

        • Mr Paul

          Sprint could even wait to bring B41 to non-urban and non-direct suburbs if they wanted to, and blow T-Mobile out of the water with their aggregated B25/B26 on all their current towers. Of course unlike T-Mobile, Sprint wants to do things the right way.

          By the time T-Mobile will even make a dent with 700MHz and figure out how to lease and build all the thousands of towers they don’t even have without going bankrupt, Sprint will have Spark in virtually every market. T-Mobile’s low-spectrum conundrum, NYC metro area neglecting, and non-city ignoring has given Sprint a HUGE advantage this year. It’s Sprint’s stage in a LOT of markets, and I hope they put on a real show this time, I’m counting on them. It’s Sprint, or Verizon & AT&T for another 2-3 years if not more for most, because T-Mobile doesn’t care about 2/3 of the country.

        • Dirk

          Your dumb azz is on here responding negatively to everyone’s post. Kind of creepy. This is beyond being a troll.

        • Timbo1

          The real bad thing for me with all of Sprint’s Spark phones is you cannot be on a phone call and use data, to me that is a HUGE mistake on their part, they claim its a battery issue…at least give us a damn choice and stop telling manufacturers to gimp their Spark enabled phones by not putting the required hardware in the phones. Now the overall speed of Spark is on average a bit faster download than I have gotten on T-mobile in my area (Orlando, FL) but upload destroys anything I have gotten on my T-mobile phone. I still want to be able to use data while I am on a phone call though and not around WiFi.

        • Mr Paul

          Valid point. Still, Verizon is the number one carrier by number of users and they do not have this feature save a workaround on the new iPhones. I’ll take it most people don’t need it.

        • Timbo1

          I know on EvDo you can’t do that but what about the LTE phones? I would have thought it was possible, not VoLTE which would enable that feature on Sprint Spark phones, especially since non Spark enabled LTE phones you can simultaneously talk and use mobile data.

        • Mr Paul

          Found this recently.

          Here’s what this looks like on just the download with a weak-moderate signal:

          http://youtu.be/9d_4sA0AYoM

        • Mr Paul

          Guess what, PCS is high frequency garbage too. That’s your entire network’s backbone besides AWS. The same reason why the old Sprint network is garbage, and exactly why their network is shying away from using PCS as their backbone.

      • Charmed79

        LOL soon huh? Sprint and their customers have been saying “Soon” for years and years and years, yet still the Sprint network sucks! I know, I have family who use it and they either cannot make calls when I can, or their so called “LTE” service crawls so slow that I have to turn on my phones hotspot just so they can surf!

        • TK – Indy

          Yeah, like nobody believes that. They all have T-mobile coverage here and know what it is like. Coverage roulette.

        • Mr Paul

          Right, there’s three problems with the T-Sheep arguments.

          1.) Where T-Mobile LTE coverage is and has been, it is slow, does not penetrate through buildings and is unreliable. H+ is like EV-Do in these areas, making it a double whammy.

          2.) Where T-Mobile doesn’t have LTE, LTE will not solve problems, it will only give the same unreliable coverage and a greater chance of getting usable speeds where you most likely can’t need or want to use them anyways.

          3.) Where T-Mobile doesn’t have towers, they are not building or leasing any new towers. Where they need 700MHz most, they can’t put it.

          Would anyone like to explain to me how this is a recipe for success?

          To everyone else, continue convincing yourself T-Mobile cares about your “pain points” or network experience.

        • Charmed79

          Hmm I live in NH, not the biggest state, not the smallest, but our LTE works just fine, no issues inside at all, and the speed is still 30+ works for me, sprint last LTE speed test I saw in this area was 1.2 megs down lol

        • UMA_Fan

          Actually wifi calling on Tmobile is BETTER for your battery life because in most modes it powers down the cellular radio (which consumes more power) and just everything off that wifi radio.

          With every other carrier both wifi and cellular are powered on at the same time consuming more power. It’s not wifi alone that costs more battery life it’s how every carrier not named T-Mobile implements wifi.

        • Mr Paul

          To me, we shouldn’t even be talking about Wi-Fi when we’re talking about cell service

          With every other carrier both wifi and cellular are powered on at the same time consuming more power.

          No. Not everyone uses Wi-Fi or keeps it on. Only some Verizon/AT&T users slave to Wi-Fi, and I know quite a number of people that don’t use Wi-Fi at all. Knowing how not abundant public Wi-Fi is in most areas, there is no way in hell it says you battery unless you’re in a place like your home, a friend/family home, or an office that provides you a steady Wi-Fi connection.

          I always turn Wi-Fi off when I leave my home. I know I accidentally left Wi-Fi on if I’m out for hours, because the Wi-Fi polling eats up FAR more battery than cell radio does. ONLY when you have a strong Wi-Fi connection does it save you power over the cell radio, unless your cell signal is weak, which is virtually never the case for an AT&T or Verizon user in civilization, in a covered area.

        • Actually AT&T and Verizon users are far more likely to need WI-FI because their data plans are so limited.

        • Mr Paul

          No, not unless someone chooses not to pay for the data they need or cannot afford it. Every AT&T and Verizon user has the coverage to go without Wi-Fi; the amount of data given was NOT part of my argument.

          Better yet, the cheapest unlimited plans for postpaid are 50(iPhone 6)/60 bucks from Sprint before service charge and taxes (65/75 before tax if I’m not mistaken), and 80 before tax from T-Mobile. That’s not cheap either and the average user still doesn’t use more than ~3GB…

        • Yes, you ARE mistaken. Two line unlimited plan on T-Mobile is $100 ($50/each). But perhaps more importantly, ALL T-Mobile plans are unlimited and without overages… so T-Mobile users can stream without anxiety. Not to mention the plans offer more data for less anyway. But more importantly, EVERYONE uses WiFI… “Mobidia found that for subscribers of Tier 1 carriers, at least 92 percent of subscribers used Wi-Fi at least once a month. This number is higher for iPhone users, 98 percent of whom accessed Wi-Fi monthly.” Not only that, MOST of their data is WiFI! “Mobidia found that U.S. Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPhone users consumed 82 percent of their mobile data while connected to Wi-Fi and users with phones running Google’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android platform did so 78 percent of the time.”

        • TK – Indy

          Sprint has duplicated the 2 for $100, with $40 for each additional, line unlimited. The only advantage on price that T-mobile has is the included tethering, which costs extra on Sprint. If you don’t pay for tethering, Sprint unlimited is at most the same price, and much cheaper for single lines. No overages on unlimited for anyone (hence the name).

        • Yes, but now we’re back to them sucking by not one, but every metric. Service. Data Speeds. Customer Satisfaction. They do NOTHING well, that’s why the customers they still have are the unhappiest. http://www.computerworld.com/article/2871484/which-mobile-data-provider-is-best-and-will-you-make-a-switch.html?

        • hidden S.

          Although Tmobile has unlimited, don’t they throttle your speed after you hit a certain amount? I was thinking about jumping from Sprint to them but at least Sprint doesn’t throttle speeds. I know sprint’s 3g is horrible but luckily, I live in chicago.

        • Mr Paul

          Yes they do. T-Mobile was/is implementing penalties for unlimited users that use too much data (they worded it like abusive behavior or something), because it is hurting T-Mobile’s performance. Essentially, too much data on an unlimited plan and you get warned, then throttled. So much for T-Mobile being any different. The only carrier that’s quite lax about unlimited is Sprint.

        • Wow that’s pretty much all factually incorrect.

          Where T-Mobile has LTE, they are in almost every case the fastest. Google it.

          Second, T-Mobile covers the major metro areas and the vast majority of the population just fine, arguably better than anyone in cities. Rural coverage doesn’t matter to tha majority of consumers and is the least profitable market anyway. Let Verizon have it!

          I dont know why you think they aren’t expanding their tower network, I haven’t seen that anywhere. Source?

          You dont NEED WiFi on T-Mobile. It’s just an option. No carrier can provide coverage everywhere, but T-Mobile WiFi calling certainly fills in some gaps and EVERY carrier is copying them.

          Yes, they have the smallest footprint but what matters it covers where I go, and that’s all that matters to me.

        • Mr Paul

          What do fast speeds mean in the real world? ZERO. What do adequate speeds mean? Everything. A smartphone user NEEDS 6-8 down and 1-3 up to do virtually anything they need comfortably. There is no one with a brain who wants 70/25 in random areas while otherwise having NOTHING instead of 8-10+ / 1-3+ EVERYWHERE, and plenty of areas with faster, and plenty of PCS and AWS coming to get people unnecessarily high speeds again.

          What carriers besides AT&T and Verizon save Sprint where Spark has been fully deployed offer this? You argued that Verizon and AT&T users need Wi-Fi for data on another post of mine, yet the reality is YOU need it to make up for lack of coverage is tons of situations, especially when you walk to far into a brick or concrete building. No asking anyone to Google like a egotistical fool in my argument.

          Second, T-Mobile covers the major metro areas and the vast majority of
          the population just fine, arguably better than anyone in cities. Rural
          coverage doesn’t matter to tha majority of consumers and is the least
          profitable market anyway.

          Best coverage? Subjective. Outside of buildings, arguable. Inside, wrong. Rural doesn’t matter?

          Hey city boy, there’s a couple of places you’ve never heard about that come before the boonies in the biggest states and metro areas in this country:
          1.) Suburbs – Very important money-maker.
          2.) Exurbs (commuter towns) – A potential money-maker that’s a very good idea to cover.

          Let Verizon have it!

          So let Verizon have the customers? AT&T and Verizon have been much obliged by T-Mobile and Sprint’s ignorance. You want to know WHY they are “duopolists”? Because they have built excellent networks and know who to cover and how to make money.

          The amount of customers T-Mobile and or Sprint could have from actually covering these areas is greater than the amount of customers either carriers current HAVE. How is that for not mattering and being the least profitable?

          Sprint has not been nearly as stupid as T-Mobile, but they have not deployed a proper amount of coverage outside of cities and direct suburbs either, and people like me are still waiting and hoping that Sprint will correct this fault in the next year or so. T-Mobile seems careless. You know what happens to city carriers? See MetroPCS and Leap Cricket.

          There is no such thing as “city then rural” anymore unless you’re in a state like Wyoming, where you should not expect coverage outside of certain highways and your tiny little village called a city. It’s 2015, not 1915.

          I dont know why you think they aren’t expanding their tower network, I haven’t seen that anywhere. Source?

          Provide ME a source that shows where they are building new towers or leasing new towers, OUTSIDE of cities, or how many towers they’ve build in the last decade. Both results would be embarrassing for anyone rooting for T-Mobile.

          You dont NEED WiFi on T-Mobile. It’s just an option.

          You don’t TRAVEL anywhere or you’d get to know Wi-Fi VERY well. That’s fine, but don’t act like that justifies your personal opinion that T-Mobile’s coverage is all good and dandy.

          Yes, they have the smallest footprint but what matters it covers where I go, and that’s all that matters to me.

          Yes, it works for you, but not for the 2/3 of the country they don’t cover. Having the smallest footprint MEANS the least coverage and LEAST amount of people covered. Do you think Sprint covers to majority of pops? They have a far larger footprint that still isn’t a pimple on big red or blue’s cheeks.

        • Eric

          Congrats you just told us why TMO works for you. For the vast majority of the population it does not work for them… Do you think a great deal of the customers stick with TMO because they love their service and network? No they like saving a few bucks. I switched to TMO from VZW for 6 months when their ETF buyout started. I live in a large city and travel around New England on business. Thank god TMO was my personal phone because I dropped multiple calls per day. The data would say LTE but feel like 3G. I really really wanted to be satisfied with TMO’s network. I like what they stand for and what they have done to the industry but in the end I got an “I told you so” from my wife and I went back to big red. To save $20 bucks a month on two lines was just not worth the anger and frustration of an unreliable network. You can have the argument of who is better Sprint or TMO all day long but the fact still remains that ATT and VZW are in a league of their own when compared to 3 and 4 carriers.

        • Definitely! A “class” of charging too much for too little. The customer satisfaction surveys and port ratios show prove it. Hard to argue with actual trend data. Opinions aside, customers are jumping ship faster than ever.

  • Charmed79

    Everyone just needs to realize that Sprint is dead in the water and needs to just sink to the bottom already, even if someone buys t-mobile, the network is still 80% better than Sprints piece of garbage they call a network!

    • TK – Indy

      Go, team!

  • You people are crazeeeeee! These companies are for profit companies. You don’t even work for them. Their Corporate management doesn’t give a rats ass about any of us, yet people are fighting tooth and nail to defend their company. LOL. Get a damn life!
    Seriously. It’s ok to give feedback on this or that and keep it neutral, but people are literally foaming @ the mouth as if they own the damn company. I say, if people know so much about what would make Sprint #1, why aren’t they working there and doing it? OMG!

    • TK – Indy

      I pay all of the companies except Verizon each month. I have service for different family members on different plans through T-mobile, AT&T and Sprint, each to suit the usage required. I just can’t let total BS skate through as a fact, so I need to refute the biggest lies and exaggerations. Live with it.

  • Chad

    I am a big T-Mobile fan, but i’m not so naive to think their network is superior to AT&T or Verizon. I mean they have made great waves with their network and my area finally was upgraded to LTE. I still run into EDGE spots, and i lose service completely through the night at least 3 to 4 times a week.

    The service works for me, and thats why i choose to stay with them, it can only get better from here. Alot of the stuff T-Mobile does is gimmicky, i.e WiFI calling, routers etc.

    So please all this bickering is silly…we know we are the underdogs, on the up and up.

    • I would say that for many (including me) their network is FAR superior. VoLTE for example, they were first and may still be the only carrier to support this. Without VoLTE, LTE alone uses more battery with no benefit. T-Mo also has a far denser network in urban areas with higher speeds. And Wi-Fi calling and global roaming have really been handy. So dont be so sure T-Mo isn’t the best… unless you live in Montana, then get someone else. But almost no one lives in Montana and of the people that do, half can’t use cell phones anyway. ;)

      • No one

        VoLTE still uses more battery than prior generations and is a poor compromise given the quality does decrease (it’s lossy compression, sure they can use equalizers and filters to claim it is “HD”, but that’s the same as HD Sunglasses.)

        The reality is that cellphones aren’t cellphones anymore. They’re just expensive toys; and with free wifi availability growing and “cellphone” generation technology being phased out, why you would pay for the same VoIP services that you can get for free seems silly.

    • chanman

      For some people, wifi calling isn’t gimmicky at all. It allows you to call home for free (well, included in the cost of simple choice) from abroad. That’s a pretty handy feature. Router isn’t gimmicky if you had a shitty router before they offered it, like I did.

  • Jason

    Why hasn’t TMO release the full Q4 report from last year? I know they released a preliminary report but it’s been over 5 weeks since the quarter ended. Are they hiding something?

    • jacky

      They already did you mean q4 2014?

    • jacky

      T mobile gained 2m1 million subscribers 1.2 million are postpaid.

    • jacky

      T mobile sibscribers 55 million sprint subscribers 55.9 million end q4 2014.

  • Jason

    They haven’t released a full quarterly report for q4/14. It will show up here http://investor.t-mobile.com/QuarterlyResults.aspx?iid=4091145

  • mingkee

    (Off topic)
    It looks like wideband LTE finally implemented in Downtown Brooklyn (to be precise, NYCCT area). Now LTE is more usable.

  • calvin200

    Momentum seems to have switched. TMobile is back to last on Rootmetrics. Not saying Sprint is amazing, but who wants to be last? Eventually the customers will follow.

  • I wonder if the shareholders are fazed. ;)

  • Adam

    I heard Claure has been ripping on Legere for his lack of net neutrality support, but I cannot find any actual quotes.

  • Rene B

    he should be fazed, I have been with sprint for 10 years and have had enough. Am leaving for TMOBILE.

  • captainbuck

    They also aren’t fazed by things like truth in advertising, network backhaul performance, or real value. Sprint was my ONLY personal cell provider from my first cell till last year, and i’m glad I made the change. I always had their flagship phone and frankly, their LTE network didn’t match the performance I got on their old network when it was it it’s heyday in 2008. and their clear based network never worked.