T-Mobile CEO John Legere has claimed on Twitter that his company will become larger than mobile rival Sprint by the end of 2014. This came after the US-based mobile carrier officially said that it has cancelled its plans to acquire the operations of T-Mobile.
Legere tweeted, “Is Sprint a melting ice cube? Looks like it to me. Join the cool brand now!” He said in another tweet that “Join T-Mobile now and jump off the Sprint bus before it crashes.”
Legere revealed in June 2014 that the carrier has managed to add more than 17 million customers to its network since the Un-carrier movement started in March 2013. T-Mobile presently has a customer base of nearly 50 million subscribers, while Sprint is slightly ahead with a customer base of 53 million.
International Business Times reports Recon Analytics analyst Roger Entner saying, “T-Mobile was the fourth largest network — It was a distant fourth — and over the last year and a half it is now almost as large as Sprint. I would say next quarter it has a good chance of being larger than Sprint.”
Sprint recently announced the name of its new chief executive officer and president – billionaire entrepreneur Marcelo Claure. The company is currently facing difficult times as it is losing customers as a result of its slow upgrade to the latest technology, called 4G LTE, which is much faster than the previous technology, 3G. This is largely benefitting its rivals including AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile, who all are offering broad LTE networks.