October 27, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Sprint announced today that when counting net subscriber additions, the carrier had its best quarter since 2006. Sprint stated that in Q3 2010, it added 644,000 total net subscribers.
“Demand for smartphones like Samsung Epic 4G and HTC EVO 4G” is largely credited for the success. Though neither Sprint nor Samsung and HTC have released solid sales figures, the Epic and EVO have been Sprint’s most promoted and most talked-about phones. It also doesn’t take an accountant to look at the amount of attention given to those two devices to tell that they are Sprint’s best sellers.
This was the fourth consecutive quarter in which Sprint gained more customers than it loss. The past 6 months have been Sprint’s best in churn, which is the rate of subscribers joining or leaving contracts with a company.
Sprint expects to see continued growth with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, which goes on sale next month, but will that be enough to keep the momentum going? The EVO has been on the market several months and faces competition from several new phones from T-Mobile and Verizon. As more Sprint contracts expire and the busy holiday season approaches, Q4 2010 will be Sprint’s most competitive in quite some time.