Mobile beats second-quarter postpaid subscriber estimates By

Alonzo Simpson
August 9, 2020

Looking ahead, T-Mobile expects to add 1.7 million to 1.9 million new monthly customers this year. By comparison, T-Mobile spent about $2.4 billion in total U.S.ad spending past year, making in the nation's 14th largest ad spender in the country.

T-Mobile this week announced that it had now become the number two carrier in the U.S. The growth was fueled by its merger with Sprint and the absorption of the latter's customers. But is it? A closer look shows the "Un-Carrier" might not be making an apples-to-apples (or cellphones to cellphones) comparison.

The issue is with this statement is that it is not necessarily true.

The company said it has overtaken AT&T across postpaid, in which customers pay a recurring monthly bill, and prepaid phones - customers paying for service in advance.

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Combining the additional postpaid subscribers with the addition of Sprint's customer base gives T-Mobile a total of 98.3 million subscribers which it says pushes it past AT&T when it comes to total postpaid and prepaid users, though the company is still behind Verizon.

At the end of Q2 2020, T-Mobile had 98.3 million subscribed prepaid and postpaid users. However, if you only count the more valuable postpaid subscribers, AT&T is still in second place. AT&T has an entire different "Connected Devices" classification ...

This is the interesting thing about this claim by Sievert.

T-Mobile's second-quarter net income fell to $110 million, or 9 cents per share, from $939 million, or $1.09 per share, a year earlier. There are plenty of other metrics the CEO could have pointed to without bringing ambiguity into the equation.

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