Powered by Apple’s iPhone T-Mobile USA eyes first postpaid subscriber gain in years

“T-Mobile USA could end a four-year drought and record a net addition of postpaid customers — high-spending smartphone users with service contracts — in Q2, some analysts forecast,” Reinhardt Krause reports for Investor’s Business Daily.

“T-Mobile USA (TMUS) has improved in this key segment of the wireless market in part thanks to Apple ‘s (AAPL) iPhone,” Krause reports. “In April, T-Mobile became the last of the Big Four U.S. wireless carriers to sell the popular device. Also, T-Mobile’s installment payment plans for smartphone users, unique among the biggest carriers, seems to be catching on with postpaid subscribers, analysts say.”

Krause reports, “‘A lot of T-Mobile’s success has to do with the iPhone” and T-Mobile’s unique way of letting users pay for the device in installments, said Roger Entner, head of Recon Analytics… Macquarie Capital estimates T-Mobile will add 98,000 postpaid customers in Q2, compared with a 557,000 loss in Q2 2012. Barclays forecasts 50,000 Q2 postpaid net adds for T-Mobile.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]


  1. As a T-Mo user and waiting 6 years for T-Mo to get iPhone, I was wondering what was happening regarding how things were going since they announced iPhone availability. Patiently waiting for iOS 7 and iPhone 5s to get my first ever iPhone, providing T-Mo doesn’t screw with its phone plans.

  2. T-Mob customer here. Not sure it was worth the wait (I guess from a pocket book stance it was) but the iPhone 5 kicks butt and I got to get rid of my Android phone. And yes, the guy who didn’t want the iPhone for T-Mob should be punished. Maybe be forced to use a Kin or something for a year.

  3. I just don’t get why there is so much bad press about the iPhone 5 just because it doesn’t have a large display. Not all consumers want or need large displays and other than that why is the Galaxy S4 so much more advanced for average consumers. I know it has a fast processor, more megapixels and lots of OS features, but do most consumers really care? I’ll bet there were more consumers buying SGIIIs just because they cost a lot less than the SG4 and I’m willing to bet they weren’t any less satisfied.

    There’s just no way the iPhone 5 can be considered out-of-date to the point of nobody wanting to buy it. I suppose the next iPhone will have a faster processor, more megapixels and more tricks in the OS, but although not game changing, it will still be a good product that consumers will buy. Apple isn’t going to be pushed out of the smartphone business by Samsung. I just don’t think the economy can support Apple selling 45 million smartphones anymore no matter how spectacular the next iPhone is.

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