Despite its aggressive tactics, T-Mobile is still trailing behind AT&T and Verizon when it comes to number of subscribers. In the meantime though, the “Un-Carrier” may have finally surpassed Sprint to become the country’s third biggest wireless network.
T-Mobile announced on Thursday that it added 2.1 million subscribers during the second quarter this year, raising the total to 58.9 million subscribers. Three months earlier, the Un-Carrier hit 56.8 million customers, putting it just barely behind Sprint’s 57.1 million. It’s unclear if Sprint has been able to keep up, though we’ll know for sure once the two companies publish official quarterly reports in the near future.
This could be the first time T-Mobile’s numbers officially eclipse Sprint, but according to Un-Carrier CEO John Legere, it’s already won the battle. Back in February, he claimed that Sprint had been including as many as 1.7 million inactive accounts that don’t generate any revenue.
Meanwhile, Sprint’s CEO Marcelo Claure has stated that he’s not focused on this numbers race with T-Mobile. He wants to focus on improving the company’s service and network strength, which should in turn bring in more subscribers.