- T-Mobile added 914,000 postpaid and 386,000 prepaid customers but lost 158,000 wholesale customers for a total gain of 1.14 million customers. That compares with gains of 2.1 million in Q1 2016 and 2.2 million a year ago in Q1 2016.
- AT&T lost 191,000 postpaid and 582,000 reseller subscribers, but gained 282,00 prepaid and 2.57 million connected device customers for a total gain of 2.08 million subscribers vs gains of 1.52 million in Q4 2016 and 1.78 million in Q1 2016.
- Verizon lost 307,000 postpaid connections and 17,000 prepaid customers for a total loss of 324,000 vs gains of 582,000 in Q4 2016 and 436,000 million in Q1 2016.
- Sprint reported adding 180,000 prepaid and 125,000 wholesale customers but lost 118,000 postpaid users for a total gain of 187,000 customers vs gains of 577,000 in Q4 2016 and 447,000 million in Q4 2015.
- Verizon made a profit of $3.5 billion last quarter compared with $4.6 billion in Q4 2016 and 4.4 billion a year ago in Q1 2016.
- AT&T made $3.5 billion last quarter compared with $2.4 billion in Q4 2016 and $3.8 billion in Q1 2016.
- T-Mobile made $699 million last quarter compared with $390 million in Q4 2016 and $476 million in Q1 2016.
- Sprint lost $283 million compared with losses of $479 million in Q4 2016 and $554 million in Q1 2016.
- Verizon 143 million*
- AT&T 134.2 million
- T-Mobile 72.6 million
- Sprint 59.7 million
América Móvil's Tracfone subsidiary lost 1.3 million subscribers last quarter. That compares with a loss of 417,000 in Q4, 2016 and a loss of 458,000 in Q1, 2016. TracFone blamed most of it's loss this quarter on customers of it's SafeLink Lifeline brand failing to recertify their eligibility for the federal and state program which provides free service to low income families. TracFone's revenue of 1.98 million this quarter was down 6.2% compared with last quarter but up 13.1% compared with the first quarter of last year. TracFone operates the Straight Talk, NET10, Tracfone, Simple Mobile, Page Plus, Total Wireless, Telcel America, Walmart Family Mobile, GoSmart and SafeLink Wireless MVNO brands in the US.
Postpaid phone customers are generally much more profitable than tablet, connected device, prepaid and wholesale customers. Industry watchers put a lot of emphasis on postpaid phone customer gains and loses. T-Mobile once again lead the pack and added the most postpaid phone additions for the 12th consecutive quarter in a row. Verizon and AT&T lost postpaid phone subscribers this last quarter.
- T-Mobile added 798,000 postpaid phone customers
- Sprint added 42,000
- Verizon lost 289,000
- AT&T lost 384,000
- T-Mobile added 386,000 prepaid subscribers
- AT&T added 282,000
- Sprint added 180,000
- Verizon lost 17,000
- TracFone lost 1.3 million
- Tracfone 24.7 million
- T-Mobile 20.2 million
- AT&T 13.84 million
- Sprint 12 million
- Verizon 5.43 million
Sources: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, América Móvil
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