But the MVNOs are making these statements before T-Mobile has made any decision as to when it will allow access to its LTE network, and which of its partners will have that access. Very few MVNOs offer 4G LTE service. One notable one, FreedomPop, will soon be selling Sprint LTE later this year and another Sprint MVNO, Ting, sells LTE handsets.
By the end of this year, Sprint and T-Mobile together will cover 200 million POPs and the latest stats available show that as of the end of Q3 2012, T-Mobile had 3.9 million MVNO customers out of a subscriber base of 33.3 million users. In case you were wondering, MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator, which is a wireless provider that does not own the spectrum it uses to provide wireless service.