T-Mobile shares early Q4 and full-year results, says 8.3 million customers added in 2015


T-Mobile will reveal its Q4 2015 and full-year 2015 results in February, but they couldn’t wait until then to share some of the good news.

T-Mobile reports that in Q4 2015, they added 2.1 million total customers, a figure that includes 1.3 million postpaid subs and 469,000 prepaid users. That means that Q4 2015 was the 11th quarter in a row that T-Mo added more than 1 million new customers and the 3rd quarter in a row with more than 2 million adds. Postpaid churn for the quarter finished at 1.46 percent, which is down 0.27 percent year-over-year.

Looking at 2015 as a whole, T-Mobile reports that they added 8.3 million customers, which is the same number that it added in 2014. That includes 4.5 million postpaid adds and 1.3 million prepaid adds. At the end of 2015, T-Mobile served more than 63 million customers.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere had this to say about today’s preliminary results:

“In 2015 we AGAIN saw 8.3 million customers come to T-Mobile, and 2.1 million in Q4 – marking 11 consecutive quarters of over 1 million net adds and 3 quarters in a row with more than 2 million total nets for the Un-carrier. That means we added 23,000 customers per day, EVERY DAY for the last two years, so trust me when I say we have NO plans to stop disrupting the status quo in wireless!”

It’s kind of crazy to think that T-Mo has added 23,000 customers every day for the past two years, but that’s what happens when 16.6 million customers join your network over a two-year period. While it remains to be seen exactly how long T-Mo can keep adding customers at the rate that they’ve been doing so, one thing that is clear is that the Un-carrier moves are working for John Legere and Co.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Sushimane

    Great job

  • Michael Barnes

    all these subs they should have the money to fill the HUGE gaps hopefully they dont wait for 600mhz to fill the gaps

    what ever happened to the ntelos spectrum in va Richmond to Hampton roads they never rolled it out

  • joemail

    good job tmo. don’t expect this to continue if you keep jacking up prices

    before i get attacked. im a tmo customer and love the service so far just the prices seem to be going up the fastest as well.

    unlimited data went from 20…to 30…to 45 in two years. what is the 2016 price? $60??
    they are generous with free 2GB and 6GB pricing isnt bad, but that data consumption rate is increasing relative to the price and directly with tech advances.

    • patt

      If you have your grandfathered plan and won’t change it you have nothing to worry about.

      Unlimited data is best thing one can possible have ,it replaces for some people their home internet. Look at Verizon they now charge just 50$ for data portion then add minutes+sms + device payment (since some time ago) and this is only for grandfathered users.

      • Kyle Thompson

        indeed. be happy as long as we that have it get to keep our grandfathered unlimited plans. as a network’s number of users grows, it’s ability to keep customers happy AND offer unlimited data dies. there isn’t any way around that short of a new technology that doesn’t care about bandwidth concerns. eventually if TMO keeps this up they’ll have to continue to price unlimited upwards or remove it entirely. which is fine with me, as long as the early adopters like us who came in the growing phase when all was not rosy and coverage was poor get to keep our plans as they intend…

        • SpaceGho5t

          Yup I agree. I jumped on unlimited soon as it was offered, only pay $70, I intend to stay with t-mobile with this plan for as long as possible and hope they keep grandfathered plans locked in.

      • “it replaces for some people their home internet” and THAT is why it’ll go away, or go up in price, or be sooner than latter,,,

        • patt

          Even legere is cool with he even tweeted that lol

    • Fabian Cortez

      Services like Music Freedom and Binge On were obviously created to get people off of unlimited data. After all, that’s what people do most on mobile: listen to music and watch videos.

    • vrm

      ONLY the unlimited price went up. The reason is that it was too cheap to begin with. It was a honey pot. Not sustainable. Unlimited users are few and they want to make them fewer because they ruin the network for everyone.

      • ThatsMrtoyou

        Unlimited customers don’t ruin the network. Educate yourself pinhead

        • Guest

          Yes they do by using the bandwith. Educate yourself pinhead.
          Unlimited is going away. this is a way to have customer not get unlimited and if they do then tmo makes few extra bux. Unlimited add on rate is over 35%.

        • joemail

          wrong! i’d bet on it that 95% or more of unlimited users like myself do not ruin the network. But i want the flexibility if i need it to utilize my network if i need to. I pay for it at the end of the day.
          the network should be able to handle the 5% overload (which tmobile has a soft cap of 21GB). if they cant handle that much overload then it’s probably a crappy network anyway. It’s usually a problem isolated to a tower that can effect a tiny portion of people in comparison. I hate saying network as it’s too broad.

        • joemail

          additionally, mobile phone companies can start investing in wideband as tmo did in metro areas such as NYC where im on 20×20 band4. Band12 is a little shotty here and hasnt been turned on all the way. try using your unlimited data on that..i bet you wont even get close to pulling a few gigs before your phone battery dies.

        • joemail

          for companies unlimited = overhead and more expansion
          for consumers unlimited = more freedom and advances in technology to increase network capacity(by forcing companies to invest and retain consumers than lavishly paying the larger pool of execs..dont worry top slice of execs still get paid regardless)

          take away unlimited and you have no freedom and no need for mobile phone companies to increase capacity in such pace as tmobile is going (unless competition is throw in).

          this is why US broadband is behind most of the advanced world(FCC to blame for most of it then the monopolies).

      • patt

        I would not exactly agree. People who torrent and download pirated movies off – mobile network are the problem. I can understand if some people even use 50-100GB on mobile. Yesterday I was streaming off plex 50min of video with lowered quality used 1.09 GB for 1 episode. That can add up.

        But using 1TB or more that is just pure abusing. I have 150/150 FIOS and I never ever used 1TB in a month.

  • Cam Fas

    I see no reason why we can’t turn edge and hspa+ off this year and just completely get rid of that junk. Also I see no reason why 2016 can’t be a carrier aggragation year on all available frequencies. E and HSPA+ needs to go bye bye at the airport in Vegas in the parking garage every single day I go to work it flips between e and hspa+ and lte over and over every day and I live in a 20+20 city I don’t even want to see e and h+ fall back id rather have the phone use more power knowing it can only connect to lte. That being said I love T-Mobile they have grown their coverage extensively. I see no reason why they can’t get very very close to matching Verizon this year in terms of coverage. They are close but matching their coverage will be a major selling point. What I said earlier was my only gripe because over all they are doing well in my book.

    • StevenM

      Do you have an Android phone? I have a GS6 Edge + and leave it forced LTE only and have zero issues. Battery seems to last longer too.

      On a recent road trip, there were many times my wife had “E” on her Iphone while I had LTE. It seems like it takes the devices a while to go back to LTE once they move to another layer.

      I prefer having no service than edge.

      • Cam Fas

        IPhone6Plus S =( Thats my only issue with that phone overall I enjoy it more then the numerous android phones I have had. But who knows maybe they will update it with an LTE only mode.

        • k

          I’m with ya. Its all about the money tho. They’re gonna shell out anywhere from 8 to 10 billion on the spectrum auction alone. Last year capex was 4 billion. Not sure their financials can take it.
          That said, I think they still maintain coverage with at&t until 2022??? according to at&t’s failed bid for TMO a few years ago. So they have time.

        • Cam Fas

          Indeed only time will tell and thus far they haven’t been doing bad.

    • I’ve been leaving my phone on 3.9G LTE only for over a year now. Get rid of that fruit phone and you’ll be able to never drop to Slow-G again.

      • Cam Fas

        Lol fruit phone that’s a first.

  • Philip

    Yes they are adding more customers. Also prices are increasing, but not as high as the other two. I hope not.

    • Acdc1a

      The price will continue to increase as long as they are happy with the churn and add rates.

      If they went back to a 4 for $100 and did a 2 for $75 promotion with 6GB or so you’d probably see double the adds. Apparently they’re happy with the present level of growth which is fine by me.

    • Fabian Cortez

      Price per GB has dropped and with services like Binge On and Music Freedom, there is value in the price increase.

  • Fabian Cortez

    63.282 million subs. Not bad at all.

    With Binge On added to the mix (mid-November 2015), I expect further quarterly results to exponentially grow in subscriber count.

    They’ll be at 70 million well before the end of 2016.

    • Cam Fas

      Sprint is slowly Dying well done Tmobile

      • Fabian Cortez

        Sprint is slowly Dying well done Tmobile

        We’ll have to wait for their results but I doubt they’ll be as impressive as T-Mobile’s.

        • Cam Fas

          My comment was merely sarcasm yet people seem to be on the attack for small comments featuring a hint of sarcasm.

        • Fabian Cortez

          I’m not attacking you.

      • joemail

        sprint dying isnt a good thing! for consumers it means less competition! when will people get that!

        • Frankwhitess

          So go and sign up with Sprint…. Wish you the Best of luck!

        • Ascertion

          He’s just saying that nothing will be keeping T-Mobile’s prices in check if Sprint is not around. They are actually gaining subscribers now. AT&T seems to be losing the most.

        • J-Hop2o6

          What’s the +/- for the other 3 carriers?

        • Cam Fas

          And when did I say it was a good thing? I don’t recall any of my posts saying it was good.

      • Kiwini

        I don’t know why you want less competition or hate Sprint. If not for competition, Tmobile wouldn’t have lowered prices or added features. If there’s less competition, you can bet you’ll pay more & get less.

        • Cam Fas

          I don’t recall me saying at any point wanting less competition. I did however state the obvious. Sarcasm doesn’t mean the same thing as someone saying. Oh great I can’t wait for sprint to be gone. Clearly I did not say that.

      • Actually, they’re dying relatively quickly.

    • TechHog

      BingeOn is Comcast-level snskr oil, though.

      • Acdc1a

        It’s not snskr or snake oil as I assume you meant…


  • OK I don’t understand this: “1.3M branded postpaid net adds (917K branded postpaid phone net adds)”. What are non-branded postpaid ads? I can’t think of any postpaid MVNO?

    • Ascertion

      Maybe people added to postpaid via BYOD? Not entirely sure but maybe that’s what it means.

  • Isaiah Davenport

    I found a CNET Article explaining the pricing for this phone at T Mobile. According to the article the phone would be $140.00 full retail. Here is the link http://www.cnet.com/products/alcatel-onetouch-fierce-xl-windows-10-mobile/

  • It’s interesting that Binge On is both wildly popular and still controversial. Teens and young adults love it despite the minor complaints.

    • vinnyjr

      Bad publicity is coming from the other Carriers stirring up bull shit because their pissed off customers are running to T-Mobile and staying. If T-Mobile’s Network was so terrible why is T-Mobile gaining so many of the other Carriers customers? Simple, great service that continues to get better. My data speeds are twice and three times faster than all the other Carriers. Thank You T-Mobile, Thank You John Legere.

      • 9to5Slavery

        In selected areas

  • mikeZo6

    BUT their network cant handle it because in my area during peak times data only 5meg D/L and 1meg U/L Tmo network engineers say we are so congested our speed slow up cause don’t own enough spectrum, Tmo network was not made to carry all these subscribers, and the have no $$$ too get what they need

    • J-Hop2o6

      The 600MHz auction is coming up soon. That will provide breathing room in the next couple of years.

    • T-Mobile said they’re ready to spend up to $10B to “get what they need”. Sprint is the broke one are you mixing them up?