42% of T-Mobile's Q1 new phone activations came from rivals17
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