T-Mobile USA Announces Record Customer Growth for 2005

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T-Mobile USA, Inc. has announced a record fourth quarter and full year 2005 customer results. The company is the U.S. operation of T-Mobile International AG & Co. KG, the mobile communications subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG. In the fourth quarter of 2005, T-Mobile USA added 1.39 million net new customers compared to 1.06 million in the third quarter of 2005 and 1.02 million in the fourth quarter of 2004. Net new postpay customer additions amounted to 911,000 in the fourth quarter of 2005, compared to 716,000 in the third quarter of 2005 and 812,000 in the fourth quarter of 2004.

Postpay churn was 2.3% in the fourth quarter of 2005, down from 2.6% in the fourth quarter of 2004 and 2.4% in the third quarter of 2005. Prepaid churn was 6.6% in the fourth quarter of 2005, which was the same as the third quarter of 2005 and the fourth quarter of 2004. Blended churn, including both postpay and prepay customers, was 2.9% in the fourth quarter of 2005, same as in the third quarter of 2005 and down from 3.1% in the fourth quarter of 2004.


At the end of 2005, T-Mobile USA had 1,091,000 converged device users, consisting of 724,000 BlackBerry and 367,000 T-Mobile Sidekick users. This represents a net increase of 62,000 BlackBerry and 61,000 Sidekick users compared to the end of the third quarter of 2005.

For the year ended December 31, 2005, T-Mobile USA added 4.38 million net new customers, an increase from the 4.19 million net new customers added in 2004. Net postpay customer additions in 2005 amounted to 3.08 million. The prepaid customer base increased by 1.29 million for the year. Postpay customers comprised 85% of T-Mobile USA’s 21.7 million customer base at the end of 2005.