For the ninth straight quarter, T-Mobile has managed to add over one million net total customers to its subscriber base. As a matter of fact just recently, the carrier announced that it had gained a net 2.1 million customers during the second quarter of 2015. Its total subscriber base is now at 58.9 million as of the end of June this year.
While Verizon Wireless and AT&T sit comfortably in the number one and two spots, respectively, T-Mobile and Sprint are left to battle it out for the number three spot. At times, these two carriers interchange rankings so often due to the way they always make changes to their plans while introducing lots of promos here and there. For instance, as of the end of March this year, T-Mobile had to contend with being the fourth biggest wireless carrier in the United States, with a total of 56.8 million customers. At that time, Sprint just barely edged T-Mobile by about 300,000 customers, with a total subscriber base of 57.1 million. But now, by announcing it has reached 58.9 million subscribers as of the end of the second quarter of 2015, has T-Mobile surpassed Sprint’s numbers?
Considering Sprint has not released its second quarter figures yet, so it is difficult to ascertain for now. T-Mobile has always been on a mission to own the number three spot once and for all. John Legere, the outspoken CEO of T-Mobile, had even promised that the carrier would overtake Sprint by the end of 2014. Of course, Sprint proved much harder to beat that easily. Sprint maintain its lead (however small it was), while T-Mobile was left to argue that its closest rival was unfairly boosting its numbers by counting customers from resale partners that have not been active for the last half year. Sprint has countered by saying that its method of accounting for its current customers was correct to the last count.
Rivalries notwithstanding, T-Mobile does deserve some credit for adding 2.1 million customers during the second quarter of the year. And it should be noted that the 2.1 million new sign ups represents a 41 percent growth compared to the same period one year earlier. Also, 2.1 million is a significant improvement over the 1.8 million new subscribers that T-Mobile had added during the first quarter of 2015.
As for Sprint, the carrier is yet to report on its subscription numbers for the second quarter of the year. And when it does, T-Mobile may find itself being eclipsed again by its rival.
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