updated 05:45 am EDT, Fri August 8, 2014
John Legere predicts T-Mobile will overtake Sprint in total customer numbers this year
T-Mobile is the largest pre-paid wireless provider in the United States, the carrier has revealed. In an announcement proclaiming the high figures, president and CEO John Legere claims the customer increases will continue to a point where it will overtake Sprint and become the third-biggest carrier in the country in terms of total subscriber numbers.
Prepaid customers on T-Mobile now total 15.64 million, while Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon have 15.19 million, 11.34 million, and 5.04 million respectively, according to the carrier. "The good news just keeps on coming for T-Mobile," writes Legere. "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."
T-Mobile president and CEO John Legere
Legere continued by attacking Sprint's overall figures, claiming "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."
In the most-recent quarterly results, T-Mobile increased its customer numbers by 908,000 postpaid and 102,000 prepaid, bringing the overall total to just over 50 million subscribers. By contrast, Sprint continued its trend of eroding customers, dropping 220,000 subscribers to 53.3 million.
The customer challenge comes shortly after reports that Sprint is no longer attempting to acquire T-Mobile, and has replaced its ceo with Marcelo Claure. Legere has already "welcomed" Claure to the role, advising on Twitter that "he's got a lot of framily therapy to do," and suggesting "tell people how to pronounce your name."