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T-Mobile says it’s now the #3 U.S. wireless carrier

by Todd Haselton | February 19, 2015February 19, 2015 3:00 pm PST

T-Mobile CEO John Legere speaks during a news conference at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas

T-Mobile is tired of being listed as the fourth largest wireless carrier in the United States. CEO John Legere has repeatedly stressed his intentions to try to tackle Sprint to overcome it as the third largest wireless carrier. According to comments made by Legere during the company’s Q4 earnings call, T-Mobile just did.

T-Mobile reported 55 million subscribers during the quarter, still behind Sprint’s total count of 55.9 million subscribers. However, T-Mobile believes that a large bulk of Sprint’s subscribers, as many as 1.7 million of them, are actually defunct accounts that aren’t paying Sprint any money. Since the accounts aren’t actually active, at least according to T-Mobile, the carrier believes that it deserves the crown as third largest.

Sprint’s Marcelo Claure has said he doesn’t care if T-Mobile surpasses his customer count. Claure said his focus right now is on building out Sprint’s network and providing good service. At the end of the fourth quarter, AT&T reported 120.6 million wireless customers and connections, which suggests T-Mobile has its work cut out for it if it wants to continue climbing the ladder.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...