42% of T-Mobile's Q1 new phone activations came from rivals

42% of T-Mobile's Q1 new phone activations came from rivals
Wall Street is expecting T-Mobile to report an extremely bullish first quarter. According to an estimate from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, 42% of T-Mobile's new phone activations completed last quarter were for new customers leaving rival operators. Additionally, only 18% of T-Mobile customers who were considered at risk of leaving the carrier, did so.

Sprint might have some interesting numbers to report for Q1. CIRP estimates that 30% of its new phone activations from January through March were for new customers who switched from a rival carrier. But 27% of the Sprint customers deemed to be a flight risk left the company, which could negate the number of new additions. The nation's fourth largest carrier doesn't seem to be the choice for those new to the world of mobile phones; only .5% of Sprint's phone activations during the quarter were from consumers buying their first phone.

CIRP also computes that 14% of Verizon's new phone activations for the quarter came from new account holders that left a rival firm. The nation's largest carrier lost 17% of the accounts that were at risk of leaving. Only 10% of AT&T's new phone activations for the period are believed by CIRP to have come from new customers switching from a rival. The wireless operator lost 16% of its 'at-risk' accounts during the quarter.

Verizon kicks off the next cycle of quarterly earnings with its Q1 2016 report due out on Thursday. According to Wells Fargo, for the first quarter T-Mobile will be the only major carrier to report a year-over-year gain in postpaid net phone additions.

source: CIRP via FierceWireless



1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Very well deserved! Kudos T-Mobile. Wish you'd make your way here to Canada.

4. Subie

Posts: 2442; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Didn't Verizon already try to launch in Canada a few years ago? I remember the other Canadian telecoms got real nervous and managed to have Verizon blocked from entering the market if I'm not mistaken.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Really? Sources please. Regardless, wouldn't really consider Verizon if they're just bringing the same BS they're already doing in the US.

2. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

with T-mobile I have 5 gig data (although ony 100min talk), music freedom, binge on and mlb premium. at home the speeds arent great but theyre ok (3.5 mbps) for only $30 a month.

7. dodger

Posts: 28; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

You must have that Walmar planl as do I ...a great little plan if one doesn't talk much.

3. aegislash

Posts: 1536; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Absolutely no reception issues with T-Mobile where I live. Nothing beats paying only $80/month for truly unlimited data. Had AT&T before, and while service was excellent, I did not like paying $10 for each additional GB of data when I went over my 3GB limit.

5. realhumanbeing

Posts: 53; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

Lol yeah I work there im always getting those account numbers and pins from customers who are sprinting away from sprint and for the customers who have a change from Verizon on their horizon, see what I did there? Lmao sorry I'm baked

12. TechSingularity

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Aahahaha that was funny. Now I must get baked as well. Time for some dabs.

6. Chidoro44

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Good. I won't switch, but others more cost conscious may indirectly lower my rates.

8. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

cost conscious is a very nice way to say cheap

15. Acdc1a

Posts: 477; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

When T-Mobile provides better coverage than the other 3 in your area, it's not really being cost conscious now is it?

10. Joosty

Posts: 492; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Im apart of the 42%

13. ChocolateThunder

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

I'm only here to give a shout out to Big Blue! Go AT&T!

14. kajam

Posts: 222; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

I was with att now with tmobile and the only go i had to say will be "GO TO HELL AT&T" will never look back.

16. Acdc1a

Posts: 477; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

I was with Sprint until 2 years ago. My initial response was why the hell did I wait so long?

17. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

I left AT&T in January 2016 to go to Tmobile and I dont feel bad about it. Tmobile has come a long way and Im impressed with their service. I love the Video calling option which works wonders for me when im going shopping for my wife. I can just show her what she wants instead of guessing lol

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