Has T-Mobile finally passed Sprint? It depends on how you count dead accounts

Has T-Mobile finally passed Sprint? It depends on how you count dead accounts
Earlier today, we reported on T-Mobile's earnings for both the fourth quarter of 2014 and for the full year. During the conference call this morning, T-Mobile CEO John Legere was asked the question that is on everyone's mind. Had T-Mobile finally passed Sprint to be the third largest carrier in the U.S.? It was a legitimate question seeing how fast T-Mobile has been growing.

Legere says that based on a technicality, T-Mobile has actually overtaken Sprint. Preliminary figures for the end of last month showed Sprint ahead by 1 million subscribers (Sprint had 56 million users, T-Mobile 55 million). However, a difference in the way that both mobile operators count inactive MVNO subscribers could account for the difference between Sprint and T-Mobile. The latter stops counting these non-revenue producing subscribers after 60 to 90 days. Sprint, on the other hand, waits for these accounts to be inactive for 6 months before dropping them officially.

If Sprint were to treat these "dead accounts" the same way that T-Mobile and other mobile operators do, the scoreboard would have T-Mobile ahead of Sprint by 700,000 subscribers. Technicality or no technicality, T-Mobile should officially jump to number three by the end of the current quarter.

source: TmoNews

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27 Comments

1. emanuelwooten unregistered

good for them

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Everything is ahead of Sprint.

4. Phonecall01 unregistered

Even Sprint is ahead of Sprint...

27. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Except T-Mobiles network and limited Spectrum... just sayin'

3. scribzz

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

I used to be with sprint and never had a good experiance with them, order a new phone at the time (htc evo 4g) and not only got the wrong phone but was charged for 3 of them.... returned the phone to sprint and still got a bill every month for 2 phones I didn't even have... I still get calls about it....

5. youlookfoolish

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

Of course Alan writes yet another click bait article after wiping Legere off of his lip. Technicality? WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT. They are not ahead, period. T-Mobile sucks forever. 4 million of all their net adds were prepaid so great work while their mullet headed CEO forgets he bragged Sprint would be passed by Thanksgiving 2014. Spoiler alert, that didn't happen. AT&T is laughing and still way better.

8. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I had ATT, they sucked dropped calls, poor building penetration, dead zones! I'm with Verizon, total Nazis, but they're the best, i have Tmo as well, not bad, better than ATT was for me.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Poor building penetration with AT&T? Huh. Never had that problem.

26. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

They all have problems, major duh

33. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Most people have jacked up phones and blame the network. Most people that come to me with network complaints almost always have liquid or physical damaged phones. Here in Sacramento it goes like this. DATA: #1 AT&T #2 Sprint and T-Mobile(losing speed and quality quick!) #3 Verizon(was fastest 2 years ago) VOICE: #1 Verizon #2 AT&T #3 Sprint and Tmobile(Tmobile's voice coverage is gone once you leave a metropolitan area or even go inside some buildings) Currently in my area, I give the edge to Sprint over tmobile.

11. Capone

Posts: 4; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

He said penetration!

17. andynaija

Posts: 1267; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

^Lol I don't know why I cracked up at that. Sounds so middle school.

13. g2a5b0e unregistered

The hate is so strong in this one.

6. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

Let's be honest. It's good for T-Mobile to make a come back and take over Sprint at a very distant #3 spot. But there's simply no way they'll be anywhere close to AT&T. Verizon? they're laughing at this by now.

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

never say never. If sprint cant get into shape, those subscribers are gonna keep leaving when their contracts are up and most of them will probably go to Tmobile because of the pricing similarities. While it may take a long time, there is no reason Tmobile cant catch up. AT&T is #2 because its fooled people into thinking its nearly as good as VZW because of its price (people are stupid). AT&T is also bleeding customers to Tmobile like crazy lately. A few years of being fed from those 2 carriers can tilt the field for Tmobile pretty heavily. People also said blackberry would never die, Apple would always be #1, ect.

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

And who's to say Sprint won't make a rebound? Could certainly happen. With a 45million or so lead on T-Mobile, who's to say that ATT won't make changes to reverse their losses when T-mobile creeps up closer to them?

14. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

AT&T gets service in my house if thats fooling me, make me a fool, I am not going to put my phone by a window like my friend did with his T-Mobile just to make a call

30. scribzz

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

I had to do that with AT&T and Verizon back in the day to be fair i did live outside of leavenworth WA sooooooo not 100% their fault but still

7. Totse2k15

Posts: 479; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Sprint coverage sucks! Go TM & Legere!

28. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Actually, T-Mobile has the smallest network out of the major 4 carriers.

15. SyCo87

Posts: 331; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Hope T-mobile catches AT&T so AT&T can add unlimited data plans. I'm cool with AT&T's coverage and customer service but, a tech-savvy individual uses way more that 5GB's a month.

16. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Again and again you mindless people argue over nothing... Your football team doesn't care about you your basketball team doesn't care about you your favorite actors and actress doesn't care about.. They get on stage thank you for the fans this wouldn't be possible with out you.. Exactly without you.. Why do we have to sit here and argue with each other as if it's my company you don't own they own you.. How simple how far are you willing to go to defend them.. Fighting over for no reason... They are all laughing these brainwashed fools fighting over us

18. GeekMovement unregistered

Sprint's always doing everything it can to gain new customers.. except expanding and improving their coverage...

23. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Like nobody saw this coming?

24. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

When the two smallest of the big four are so far behind the big two, I don't think it really matters who is third and fourth by a million customers. John B.

25. tokuzumi

Posts: 2005; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

T-Mobile deserves it. They've done a lot with Legere (sp?) at the helm. For the 6-8 months I was with T-Mobile, I had excellent service/coverage/speeds. If my work stops paying for my service, I'll go back to T-Mobile in a heartbeat. I would only go back to Sprint if AT&T, T-Mo, Verizon and all MVNOs no longer offered service in my area.

29. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

I dont think it matter if T-Mobile surpasses Sprint or not, as long as they both continue to innovate and improve their networks, the consumer wins. I hope Sprint and T-Mobile BOTH grow at the expense of Verizon and AT&T, we don't need a duopoly running everything. Sprint's new network is incredible and they are just getting started. As they expand their network and improve their LTE-Advanced, they will have a serious and competitive network. I don't think Marcelo will let Legere have all the fun either... even Sprint jsut added a million customers.

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