T-Mobile's Legere predicts they will overtake Sprint's number three position in 2014

Summary:T-Mobile has been shaking things up with their Uncarrier initiatives, led by CEO John Legere, and these seem to be working as they passed 50 million subscribers on their way to the third place.


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T-Mobile has been on quite a run thanks in large part to CEO John Legere's aggressive Uncarrier initiatives. Yesterday, Legere Tweeted that T-Mobile would overtake Sprint before the end of 2014, becoming the new number three US wireless carrier.

T-Mobile's latest finanical report shows increasing revenues and increasing subscribers, passing 50.5 million. On the other hand, Sprint's latest financials show they are still making a profit, but also continuing to lose subscribers. They just replaced their CEO this week too.

Estimates have Sprint with approximately 53 million customers (postpaid and prepaid) compared to T-Mobile's 50.5 million. With a 1.5 million customer gain in the last quarter, and Sprint's continued decline, the two may switch positions over the next two quarters.

Legere's statement may not be as outlandish as some other statements he has made in the past. His bold nature and statements seem to motivate employees so this prediction may help push T-Mobile to gain the 2.5 million needed to match Sprint before the end of the year.

It is tough to say one carrier is the best since we each live, work, and play in different areas of the country and carrier coverage varies. I personally get outstanding T-Mobile coverage and find Sprint barely functional where I wander. AT&T and Verizon coverage is excellent for me as well, but also much more expensive than T-Mobile.

Topics: Mobility, Smartphones


Matthew Miller started using mobile devices in 1997 and has been writing news, reviews, and opinion pieces ever since. He is a co-host, with ZDNet's Kevin Tofel, of the MobileTechRoundup podcast and an author of three Wiley Companion series books. Matthew started using mobile devices with a US Robotics Pilot 1000 and has owned more than 2... Full Bio

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