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Report: T-Mobile to overtake AT&T in terms of number of retail stores

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According to a report recently released by Wave7 Research (and picked up by FierceWireless), T-Mobile is in a good position to overtake AT&T in terms of the total number of retail stores operating within the United States. Wave7 observed that despite being the second largest carrier in America, AT&T has been shutting down some its stores in the last several months.

T-Mobile, on the other hand, has been aggressive in its efforts to launch new outlets lately. Ever since acquiring its new 700 MHz and 600 MHz spectrum last year, it has been leveraging those airwaves in order to improve its coverage in markets and regions it has not reached before, prompting the carrier to plant even more stores. John Legere, the chief executive officer of the company, had stated last July that T-Mobile was aiming to open 500 more new outlets, that is, in addition to the 1,000 new locations it had already launched. For 2017, the carrier was also planning to open 1,500 new branches for its prepaid arm, MetroPCS.

According to Wave7, T-Mobile is expected to have about 5,400 retail stores by the end of last year. The carrier was targeting to close 2017 with almost 17,000 branded locations in the US selling either T-Mobile or MetroPCS services. As indicated in its official Q3 2017 report, the company’s network expansion efforts should improve its total distribution footprint to 260 to 270 million users at year’s end.


Source: Fierce Wireless

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  1. I'm not surprised. It seems like a metro pcs authorized dealer is opening up every 5 blocks in NYC.
    Even in non retail shopping areas.

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  2. Fierce article also says tmo opened their brand stores in 400 new cities and towns that never had one. In addition to the Metro stores.

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  3. This shouldn't be surprising, T-Mobile doesn't sell inside box stores (Walmart, BestBuy, Target, etc..) like the other 3 carriers.

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  4. These are mostly going to be TPR stores, which are the wild, wild west when it comes to honesty. If you go to one, make sure you read everything you sign and ask for answers to be backed up in writing.

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    1. What's TPR? Authorized dealers I guess, but Google's no help with the TPR acronym.

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    2. T-Mobile Premium Retailer

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  5. TPR = T-Mobile Premium Retailers. I just searched for "TPR T-Mobile" to find it.

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  6. Just to add to the confirmation of many MetroPCS or TMobile stores: the intersection of Martine and Mamaroneck Aves in White Plains NY has 5 stores withing a 3 minute walk. We also have ATT Sprint and Verizon in aboundance. Seems redundant; but we also have 3 CVS stores within a 10 minute walk on the same Ave and too many nail salons, burger/fries/beer joints and banks. Free enterprise at work.

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    1. That intersection is also 1 block from the Ritz-Carlton and 3 blocks from the Mercedes Benz dealership.... so, yeah, it actually looks like the free market is working decently well in that neighborhood

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    2. There are obviously not too many "nail salons, burger/fries/beer joints and banks" other they would close pretty quick. Through reason there are many, of course, is because they are needed.

      And can you only guess what a worker at or customer needing service at one of these businesses would say if you declared the one they went to as "extra" and closed it.

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