T-Mobile adds 1.7M subscribers as 5G launch and Sprint merger loom

By: Eli Blumenthal

T-Mobile‘s position as the fastest-growing US wireless carrier, which it has held more than two years, continued into the third quarter of 2019. The growth bolstered the nation’s third-largest carrier while it awaits the status of its pending merger with Sprint and prepares to launch a 5G network that runs on lower-band spectrum and can reach more people than ever. 

In its third-quarter earnings posted Monday afternoon, the self-proclaimed “Un-carrier” added 1.7 million subscribers, 754,000 of whom were postpaid phone additions, to bring its total count to 84.2 million subscribers.

Postpaid subscribers, who pay at the end of the month and are valued more highly by financial analysts, saw a 3% year-over-year increase. 

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