T-Mobile added 1.245 million customers in Q2 2020, surpassed AT&T in subscriber count

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T-Mobile’s Q2 2020 earnings are in, and they show that T-Mo hit a major milestone during the quarter.

T-Mobile says that it added a total of 1.245 million customers in Q2 2020, including 1.1 million postpaid subscribers and 133,000 prepaid customers. T-Mo touts that this is the 22nd straight quarter that it’s led the wireless industry in new customers added.

At the end of Q2 2020, T-Mobile had a total of 98.3 million subscribers. That’s enough to pass AT&T when looking at total branded customers. AT&T recently reported that it had 93 million postpaid and prepaid wireless customers at the end of Q2 2020.

T-Mobile’s revenues for the quarter finished at $17.7 billion, up from $11 billion in Q2 2019. Total service revenues grew year-over-year, too, to finish at $13.2 billion for Q2 2020. Net income for the quarter was $110 million.

Switching over to the network side of things, T-Mobile revealed today that its 2.5GHz 5G coverage is now live in three more cities: Atlanta, Dallas, and Washington DC. There are now eight total markets with T-Mo’s 2.5GHz 5G, with the other five being Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York City.

During today’s Q2 2020 earnings call, T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert teased that 2.5GHz 5G will be available in thousands of cities and towns by the end of this year.

T-Mobile also confirmed today that it completed the 600MHz spectrum clearing process in Q2 2020, enabling all of its remaining 600MHz spectrum for future deployment.

Another bit of network news revealed today is that in Q2 2020, T-Mobile entered into a three-year agreement with Columbia Capital to lease between 10 and 30MHz of 600MHz spectrum. This spectrum is in major markets like St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, and Los Angeles. This will allow T-Mobile to continue with the capacity deployed during the period that the Keep America Connected Pledge was in place.

In total, T-Mobile reports that its 5G network covered more than 75% of the US population at the end of Q2 2020. That includes more than 7,500 cities and towns.

T-Mo has shared some notable stats about Sprint customers, too. T-Mobile says that 85% of Sprint’s postpaid phone customers have a device that’s compatible with the T-Mobile network. As of Q2 2020, more than 10% of Sprint’s postpaid customer traffic had been moved to T-Mobile’s network and site decommissioning has begun.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • steveb944

    So they’re now the second largest US carrier? That’s awesome.

    • TheTruthIsOutThere

      Now the big three can start raising rates as customers have nowhere else to go.

      • Joe

        Dish is apparently hard at work to make a proper network

        • Mike

          I hope Dish will be a good new player.. they will need to be to get subscibers from the top 3. All they can get right now is people on Boost.

        • Shaun Michalak

          They could do it.. All they would have to do is do an offer with their current subscribers for Dish TV service.. Kind of like how Spectrum does it with their internet subscribers..

      • steveb944

        That’s been happening already. There’s a reason a lot of us don’t move into the new plans.

        • Mike

          Yes is has, and it wont get better unless Dish comes in good and strong.

      • riverhorse

        So? You’re already grandfathered in forever, no? You can always use Visible @ $25. Anyhow, the soon-arriving leo satellite services will apply downward pressure. And you can always add the free lines whenever offered, and sub-lease to someone else, lowering your present bill even more.

        • Shaun Michalak

          That is like comparing apples to oranges.. Actual T-mobile customers vs a second string service like Meto, Visible, or Cricket?? Second, you are not comparing actual speeds either.. For example, I did a speed test off of another tower yesterday and got 88mb down on my Metro plan.. Know what they say about Visible.. I will quote right off of their site..

          “you’ll typically experience 4G LTE network download speeds of 5-12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2-5 Mbps”

          Then add in their “up to 5 Mbps” speeds for hotspot, and only one device at a time..

          If that is all you need, then great.. But the fact that T-Mobile is saying “Mike Sievert teased that 2.5GHz 5G will be available in thousands of cities and towns by the end of this year.”.. That will majorly boost speeds up too.. IMO, that is not a very equal comparison.

        • riverhorse

          Which fake news article is that? You gotta try things for yourself, or at least verify in the right user forums. I get 100mb(& would get 5G with such a supporting phone), use 100gb data monthly. Hotspot is officially 5mb, but that is minimum. I get 10+ and almost always stream in HD- at worst edges down to 720p once in a while. It’s limited to 1 device(but not if on Pixel, iPhone or Galaxy) at a time, but there’s no monthly limit.
          NOW, where this may not be true is in weak coverage areas, because there is zero roaming & no 23g fallback as per plan terms. HOWEVER, the weak areas are very soon gone when towers get all done being upconverted- by the end of this year.

          TMO not worth it for a non-family unit especially. I had Metro grandfathered $50 plan (45 with multi-device discount) with zero limits- even on streaming.

          Now Metro not worth it compared to $25 Visible-the only good thing left at Metro is the $15 Unlimited Tablet Plan. And in turn, some Visible lines that don’t need data at all times can go on $0 Unlimited TextNow.

          TBH i don’t know what I’ll be able to do with 5G over present fast LTE. Will still need to get the new phones but for the other improvements.

        • Mike

          5g is hype right now.. They just want people to buy new devices, and at a healthy cost.. to me no phone should cost over 500.00. I totally agree with Visible, that plan to get down to 25 a month is awesome, plus the other 3 people get there own bill, so you don’t have to worry. Tmobile won’t touch that price.. Having essentials plan is not even close.

        • riverhorse

          That’s a very good point on others in the plan. On TMO one could sell some of the kazillion free accumulated lines but then have to worry about collections, extra bill charges possibly followed by no pay, criminal investigations…

        • Mike

          I’m really liking this visible.. It’s a price that makes sense. But in time I’m sure they will add 5g. But that may change the call plan.

        • riverhorse

          It’s not official, but users have reported receiving 5G.

        • Shaun Michalak

          “Which fake news article is that?”

          Not fake news.. Copy and paste straight off of their site.. But also, like you said.. “NOW, where this may not be true is in weak coverage areas”.. Well, I would say to add “highly congested areas” to that list too.. But lets look at the number..

          Speedtest results show that on average, 13% of Verizon customers get slower then 5mb download speeds.. 23% get the 5mb bracket and slower.. But I guess you think that Speedtest results are fake news too..

          I am not saying that you can not get faster speeds.. But prioritization from being an actual company customer, and being on their prepaid lines can make a big difference at times.. and just because you, in your small part of the country can get something, does not make it true for all customers, across the whole country. Nor does it change the fact that in parts of the country, you get a LOT less coverage on Visible then on an actual Verizon account.. Go look at their maps if you do not believe me..

        • riverhorse

          I’ve addressed (& concurred with) everything you’re mentioning now. Some areas no signal, other areas during peak times are completely unusable… for all carriers.
          That’s why I said generally inserted the * depending on area…I’m all over the US- & more on the road than at home- ‘must’ subscribe to all three major networks. The cheapest way: Visible$25Metro Tablet$15AT&T Connected Car$20+t&f. And even so don’t always have signal everywhere. All carriers suck in some areas; it’s why I vacation a lot less (than before cellular and wifi existed) & very careful where.

          And yes re Visible Verizon because of no 23G fallback or roaming on the former, but that’s only thru this year…and but can now use 5G where available.

        • Shaun Michalak

          That is only through this year?? What does that mean?? I doubt that Verizon is going to start sucking up the prices to roam on partner towers.. Especially with the prices that they charge on Visible accounts.. and the fact that they dropped service for thousands of customers because they “did” use their “Verizon” (not Visible) account a lot on those partner towers.. I think you are just talking 2/3G service, not roaming on partner towers..

          I can understand what you mean with service.. Pawpaw WV.. I think it is WV at least.. Well, no carrier really has much of any service down there, and none even try to claim any service either..

        • riverhorse

          All 2&3G getting upconverted, and they’ve stated all the towers will be finished by this year end.
          You’re correct there won’t be roaming on other carriers. This plan is totally bare bones, zero phone CS (although live chat & Twitter CS very good).
          So far i haven’t missed out on anything with this $25 plan compared to other carriers.
          Last year took Amtrak Boston to Miami and in between cities often had zero T-MOBILE signal. For example Virginia- no signal as soon as train left a city. Made a several day detour in Williamsburg late spring (classes still in session but plenty of tourist hordes), and even in the very center the signal was too overloaded even for Maps or just checking email- only good for call & text..and u had to be outdoors- as soon as you entered even just an outdoor protected seating area tentplastic, no more signal. Had to wait until after 910pm to get work done- and with everyone gone or asleep now had enough to even update Windows hotspotting the laptop inside large building.

          I can’t wait for satellite internet to finish getting deployed, will really improve travel everywhere.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Yes, that is with Verizon.. I think that AT&T said they would have theirs pretty much done by the end of next year.. I think they said all 3G would be down by something like Feb 2022..

          I kind of laughed when you said “Virginia”.. Yea, you had to use one of the bad states for coverage with T-Mobile as a comparison.. lol

          You stated that it was last year that you had that problem.. It kind of makes me wonder if it is still the same now, or did they upgrade things since then.. Here, the beginning of last year, I was lucky to be able to even do a speed test on my tower most of the time.. Now I average about 5mb down, but have seem speeds as high as about 20mb down, on the same towers, after they did the upgrades..

          Personally, I am not for any single carrier.. What I tell people is take everything into consideration.. Price, coverage, etc.. It does not matter how great a company is, if they have no coverage where you need it, then find a company that does.. If you can that is..

        • riverhorse

          TBH i was kinda expecting & hoping for you (or someone else) to report that you’ve been there recently and things have been fixed, between almost a year & a half + the merger finalized.
          I think i remember noticing phone was roaming a bit on AT&T, but that wasn’t much help either.
          If the coverage gaps got plugged, it’d be worth it to port back & pay the higher price over cheap Visible.
          Because who knows if the virus hasn’t delayed Verizon tower completion, & its 5G doesn’t look that inspiring.

          I don’t hold much hope for AT&T future unless it partners with one of the new arriving Satellite Internet providers.

          And I’m hoping a SAT phone, or combo hybrid gets made.

          Yep, fanboism no good. Nor the TDS (TMO Derangement Syndrome lol) that our many
          trolls harangue us with.
          It really sucks being without a signal, and yet quite a few report they also don’t have internet much faster than dialup.
          Don’t know how they manage- yet just over 25 years ago most of us had neither, or even a computer.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Well to be fair, Sprint has a LOT of coverage down in Virginia.. Much better then a lot of the competitors in most of Virginia and West Virginia.. and with that being said, and T-Mobile joining with Sprint, even if T-Mobile did not get too much more installed, as they get the towers that they keep transferred over to their service, that will dramatically improve their service in those areas.. So it most likely will be just a matter of time for them to convert them over to fill in a lot of those gaps..

        • Mike

          I looked into that Visible, it’s actually Verizon as parent company. It was put out there to match cricket, but to tell the truth, at $25 you can’t go wrong. I’m very close to go with that, because at 5-12 meg it’s still better than the 1 meg Tmobile signal I have to deal with. Plus if you add other people, they give a discount so you can be at $25. Visibles page actually says “for a limited time, we’ve removed our speed cap – free for as long as you remain a member.” So that is the best deal out there.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I know it is Verizon.. They made that company up a few years ago to compete with Cricket and Metro.. When they first came out, they only worked if you had a Apple phone too.. The service did not work on any android phone.. So they changed that since they first started up..

          Unless they changed thing, the last time I looked, it is only $25 if you get 3 other people to sign up.. $40 for one person, then it goes to $35 for 2, $30 for 3, and then $25 for 4 people on the line.. So it is only $25 if you get 3 other lines, or people to sign up too..

          I would still have to agree with you.. Well, that is as long as you are in an area where they get service.. Since Visible does not work with partner (aka, non Verizon owned) towers, say you live in Kentucky.. Well, half of their coverage in that state is not verizon owned.. There are large parts of many states that you get no coverage with Visible if you travel a lot.. If not, then I say go with what works for you..

        • Mike

          That Visible is a good deal, and run on Verizon. It even offers hotspot at LTE speeds, can’t go wrong with that unlimited data !
          And yes on satellite service, that too will help with competition.

      • marque2

        Why would that be? It is interesting how all the socialists have suddenly become pro capitalist free traders to prove some invalid point.

        • TheTruthIsOutThere

          Greed and corruption is universal.

        • slybacon

          They only want something that benefits them. They want to restrict everyone else so they are more free. Selfish.

      • slybacon

        Haha, there are dozens of other carriers around the US. It’s not like anybody wanted to go to Sprint anyway. Like, that wasn’t even an option really. lol

  • mingkee

    It’s pretty fast.

  • Mike

    Well a good number of adds came from buying Sprint, so it’s not surprising that they gone above ATT. But some of the trick is when they offer a line for free, that counts as an add as well. Well the German parent company should be pleased.

    • marque2

      There are several ways of looking at customers. Pre-paid, post-paid, by subscriber and by line. I think in this case T-mobile threw away the by line and it is by subscriber who is post-paid to do the comparison.

      • Mike

        Well how ever they play the numbers, they had better build up the network to support all the adds..I have to deal 2 meg download speeds because the towers are all congested. Ever since adding Sprint people on it has bogged down the network. And 600 mhz hype hasn’t fixed much.

        • marque2

          If you have trouble at home, Tmobile does provide a free for $25 cell signal enhancer. It has really improved the reception and speeds in my home. call them up.

        • Mike

          They told me there are no more cell boosters. They did mention what you said, but Tmobile is my internet, I don’t have cable to use for that signal enhancer. But I could call them again and ask about a booster.

        • marque2

          My cell booster from TMobile is independent from my internet. It is two boxes. You hang one where the cell signal is strongest and another in the center of your house. You might be asking for the wrong thing.

        • Shaun Michalak

          The first thing you need to ask is.. What kind of a signal do you get?? If you have 3 bars or more, I doubt it will make any kind of a difference.. There are people out there that get 4 bars of service, but bad data speeds, and think that getting a signal booster will fix things.. It will not.. It only improves things if you have a bad signal.

        • marque2

          It about doubles the data speed from 15mbs to 30. But we all have newer phones now. A few years ago when we got it, we were barely able to make a phone call out of the house and the VOIP option on TMobile phones was horrible back then so calling over WIFI didn’t work.

          As far as bars go – as you pointed out to me they aren’t a great measure. I often get many bars with no data while on the road – even when it says 4g

  • riverhorse

    Wonder what different metrics everyone uses. Wikipedia lists: Verizon 150+ million, AT&T 140+, TMo 80+, Sprint 50+

    • TheTruthIsOutThere

      Anyone can post random things on Wikipedia. It’s not a reliable source of information.

      • mikkej2k

        I’ve seen people use this argument before. Prove it. Post an article that’s false. Try something like , “The earth is flat”

        Let’s see if that article stays posted.

        • InTheMuff

          Schools tell their students do not rely on wikipedia.
          Also, idk your political views, but wiki is a left leaning site, it does not provide unbiased info

        • marque2

          Partially true, some schools won’t allow wikipedia, and some pages are hopelessly millennial style political, as in they won’t allow any opposing viewpoint to the woke view- even if there are two or three legit sides to a debate. But the figures are sourced, and those sources at the bottom of the page can legitimately be used.

          The data about subscribership is self reported from the companies themselves, and comes generally from the quarterly/annual reports /10K/10Q. Problem is that each of the majors does their analysis a bit differently so it is difficult to compare.

          To be clear, Tmobile is not claiming to be larger that AT&T, AT&T is still larger, they are claiming to be larger is a particular category of customer.

        • Shaun Michalak

          True.. The other thing when it comes to Wiki is how old the info is.. Since T-Mobile said this year that they now have 98.3 million customers, and that was earlier this year, just how old was the info that stated that they only have 80 million customers? I have found that very often with Wiki.,. Not having updated info and the info being many years old..

        • marque2

          They have people in charge of pages now. Whomever is in charge of the “US cell phone company” page seems to update when every major company has released financials for the quarter. It is pretty current.

        • Mike

          Well Tmobile does throw in there add a line promo to prop up numbers, there is no doubt about it. If it not true then they would never run that promo

        • marque2

          I got a free line last month and that does count in the totals.

        • Mike

          Why does it have to be a left leaning thing? I’m sure they have right leaning too. But we already hear enough of the right leaning stuff. Give me center leaning…

        • InTheMuff

          No bro, wikipedia is ran by leftists

        • Mike

          Nothing wrong with what they are. To me it’s a nice balance from all the rightists stuff. Like I said before, give me center stuff so I can decide, not left and surely not right.

    • Shaun Michalak

      Wiki is not always updated.. The fact that T-Mobile had 98.3 million customers this year, before the Sprint merger should show how outdated that info is.. I would guess that info was about 2 years old

      • riverhorse

        Those are 2020 figs- early year though.

      • Mike

        Those numbers have to be lines per customer and not just customers.. That add a line promo always help them show better because they know when to time that promo.

      • Mike

        The downside to all these new customers is there slow network. Speeds have been horrible since all the Sprint people come on board, and Tmobile can’t work fast enough to get the spectrum switched over.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Yes, I would say lines, not actual customers.. I understand what you mean with Sprint customers coming over.. When T-Mobile first did the upgrades in my area, my speeds went from “lucky to get one” to something like an average of close to 20mb down at times.. Then Sprint customers started merging on T-Mobiles network, and suddenly it dropped.. Now I am lucky to get half that.. Other then the past week, before that, I was on average getting just under 5mb most of the time.. 1/4th of my speeds when they first upgraded the towers..

          I think thing will ease up as they get sprints band 25 installed on their tower to use too..

        • Mike

          Well with all the Sprint customers now, Tmobile has to get busy and fix up it’s network..They make it sound like they are ahead of the game, when in fact they are behind playing a tight rope to get 2.5 gig band up. I’ll bet right now once 2.5 is up and running with all the costumers on it, the speeds will be around 200 mbps max. Just a prediction.

        • Shaun Michalak

          That is “when” they have all the customers up.. But lets be honest.. At the cheapest 5G phone being $500 right now, I do not see that happening at any time in the near future..

        • Mike

          That might be the reason for the high prices so many people don’t move to 5g. But at some point they will want people to switch. I’d guess some good phone deals will come out the end of this year? Can only hope..

        • Shaun Michalak

          I really do not see the advantage to keeping anyone off of 5G.. They will have better speeds, and more spectrum on top of it for 5G, so that would give their own network better result on speed tests and stuff.. plus better customer experiences too..

    • slybacon

      Those include all the MVNOs. T-Mobile used to report those, but now their numbers are only direct post-paid or pre-paid T-Mobile branded connections.

    • Mike

      Don’t forget Tmobile offered that free line promo, and that counts as adds.. So basically they created there own additions.

      • riverhorse

        Very true.

  • InTheMuff

    Off topic

    Who else has an unlocked note 9 yhays still waiting on the ui2.1 update

    • watkins

      That update has been out since July. Where have you been?

      • InTheMuff

        Not the unlocked version.
        I’ve been checking updates daily.
        I actually finally got it 2 days ago.

  • Jay Holm

    What does a market being live with 2.5 5G even mean??? 3 towers putting out that improved speeds?!?!? I don’t have a clue where in Houston 2.5 5G is deployed.

    • Anonymouse

      Same here. I’ve been to areas where Sprint deployed their 5G in Houston like Memorial City Mall, Energy Corridor, Texas Medical Center, Bellaire, Bunker Hill and West University Place but there is none. The best I got was LTE 5CA with LAA at the Med Center. I asked “the experts” but apparently they have no idea where in the Bayou City n41 is deployed.

      • slybacon

        Sprint 5G has been decommissioned already.

        • Anonymouse

          I know that. I was operating on the premise that T-Mobile redeployed n41 in areas of the city where it was initially set out by Sprint.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I think the biggest problem is that fact that Sprints network configuration is not set up anything like T-mobiles.. The fact that they have towers right next to each other, and at the same distance, a T-mobile customers can get 4 bars, yet the Sprint customers can barely get 2.. and less if you go inside a building.. Even on the same frequency.. should prove how badly Sprints network was set up..

        • Mike

          They have to turn over alot of assets to Dish network. Not sure how they are doing that, but my guess is most Sprint towers and equipment go to Dish, the only thing Tmobile can use is the frequencies. But first they have to upgrade many antennas. I mentioned before that all Sprint sites here locally had been updated, while Tmobile sites had old antennas with wires hanging down. So if dish gets all the Sprint towers and equipment, they will be set.

        • Shaun Michalak

          The only problem with your statement is the fact that you keep saying “equipment”.. I have not seen a single article, or bit of evidence that suggests that Dish is getting any equipment.. They always say “cell site”.. For that reason, it would not surprise me if they sold the site to Dish with no equipment there.. I am not saying that they won’t give them any equipment, but even if they do.. Is any of it going to be compatible with their service, or be able to support 5G speeds??

        • marque2

          I would think dish would try to maintain as much compatibility with TMobile 4g and 5g service since dish is planning to use the spiny network for the next 7 years as they build out their own.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Well, if they are trying to keep compatibility, then that really is a reason to NOT use Sprints hardware.. After all, T-Mobile shut down Sprints 5G because of how much different things were set up.. Heck, even Sprints first 5G phone are not compatible with T-Mobile, and T-Mobile did not even try to go through the hassle to make them compatible.. and T-Mobile already said that they have to replace all the hardware at the sites to make it compatible with the T-Mobile network.. Knowing all of that, if Dish was trying to keep compatibility, then why would they even consider using equipment that even T-Mobile will not use??

        • Mike

          Well for them to get cell sites, will include some equipment. At least the fiber back haul will be in place, and I seriously doubt Tmobile is going to rip down antennas, so Dish will get some nice stuff. I’d bet in that agreement that certain things need to take place. Personally Dish would be smart just to put up 5g and leave the old stuff behind. I think they can do it before 7 years..

        • Mike

          Part of Tmobile problem is they have to turn over many assets to Dish network..I believe it was like.22,000 tower locations. So bandwidth is getting shut down and it’s taking a while to move stuff over to towers they are keeping.

        • marque2

          They are duplicate towers for the most part

        • Mike

          True.. and from what I’ve seen of the Sprint towers here, they were all updated antennas and equipment, so Dish is going to have some nice stuff to start out with.

        • marque2

          Apparently it all needs to be replaced as Sprint 5g wasn’t quite compatible with everyone else’s. Seems like they were about to have another WiMax fiasco. Thank goodness TMobile saved them.

        • Mike

          Well all Tmobile wanted was the spectrum and customers, which they got, but the assets they had to give up, which will work nice for Dish, as long as the back haul is in place Dish should be able to ramp up quickly and take back there 600 mhz frequencies from tmobile, and put up there own mid band and mmW. Plus nation wide 850 and 700.
          I can’t wait…

      • Jay Holm

        Exactly! I’m very dissapointed in how much time has passed since the merger closed and so little of the 2.5ghz has been integrated into Tmo’s 5G network. The merger closed FOUR MONTHS ago……..

  • Wow !

  • Phil

    Come on man!
    ATT&T , I mean AT&T beats the heck out of Mobile , I mean AT-Mobile.
    If you think different, you aren’t a
    .
    .
    .
    Yeah , a phone user.

    • marque2

      He still uses a wind up.

    • Shaun Michalak

      Dang keys on that typewriter stick again??

      • marque2

        Coming man!

        You don’t know you he is immitating when talking about – well you know, you know the talking thing.

        I would challenge you to pushups if you weren’t such a dog faced pony soldier.

        • Shaun Michalak

          dog faced pony soldier huh?? lol

          If you want to challenge me to push ups, I hope you are in good shaped, because I can do a couple dozen of them no problem..

        • marque2

          You seem not to know – these are all Joe Bidenisms. And the start of this thread the guy was trying to immitate Joe.

        • Shaun Michalak

          You would be correct.. I had no idea.. But I get it now that you point it out..

          Personally, I did not think that he was smart enough in this type of thing to make comparisons here with him in it.. That is why it never crossed my mind.. lol

  • Eric A

    Next goal: Better coverage than AT&T

    • Shaun Michalak

      Nope.. Next goal is to get more spectrum installed so everyone has good service, then go to coverage.. It does not matter how much coverage you have, if your service sucks, then no one is going to be happy..

      They have fixed it to a point.. But only to a point.. They need to get it to a point where all customers, post paid, prepaid, and secondary companies that they own like Metro, all can be pretty much have a guaranteed data connection, and one that is fast enough to get at least 5 megs down at all times..

      • Mike

        That is a good goal. 5meg sounds about right, because I get less than that now, about 2 meg seems to be the norm. At least they mostly have better speed than Cricket, although that service is capped.

        • Shaun Michalak

          5 megs you do a bit with.. You may not get 100% high def video or be able to download large files fast.. But most things on a cell can be done with no problem with a 5mb connection.. The problem is, from what I have seen, in most really highly populated areas they have that problem of low data speeds, if any.. I have seen it in many cities and many states.. But if the prepaid lines of the company, like Metro, Cricket, Visible, Boost, etc can not get 5mb down.. Well, that does not inspire much confidence in being able to use it when you need it..

          Also I am considering “normal” tower use, not highly congested due to festivals and stuff..

    • Mike Smith

      They nailed that a few years ago.

  • JG

    The 1.2 million customers referenced… I’m assuming that was Sprint getting absorbed into the T-Mobile brand?

    How many of those were actual new customers (coming from AT&T, Verizon et al or first time phone users)?

    • Shaun Michalak

      I do not think so.. Sprint has about 50 million customers, post and prepaid.. T-Mobile total customer base has grown by 28.3 million customers in just over 2 years.. So I would more believe that it is just them growing, and adding new markets in there.. After all, if you look back, in 2014, or 6 years ago, T-Mobile only had maybe 10% coverage across the full US.. Now they have more like 70%. Just in that fact, all those new places of coverage are potential places for new customers..

      I have also seen a few places that only had Verizon service in the past, and now that T-mobile has put up coverage in that area, any Verizon customer that is mad at them, now has someone else to go to.. Where they did not before because neither Sprint, nor AT&T did have coverage there..

      • JG

        Yeah, I suppose now that you & @marque2 mention it… 1.2 million would be a rather small number to have been Sprint’s customers base… DUH, what was I thinking…

      • Mike

        I agree, about the growth of new areas they put coverage, that’s why 600mhz was so important back in December. They know what steps to take to keep the quarterly numbers right. So I’m guessing next quarter numbers will have all the Sprint adds plus whatever else they get by hyping up the network..Of course all the growth makes for a crowded network.

        • Shaun Michalak

          What makes me wonder.. How many are free lines and how many are paid lines?? I am not talking the promo like, have 3 lines, get one free.. But look at all the lines that they gave away for low income families with hotspot use, so that kids could get online for free.. Are all those included in subscribers, even though they are free lines, and they get nothing from them??

        • marque2

          I don’t think so. The phone companies do not count “Obamaphones” or similar in their count. They used to – they stopped about 4 years ago.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I am not talking Obamaphones.. I am talking free lines that are given out for other reasons.. For example, T-Mobile is giving out hotspots with something like 10 gigs of data for kids to use so that they can stay connected at school.. They did that earlier this year after schools started getting close down.. Or how about all the free lines for being a first responder..

    • marque2

      Sprint itself had about 40 million customers. I suspect the 1.2 million is something else.

    • Vinny

      T-Mobile has had over one million NEW CUSTOMERS every quarter for the last 22 quarters in a row. Those were well before the Sprint takeover. T-Mobile is killing it. They are spending tons of $$ on their Network, The other Carriers are spending very little. Just what they absolutely have to spend. T-Mobile IMO will be #1 in 4-5 years.

    • Mike

      Well Tmobile gave away many free extra lines that add to the number.