T-Mobile reports 1 million customers added, $6.7 billion revenue in Q3 2013

Carrier now has over 45 million customers, MetroPCS integration moving along

T-Mobile has just posted its Q3 2013 earnings, and the nation's fourth-place carrier is looking at strong growth once again. The so-called UNcarrier posted increased revenues, a decreased loss for the quarter and big net customer additions:

  • $6.7 billion in revenues for the quarter, up 7.4 percent from Q2 and 37 percent from Q3 2012
  • $297 million in operating income, up 64 percent from Q2
  • $36 million in net loss, improved 33 percent from Q2
  • 1.02 million net customer additions for the quarter
  • 45.04 million total customers at the end of the quarter

The quarter shows strong growth in both service and handset revenues, mostly due to the incorporation of MetroPCS into the carrier. T-Mobile added 672,000 branded customers for the quarter, of which 648,000 were postpaid. Postpaid ARPU (Average Revenue Per User) decreased in Q3 to $52.20 primarily due to the adoption of Simple Choice, with prepaid ARPU also raising slightly to $35.71.

It's another strong quarter for T-Mobile, and with the big moves it has been making we don't expect the growth to stop any time soon.

Source: T-Mobile

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

  • Hey! I'm one of the 1.02 million net customer additions! Whoo!
  • Me too! I got a Nexus 4 last year and left Verizon in the dust!
  • Me, too! I picked up a GNex, last year, when I left Verizon. Posted via Android Central App
  • I've been with T-Mobile for a decade straight. Had stints with them before that back when they were Voicestream. Welcome to the party.
  • +1
  • Just ordered my nexus 4 off of eBay so I can leave Verizon. I been waiting for a year for all my contracts to end. I have 4 lines. I am joining T-Mobile in a week or so. I am very excited! I have been with Verizon for 10 years, no complaints except their new pricing plan sucks and is way expensive. I have HTC incredible right now and that Nex4 is going to be very awesome for me.
  • Same here, and I'm more than happy to live with T-Mobile's lighter coverage so as not to give Verizon another penny. In reality, I've found T-Mobile's network perfectly adequate.
  • Last year, I paid AT&T $500 in cancelation fees to get rid my contract with them. I switched over to T-Mobile value plan and my monthly bill went from $225 to $95!!! By the time my fourth T-Mobile bill came in the mail, I had started to save $$$ :-) Lone and-roider in a tribe of sour-apples
  • I just signed up yesterday when I got my Nexus 5. Good bye Verizon.
  • T-Mobile has become of the most user friendly carriers this year! Is only they had better and faster coverage...
  • T-Mobile really loves me AND I love them. I'm new to the fam! BBM me: 7B725FA9
  • They have the fastest average LTE speeds; they just need to improve coverage. Posted from my pure Google Nexus 4 using the AC app.
  • If T-Mobile can start dropping towers in there "dead spot" areas and areas where they use at&t's towers I think they'll quickly move up to 2nd or 3rd spot in the US Posted via Android Central App
  • As soon as they cover more of the rural and open space areas , they can have my money too. Posted via Android Central App
  • T-Mo is changing the US Mobile Market for the better!
  • Really? Have you seen the vzw edge and att next. That's worse not better. Posted via Android Central App
  • Those are AT&T's and Verizon's changes; not T-Mobile's. Not T-Mo's fault that the other carriers came out with lousy plans in response. Posted via Android Central App
  • ^ this infinitely. Magenta rules and other carriers Pale imitations of their ideas, just won't cut it.
  • He said that t-mobile was changing the US market for the better I was just pointing out that isn't correct. Posted via Android Central App
  • Are Edge and Next from T-Mobile? I didn't think so. Posted from my pure Google Nexus 4 using the AC app.
  • I joined them in Sept and got and s4. Happy with them so far. Looking to upgrade to the Note 3 early next year. Posted via Android Central App
  • 730 Days And Counting....
    Until you are the #1 U.S. Cellular Carrier..
    Thanks for my $360.00 a Year Cellular Plan T-Mo..
    ____________________________________________________ T-Mobile.. Forever.
  • Aw, please don't make me more jealous. I pay more than that for a 'dumbphone' with no data on Verizon. Posted from the awesome new Nexus 7
  • Me and the wife also on that plan too. But honestly, with the overage minutes we are paying about 35 per month each. Two lines with 10 gigs total of fast data costs us about 70 per month, including our overage minutes. I don't even want to think about what that would cost us on our former carrier. Yikes.
  • Chad,
    We can make space at the table for one more.. :)
    Come on over!
  • I would love to, but TMobile has very spotty coverage where I live. I guess I'll switch to AT&T prepaid once my VZW contract is up, so I'm free to move to TMo once it has better coverage where I live. Posted from the awesome new Nexus 7
  • I have to laugh at that. Posted via Android Central App
  • Nice!
  • I'm one of their new customers and I have enjoyed it tremendously. I'm just waiting to see what they do with the Nexus 5. I hope they don't charge too much. ....and what am I to do since I'm part of the JUMP! Program??? I may do a trade-in for service credit and buy the N5 direct. I would be glad to pop my T-Mobile SIM card into a fresh N5.
  • Same here. Just left Sprint for T-Mobile and couldn't be happier. Posted via Android Central App
  • Wish I had a choice. In my area only Big Red and Ma Bell are truly viable. Sprint has decent service. Which makes me want to at least try Republic Wireless when they get the Moto X.
  • Why wait? Motomaker will be on Sprint O the 11th, and the price is comparable to tmo Posted via Android Central App
  • Because unlimited everything is $19/month on Republic Wireless and $110/month on Sprint.
  • Ok Tmo. You are rapidly gaining subscribers because of your 'gimmicks' and BEING a GSM alternative. Now it is time to make a network on par with any of the other 3. You can knock the 'speed' of the rollout that Sprint is moving thier network forward, but it is moving forward. Tmo is not expanding anywhere I have to travel. You sure as hell beat the price on ATT and VZW, but in this case you get what you pay for. The have a better network Posted via Android Central App
  • People who travel a lot tend to be well off. That's probably not T-Mobile's target market.
  • I don't that's the thing. In my area it is as bad today as it was 4 years ago. I travel, usually, in the same 80 radius. Recently I had to go to Chicago and New Mexico, bought a sim just to try it in those two areas (since they are far from PA, I wanted to check regionally). They were just as bad. Next up Pittsburgh. I sure it will suck there too... Posted via Android Central App
  • Then you weren't in Chicago. T-Mobile is solid all the way to Wisconsin. Nice try troll.... Posted via Android Central App
  • Was just thinking the same thing! Yesterday some guy said that about Philly lol. I've been "all" up and down the east coast for business and haven't missed VZW in the least. West Coast, pretty much the same. Haven't been in the middle of the US very much since I switched but I'm rather sure the big cities are lit up very well. ScottJ...you should understand that wealthy people are the most likely to be looking to save money. It's a well documented fact. Not that they don't spend it, but when they do they look for the best deal.
  • It was mostly a joke. Everyone I hear bitching about T-Mobile's service paint themselves as globe-trotting road warriors. The majority of folks dont' travel that much.
  • Define "solid." I'm from Chicago and currently stationed in Milwaukee. I make the trip down, every few months, and I can honestly say that you do drop down to Edge in quite a few spots. Sure, you can still make calls, but you do lose 4G in some areas. Posted via Android Central App
  • Well then the N4 gets shit for reception. Chicago was horrid and Philly is non existent. I travel a lot from Philly to Baltimore to Harrisburg. That entire triangle you are fine on the major roads, in the cities or two blocks off the road it is worse than 2g Posted via Android Central App
  • Well that sucks. I was hoping to grab an N4 for cheap on eBay. Posted via Android Central App
  • Don't listen to him. Anecdotal accounts are not very reliable. Test it yourself and come to your own conclusion.
  • A few spots yes. Horrible in Chicago? No. I have minimum data issues even with Family talk from Walmart and I'm in the far far north suburbs. Destroys sprint side by side and that's even with NV being 80% (or so) rolled on in this market. Posted via Android Central App
  • LOL!
    It's not T-Mo's fault you are in a crap area!
    Tough Luck for you.... Great for those of us that CAN take advantage of HSPA+ Speeds, 5Gigs of Data, Unlimited txt for only $30 a month.
    Oh Boy do we get what we pay for! :-)
  • Yeah 5 GB is not nearly enough. Posted via Android Central App
  • I will take my LTE unlimited data and texts for 50$ thanks for playing Posted via Android Central App
  • I have unlimited 4G data, no throttling, on T-Mobile and it only costs $10 over the 2GB plan. So much FUD. So little time.
  • It's actually $30 month for unlimited texts and unlimited data with 5GB of LTE.
  • Then after the throttle you are on 2G Posted via Android Central App
  • I have four cell lines on T-Mobile for my family. All have unlimited minutes and texts. Three of the four have 2GB of data allotment. My line has completely unlimited data which costs me only $10 over the base 2GB. My total bill is round $150/month. Try to match that on Verizon.
  • Here in mass tmobile blows very spotty.You get what u pay for. Just like everything else. Posted via Android Central App
  • my solution to this is buy a straight talk sim if you dont travel that often and use it when you're on a trip etc...ATT coverage is as good as VZW (give or take). For me i have really good coverage for t-mobile (long island and NYC)and i dont travel enough to make this an issue. So i went from ~80/month on verizon (including employer discounts)to $30/month with t-mobile. If i have to shell out another $30 bucks for a sim to go on a trip a few times a year i'm more than ok with it.
  • Couldn't agree with you more. Couldn't stand their 2g coverage anymore. Went to Aio wireless Posted via Android Central App
  • NoNexus you are wrong, T-Mobile has installed more towers, HSPA+ and LTE Advanced than any other US Carrier. That is a fact. Their coverage increases more and more every day. I'm not talking just one neighborhood block either I'm talking moving towers into locations they have never been before. They are refarming tons of towers to the 1900 band and updating to LTE Advanced. T-Mobile may not be in your area now but guaranteed they will be very soon. They are the fastest growing Carrier in the USA and with John Legere running the ship they will continue to grow. Been with them for a long time, I also have a unlimited data plan with Verizon which I put on suspension because they are so congested in the Boston area it is just pathetic. My T-Mobile HSPA+ data is five times faster than Verizon LTE data and my T-Mobile LTE data just screams. T-Mobile this time next year will be everywhere.
    Thank You T-Mobile
  • [citation needed] Posted via Android Central App
  • I just made the move to T-Mobile. I work out in oil fields in the middle of nowhere. The coverage isn't as good as AT&T's but I ALWAYS have a fast internet connection. I'm super pleased.
  • May I ask which oil fields? Bakken per chance?
  • I recently moved 4 lines including one business line to T-Mobile. I cover 6 states for work and 2 of the 6 have no T-Mobile coverage so I have to piggyback my voice data off of AT&T while in these states and hookup to Wi-Fi at the hotel. For the money I am saving it is totally worth the lack of data coverage. So far I am very happy to have walked away from the carrier that screwed me out of my unlimited data. After 17 years it was hard to walk away but I did. Verizon, can you hear me now?! Well good, go SUCK IT!
  • God I wish T-Mobile had good coverage in my area. or else I'd be with them instead of having my wallet raped by Verizon... but I guess u get what you pay for. Posted via Android Central App
  • I was with T-Mobile for 8 years, but couldn't take the vast amounts of EDGE/GPRS data coverage. That and there was no service inside the building where my wife works. Stepping into the parking lot to make a call in the dead of Winter wasn't cutting it for the Missus, so we are now with the Dark Side AT&T. Would be very happy to come back at the end of our 2 year Death Star contract if T-Mobile could reinforce the coverage outside of the cities.
  • It really is a no-brainer for those in an area where the coverage is good. They really are bending over and taking it with no KY by Verizon and AT&T. The majority of people do NOT travel far, so why are families sitting on AT&T like they love it? Americans want to save money, huh? Right! Not when they are not leaving Vz or Att. It speak volumes when people in our country have the wool pulled over their heads and just pay the bill! The fact is, most people are not even aware that T-Mobile has improved coverage in their area. They keep thinking it's still bad, bad, bad, like old. They never bother to check it out and stop into a store.
  • The problem or issue is that coverage inside the store may not reflect a particular customers usage/coverage needs. Heck I am by Corporate Stores for Sprint, ATT and Verizon and the only carrier that actually has a micro sell on/near the store is VZW. The Sprint Store is lucky to get 3G coverage and there are 2 cell sites nearby with one visable from the parking lot!! The 14 day return policy is good, but many people need at least 30 days to fully test out a device for coverage and other issues.
  • Some people have the money to spend.Dont be mad because you dont. I am with att and know tmobile is cheaper but they suck around me. Posted via Android Central App
  • As an ex-employee of AT&T I am super proud to be away from that place. T-Mobile is the future of wireless everything.
  • That's enough money for a couple more towers in Lincoln. I'm just saying... Having said that, they have increased the 3G and EDGE in the area. I just want the 42Mbps. They have the fast coverage in Omaha.
  • If Verizon, att, and tmo are all gaining new heads, then who's loosing them? Posted via Android Central App VZW GS4 4G LTE
  • Sprint reported customer losses again this quarter. The country's population is growing as well, and not everyone has a phone to start with.
  • Now that they have all that money i hope they do something about the crappy coverage. Posted via Android Central App
  • thats why i never went with them
  • I'm glad for T-Mobile. I hope they continue the growth. They're doing good things for customers. Hopefully Verizon will learn a thing or two from them. Posted via Android Central App
  • Verizon won't learn anything until their sales and revenue go down. Today I helped my Dad sign up his Nexus 7 LTE with the 10.5 GB data plan.
  • Please note... that all this growth comes without a solid business to business unit. If they get a grasp in that market it will be a very competitive marketplace in wireless. The customer wins no matter what.
  • I agree 100%.
  • I spend 50% to 60% of my time in a home office. With Verizon my signal was -83dBm with download sites of 12mbps and 3 to 4mbps upload. My home Wi-Fi was faster...
    With T-Mobile (Unlimited Data) I have a -96dBm signal and 33-40mbps download and 13 upload which is faster than my Wi-Fi plus I NEVER have to worry about using too much data. I used 28gb of data last month. I had previously shared 10gb of data with 3 other family members! I can live with shoddy service out in rural areas.
  • I can't wait to move next year. I'm going to reactivate my T-Mobile SIM card and then find a place with good LTE coverage and get back on that $30 plan. Posted from my HTC One GPe via Android Central App
  • It may be a little selfish but I don't want T-Mobile to grow too fast or too big, then they'll just turn into Verizon. I remember when Verizon started off small and were building towers, their customer service was the best, the pricing was good, and the reception was nice. Then the more customers they obtained, the bigger their network grew, and now here we are. T-Mobile won't be for everyone and that is ok. We have to choose which company will give us the best reception and service and we will pay for that service. No carrier is perfect and none of them ever will be, just gotta choose the lesser of 4 evils
  • Fortunately for me, I live in an area where the four carriers have great reception. For me it comes to down to price and LTE. VZW and AT&T were too cosh prohibitive for me. Long time Sprint customer, but was tired with the fact that a major area in South Texas that did not have LTE. T-Mobile with their prices and LTE got me as a new customer.
  • Go T. We love you.
  • Love T-Mobile, been with them since 2000(VoiceStream days) and it's nice to see them finally making BOLD moves and doing well.
  • I'm gonna be in the Q4 growth signed up Monday. See ya Verizon Posted via Android Central App
  • Dumped Sprint after 12 years with them and I am totally happy with TMo. Saving money too. Grabbed A Note 3 on the zero down deal. LTE is faster at my work than the wifi they have there Posted via Android Central App
  • I joined tmo about 6-8 months ago and live in Louisville ky, they recently got lte here is faster then my internet I pay 60 a month for from twc. I get 22+ Gbps almost everywhere I'm sold on tmo.
  • Now, if only they'd take some geography lessons...
  • 70.00 tmobile plan isnt so great. I pay 80.00 on att for the samething but I am grandfathered in and lte every where. Posted via Android Central App
  • The key word here being "grandfathered."