Analysts convinced on T-Mobile overtaking Sprint, just not sure when

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If T-Mobile’s controversial CEO, John Legere is to be believed, T-Mobile has already overtaken Sprint as the third largest carrier in the States. This is down to the fact that Ol’ Yeller has been counting its inactive customers for much longer than is normal. Or at least, that’s what Legere claims.

Regardless, most analysts are singing from the same hymn sheet now, looking ahead to Q1 results for 2015. Almost all agree that the carrier will overtake Sprint. Based purely on predictions for how the first quarter went for the two companies, #TeamMagenta still has the momentum, and is predicted to have – yet again – added more subscribers than its closest rival.

As reported in a Kansas City Star article, Adam Ilkowitz of Nomura Securities believes that T-Mobile is already larger than Sprint thanks to strong Q1 performance. But MoffetNathanson Research’s Craig Moffet believes that T-Mo’s subscriber base won’t surpass Sprint’s until the end of May.

Swinging the balance in favor of T-Mobile, Jefferies analyst Mike McCormack estimates that T-Mobile grew by 2.15 million subscribers in the first quarter of this year. With his prediction that Sprint only grew by 397,000 customers, that would place T-Mobile in third place.

At last count – before the first quarter started – T-Mo’s subscriber base was officially 55.019 million strong, while Sprint’s was 55.929 million. That means T-Mobile needs to report 910,000 more net additions than Sprint in Q1 just to catch up. It’s a big ask for T-Mobile.

Sprint however seems to have bigger fish to fry. It’s not concerned if T-Mo is 3rd or 4th, it needs to focus on the important things. According to Jaime Jones, Sprint’s president of postpaid, the ranking is “immaterial” to new CEO, Marcelo Claure’s plans. Which is admirable. The company needs to continue building out a network which can compete in speed and reliability with the bigger carriers.

There’s no doubt then that this is a much bigger deal for T-Mobile than it is for Sprint. But it’s not about beating Sprint as such. I get the feeling that this is more a “look how far we’ve come” moment. Just two years ago it had a little over 30 million customers before merging with MetroPCS and going on its incredible Uncarrier push. Since then, its customer base has grown tremendously. Catching Sprint would have been an impossible dream at one point, now it looks to be a reality.

So while it’s exciting that we might overtake Sprint. It’s not because its Sprint. It’s because of the progress we’ve made in the past two years.

Source: Kansas City Star
Via: Fierce Wireless

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  • MKashi

    The rapid subscriber growth from T-mobile comes with its own set of consequences – data speeds are much lower than what they were a year or so ago, and voice calls drops are increasing. In most busy places from around 6-10pm, data crawls. Speedtest won’t show it as most times it fails to even connect.

    • Mike

      I haven’t experienced that in my area.

    • jakematic

      Same thing here, and it gets even worse when the university goes in session.

    • besweeet

      Without location info, this is all fluff.

      • MKashi

        Central Florida, specifically Orlando and the Spacecoast areas. I have experienced the same in Miami too, but more so in CFL.

        • besweeet

          Downtown Miami and south beach were struggling when I was there a few months ago, but nothing was even remotely unusable. Elsewhere around those areas and my speeds were pretty good. Don’t think I tested any calls, though :D. I took A1A north (starting from 404) a few months ago and speeds were pretty speedy. Looking forward to testing Epcot on Saturday.

        • Fabian Cortez

          He’s correct, however T-Mobile is well aware of their capacity issues in central Florida.

          It can get pretty nasty (like EDGE speeds) at certain cell sites at certain times. Forget the Florida mall for the last few years.

          They need to either densify some more and/or increase back haul.

        • besweeet

          Up here in Jacksonville, things are generally excellent. Many sites with 70Mbps+ backhaul. I’ve gotten as high as 105. Tallahassee is also good. Haven’t had any dropped calls either (except on VoLTE, which I’ve had disabled for the past handful of months).

        • StAugustineTMO

          JAX has great TMO coverage in general. On my local tower down here in St. Augustine I have pulled about 105 mbps down before! The T-Mobile tower that serves a lot of the historic area is off US 1, though. It would be great to have booster cells in the old city for the 450th anniversary and all the tourists coming through. In the past year AT&T added another site downtown St. Augustine and there is LTE even in thick coquina buildings..Wish TMO could do the same.

        • StAugustineTMo

          Also for whatever reason (Buildings, trees??) I frequently get only 1-2 bars of a signal in many neighborhoods that are only within a mile or two from this tower– practically within line of site. They make up for the weakfish signal with amazing backhaul but it just doesn’t seem right. In tall building that service you get at ground level outside is often a lot weaker than the third story inside. I have an iPhone 6.

        • besweeet

          I was in St. Augustine on a very busy day a while back. T-Mobile was plenty speedy. AT&T LTE was completely unusable. Down St. George Street, T-Mobile struggled to maintain a reliable signal to where data (across EDGE/HSPA/LTE) didn’t want to work.

        • Acdc1a

          They need to combine spectrum with the Metro PCS holdings. That will come sooner rather than later when the force migration comes for the CDMA customers.

    • Tmo1082

      My area hasn’t experienced any of these issues that you are having. Where I live things have only been improving over the last year. The data speeds have gone from 20 Mbps down and 10 up to 60 down and 30 up with in the last month and I have never had a problem with dropped calls. I suggest you reach out to T-Mobile and let them know of the issues you are experiencing if you haven’t already. If you don’t get the answer your looking for take it all the way to the big man him self.

    • Hector Arteaga

      No issues here in Memphis and certainly less issues than I had with Sprint last time I tried them out again (few weeks ago).

      • Android_God

        Which phone do you have?

        • Hector Arteaga

          Note 4.

        • Android_God

          do you have lollipop yet?

        • Hector Arteaga

          No, not yet. Happy with kit Kat though. My Nexus 6 was updated to 5.2 and it was good.

        • Prod1702

          you mean 5.1

        • Hector Arteaga

          Yikes. Yes. 5.01 to 5.1 :-)

    • Android_God

      Do know when the Note 4 is going to be updated? Thanks!

    • Willie D

      Not sure where you live or are using T-Mobile, but here in SF, I have seen T-Mobile listen to me when I said coverage and data speeds were bad. Reporting issues, working with T-Mobile to fix them, and being understanding when they are unaware of the issues, but letting them know that there are, helps them to fix them, which in turn works better for you in the long run. You gotta remember, 2 years ago, T-Mobile had NOTHING, and now they have a working LTE network with great signal in most areas its been deployed. Look at Sprint, and they may have a “bigger” LTE area served, but the signal is weak and the speeds, and reliability are worse. Data crawls sometimes sure, but this is on every network and because of this, T-Mobile is the only carrier to find where it slows, listen to its customers, use the phone data and make adjustments, install new equipment, add capacity, so on so forth. When I had the same issues on Sprint, I was simply told, “Sorry, all sites are operating at capacity, we cant add more to them” and that was supposed to get me to say, “Okay, its all good, I dont mind paying $120 a month for 1xRTT speeds”. No! You sir are seriously in an area that may be going through changes that will only last a little while longer.

      • MKashi

        Being a long term customer, I agree T-mobile works with the user and genuinely cares. I also believe they are increasing their capacity. In my location, I feel the increase in customer base fast out-paces the increase in capacity and hence the issues. Many users who would never consider T-mobile have switched.

      • patt

        If they had coverage in my apt,in queens I would give them at least 4 lines from Verizon,i test tmo sim cards from time to time and it’s same like it was 1yr ago.

        • Greg Victor

          In my basement apartment in Brooklyn t mobile data speeds are blazing fast. I usually average about 30 Mbps down.

        • patt

          Lucky you, i test service from time to time though. Every few months.

        • Mike Palomba

          Are you sure they don’t have coverage? T-Mobile coverage around all of New York is amazing. I live in Staten Island and my coverage is superb. I’ve traveled to Brooklyn and manhattan lately and coverage was just as good, if not better, Test Drive an iPhone and you may see that coverage is better than you thought.. Even one bar sometimes works well, I have gotten 30 down with 1 bar of LTE and was also able to send texts fast and make calls

        • patt

          I’m sure not trolling,inside the building drops to 1bar then no service,right outside full service.

    • kanakamaoli

      Really? Not it in Hawaii. For the last 2 years T-Mobile speeds has continued to go upward. From 20MB download to almost 140 MB down. Yes 140MB. Here in Hawaii

      • MKashi

        It’s gone upward I agree, however we used to get around 20Mbps early 2014, now its around the 2-5 range in the same place. I’ve been a T-mobile user for around 8 years, there used to be less T-mobile users generally over the years around my vicinity, but last 1-2 years its increased significantly. I now have better speeds and just plain better chance of a page load on HSPA+ as opposed to LTE since most smartphone users have moved over to LTE I guess.

    • gar1

      I have to agree. Live on the edge of Phoenix and I have been a customer for 7 years and I’m feeling the congestion. And the lte signal is much weaker then gsm and my speed have suffered. I have to tmobil and there suggestion is some booster for the house iv never needed before

    • mingkee

      I see the impact.
      LTE in Downtown Brooklyn doesn’t work after 1000. I have to force HSPA on my G3 in order to have internet access.

    • Nope

      Meanwhile, my Sprint just keeps getting faster and faster. I was at a mere 2 Mbps six months ago, but now I’m averaging 9 Mbps, and I’ve been getting regular 12 Mbps this week. :)

      • Fabian Cortez

        Meanwhile, my Sprint just keeps getting faster and faster. I was at a mere 2 Mbps six months ago, but now I’m averaging 9 Mbps, and I’ve been getting regular 12 Mbps this week. :)

        Go troll somewhere else please.

  • besweeet

    Isn’t this obvious, though?

    Seems like anybody can be called an analyst these days.

  • TK – Indy

    Again, let’s focus a bit on the revenue side of things. They can both say that they have a billion customers but if they aren’t ringing the cash register it’s just a lot of hot air. If you have more customers but less revenue, you are still a smaller company.

    • UMA_Fan

      T-Mobile’s revenue has been continuously rising. Verizon, Att, and Sprint revenue has been continuously falling.

      So T-Mobile has been growing it’s customer base AND attaining more revenue from them. Their competitors have been compromising their revenue in order to compete.

      Simple, right?

      • TK – Indy

        Their revenue should rise in tandem with their reported subscriber additions. For example, if you see a 10% rise in customers, you should see a 10% rise in revenue. Your statement is obvious, if they are increasing in subscribers faster, their revenue should likewise increase faster.

        • UMA_Fan

          Their Average Billing per Account has never been higher in the history of the company.

          Their plan prices have been increasing while they’ve been growing. Their non subsidy ‘value plans’ had much cheaper entry level pricing than the simple choice plans of today. They have more people signed up for Jump than they did years ago when it was just a stand alone insurance product. They upped the price of unlimited data by $10 a month for new enrollments and that still hasn’t slowed down their growth.

          Their business is healthy. They’ll save even more money once MetroPCS’s CDMA network is fully shut down.

          Verizon and Att are reporting net subscriber additions too. Their revenues are falling however. They fit the picture your were trying to paint better than T-Mobile does.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Believe the reason is because Verizon and ATT have been adding more tablets postpaid instead of smartphones. Correct?

      • Nope

        That’s easy to do when you’re giving away a line of service for $10 per month. (Which is about all that T-Mobile’s unreliable service is worth).

      • Fabian Cortez

        Pay no attention to Mr. Paul/Nope.

        He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  • Android_God

    Has anyone received the lollipop update for their G3 yet? Thanks!

    • Jim Trenton

      Yes

    • mingkee

      I updated through KDZ method and wiped, and never looked back.

  • Willie D

    Wow, you copied that almost word for word from Kansas City Star didn’t you?

  • mreveryphone

    Good deal… Getting some press from my hometown news paper!

  • wirelessnet2

    Hey, masters week just started, and theres only a little bit of congestion. I usually get ~40 Mbps, and now (during masters week) I get ~30. It’s interesting, because tmo has deployed 20×20 LTE, but no 4×2 MIMO. The only 4×2 MIMO tower around Augusta is the tower(s) covering the Augusta National. I get ~80 Mbps there.

    • Fabian Cortez

      4×2 MIMO should have no effect on your speed or capacity.

      • Jay Holm

        Does the S6 support 4×4 MIMO?

        • Fabian Cortez

          Not that I know of.

          You’ll really only see 4×4 MIMO on tablets due to their size.

      • wirelessnet2

        Yeah, and the tower and my phone both support it. It really does make a difference.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Yeah, and the tower and my phone both support it. It really does make a difference.

          You need to understand the difference before making blanket and ambiguous statements like the one above.

          Which tower supports what? What’s making a difference?

  • Android_God

    does anyone know if T Mobile will be releasing HD Radio as part of the lollipop update for t mobile phones?

    • Richard Blade

      Yes

      • Android_God

        Richard!!!!!! They let Lisa May go!!! WTF?!?!

    • Joe

      Can u elaborate on what HD Radio is cuz I’ve never heard of it for some reason.

      • Android_God

        it’s like regular radio except more like Betamax!

        • Joe

          Does this mean it doesn’t need to use data to run?

        • Android_God

          Only if your lucky enough to get a disc with 1000 free minutes!

        • Joe

          ?

  • jerry

    Seems loke tmo is doing a fine job. However I heard everyone always have issues with Volte. Am I the only one using Volte with no issues. I’ve used wifi calling and I can tell from experience that it won’t work as Volte. BTW im using sony xperia Z3

    • Kit Pogi

      I’ve never had issues with Volte on my Z3… works perfectly and no doubt the best Android device I’ve owned. Sad to say Sony isn’t too serious on marketing their amazing products here in the States.

      • Mike

        No problems with Volte on my Note Edge. Btw I have both T-Mobile (my personal phone ) and Sprint (work phone) and I noticed in certains areas where T-Mobile was Edge or 4G it’s now LTE in Monroe & Wayne County in Michigan.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          Please make sure to map a trip with Sensorly to get the word out

    • Mike Palomba

      I don’t use wifi calling but I use VoLTE on my iPhone 6 and have never had a problem with it.

  • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

    Who cares who’s #3 or #4? Seriously! Be a cold day in hell before I fanboy for any of these carriers.

    • Jay Holm

      Agree, corporations are loyal to stock holders, not employees or customers.

      • Marco

        That’s because they don’t want to get sued.

    • Frankwhitess

      Okay Verizon lover… I take it you live out in the woods with bambi and the rest of the Once Upon a Time characters… But not all of us live out there.. T Mobile Rocks where I live which makes me a huge fan boy ;)

      • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

        I live downtown Chicago and use T-Mobile – so stop it, nerd!

      • crybabies

        People on T-Mobile always make the same argument about using their phone out in the boonies. I wonder why T-Mobile is looking to get 700 mhz out in the boonies? I know why but these cronie/fan boys won’t own up to it. Oh well, what’s new.

        • Frankwhitess

          Aww… A true Verizon cronie/fan boy replies back…. Okay,… And your point is ??? Is it That t mobile is expanding its network so one day, you will be giving up your Verizon phone to join t mobile? I mean, let’s be honest, the only reason why you are with Verizon is because in the town that you live in (population 421people as of this morning because a family of 5 just moved) only Verizon has service and unfortunately for you, you do not have any other options… But i have good news! Thanks to t mobile expanding its service, your one day be able to switch to t mobile and truly enjoy your phone ;) ….you just hold on there! And be strong!

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    I’m with whomever has unlimited data

    • Frankwhitess

      You definitely have never had sprint… You can have unlimited data on sprint with your phone, tablet, and have unlimited hot spot… And with the service that they have around where I live, you couldn’t reach 10 gig a month with all your device’s if your life depended on it.. Sprint truly sucks.

      • Nope

        I have Sprint. I get an average of 9 Mbps on their LTE network indoors and outdoors.

        With T-Mobile, I get decent LTE speeds (12+ Mbps) outdoors, but it quickly collapses to GPRS 2G the moment you go inside.

        That’s why T-Mo pushes WiFi calling so hard — without WiFi calling, the network is only usable outdoors.

        • Frankwhitess

          Okay… So it’s safe to say that with T mobile, you have better service outside.. Which means, t mobile wins when it comes to outdoors.. Now, as for the wifi calling, which I love and use dearly, if I am home, I can care less if I have service with T mobile.. Why you ask? Because I can roam all the way down to the basement and still talk, text and surf the web via wifi which is awesome! I rather have wifi calling then have to always depend on the network like sprint. With that said, last week I was in Peru… Making and receiving calls with my phone via wifi as if i was here in my town.. I didnt get charge a single penny… Good luck doing that with Sprint… When i had sprint, I received a bill of $184.xx for international calling.. Sprint can go to hell where they belong ..and if I did wanted to make calls while out in Peru, it was a flat rate of .20 cents a minute.. Text is free and unlimited no matter what, and data is also free when you travel international.. T mobile rules! Sprint can’t even come close..

        • calvin200

          Sprint user here, not denying the wifi ocerseas thing isnt cool.

        • Frankwhitess

          Calvin… Why in the heavens are you still with Sprint ??? Calvin, I used to be with sprint… I spent 9 long painful years with them… I used to be the one that used to be okay with just text & voice and having no service in side the house and depending on my airrave… God,.. What a difference it is to be on t mobile.. From making calls while in foreign countries via wifi for free, to having kicking ass speeds… I highly advice you give t mobile a chance… Worst comes to worst, you can at least say you tried.. Sprint is horrible… They are amazing at selling dreams and saying that one day, it may not be in this life time, nor in your kids life time, but one day, sprint Will truly have nation wide lte…. One day… Ex ceo Dan Hess was notorious for this… A perfect example,.. Sprint is like the Matrix.. Free your mind Calvin!

        • emcdonald75

          Does WiFi calling use a lot of data? I have Comcast and now they have instituted a 300GB data cap. I am curious if it uses a lot of data, so I dont go over that data cap.

        • skip smith

          No it doesn’t. Your WiFi calling should be your least worry. Streaming video or downloading huge files (like movies) is the only thing you should worry about. Even if you were on WiFI calling for 24 hours a day for 30 days straight its a lot less than streaming music for that same period. Again, movies (maybe video games) should be the biggest consumers of data.

        • emcdonald75

          Okay good. I don’t stream games or download movies, but I do stream movies on Netflix or TV shows from Hulu Plus. Thank you.

        • skip smith

          300 GB is a lot. Caps suck, but they are meant to police the service abusers. I’m pretty sure 300 GB covers at least 80% of most households. So 300 GB probably has a huge cushion. You probably use 70% of that if youre an average user. Thing is, ISPs haven’t in the past made it easy to look at your historical usage. WiFi calling a lot in a month will probably not even use 1/3 of 1 GB of data. And that’s if you’re on calls a lot.

          Do you even know how much you use for instance?

        • g2a5b0e

          Perhaps in your area. It’s not like your usage experience reflects that of everyone. In my area, I get LTE in most places. In the few places indoors I don’t get LTE, I usually drop to 4G. Although I will say that while I used to get over 20Mbps on 4G, the speeds don’t come anywhere near that anymore. I’m assuming it’s because so much of that spectrum has been repurposed for LTE.

        • KingofPing

          “without WiFi calling, the network is only usable outdoors.”

          For you.

          It is definitely not the case for me, even in the rural farm-town I live in, or in the steel and concrete-surrounded factory I work in.

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        I’ve had Sprint ….then moved to tmobile

  • Clippers FANactic

    Im curious… What is the benefit (If any) to T-Mo customers when they eventually take the 3rd spot? Can anyone explain in Layman’s terms? Cam?

    • xealo

      Bragging rights.

    • Frankwhitess

      One benefit for t mobile customers, is to be able to say that we are #3 and sprint is Dead Last… Another is that it shows t mobile is a network to be wrecking with ;)

      • Daniel

        FYI, to be reckoned with.

        • Frankwhitess

          Thank you Daniel….My Spell check messed up… I’ll make sure to inform Swift Key to Contact you. And reward you for your kind act ;)

        • Daniel

          Nice try smart ass. Now, you and I both know swiftkey wasn’t at fault for that one. It’s okay to admit you made I mistake. I wasn’t trying to insult your intelligence. Just simply informing you it was wrong.

        • Frankwhitess

          Lol… I just tried to rewrite it and you are correct.. I did mess up :( … But seriously, thank you for correcting me :) ..

        • Daniel

          No problem.

        • Crybabies

          Why inform him he was wrong? Oh that is right, because your life is pathetic and you have nothing better to do.

        • Daniel

          LOL!! It’s more like constructive criticism. People automatically assume you’re trying to display some type of superiority when you correct someone. I make mistakes too and when I do please feel free to correct me. Not sure why people are so sensitive when it comes to correcting a mistake. BTW, you replying to my comment would suggest that your life is pathetic as well.

        • Phonics4Dummies

          What makes it worst is @Frankwhitess thinks we are as stupid as him by deflecting and trying to blame his keyboard. What an ass. That was not a typo. It was the wrong word. Daniel did you a favor by teaching you the correct word usuage. You should be grateful and not dumb about it. He has potentially prevented you from making an ass out of yourself in the future.

      • MasterRoids

        All of you guys, STFU!

    • gmo8492

      It’s more of a symbolic moment for T-mobile since not even 3 years ago they were considered the laughing stock of the wireless industry. You can say they were in the same position as Sprint losing customers left and right. T-mobile has also made so many radical changes to their business that even the big two had to find ways to respond to their growth. Truly this was unimaginable back then and what they have accomplished is unheard-of in the wireless industry.

    • Paul Garrison

      I’m curious. What is the benefit (if any) of you posting this, eventually you get answer? Can you explain in layman’s terms? Fanatic?

    • Jaret Protagonist

      More customers means more $$ and that means more $$ to spend on upgrading the services T-MO supplies to it now ever growing customers base….simple enough

      • Clippers FANactic

        Sounds Good To me!

        • Hung Hop Along Nguyen

          Benefits everyone. AT&T and Verizon have been forced to compete again or lose their customer base a little at a time. SO after years, they have to step up service and pricing or lose to a little guy who just keeps scraping away at them.

    • CHRIS

      More subscribers, more $, better network/service, better prices, happy customers. Simple as that. Maybe even a Blake Griffin commercial.

  • mingkee

    Just wait for an audit of both of Q1.

  • vinnyjr

    Not important if they are 2nd, 3rd or 4th, the important thing is T-Mobile has crushed all other Carriers in their growth and expanding their LTE Network. T-Mobile is adding new towers daily, their Network is growing because they are spending money where it’s needed. They want to make their Network a great experience for their customers. My service has never been better, Thank You T-Mobile, Thank You John Legere.

    • Acdc1a

      And the part that the doubters miss is that when the build-out is complete, costs go down and profits go up.

    • Al Beto O

      True service was bad now it has very good price

  • williejackbrainer

    The data speeds on my Nexus 6 are superb! I have no complaints and the town that I live in up in New Hampshire isn’t that big compared to other posts mentioning cities I’ve read. And still I have great service inside, outside or even in my basement. Nexus 6 doesn’t even have WiFi calling yet and I do not need it. There is only one spot that I know of in Mass that is like a black void or something no carrier gets service in Dracut, MA or at least where my friend lives. There is the only place I would need WiFi calling.

    A friend of mine was bragging about the new plan she is on. Unlimited everything for $60.00/monthly. I said that’s awesome! What’s included in that plan besides unlimited everything? Her respond was, that’s it. I said I pay $20 more, however I get more. Untrottled data, unlimited music streaming, International coverage, jump (insurance, lookout mobile and upgrade option. I think the value is obvious. I’ve been with T-Mobile for awhile throughout that AT&T nightmare and then Sprint. This is an exciting time for T-Mobile! I can only see things getting better from here on out.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    A little off topic but you tell which carrier is doing better by their marketing. For example, T-Mobile only has one commercial a month played on repeat during prime time hours, whereas at&t, Verizon, and Sprint seem to push more commercials EVERY WEEK

    • williejackbrainer

      Marketing is more than just commercials. I’ve seen commercials for T-Mobile as many times as I’ve seen commercials for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        I’ve only seen the one from T-Mobile about Data Stash. I’ve seen the one with Gordon Ramsey, Grant Hill, James Van Der Beek, Mark Cuban with AT&T. Verizon and Sprint….I’ve lost count. Basically what I’m getting at is T-Mobile doesn’t do as marketing as the other guys. At least not in NC

        • williejackbrainer

          I’ve seen those as well, but they have the same look. Just different actors in them. Where is NC if you don’t mind me asking? I use to live in Rocky Mount a very long time ago. Actually, I will be driving down there from New Hampshire in June.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          Gaston County

    • its true though, I don’t remember where I read it, but it stated that T-Mobile spends less money on advertising than the rest of the competition. Basically customers do the talking and get family/friends to switch carriers. Word of mouth advertising. Pretty clever.

    • UMA_Fan

      T-Mobile spends the least dollars in marketing by a long shot.

      It’s remarkable that they are seeing the most growth despite that.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        Yes it’s amazing. They have a new commercial I’ve seen for the Samsung S6 Edge /S6

  • ” J.D. “

    Just had to put my 2cents in – I have no love for sprint Personal or Business levels, their bad and rude customer service reps made me take 12 N.Y. G.M. dealerships back to A.T.&T. I watched as they destroyed radio shack when they made them the official sprint store, an when nextel was getting a lot of attention right away they had to buy them only to let them die as well. ( that was the plan ) They really pissed off alot of people when they new T-MOBILE was going to pass them and tried to buy the competition again Another failed attempt thank goodness. I wish you SPRINT a painful and slow death. selling at a pity fill 4.90 per share while all the rest is at 32.00$ and above its just a question of time and I hope I can speed things up ! YOU SUCK !! Die & quite winning your just a pitiful loser all the way around….

  • iMotoXperiaGalaxy

    Defend, defend, defend… defend!

    LOL

  • jj201367

    tmobile is the future carrier

  • eAbyss

    I don’t see how T-Mobile’s going to compete much longer as long as they keep wasting their spectrum and money on maintaining their antiquated 2G (EDGE) network. Verizon and AT&T have already committed to shutdown dates and Sprint has enough spectrum to make up for their idiotic decision to maintain theirs well past 2021. So much for “data strong”…

    • Dakota_Offspring

      Could you cite the source that says T-Mobile is committed to “maintaining their antiquated 2G (EDGE) network.” Of course you can’t because it’s BS. T-Mobile is repurposing their entire 2G network to LTE/HSPA+ I’ll gladly cite my source: http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/issues-insights-blog/great-network-news-for-our-customers.htm

      Nice try, troll

    • Guest

      Could you please cite the source that says T-Mobile is committed to “maintaining their antiquated 2G (EDGE) network.” Of course you can’t because it’s BS. T-Mobile is repurposing their entire 2G network to LTE/HSPA+ I’ll gladly cite my source:

      h t t p://newsroom.t-mobile.com/issues-insights-blog/great-network-news-for-our-customers.htm

      Nice try, troll

    • NorCalOffspring

      Please cite the source that says T-Mobile is committed to “maintaining their antiquated 2G (EDGE) network.” Of course you can’t because it’s B S. T-Mobile is repurposing their entire 2G network to LTE/HSPA+ I’ll gladly cite my source:

      h t t p:/ /n e w s r o o m . t – m o b i l e . c o m /issues-insights-blog/great-network-news-for-our-customers . h t m

      Nice try, troll

    • CHRIS

      Actually you’re late to the party. T-Mobile isn’t wasting their money maintaining an antiquated 2G edge network they’ve been busy investing and turning it into 4G LTE buddy. Almost half of what you know to be edge will be LTE by this summer. They’ve had LTE up and running where I live since last summer. By the way Sprint might as well sell their spectrum those bums have no idea what they want to do or how to do it. They’re dead in the water.

      • jj201367

        I agree with you. where i live they have LTE already. i can get 80mbps and about 20 up. Tmobile is the future wireless carrier.

        • CHRIS

          Damn! We haven’t gotten that fast yet we’re more like 35-45mbps but this time last year we were all stuck with edge so I can’t complain one bit Tmo is definitely handling their business!

    • t-rex

      Actually, tmobile is upgrading all their 2g towers over to 4G lte in Virginia by the end of the year. So they are spending money on upgrading and not maintaining.

  • Melissa

    I get 91 down and roughly 25 up in East Allentown PA with T-Mobile.

  • Shawn

    Hey yall check this one out:

    http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=15614

    Sprint are such crooks and sneaky people.

    • ronjon400

      told my friend about sprint giving their customers wifi calling. so he had his wife call about it….they said, “oh no, u guys have the 5s phone you will need to upgrade to 6 or 6+ which I’m happy to do for $560 and then we can get you into the shared plan for $100”

      I told him just update your phone and cycle the power when we get in WIFI range. He did and it worked. that just goes to show you how shady those “sprint” blood suckers are.