T-Mobile has most retail stores among US postpaid carriers

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We learned earlier this month that merging with Sprint helped T-Mobile to pass AT&T and become the #2 US carrier in terms of total customers, but it turns out that that’s not the only metric in which T-Mo has surpassed AT&T.

T-Mobile now has more retail stores than any other postpaid carrier in the US. That’s according to Jeff Moore of Wave7 Research, who says that T-Mo overtook Verizon and AT&T after it retired the Sprint brand and turned Sprint stores into T-Mobile shops earlier this month.

Verizon used to have the most retail stores of any postpaid carrier in the US, but T-Mobile now has hundreds more retail locations, says Wave7. T-Mo has around 2,000 more retail stores than AT&T.

T-Mo is beating out its competitors in prepaid store count, too. There are more Metro by T-Mobile retail stores than AT&T’s Cricket Wireless and Dish’s Boost Mobile.

Wave7 suggests that T-Mobile could be expanding its presence at other major retail stores. They say that there is transitional “Sprint now part of T-Mobile” branding at places like Walmart and Best Buy, which could see T-Mo service and devices being sold at those retail stores as well.

Not all of the news regarding T-Mobile’s retail presence is good. Wave7 reports that T-Mobile’s postpaid store count is down around 15% compared to late 2019 when there were around 8,800 combined T-Mo and Sprint stores. As it integrates Sprint and its operations, T-Mo has been closing down redundant locations.

Sprint may have been the #4 US carrier before merging with T-Mobile, but it was still one of the four major US carriers and so it’s not a huge surprise to see T-Mo become the leader in terms of postpaid retail stores post-merger. And while it may be closing some redundant store locations, getting T-Mobile sales back at Walmart and Best Buy would help to make up for those closures by getting T-Mo devices and service in front of more consumers.

Thanks Jeffrey!

Source: FierceWireless

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  • riverhorse

    This should silence all our TDS unfair labor & antitrust trolls (TMO Derangement Syndrome).

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  • Willie D

    And prices won’t go up? How does having more stores, more employees and more overhead equate to lower prices. It doesn’t.

    • KOLIO

      As part of the merger agreement, T-Mobile will not raise prices for three years.

      • dcmanryan

        I promise they’ll break that promise. I hope I’m proven wrong.

  • JG

    T-Mo overtook Verizon and AT&T after it retired the Sprint brand and turned Sprint stores into T-Mobile shops earlier this month.

    Is this the number they plan to keep in operation? Or do they still need to go through and weed out the redundancies of having both TMo and (former) Sprint stores in the same city?

    I assume they would be smart and close those stores rather than wasting the $ rebranding them just to close them a month later?

  • nikolas ostropolskiy

    Theres seven T-Mobile stores all within a 3 mile radius of eachother near me now that Sprint store have been transitioned. Seems super pointless and loses business for certain stores. Seems like they didnt take the integration part of it in an intelligent fashion.

  • I’m not surprised. They did just acquire all of the Sprint stores. So I expect that number to drop over the next few months and years as they close low-performing Sprint stores or ones close to existing T-Mobile stores and only keep others. I do feel really bad for those retail workers though.