T-Mobile said today that it had 32.8 million customers as of the end of the fourth quarter after adding 621,000 more during the three-month period. That’s a 35 percent drop in net adds from the same three-month period in 2007 and 49,000 less than T-Mobile added in the third quarter of 2008. It’s also far less than the 2.1 million net adds reported by AT&T and the 1.2 million Verizon gained during the fourth quarter.
Unlike AT&T’s gains that came via its exclusive deal for the iPhone, it looks like folks weren’t willing to switch carriers in order to be the first to get their hands on the the G1 “Google phone” that T-Mobile released during the fourth quarter. Perhaps it’s because other phones running Android are due to be released on Sprint as well. Even T-Mobile’s newly deployed 3G network isn’t goosing customer growth.
Despite Given the recession, T-Mobile is decreasing increasing the proportion of pre-paid customers it’s attracting. While the number is up over the fourth quarter of last year, only 43 percent of this quarter’s new customers are pre-paid contract compared to 77 percent of those that signed up in the fourth quarter of 2007.