Why Does T-Mobile Love Apple?

T-Mobile 2Is Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone the primary reason that the U.S.’s fourth-largest carrier was able to post stronger-than-expected earnings for the second quarter of its fiscal 2013 year? T-Mobile beat analysts’ expectations this morning after announcing its total revenues increased by 27.5 percent over the year-ago quarter.

T-Mobile also revealed that, “iPhone sales have accounted for approximately 29 percent of T-Mobile’s branded gross customer additions and upgrade smartphone sales.” T-Mobile began selling the iPhone on April 12 of this year and was the last of the major U.S. carriers to offer Apple’s flagship smartphone.

Overall, T-Mobile added 1.1 million new customers in its second quarter. Besides the boost that T-Mobile got through its iPhone sales, the carrier has also attracted customers through its “Un-carrier” payment plans. Instead of using conventional long-term contracts, T-Mobile’s “Un-carrier” approach sells phones to new subscribers for unsubsidized prices.

However, the carrier also lessens the initial high price of the phone by spreading the cost into a monthly fee. More recently, T-Mobile introduced the “JUMP” upgrade plan that allows its subscribers to get a new phone every six months for a $10 per month fee.

John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile, noted the success of T-Mobile’s unique strategy in the company’s second quarter results announcement. “T-Mobile’s Un-carrier approach has clearly resonated with consumers. By fixing the things that drive them mad, like contracts and upgrades, and freeing them from the two-year sentences imposed on them by our competitors, they are choosing the new T-Mobile in unprecedented numbers,” said Legere.

A recent study conducted by the market research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners suggested that T-Mobile was able to keep approximately 300,000 to 400,000 of its current customers from migrating to other carriers due to the addition of the iPhone reports the Wall Street Journal.

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