- T-Mobile added 1.28 million postpaid, 266,000 prepaid, 434,000 MVNO and 152,000 M2M customers for a total gain of 2.1 million customers vs gains of 2.3 million in Q3 2014 and 1.6 million in Q4 2013.
- Verizon added 1.99 million postpaid and 81,000 prepaid customers for a total gain of 2.07 million vs gains of 1.53 million in Q3 2014 and 1.65 million in Q4 2013.
- AT&T added 854,000 postpaid and 1,296,000 connected device subscribers but lost 180,000 prepaid and 65.000 reseller customers for a total gain of 1.9 million subscribers vs gains of 2 million in Q3 2014 and 809,000 in Q4 2013.
- Sprint added 30,000 postpaid, 410,000 prepaid and 527,000 wholesale customers for a total gain of 967 thousand customers vs gains of 484,000 in Q3 2014 and 477,000 million in Q4 2013.
- T-Mobile made a profit of 101 million compared losses of $94 million in Q3 2014 and $20 million in Q4 2013.
- Verizon lost $2.15 billion last quarter compared with profits of $3.79 billion in Q3 2014 and $7.92 billion in Q4 2013. It blamed the loss on one time charges for employee benefits and pensions.
- Sprint lost $2.54 billion compared with losses of $192 million in Q3 2014 and 576 million in Q4 2013. Most of the loss (2.1 million) was due to a one-time right down of the book values of the Sprint name and Sprint's wireline network.
- AT&T lost $3.98 billion last quarter compared profits of $3 billion in Q3 2014 and $6.91 billion in Q4 2013. It attributed the loss to higher benefit costs, write offs, merger expenses and losses from the sale of Connecticut wireline operations.
- Verizon 128 million*
- AT&T 120.55 million
- Sprint 55.93 million
- T-Mobile 55.02 million
The number of prepaid customers increased for the second quarter in a row. All the carriers except AT&T gained prepaid subscribers. AT&T's decline in prepaid is surprising given its Cricket prepaid brand's aggressive pricing and the $100 credit it's been offering customers to switch to Cricket. I believe the losses were from AT&T's older and and relatively neglected in terms of marketing and customer incentives, GoPhone brand.
- Sprint added 410,000 prepaid subscribers
- T-Mobile added 266,000
- Verizon gained 81,000
- AT&T shed 180,000
Total prepaid customers by carrier as of the end of last quarter were:
- Tracfone 26 million
- T-Mobile 16.32 million
- Sprint 15.54 million
- AT&T 10.99 million
- Verizon 6.13 million
Sources: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, América Móvil
Second Quarter 2014 Mobile Subscriber Numbers By Operator
Third Quarter 2014 Mobile Subscriber Numbers By Operator