T-Mobile added 371,000 new subscribers, but mostly prepaid

By: t-marco February 25th, 2010

The U.S. carrier, the smallest of the big four nationwide carriers, said it added a total of 371,000 new subscribers in the fourth quarter. This is an improvement over customer losses from the third quarter. But it’s still lower than customer gains the company saw in the fourth quarter of 2008.

Still, T-Mobile says that 79 percent of its customers are on a contract, down slightly from 82 percent of its base in the fourth quarter of 2008.1. During the fourth quarter, contract customers spent on average about $51 per month. On average, prepaid customers spent about $18 a month.

If the company continues loosing or not getting more new postpaid customers, probably the rumors about T-Mobile will be looking for partners will be true. But so far no action has been taken.

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5 Responses to “T-Mobile added 371,000 new subscribers, but mostly prepaid”

  1. mrbill on February 26th, 2010 4:56 am


    Maybe they should start trying to retain the customers they have and cut the advertising expenses needed to draw new subs.

  2. guest on February 26th, 2010 1:35 am


    i'll say this; as a 5-year customer, i'm about to jump ship. i've had nothing but smartphones beginning with the Treo600, then the Dash, and currently the G1. i've mostly use the data services at work. thing is, we get very crappy signal where we're at. mind you, there are hundreds of us at our workplace, and we have T-Mobile, plus most majority of us have smartphones.
    recently i had 30+ of us employees call up TMo. we've expressed our dissatisfaction & have requested to have our signal boosted. two months have passed & nothing has changed. there are 3 buildings between us & the tower. i should mentioned there's also a slope so there is no real line of site. it would take them to lease another tower to accommodate us but i understand now it's unlikely that'll happen.
    fast-forward to 2 days ago: i tried out an iPhone 3GS and was highly impressed with the network speed. here's a quick comparison:
    TMo -> consistent 270 Kbps
    AT&T -> average of 1100+ Kbps
    we, at work, discuss our phones everyday. we're very discontent with TMo. i personally have no confidence that our speeds with any HSPA upgrade will be comparable to what AT&T offers now. i've already started to influence a migration over to AT&T.
    all in all, they have about 8 months to upgrade their service before dozens of us (who first adopted the G1) leave magenta.

  3. Guest on February 26th, 2010 5:43 am


    editted: i'll say this; as a 5-year customer, i'm about to jump ship. i've had nothing but smartphones beginning with the Treo 600, then the Dash, and currently the G1. i constantly use the data services at work. thing is, i get very crappy signal where i'm at. mind you, there are hundreds of us at our workplace, and we all mostly have T-Mobile as our carrier, plus the majority of us do have smartphones.
    recently i had 30+ of us employees call up TMo. we've expressed our dissatisfaction & have requested to have our signal boosted. i should explain that there are 3 buildings between us & the tower, also there is no real line of sight due to there being a slope. two months have passed & nothing has changed. it would take them to lease another tower to accommodate us but i understand now it's unlikely that'll ever happen.
    so lemme fast-forward to what happened 2 days ago: i tried out my buddy's iPhone 3GS and was highly impressed with the network speed. here's a quick comparison:
    TMo -> consistent downrate of 270 Kbps
    AT&T -> average downrate of 1100+ Kbps
    we, at work, discuss our phones everyday and we're already very discontent with TMo. i personally have no confidence that our speeds with any future HSPA upgrade will be comparable to what AT&T offers now. i've already started to influence a migration over to AT&T.
    all in all, they have about 8 months to upgrade their service to us before dozens of us (who will have our G1 commitments fulfilled in October) leave magenta.

  4. John on February 26th, 2010 7:26 pm


    Prepaid seems to be the way of the future and I have had excellent service from Straight Talk! I got their $45.00pm unlimited calls, texts and data plan as well as a Samsung Finesse R810C phone which has 3G, high-speed EVDO data connection, a large touch screen, camcorder, bluetooth and a host of other bells and whistles! Being on Verizon makes a huge difference and I'm altogether satisfied!

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