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May 11, 2006 at 11:00 AM

T-Mobile USA adds 1 million in Q1

T-Mobile USA released some financial information today based on parent Deutsche Telekom’s full release very early this morning.

In the first quarter, T-Mobile USA said it added 1.04 million new customers, up from 957,000 in the period a year ago, but slightly down from the 1.39 million added in the fourth quarter. The carrier, the fourth largest in the U.S., has 22.7 million total subscribers.

Postpay churn, which calculates only those subscribers with contracts, fell to a record low 2.1 percent in the first quarter, the company said. When pre-paid subscribers are included in the percentage of customers leaving, it rises to 2.7 percent.

The company said results are being driven by network improvements. In the past 12 months, it has added 3,700 new cell sites.

“We started the year strong, adding over one million high quality new customers,” said T-Mobile USA President and CEO Robert Dotson. “T-Mobile customer loyalty also continues to increase, resulting in record low churn aided by the benefits of ever increasing network quality improvements — while continuing to reap the benefits of a 56 percent expansion in our coverage footprint last year.”

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