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Evo 4G helps Sprint gain subs for first time in three years

updated 09:15 am EDT, Wed July 28, 2010

Sprint owes spring 2010 to HTC Evo 4G sales

Sprint today achieved a rare milestone today by posting its first net gain of subscribers in three years thanks to Android. Runaway Evo 4G sales helped it add 110,000 total customers after years of a shrinking user base. The flagship further helped Sprint reach its lowest ever customer subscriber turnover rate of 1.85 percent and stopped many months of losses of CDMA customers jumping ship for other carriers or prepaid phones.

The BlackBerry Curve 8530 also helped keep customers onboard, Sprint said.

Sprint nonetheless faced ongoing problems as its revenues dropped slightly and its net loss doubled to $760 million. Most of its hopes are pinned now on continued strong sales of the Evo 4G and on the upcoming launch of the Samsung Epic 4G as its second Android-based WiMAX smartphone. The handset is closely related to the Captivate, Fascinate and Vibrant at AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, but Sprint is hoping the addition of 4G and a hardware keyboard are selling points.

The turnaround is a potential credit to Android, which has grown rapidly in the US in the past year. Sprint may face significant problems this quarter, however, as the launch of the iPhone 4 and the Motorola Droid X could see customers leave. Historically, every iPhone launch in the US has seen roughly a third of customers defecting from another carrier, and the record sales rate could inflict more damage on Sprint's customer base.

By Electronista Staff


  1. macmedia1

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Dec 2005


    Evo Rocks

    I have 3 phones (iphone, Droid and the Evo) and out of the 3, the Evo wins hands down here in NY. Thank goodness the ATT contract expires in 2 days as I can finally dump it. Verizon (with the droid) has the best coverage but I don't like the keyboard on the droid. Because of work, I have to keep the phone.

    The Evo is such a pleasure to use albeit a slightly larger screen than I really want. It's the closest in functionality to the iphone (which I think has the best interface of all phones) but Sprint has tons better service in the NY Metro area than what ATT has to offer. Add on top of that real unlimited internet + the lowest overall rates.....

    Google just has to polish their Market as it is not in the same leagues as iTunes app store

    I Hope the Evo can turn around Sprint's woes

  1. dliup

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jan 2006



    iPhone sold 3 million in 3 weeks. These people think 100,000 in a month (or is it quarter) is good?

  1. wrenchy

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Nov 2009


    re: FAIL

    Someone upgrading their existing iPhone is not a new activation.

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