T-Mobile added 2.2 million customers in Q1 2016, John Legere says Un-carrier 11 ‘coming soon’

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UPDATE: T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray teased during today’s Q1 2016 call that we should start to see 4×4 MIMO this year as well as 3-way carrier aggregation in some areas around mid-year.

 

The numbers for Q1 2016 are in, and T-Mobile had itself another solid quarter.

T-Mobile reports that it added 2.22 million customers in the first three months of 2016, which is its 12th straight quarter of adding more than 1 million customers and the 6th time in the past 7 quarters that it added more than 2 million. To compare, T-Mobile added 1.82 million customers in Q1 2015. T-Mo attributes that growth to higher prepaid additions, which finished at 807,000 (up from 73,000 in Q1 2015) thanks to MetroPCS promos, as well as higher postpaid mobile broadband adds. Postpaid phone churn for Q1 2016 finished at 1.33 percent, which is up slightly from the 1.30 percent churn that T-Mo posted in Q1 2015.

At the end of Q1 2016, T-Mobile had 65.5 million total customers, up from 56.84 million in Q1 2015.

Turning to financials, T-Mobile pulled in $6.6 billion in service revenues for the quarter, up from $5.8 billion in Q1 2015. Total revenues finished at $8.6 billion, which is up from $7.8 billion one year ago, and T-Mobile says that it finished Q1 2016 with a net income of $479 million.

T-Mo also gave us an update on its network today. There are 308 million POPs covered by T-Mobile 4G LTE, which includes partner LTE coverage, and Extended Range LTE now covers 194 million people in more than 340 markets. T-Mobile also reports that it’s agreed to buy some more 700MHz A-Block spectrum licenses that’ll increase the coverage of its low-band spectrum holdings from 210 million POPs to 258 million POPs. However, T-Mo didn’t disclose where those spectrum licenses are located.

Other tidbits of note include the news that T-Mobile sold or leased 9.4 million devices in Q1 2016, including 8.8 million smartphones. Meanwhile, John Legere has teased that Un-carrier 11 is “coming soon.”

So yeah, overall it looks like T-Mo had itself another nice quarter, especially when it comes to prepaid, which saw its adds grow 11 times year-over-year. It’s also exciting to hear that T-Mobile has scored more 700MHz licenses, as that means that we’re going to see more band 12 LTE goodness rolled out once the deals close. It remains to be seen which parts of the US will benefit from these new licenses, but it likely won’t be long before that info is discovered.

T-Mobile will host its Q1 2016 earnings call at 8:00 am ET this morning, and as usual, I’ll be listening in to hear any other bits of news that John Legere and Co. have to share.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Jason Caprio

    It is great that T-Mobile is expanding, but they have a LONG way to go. For the most part, I am happy with my service, but LTE speeds are suffering in my home and work areas. In many less crowded areas, speeds are blazing fast exceeding 60MBits/sec. In my apartment complex in Bensalem, PA, I am lucky to break 1MBit/sec. In many parts of my work area in Trenton, NJ, I am lucky to break 0.5MBit/sec assuming I don’t time out, and many times have to force my phone to HSPA to get any data speed. My phone is a Galaxy Note 5.

    I believe T-Mobile’s network can’t keep up with the rapid increase in customers, and it better fix things soon because I am becoming increasingly frustrated with LTE being slower than 3G lately in certain highly populated areas.

    • VN

      LTE speeds are very slow in many places, it should be news. Hopefully more Carrier Aggregation deployments will help.

      Does anyone know what 5 inch or less phone is 3-band Carrier Aggregation capable?

      I think the Z5 Compact is, but I don’t like it because it has a non removable battery..

      • Bradley Karas

        Could someone explain what CA is? Thought I knew but maybe I don’t

        • Jay Holm

          It’s combining multiple frequencies into one signal to achieve higher capacity and higher data speeds.

        • Bradley Karas

          See that’s exactly what I thought it was cause Tampa already has CA and some dude tried telling me it was a blend of two different carrier signals rather than frequencies. FL has had it for quite some time and I assume will be a testing ground for 3 band CA

        • Jay Holm

          What sort of speeds have you been getting during the day with CA?

        • Bradley Karas

          Depends…Tampa is getting a little congested but I’d say between 30 and 50 down during peak times and 15 up They are modernizing Tampa been working on a ton of towers over the past couple months so I assume they are preparing for 4×4 MIMO

        • Jay Holm

          30-50 during the day?!?!? That’s awesome!!! I live in Houston, hoping CA will come here soon…

        • Bradley Karas

          Not bad at all…

    • JLSocks

      I have the same issue in most parts of Chicago. Used to be blazing fast, but over past 6 months speeds have dropped to levels similar to yours.

    • Roger Sales

      I was at the Mets game in Queens yesterday and honestly I don’t expect to get any kind of data at these events but surprisingly service was fine. Not as fast as it usually is, but I didn’t have many issues texting/snapping/instagramming.

      • Steve

        I was at the Texas Rangers game last Wed and I experienced the same thing. T-mobile’s partnership with MLB seems to be more than just the free mlb.tv promotion they ran opening week.

  • awesome or the company but as others have mentioned, speed wise they cant keep up.. here in Orlando my speeds have dropped to almost half what they were 6 months ago… especially during peak hours.. Also in surrounding areas of Orlando like Kissimmee, in building coverage is terrible.. I enter walmarts and I barely get a signal..

    • MagicMiguel

      I guess it all depends on what they expect the typical download speeds to be. In the area where I work, speeds used to be around 60 Mb/s down around this time last year. Now they are around 15-20 Mb/s down during the work day. So yes, speeds have slowed down, but for me, 15 Mb/s is still plenty. If they want their speeds around 60 then yes, they are not keeping up. But if they built the network, with the future in mind, expecting the speeds to be around 20, then they are right on target.

    • Fabian Cortez

      I’ve entered Walmarts as well and get great coverage.

      It’s all about site placement on all carriers!

    • Fernando Vallejo Jr

      I also have noticed in reduced data speeds and building penetration isn’t as great where before I had no issues.

  • Mike

    All of the carriers are facing congestion issues is why small fixes are being made and 5G technology is being worked on now. T-Mobile fix until 5G is ready is BINGE ON.

    • VN

      1.5Mbps is too slow, Cricket has better speeds than that, 4 to 8Mbps.

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        4 to 8 is what cricket throttles at, meaning speeds will never exceed 4 Mbps on HSPA or 8mbps on LTE. 4-8 is the upper limit, NOT the average

    • Jay Holm

      Tri-band carrier aggregation will help deal with congestion.

  • vinnyjr

    I woke up 1 week ago with my data speeds doubled. Went from 20 down inside my house to 40+ down during the day. At night hitting 60 down. No congestion where I live. Suburb of Boston, fairly big city. T-Mobile is hitting it out of the park! Thank You T-Mobile, Thank You John Legere.

    • Walt

      What phone do you have?

    • VN

      Can you prove it?

      • Trevnerdio

        I can prove it. I get generally around 40 in my house (2-3 bars of LTE). I’ll post a link to a speed test later.

        • VN

          No need to do that, I believe you. I get around 10 average and 20 max with my B2+B4 phone, but with my B12 phone I get an average of 2 and max of 3,. I’m testing with Speed Test by BeMobile.

        • Trevnerdio

          Use Ookla’s! Many more servers to choose from. I don’t actually have any Band 12 where I live, and I haven’t checked the band I’m on when I go on vacation.

    • Fabian Cortez

      FYI: VN = Walt = someone who has an issue with you it seems.

  • kev2684

    They’ll hit 70m subscribers by the end of the year, no? Awesome turnaround from being eaten by AT&T whole

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      At this pace, absolutely

  • MagicMiguel

    I am not super familiar with terminology in this industry, so when they say they cover 308 million POPs, what does that mean? What’s a POP? The next sentence says extended range LTE covers 194 million people in more than 340 markets. So I’m guessing 194 million people is not 194 POPs or they would have just stated it that way. What’s the difference?

    • kev2684

      POPs is a unit used in wireless industry referring to people living in a specific area covered by a specific spectrum. A single tower can be live in a huge market spanning a few square miles technically gives them the right to tell everyone that they cover that entire market with LTE coverage, but T-Mo usually doesn’t until 70-90% penetration before announcing it. 194 million people is 194 million POPs the way T-Mobile PR is using it.

    • anonymous

      Point Of Presence

      • Fabian Cortez

        Point Of Presence

        No, that’s an old telco term and not used in wireless.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      POPs = people in this context. 308 million POPs/people represents all of T-Mobile’s LTE coverage (bands 2,4, and 12) while the 194 million POPs/people covered by extended range LTE are only those serviced by band 12 LTE

  • whiskers

    No issues with my T-Mobile service in Columbus,Ohio with a Lumia 950 XL unlocked .

    Ping 147ms
    Download 89.03
    Upload 9.15

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      That’s a pretty high latency

    • master94

      Got to agree with Stefan that ping is insanely high. I get 30ms with similar download and higher uploads

      • whiskers

        Yep , i could’nt believe how awesome it was myself so i just ran it again .
        These are from Speedtest.net right on my phone .
        Ping 136
        Download 80.57
        Upload 8.31

        T-Mobile rocks big time in my area !

        • Acdc1a

          That ping is nightmare fuel!

      • Trevnerdio

        I usually get about 50-80…we don’t need that low of latency for mobile applications at this point in time, really.

        • master94

          That’s true we don’t but he should still check it out since T-Mobile is known for low ping so why is his so high. Something has to be wrong with his phone.

    • colonelcasey

      Isn’t service a little more limited on a 950 XL unlocked since it doesn’t support all T-Mo bands?

      • guest

        Looks like you just exposed one shill, few more to go.

        • whiskers

          You can take your shill attitude and pound sand with it .

        • gmo8492

          Was that necessary bro?

      • whiskers

        I’ve had nothing but LTE and 4G everywhere i go so far .
        No issues with coverage verses my wife’s Iphone .so i don’t think i will have any problems with it .
        One thing it won’t support right now is “WIFI Calling” on T-Mobile ..

        • whiskers

          It has the important bands as well , bands 4 & 12 .

      • Mike

        Yes, it is more limited. I was in Western Montana last week for about 7 days driving all around. I have a 6s and my brother has a 950XL. I had great coverage, and shockingly a lot of native Tmo coverage, while my brother kept running in to problems. While the phone does support all TMUS bands, TMUS does not support the 950XL for Band 12 which is the primary band used in Montana. It was painful for him.

  • Frankwhitess

    Forget the network for now…. What I am More curious than ever is what will Uncarrier 11.0 bring…

    • VN

      Maps where they show average speeds for each LTE band and where they have Carrier Aggregation. I’m pretty sure the “Data Strong” network wouldn’t have a problem with that, in fact it could show how open the honest the carrier is, and that will attract more customers.

      • Joe

        OMG I would be so happy if they did that. When it comes to being specific as to what bands are available in areas I don’t think they can do that because of security.

        • Trevnerdio

          They can. If I drive to an area that I’m unsure of, all I have to do is access my phone’s service mode to peek what bands I’m using.

        • Jay Holm

          Security? You talk about T-Mobile as if they are the DOD or something …

        • Joe

          When I said security I meant it in the sense of to help keep the competition less knowledgeable of where they are strong/week. I believe I heard t-mobile say that some time ago but that’s probably not true.

        • Jay Holm

          I’m pretty sure spectrum holdings are publicly available through the FCC’s website for all carriers.

        • Joe

          I know that spectrum holdings are publicly available. But there holdings don’t tell you what bands there using for LTE and what bandwidth and if they have CA enabled.

  • Steven

    Please have purchased Band 12 from C-Spire, more specifically Mobile, AL. My needs would be complete if so!!!

  • tony

    t mobile is the best, sprint sucks ass :)

  • tony

    there is no stopping t mobile, they are super strong and healthy network.

  • mreveryphone

    Does anyone know if the att or verizon urbane 2 will work on tmo?

  • Cam Fas

    Wonder if we will be able to find out the 4×4 and 3 way aggragation sites on a map similar to the band 12 map?

    • Jay Holm

      I would like to know more about CA deployment in Houston!

  • Anonymouse

    More excited with 4×4 MIMO triband CA deployment. I hope though for Uncarrier 11 they let unlocked phones access Band12 VoLTE and WFC. It’s one of the pain points I’d like them to deal with.

    • gmo8492

      It’s really up to manufacturers to incorporate B12 and volte into their software. HTC sells the unlock version of the HTC 10 that fully supports both services without all the bloatware. There are other unlocked devices in the wild that also support T-Mobile fully.

      • The only other unlocked devices that support T-Mobile fully are the Nexus 5X and 6P, and the IPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s plus.

        • taron19119

          The 6 and 6 plus don’t support TMobile 100% it’s missing band 12

        • They have Voice On LTE. That’s why I said they do.

        • Mike

          The 6s does

        • whiskers

          My Microsoft Lumia 950 XL supports all the bands needed .
          Full LTE , bands 4 &12 and even band 28 700hz .
          But it will not support WIFI Calling at this time .

        • Raiterio Patterson

          iPhone 6/6 plus doesn’t support band 12

        • JLV90

          Blackberry Priv does as well, so does the HTC One A9

    • I agree with you. As of my count, only seven unlocked devices support VOLTE. Once the BlackBerry Priv gets the Marshmallow upgrade, it’ll be a disappointing eight devices. I know for a fact that a lot of ODMs have incorporated Band 12 and VOLTE in their phones. I have reason to suspect that T-Mobile has declined to certify them, that’s especially true in the case of the Lumia 550.

      • JLV90

        I count 11 different unlocked devices that support VoLTE, and 9 that support band 12 as well. Priv has supported band 12 and VoLTE since it’s initial launch.

        iPhone 6, 6+, 6S, 6S+

        Nexus 6, 5x, 6P

        Blackberry Priv

        Moto X Pure Edition (2015)

        HTC One A9, 10.

        • Bryant

          Also, the iPhone SE has VoLTE and band 12.

  • jj201367

    I hope un-carrier comes with more choices with family plans. We currently have the 4x$100

    • steveb944

      They’ve offered plenty of family options with varying data. Now it’s going to be for individual plans and hopefully longtime users.

  • Sushimane

    What kinda phone support it right now?

    • Support what?

      • Sushimane

        3 band aggregation. Faster download and upload u could say the next evolution of lte.

    • Jay Holm

      The S7/S7 Edge supports Tri-band carrier aggregation!

      • Sushimane

        How about the note 5?

        • Jay Holm

          Yes, maybe not tri-band, but probably at least dual-band carrier aggregation.

  • VN

    For Uncarrier 11: Change the name of GoSmart to T-Mobile Lite and offer throttle data to 1.5 Mbps with first priority.

    Plans: $30 for 5GB, $40 for 10GB, $50 for 15GB, $60 for 20GB.

    After all many places are experiencing bellow 1Mbps at full speed.

    • Mollek216

      Good luck with all that. So many things wrong with that.

      • VN

        Right now GoSmart offers 4GB of 3G for $30 with Auto Pay, 12GB for $45, 20GB for $55. I’m not sure what speeds they’re actually providing and I heard that it is use mostly by employees.

        • JLV90

          I heard employee lines are allowed to access LTE on the carrier everywhere not just limited to FB

        • VN

          I read everyone is allowed to use the LTE and 4G networks, just not at full speed of course, but at whatever 3G speed they’ve decided to throttle the service.

  • whiskers

    For Uncarrier 11 , they should include all taxes with price like Metro and others do .

    • steveb944

      You mean like the other prepaid carriers that you pay up front, meaning you’re set to a specific usage.
      It’ll be the first time a post paid carrier would aggregate those figures, you can’t even do that with ISPs, electric, or water due to varied use.

  • John Brown

    It’s too bad I just moved to Georgetown OH 45121 and have Emergency only despite the coverage maps showing full LTE. Guess I’ll go to AT&T and wait for this rural area to get coverage that isn’t AT&T/VZW.

    Speaking of AT&T, how close is T-Mobile to overtaking them for number 2?

    • Let’s be real for once

      How close, hahahaha, T-Mobile is to overtaking, hahaha, AT&T? You got jokes. T-Mobile is no where close to Smart and Smarter.

      • John Brown

        You got subscriber numbers? Last I heard, T-Mobile has 65 million subs. Not sure about AT&T

        • Let’s be real for once

          AT&T and Verizon both have over an 100Millions

        • guest

          AT&T had around 137 million I think. Still, it is impressive that T-mobile is gaining this much ground this fast. The war is far from over.

        • Mike

          If AT&T price matched T-Mobile right now they could end T-Mobile hot run. Since AT&T is greedy and refuses to improve technology & business practices T-Mobile will stand a chance.

      • Mollek216

        I had to read his comment twice. Lmao. He should do stand up

      • TJ

        They said that when Sprint was number 3… You mite have to eat those words one day fam.

      • Bradley Karas

        Smart and smarter? I’d more call them big and bigger…

    • Mollek216

      I’m from Cleveland. I don’t know exactly where Georgetown oh is but they must have good “stuff” there for you to make statements like that.

      • John Brown

        Georgetown is in Brown County, about 50 miles east of Cincinnati

    • Isaiah

      Do you have a band 12 enabled phone?

      • John Brown

        Yes. Samsung Galaxy core prime. I get -126 dbm of band 12

  • sikety

    Can anyone dummy down “4×4 MIMO” and “3 way carrier aggregation” for me?

    • VN

      Your phone is connected to one band at a time, lets say to Band 12. With 3 way CA it can connect to 3 bands at a time B2+B4+B12.

      • Bryant

        Can it also connect between 4G and LTE technologies, or no? Say, band 4 and HSPA+? That would be more interesting to me, because most areas only have one or two LTE bands deployed anyway, but with 4G still live (and mostly unused now).

  • Jay Holm

    I’m really excited for 3-way carrier aggregation to finally be deployed!!! Can’t wait til it comes to Houston to help out with daytime speeds!

    • VN

      Do you have 2-way? (not sure what a two band carrier aggregation is called, I’m thinking 3-way will be B2+B4+B12)

      • Jay Holm

        S7 is capable of tri-band carrier aggregation.

        • VN

          Good to know. Do you have any CA right now?

        • Jay Holm

          No, not in Houston.

    • TJ Dubs

      I’m super excited, too! Maximum speeds will be so high, and speeds will be very consistent!

      • Jay Holm

        Me too!!!

  • guest

    what is 4×4 mimo? can someone explain this in regular terms

    • Rupesh

      In simple words it means Multiple In and Multiple Out. With out getting into the technicalities, this means that they are trying to multiply the capacity so you have faster speeds..

    • Fabian Cortez

      20 MHz FDD 2×2 MIMO LTE = 150 Mbps

      20 MHz FDD 4×4 MIMO LTE = 300 Mbps

      • Bryant

        Is 2×4 somewhere in between that? Mr Ray said during earnings that Tmo is 2×4 right now, and should see 4×4 this year.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Yes. A good portion of T-Mobile’s next is 4×2 MIMO.

          4×2 MIMO doesn’t really do much for theoretical max. speed.

  • Kurt

    How about get some band 12 in Chicago?

    • Bradley Karas

      Won’t happen as long as US Cellular is hoarding all of it

      • VN

        Are they using it? If not, they should at least lease them.

        • Bradley Karas

          Yeah that’s the only spectrum for LTE they have

      • Fabian Cortez

        Won’t happen as long as US Cellular is hoarding all of it

        U.S. Cellular has nothing to do with the Band 12 licences in Chicago.

  • Dark Ages

    Uncarrier 11 should be to reward long term customers with super deals and not new conversions. Why not make the deals better for each year of longevity ?

  • Raiterio Patterson

    More band 12 in North Carolina: Gaston, Mecklenburg, Union, Wake, Durham, Iredell, Rowan, Caldwell, Guilford, etc.

  • Un- Carrier…

    Un-carrier 11- Become a triple thread by merging with Dish Network and offer bundling deals (wireless, TV and at home service)….

    • whiskers

      Dish Sucks , my wife worked for them and there is a reason why they are still in the top 5 for the most hated companies to work for .
      They could care less about you once they get you on their contract , and then try to get off and they will stick it to you hard .
      If t-mobile merges with with Dish it will be a true nightmare in the making .

      • master94

        Yea they do suck. I had no contract with them and yet they still tried to charge me a ETF and claimed I never gave back the DVR despite the tracking # showing I did.

  • VN

    Babies are cute, but when they grow up they are no longer cute.

  • fflip8

    I’m speculating it’ll have to do with price, either taxes or long term customer benefits,
    and/or some sort of coverage promise.

    Unlikely, but I can only dream of them doing it, having a mobile hotspot with unlimited LTE for a decent price, such as $75 a month.

  • VN

    Who would like these new plans for Uncarrier 11?

    $40 2GB
    $55 5GB
    $70 10GB
    $85 20GB
    $100 40GB

    PS: This is just for fun. Don’t get emotional.

  • TJ Dubs

    I’m pretty sure the new licenses have been published with the FCC and added to the map:
    http://www.spectrumgateway.com/t-mobile-700a-spectrum

  • SBacklin

    Does anyone have a good guess as to when UC11 will take place?