T-Mobile inches closer to third place carrier as it overtakes Sprint in smartphone sales

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T-Mobile is getting closer and closer to Sprint’s position as the third largest nationwide mobile phone carrier: according to reports last week, T-Mobile is now the third largest buyer of smartphones in the first quarter of 2014, buying 6 million total compared to Sprint’s 5 million. In terms of total sales, T-Mobile sold 6.9 million smartphones, while Sprint only sold 5 million.

It’s important to note that Sprint is still larger in terms of total customers: it had 54.6 million at the end of the first quarter this year, while T-Mobile only reported 49.1 million. However, T-Mobile continues to report record-setting customer acquisitions, and if Sprint’s downward spiral continues, it won’t be long until Sprint will officially be in fourth place.

At the very least, it seems like T-Mobile’s Uncarrier strategy is paying off, while more and more Sprint customers search for greener pastures.

Does this news surprise any of you? Are you happy to see T-Mobile doing so well, or are you worried about Sprint’s future?

[Reuters via TMoNews]
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John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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