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Sprint is now (officially) the number four carrier in the US

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During T-Mobile’s Uncarrier announcement earlier this morning, T-Mobile CEO John Legere let some interesting information slip out during the conference call/Periscope live stream. Last quarter, he said that T-Mobile gained 2.1 million net customers, bringing its total subscriber count to 58.9 million people. Sprint currently has only around 57.1 million.

Granted, Legere predicted that T-Mobile would overtake Sprint by the end of 2014, and by most counts T-Mobile did. The problem lies with how the two carriers count subscribers. Sprint’s numbers have been artificially inflated for a while now – the carrier counts pay-as-you-go customers as active subscribers, even when they haven’t accessed the network in over 90 days. T-Mobile, and most of the rest of the industry, stops counting them at the 90 day mark.

So T-Mobile has had more active users than Sprint for a while, even though Sprint’s “official” numbers were higher. But now, Sprint can behind its inflated inactive prepaid customer base any longer.

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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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