Legere boasts T-Mobile US will overtake Sprint this year

8 Aug 2014
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After declaring this week that T-Mobile US is top-dog in the US prepaid market, surpassing Sprint, CEO John Legere now reckons that beating its nearest rival on overall number of customers is on the cards.

“I predict the #uncarrier will overtake @Sprint in total customers by the end of the year! There, I said it!,” tweeted Legere.

The CEO has no doubt been encouraged by recent momentum, passing the 50 million customer mark for the first time in mid-2014. During the second quarter T-Mobile US added 1.47 million new customers, with the operator once again revising upwards its growth expectations for the full year.

The number of T-Mobile US branded postpaid customers is expected to increase by between 3 and 3.5 million in 2014, up from the 2 to 3 million forecast made at the beginning of the year.

In terms of ‘connections’ though, fourth-placed T-Mobile US has still got a bit of catching up to do with Sprint. According to figures from GSMA Intelligence, Sprint had 54.5 million connections to T-Mobile US’ 50.5 million as of 30 June.

The two operators are way behind Verizon Wireless and AT&T, which have 121.3 million and 116.6 million connections respectively.

In the prepaid market, T-Mobile US says it has 15.64 million customers compared to Sprint’s 15.19 million.

AT&T has 11.34 million prepaid customers, while Verizon Wireless has just over 6 million.

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Ken Wieland

Ken has been part of the MWC Mobile World Daily editorial team for the last three years, and is now contributing regularly to Mobile World Live. He has been a telecoms journalist for over 15 years, which includes eight...More

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