T-Mobile added 8.3 million net subscribers in 2014, 4.3 million postpaid

T-Mobile added 8.3 million net subscribers in 2014, 4.3 million postpaid
T-Mobile announced its fourth quarter and 2014 earnings today, and the numbers show that the innovative carrier is continuing to gain traction in the U.S. The carrier added 2.1 million net subscribers in the fourth quarter. For the year, 8.3 million net names were added to the operator's roll. T-Mobile added 1.3 million branded net postpaid subscribers (1 million from phones) in the last three months of the year. For all of 2014, that figure showed a gain of  4.3 million (4 million from phones). Amazingly, 80% of the industry's postpaid phone additions belonged to T-Mobile during the fourth quarter. Even more impressive, for the entire year almost 100% of the industry's postpaid phone additions belonged to T-Mobile.

By the end of the year, the carrier's 4G LTE signal covered 265 million Americans. The operator should hit the targeted 300 million mark by the end of the year. 121 markets are covered by T-Mobile's Wideband LTE service.

Smartphones accounted for 93% of all phones sold in the fourth quarter, and T-Mobile sold a company record 8 million smartphones during the period. Average Billings Per User hit a record $61.80 for the quarter, up 5.1% year-over-year. Average Revenue Per User was $48.26 in Q4, down 3.2% sequentially due to promotions like the "4 for $100" plan.

For the fourth quarter, T-Mobile said that revenue increased 19.4% year-over-year. For the year, revenue rose 13.1% over the prior year. Operating cash flow for the last quarter of the year hit $1.8 billion for a 41.3% year-over-year gain. For the entire year, operating cash flow rose 6% from 2013's total, to $5.6 billion.


source: T-Mobile

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17 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I can only imagine what they have up their sleeves for 2015. The little engine that could sure is making a lot of noise in the industry.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Yes. T-Mobile is kicking ass and taking names.

2. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

good job.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Good for them. I hope they get plenty of that prime spectrum at the next auction. Anything that pushes Verizon and AT&T, and makes them adjust to compete.

6. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I'd be surprised if T-Mobile gets any of the spectrum up for sale right now. They're just barely getting started on rolling out their band 12 700MHz. Their money would be far better spent on this.

5. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I've made plenty of stupid decisions in my life, but switching to T-Mobile was one of the smartest. Best of all the Big Four in Tucson. Unlimited high-speed data not only frees me from the shackles of cable, but also frees me from the worry of updating apps, watching a video on youtube, or uploading some pics to Dropbox. For me, that was the worst part of being with Verizon; the fear of going over my data limit. Use 4.00000001gb? That's $10. Need more? Another $10 per gig. Want to download the update for Asphalt 8? Better find a public hotspot and sit around for 2 hours. And again in 2 days because of bug fixes.

7. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

I love you T-Mobile. Unlimited Internet got me all emotional Lmao.

8. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Switched to Tmobile. Took 3 people with me. Have never been happier with the service. Get 90+ Down around my house on LTE. Plus I don't have to worry about Roaming when I visit Australia. And they gave me a $200 dollar dual-band Router (Asus RT- just because I had good credit. Same model that Plus ethically Im giving money to a company that SUPPORTS NET NEUTRALITY.

9. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

They have really become good. They have been upgrading everything, and I have LTE almost everywhere now. The only thing that can make them any better if they stop locking phones and blocking updates. They would then be the ultimate carrier.

10. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

i will make the switch once they get down to unlimited talk, text, and data for $35 with auto pay. 2.5gb of lte like cricket and boost mobile. Id do it today if they had that. You cant beat unlocked phone and having phones available at most retail stores if you break it.

12. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

FWIW, MetroPCS has a full LTE speed, 2 GB, unlimited plan for $40($35 on a family plan) and it runs on the T-Mobile network.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 22787; Member since: May 28, 2014

Absolutely love T-Mobiles unlimited data. With T-Mobile, you definitely get more bang for your buck. Another reason to love T-Mobile (for me, at least) is this: http://crackberry.com/t-mobile-discussions-blackberry-about-selling-its-smartphones-again Hopefully the two can reconcile.

13. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Since T-Mobile has no contracts or subsidies, there's practically no difference between its prepaid and post paid customers. Yet, it fails to extend to the former the same perks as to the latter. Had it done so, perhaps it'd have gained more prepaid customers, increased revenue and profits and beaten Sprint.

14. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The difference is that most post-paid customers still purchase a device from them on the payment plan, so they're still "locked in" to an agreement for 2 years, even if it's technically not a contract. Whereas pre-paid customers bring their own phone or buy one outright. Most of T-Mobile's prepaid customers go through MetroPCS. I have no idea if they're included in these numbers though.

15. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Customers would be better serve if they started on due to an enduring value offer than by financial strings. Besides, profit customers can also acquire a phone through EIP.

16. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Huh? English, please.

17. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Predictive text knows only Engreesh... Let me try again: Customers would be better served if they stayed on due to an enduring value offer rather than by financial strings. Besides, prepaid customers can also acquire a phone through an installment plan from TMUS.

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