T-Mobile Passes Sprint, Becomes No. 3 Carrier

The so-called EUUn-carrierEU has just toppled a telecom industry incumbent. T-Mobile has surpassed Sprint to become the third-largest wireless carrier, despite Sprint reporting one of its best quarters in years.

SprintEUs losses were less than expected but for the first time the company reported lower total network connections than T-Mobile. Sprint ended the second quarter with 57.7 million customer connections. T-Mobile edged slightly higher with 58.9 million.

EUOver the past year, Sprint has made meaningful progress in our turnaround by improving our network performance and enhancing our overall value proposition,EU said Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure (pictured right). EUAs a result, we hit significant milestones during the quarter by posting the companyEUs lowest-ever churn and recording postpaid phone net additions in both May and June, as well as for a third consecutive month in July.EU

The Battle Continues

Sprint only added 310,000 postpaid customers in the quarter. By way of comparison, T-Mobile generated 2.1 million total net customer additions. ThatEUs the ninth consecutive quarter that T-Mobile has delivered over 1 million total net customer additions while Sprint has been reporting losses.

John Legere (pictured left), president and CEO of T-Mobile, wasted no time hammering his company's competition. That wasnEUt surprising since the top dogs at both companies barked at each other so loudly in July that the tech industry stopped to watch the fight. Legere went on a diatribe -- complete with profanity -- against the wireless competition last month and Claure bit back. Legere has the last word this quarter.

EUWhile the carriers continue to use gimmicks to confuse consumers, T-Mobile continues to listen to customers and respond with moves that blow them away,EU said Legere. EUOn top of adding 2.1 million new customers in the second quarter, we delivered 14 percent year-over-year revenue growth and 25 percent year-over-year Adjusted EBITDA growth. Overall, I think our...

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