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T-Mobile Overtakes Sprint as #1 Prepaid Wireless Provider

Prepaid continues to be an area of focus and growth for US carriers. T-Mobile is attempting to lead the charge in this area, thanks in part to its UnCarrier initiatives. As of yesterday, T-Mobile has surpassed Sprint as the #1 prepaid wireless provider, boasting 15.64 million prepaid customers compared to Sprint’s 15.19 million.

Of course, anytime T-Mobile CEO John Legere has a chance to stick his nose up to Sprint, he does so on Twitter. In the press release for T-Mobile’s prepaid news, Legere declares that by the end of 2014, T-Mobile will have more customers than Sprint, not just on prepaid accounts, but on postpaid accounts too. 

The good news just keeps on coming for T-Mobile. The momentum we’re seeing with our T-Mobile and MetroPCS brands is outstanding, and the fact that we’ve blown by everyone to take the No.1 spot in prepaid is icing on the cake. As a matter of fact, I’m going on record — I predict we’ll overtake Sprint in total customers by the end of this year. Not someday. Not next year. This year. Americans are voting with their feet, and they’re joining this Un-carrier revolution by the millions.

Classic Legere.

T-Mobile’s MetroPCS brand is growing at an exponential rate as well, gaining 1.2 million new customers since this time last year. Someone even did the math, figuring that MetroPCS gained a new customer ever 27 seconds.

Do we have any T-Mobile prepaid customers in the building? Enjoying your decision?

Via: T-Mobile
  • JeffColorado

    I love T-Mobile, but this guy needs to avoid close ups. The camera is not kind to him.

  • anselmo cruz

    Does anyone use straight talk with Verizon? Is it a good deal?

  • ThePanduuh

    Yep! Prepaid $30 a month plan. That’s 100 minutes, unlimited text, and 5GB of 4G LTE data. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Bought myself a red nexus 5 for $315 and I’ve been using that. Great upgrade from my locked in a contract gnex.

  • Reed Kerr

    The $30 plan is a good deal. I’d be tempted if I didn’t already have Republic Wireless. With Republic though, I get roaming on Verizon included, and I don’t ever have to worry about running out of minutes. Plus I can switch between the $40 4G plan, the $25 3G plan, or the $10 no-mobile-data plan whenever I want based on what I need at the time. The drawback of course is that I’m limited to just the Moto X or the Moto G.

  • Hakim Leveille

    I agree 100% , I wasted almost 10 years worth sprint 12-28-02 to 10-24-12
    I’ve been with T-Mobile ever since, i dabbed way more money, get way better service, have way less headaches, and I’m way much happier, I have no contract , no equipment fees (all my phones are paid for) and I’m post paid but saving money like I’m prepaid and I unlimited data last month i used 21GB and didn’t even sneeze, thank you Mr. Legere , I hope your company eventually reaches No.1

    I’ve never had Verizon or AT&T but I’ve had sprint and I know 1st hand that THEY SUCK, the other 2 ate too expensive and don’t have unlimited data, #tmo4life

  • sefirosu

    God. What the hell?!?!?!? DAT FACE! Gonna have nightmares. Thanks, DL.

  • harrydevlin

    T-Mobile is passable if you never leave urban areas. But there are way too many places with no coverage at all on T-Mobile, and no roaming onto AT&T. T-Mobile seems to have no interest in fixing this. T-Mobile coverage is far too abysmal for most present Verizon and AT&T customers.

    I suppose that a second phone, on a Verizon prepaid MVNO, would be one way around this issue, at least for voice and text. Use the second phone when leaving urban areas. Route all calls to both carriers through one Google Voice number.

    The bottom line is that T-Mobile is for people that care more about price than coverage.

    • marque2

      Something I had to do was use the spare phone app which allows you to phone over data or WiFi. There was a 300 mile drive in Texas where my phone wasn’t able to connect and my credit cards were canceled for being out of region. Calling over WiFi allowed me to get one CC activated so I could continue my journey.

      But overall I have to say I like my t-mobile service.

  • DanielMena9

    Really enjoy T-Mobile on their $30 a month which includes At Bat access, and 4G LTE here in Oakland / SF 🙂

    Couldn’t be happier. Might try Metro PCS once they have a phone that doesn’t run on any CDMA residual network. Has that happened?

    • Pitahson

      metro was purchased by tmobile a long time ago. you can pick up any tmobile phone and put it on metro and pay cheaper for unlimited data. metro charges $60 for unlimited LTE on tmobile. No slow down, and not caps like cricket. (not a sponsor)

      • DanielMena9

        So you are saying I can take my current Xperia Z1 Compact on the $30 T-Mobile plan to Metro?

        I might have to do that if I find I reach the data cap too soon or I need more minutes 🙂

        • Pitahson

          Yeah, It will work. Of course you’ll pay full price on it though. a lot of people just don’t know. If everyone knew that metro’s cheaper alternative to tmobile’s unlimited 4G/LTE which is the exact same for $20 less, i don’t see why masses would just switch to save $20. I’d do it, but I get free service

  • Victor Who

    Why the high numbers in Pre-Paid, when their Post-Paid service is contract free?

    • Maybe they want to pay less (can’t beat their $30 plan), or pay by the day.

  • Spider210

    I refresh this site from time to time and to see this picture… UGH… Tim-O-Tato is there some secret love afrair?

  • James

    Does T-Mobile offer a more real unlimted prepaid teir like for their post-paid plans?

    • James

      I meant to refer to unlimited data.

  • Chris

    T-Mobile only has 2G where I live (Hampstead, NC). I am seriously thinking about switching from Verizon to Cricket, though.

  • Jon Oliver

    That’s a lot of people with bad credit

    • Pedro

      Or, it’s a lot of people that don’t want to spend much on cellular plans.
      When I left VZW, I went pre-paid with T-mob and StraightTalk. I didn’t need the phone minutes, so I did the $30 deal. My daughters needed minutes, so they got the ST lines.
      Eventually, I did AT&T 10MB plan for the three phones because of the discount I get from work. It was a $3 difference, but only one bill to track. And the random ST data limit hit my oldest a couple times. I don’t worry about that now. And I can move to T-mob anytime I want. Postpaid means that I don’t have to time my move.

      But, no contracts for me. Ever again.

    • Jane Seymour

      Short sighted twit

      • Jon Oliver

        I was just playing why so serious…you sure do look good on another note

  • ImmaDroid

    I’ll give it up to him, he’s one crazy mo fo! 2yrs ago T-Mo was scraping pennies and about to be AT&Ts chic on the side, now look. They’re on the rise to the top!! Hopefully this will light a fire under big reds butt to stop screwing us over!

  • Nerds

    I mean I pay $30 a month for prepaid Tmo and I get 4G to 5gb, unlimited MMS/SMS and 100 minutes which I never use. The service in NYC, where I spend 95% of my time, is superb. When I travel it has been good as well. So TMO PPD is a no brainer.

    • Brian

      I’m on the same plan. Decided to leave Verizon 4 months ago and I haven’t looked back. Their download speeds service is great in the San Diego area…. There is some room for improvement though

    • picaso86

      @Nerd can you use Google Voice number to make phone calls ? So you don’t have to use your minutes..?

      • No, it still uses minutes. Google Voice isn’t VoIP.

        • picaso86

          Thanks for the clarification, I guess I was wrong all this time. I’ve only used GV to make international phone calls. Their calling rates are phenomenal compared to other providers.

          • Yeah, basically you are calling into Google, who they then call the outgoing call, hence when you can call internationally and only use local minutes. They had apps such as GrooveIP which allowed you to use data only to make calls, but I believe that isn’t supported anymore.

          • picaso86

            I used GrooveIP using my GV number through WiFi in Panama one time, it worked perfectly! Sad to see it go…

          • monkeybutts

            You can still use GV on GrooVeIP just don’t update or get an older apk

  • Me

    That $30 plan is hard to beat

    • She_Beast

      The T-Mo $30 plan is amazing, but it doesn’t include data roaming, which is kind of a fatal flaw for some customers. In the state I live in, if you leave the metro area of the state capitol, you lose almost all native T-Mo service, meaning only voice roaming. Since I had (naively) ported my primary number to Google Voice, this meant no texting on roaming, as the messages are sent over data.

      I switched to Republic Wireless’s $25/mo (3G-only) plan w/ the Moto X. I like the device about as much as I enjoyed the N4 I used on T-Mo. The actual data speeds aren’t as good (T-Mo’s HSPA+ rivaled my experience w/ Verizon’s LTE in this area), but I get better service in more areas w/ Republic, and much better signal inside buildings.

      • picaso86

        Can you use Google Voice for calls without using your minutes?

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  • yummy

    He he, he said blown, he he he.

    Go johnny go, go johnny legere

  • monkey082506

    Still running with Cricket, they give 4g where Tmo still has 2g.

    • MistaButters

      Where are you that T-Mo still has 2G?

      • monkey082506

        BFE Missouri…I don’t live there anymore but when I go home it annoys me I don’t have coverage. Cricket does really well though.

        • MistaButters

          That would explain it!

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Well Cricket is At&t . . . so you’re pretty much covered by At&t’s network, which is pretty extensive

          • monkey082506

            Exactly why I’m with them.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Does cricket have to 8MB cap like AIO had?

          • monkey082506

            Yea, the only difference between the new Cricket and AIO is the name…

          • monkeybutts

            Yes and 4 for HSPA+

    • Mech_Engr_09

      Are they using AT&T’s network? I was thinking about getting the prepaid with them that’s like 70 a month or something.

      • monkey082506

        Yea they are, it’s definitely worth it in my book. They cap you at 8mb down, for your X amount of “high speed” but I’ve never had a problem with Netflix/Play Music or Pandora. Plus on auto-pay they deduct $5 just because.

        • Mech_Engr_09

          Do they throttle you down to 2g speeds after you use 5gb on the pro plan. And does streaming music count against your data?

          • monkey082506

            I jumped on the AIO 7GB plan as soon as it was offered so I’m Grandfathered in with that. I’ve never gone over so I can’t say how bad it is after the high speed is used. Yes, streaming music does count against the data usage.

          • Mech_Engr_09

            damn. The best option I see for cricket is the 5 gb pro plan. How much was the aio 7g plan?

          • monkey082506

            The same they’re offering the 5GB for…$70.

          • Mech_Engr_09

            It’s $60 now, plus 5 off if autopay. So really I could get 7 gb for $75 which isn’t bad.

        • monkeybutts

          8 for LTE, 4 for HSPA

    • harrydevlin

      Cricket is also a very good deal on their family plans. One downside is no off-AT&T roaming but in most places (other than Nebraska) it’s not a big deal. H2O and Consumer Cellular do include roaming (voice, text, and data) but H20 has no LTE. The unlimited low-speed data on Cricket is a good deal and it’s at least fast enough for Pandora or Spotify audio streaming. Just with there was a way to use low speed data for stuff that doesn’t need high speed data and save high speed data.

  • droidify

    Gawd that’s one busted dude. How bout a T-Mobile logo instead, I’m trying to eat.

    • monkey082506

      thought the same thing

    • droidarmy

      it’s probably stressful turning a company around like that

      • Mike A

        But did they have to take his picture while trying to have dump

        Note to self, send John some Metamusil

    • Bryan Mills
    • For real, scary looking like a pedophile on crack

    • OhHai

      It used to be the T-Mobile girl, wasn’t much better.

      • malcmilli

        the tmobile girl was significantly better

      • Jerrod Justice

        Except tracfone has 25 million

        • gadget_hero

          Tracfone has its subs spread across several carriers FYI, plus I think Tracfone subs are counted in numbers that were reported for each carrier as they are a MVNO only.

        • OhHai

          What does this have to do with Tmobs girl

    • Jane Seymour

      Funny. Really like the guy though.

  • Carlos Lopez

    I just read that in his voice… should I be worried?

  • Bryan Mills
    • Suicide_Note

      I’d upvote this a thousand times if I could, good sir.

      I left Verizon for TMo a few years ago and haven’t looked back. I can use an actual Nexus device now, have unlimited/unthrottled data, a much cheaper bill, and great coverage.