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It's been four long years since T-Mobile has seen subscriber growth in the United States, but the fourth-place carrier is finally getting a little good news now that the first quarter of 2013 is behind it.
TMoNews reported Thursday that everyone's favorite magenta carrier will have some good news to report when it announces quarterly earnings on May 8, as more than half a million new customers have joined T-Mobile's ranks over the last three months.
In a press release offering a preliminary look at its subscriber numbers, T-Mobile USA reveals that it added 579,000 customers during Q1 2013, bringing their grand total to 34 million -- the first time the carrier has shown positive growth in almost four years.
The less good news is that only 3,000 of those subscribers were of the more lucrative contract type, with the remaining 576,000 arriving by way of T-Mobile MVNO or other unbranded offerings. However, that's still a major coup for the carrier after bleeding 349,000 branded customers in Q4 2012.
“These results display positive momentum and the first positive branded growth in four years,” said John Legere, President & CEO of T-Mobile USA. “We have made material progress in stabilizing our branded business in Q1, which provides a solid foundation to build on with the new Un-carrier customer offers we launched last week across America. I believe the best is yet to come!”
Following T-Mobile's March 26 event announcing the iPhone and its new "UNcarrier" plans, all eyes will be on the carrier next quarter to see if those initiatives will start producing further results.
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