As most US customers probably know this by now, but T-Mobile is the only major carrier in the US that does not offer the iPhone on contract. While the carrier certainly supports unlocked iPhone use on its network (even going as far as to make an effort to boost their network speeds), we guess not being able to offer the highly demanded device is a sore point for them. This was acknowledged by the carrier themselves in their earnings report for Q3 2012, in which they reported that they lost 492,000 customers in the third quarter, which was actually an increase from the 389,000 reported during the same period back in 2011. They have attributed this “due to the impact of the iPhone 5 launch”.
On the upside the carrier has announced that there was an increase of 365,000 net additions in their pre-paid division. T-Mobile is also looking to merge with MetroPCS next year as some of you might recall, so hopefully they will prove to be a more competitive company which will help stop the bleeding of customers leaving the carrier for green pastures.
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