T-Mobile USA released their Q4 numbers this morning. The numbers show that the T-Mobile Un-carrier strategy is working great. T-Mobile reported more than 1.6 million total net customer additions with 981,000 total branded net customer additions for the quarter, including branded postpaid net additions of 869,000 and branded prepaid net additions of 112,000.
The strong branded postpaid net addition performance is the result of continued momentum in gross additions, which were up 15% quarter-over-quarter and 80% year-over-year, and the continuation of low branded postpaid churn, which was 1.7% in the quarter. For the full year 2013, on a pro forma combined basis, T-Mobile added more than 4.4 million total customers and more than 2 million branded postpaid customers. T-Mobile ended the fourth quarter of 2013 with approximately 46.7 million customers,
“Our performance in the fourth quarter and the full year is clearly proving that we have our strategy right and that we are executing it well," said John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile. “Customers are fed up with the old ways and are voting in favor of choice, innovation and doing business with a company that cares about them and is willing to earn their business. For shareholders, we transformed the Company into a fierce, growing competitor that is changing the wireless industry and creating significant value.”
T-Mobile began rolling out its Un-carrier offers in March 2013. The Company’s key Un-carrier initiatives were as follows:
On March 26, 2013, the Company announced its radically simplified unlimited “Simple Choice” service plan with no annual service contract. Device financing with the Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) provides customers with low out-of-pocket costs on some of the most popular devices available in the US wireless industry.
On July 10, 2013, the Company unveiled JUMP!™, a groundbreaking approach to more frequent phone upgrades. T-Mobile had more than 3.6 million customers enrolled in JUMP! at the end of the fourth quarter of 2013.
On October 9, 2013, the Company announced that it would make “the world your network – at no extra charge” - with unlimited data and texting worldwide in 100+ countries for Simple Choice customers. At the same time, T-Mobile announced that it had delivered nationwide 4G LTE in 233 metro areas covering 202 million people. Since then, 4G LTE coverage has increased to 273 metro areas covering 209 million people.
On October 23, 2013, the Company un-leashed tablets and revolutionized how customers buy and use tablets with free data for life. Customers receive 200 MB of free data every month with any tablet for as long as they own and use the device on T-Mobile’s network. In the fourth quarter of 2013, T-Mobile had 69,000 mobile broadband branded postpaid net additions, principally composed of tablets, compared to 5,000 in the third quarter of 2013.
On January 8, 2014, the Company announced that it would reimburse Early Termination Fees (ETFs) for individuals and families who make the switch to T-Mobile and trade in an eligible device. The plan also offers a trade-in value for customers’ phones.