T-Mobile Q4 2011 report shows that the carrier gained subscribers in prepaid division while at postpaid, they’ve continued to lose them. The number of prepaid subscribers has been increased for 220,000 in the last quarter alone and total of 321,000 in 2011, while in postpaid T-Mobile lost 800,000 of subscribers just in Q4 and 1.6 million in 2011.
Significant growth of prepaid subscribers in the last quarter is connected with carrier’s more than appealing $30 Monthly4G plan available through T-Mobile and Walmart. This plan offers a 5GB of data at 4G HSPA+ network, unlimited text and 100 minutes of data. Obviously, many users find talking less important than messaging and Internet.
On the other hand, less fortunate postpaid side of the T-Mobile, for its losses, blames being the only major provider without iPhone. Definitely, that cannot be the only reason since the company’s failed deal with AT&T brought plenty of uncertainty to the contract users.
Back to the T-Mobile Q4 2011 report. T-Mobile ended year 2011 with 8.4 million of prepaid customers. From it, 4.8 million are branded users while the rest (3.6 million) are gained through prepaid MVNO’s. These numbers make prepaid T-Mobile division stand right behind América Móvil, Sprint and MetroPCS while its total number of gained customers in 2011, 33.2 million, makes it stand on the fourth place, right after Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.