This is an interesting metric noted by David Beren of TmoNews. During a telecommunications conference in Las Vegas yesterday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere mentioned the company currently serves 1.9 million iPhones, with an additional 100K devices added every month. That 100K devices may be a little conservative however, since in early December, that number was 1.7 million iPhones for a net gain of 200K in a month.
T-Mobile has often been criticized for not carrying the iPhone, especially since Sprint and Verizon now offer their own variants. T-Mobile has had a back and forth love-hate relationship with the prolific Apple device, sometimes stating there’s no demand for the iPhone on their network, sometimes using anti-iPhone statements in their advertisements (then removing them), and T-Mobile’s most recent (and likely permanent) stance on the topic is their upcoming partnership with Apple to finally carry the iPhone.
Of course, none of this should really come as any surprise to you, since anyone currently using an iPhone on T-Mobile’s network has (obviously) brought their own device and are – hopefully – saving money on their monthly bill by not paying an unnecessary higher monthly bill for a device subsidy. It’s really the best way to go. The savings are clear. With T-Mobile’s continuing network modernization efforts, combined with the official launch of the device on their network, that number can only increase.