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