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I somehow doubt "many of them" went to T-Mobile. Neither of them have good coverage, and a huge chunk of their network is borrowed from other carriers. Roam for too long and they kick you out because they get tired of paying roaming fees to the borrowed network providers (Verizon and AT&T). It's certainly not about how cheap cheap cheap the service is when the coverage is garbage and LTE is sparse outside of major cities.
The numbers suggest otherwise. Regardless of T-Mobile's coverage (which, btw, isn't that great in my area, hence why I'm currently with Sprint), they've been killing it. In fact, T-Mobile just had its biggest subscriber growth period ever, adding 2.3 million subscribers in Q3. There's no doubt that a good chunk of Sprint's defectors ended up at T-Mobile.
There's also this tidbit from a Reuters article posted last month:
"Legere also said that the ratio of subscribers moving from rival Sprint Corp to T-Mobile was 17 to 1 at the height of T-Mobile's Contract Freedom campaign, a promotion launched in January, whereby the company pays early termination fees for subscribers who switch to its network.
The ratio of customers moving from Sprint to T-Mobile is now around 2.3 to 1, Legere said."
Shawn Bacsik lol