It finally happens! T-Mobile passes Sprint to become the third largest carrier in the U.S.

It finally happens! T-Mobile passes Sprint to become the third largest carrier in the U.S.
The laws of physics have finally caught up with Sprint. After watching that image in the rear view mirror get closer and closer, the juggernaut known as T-Mobile has finally overtaken its rival to become the third largest carrier in the country. Today, Sprint reported its latest earnings report which showed a gain of 675,000 new users. T-Mobile's latest quarter showed a gain of about 2 million new net subscribers giving it a total of 58.9 million customers, compared to the 57 million that call Sprint their home.

Sprint says that it lost only 12,000 postpaid customers during the second quarter. A year ago, 620,000 postpaid subscribers split the Sprint scene during the second quarter. For the three month period, the nation's third largest fourth largest carrier tallied a record low 1.56% churn rate. That is a huge improvement from the 2.05% churn rate experienced by Sprint during last year's second quarter.

Postpaid net additions reached 310,000 during the quarter. In the 2014 quarter, Sprint lost 181,000 post paid customers. The network is improving thanks to carrier aggregation that combines spectrum to create wider channels in the 2.5GHz band. Sprint is working hard to complete the "store-within-a-store" concept it is opening in 1435 Radio Shack locations nationwide. 25% of the locations have been completed with the remainder to be finished before the end of the year. Sprint also entered into an agreement with European phone retailer Dixon's Carphone to open 20 new U.S. Sprint stores with plenty of future expansion expected.

And Sprint's Direct 2 You has been up and running. This service has a phone expert personally deliver and set up your new handset at locations in markets such as Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco, Tampa and Washington, D.C.

For the quarter, Sprint reported an operating profit of $501 million versus the prior year's operating income of $520 million. But after paying off interest on debts and loans, the company reported a net loss of $20 million or 1 cent a share for the 2015 second quarter. That compares with last year's second quarter net profit of $23 million, or 1 cent a share. 

source: Sprint

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34 Comments

1. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1791; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Looks like my carrier is doing all the right things right now. I have a great lte signal in my office which is in the middle of a solid concrete building. My co-workers have att and they have to run out of the room to use their phone... Keep it up T-Mo!!!

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

For buildings thats not really telling. Sprint had a tower near my job or something on top of the building. I had Verizon and Sprint customers had better service than me. The real telling for reception thing is how does a service work farther from towers. I know a place in DC that has a Verizon tower across the street from a McD's and daycare. I can bet those that have other services would be worse in the same spot if they dont have their carriers towers nearby.

8. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1791; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

It is telling the story since T-Mobile sucked at building penetration in the past. I'm just pointing out one scenario where they have improved. Every cell company has reception problems... Nobody had 100% coverage.

10. ECPirate37

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

And let's not forget that Tmobile gives the signal boosters for free with your new account. My girlfriend just switched this weekend, and got one for free. Works like a charm.

23. discharge unregistered

Same here at work!! Not even the big red works aka verizon only t mobile does!! Even underground parking t mobile still works

2. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Oh my.... Seems those agressive deals, promotions are working. Good, put pressure on Verizon and AT&T.

3. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I guess David Beckham wasn't enough to stop Sprint from slipping.

17. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

David Beckham is a generic tampon and Sprint is a giant, bleeding...well, I'll stop there...

5. HASHTAG unregistered

I'm actually surprised by this news. Didn't think it would actually happen.

6. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This article is quite a bit biased as usual. Sprint has added millions of customers and significantly reduced churn the past three quarters. The network is no longer "slow" according to multiple independent rating industries. Not only that, they are the most improved carrier in network out of all of them and they will be adding upwards of about 70,000 cell sites to their network with their densification plan. They got a solid plan and their turnaround has been significant.

12. Alan01

Posts: 570; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Biased? The article mentions the reduction in churn, the improvement in the network, positive earnings comparisons and other things Sprint is doing to get back on track. Regards, Alan F.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Perhaps you should read the article again closely.

16. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 575; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

This whole comment from TheRequiem sounds more biased than this article. Actually, I didn't find the article biased at all. Don't be salty when T-Mobile is stepping up its game. Everyone can see it.

22. discharge unregistered

Exactly wakaflakaD t mobile did there job!! Sprint got flushed down the toilet tornado

25. andynaija

Posts: 1247; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

*Their

18. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Free blinders are given out daily in Kansas City. Sprint...big talk all these years, no freaking delivery. Good joke...it's all pretend. Maybe the Japanese guy and the French CEO can figure it out, but they bought a turd to polish, and cannot seem to get that art figured out either...

21. discharge unregistered

Sprint went down the toilet when they bought Nextel years ago!! That's there issue trying to be big and FAILED!! That's why there last right??

26. andynaija

Posts: 1247; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

*Their

30. o0Exia0o

Posts: 903; Member since: Feb 01, 2013

Agreed discharge! I had sprint at the time if the Nextel merger. Before Nextel, Sprint had GREAT customer service and a decent sizeable network for the time but after Nextel their network started going to crap and as for customer service, well that was non-existent.

29. B00M_SHAKALAKA

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

How many years do you think that's going to take ?

7. Ruckus

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

It shouldn't take long for Sprint to take back 3rd place. T-Mobile has far less coverage, less 4G and their plans are more expensive now.

20. discharge unregistered

You're wrong there, expensive?? Go to Walmart prepaid looser service and ghetto outdated phones than

27. andynaija

Posts: 1247; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

*Then

9. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I switched from T-Mobile to Sprint and I didn't last 2 days. Their data speed is scoo slow. Facebook, and YouTube shouldn't take that long to load. Lol

15. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Lol too true lol

11. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i know it will come and finally it did,better luck next time,...sprint.

13. InJuxHurYlem

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

I remember when we left Sprint at work. It was shortly after a conversation I had with a CSR manager. They kept our business because they let us overload some shared plans. When I went to add more lines to one of those plans the CSR refused. Once I explained the situation and that this was why we stayed with them, the CSR got her manager and the guy was clearly upset and actually insisted that I verbally agree that this would be the last time. I said, "It will definitely be the last time." Been with ATT for four years since.

19. discharge unregistered

I have t mobile and glad to see them up the totem pole one more step!!! BUT!!!! Customer service sucks!!! On 611 calling to talk to them, I think t mobile could have bit off more then they can chew?? Gaining so much I'm afraid of, but I hope things pan better as for t mobile customer service calls, otherwise I'm glad to have them, I had verizon just before and the big red sucks!! AT&T before that and ugh won't go there lol sprint never had them only hear bad things, but t mobiles devices suit me and so does there service I get service in places where I had verizon and AT&T didn't have service and t mobile did, t mobile isn't perfect but no one is but for me t mobile is great!! In Southern California

28. andynaija

Posts: 1247; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

*Their

32. Colombianmax

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

LMAO... dude you seriously remind me of myself with the homonym OCD. Discharge, here is a friendly tip. Look up the differences between then and than, there, their, and they're . You'll be surprise to learn how different they are despite sounding very similar...

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