T-Mobile has reportedly lost 93,000 subscribers in the second quarter, wider than the net loss of 77,000 subscribers it posted in the first quarter. Now, tough competition in the prepaid market, where customers don’t sign contracts and usually pay much less per month, means T-Mobile subscribers are being siphoned off. It lost a net 199,000 prepaying customers, compared with a gain of 268,000 in the same quarter last year.
The carrier is getting a little help as its top-shelf smartphones are all Android devices and the myTouch 3G Slide and the Samsung Vibrant allowed it to boast about having 6.5 million smartphone users.
The company is also making a big drive with its 3G network, which now wraps 208 million people. It plans to upgrade the majority of the network to the super-fast HSPA+, which now covers 185 million people.
The company is also getting ready to launch an HSPA+ Android-based smartphone from HTC in September. The device likely will be the first HSPA+ smartphone offered by the operator, and is likely to be the first HSPA+ handset sold anywhere in the world.