Move over, Sprint. There’s a new No. 3 in town.
T-Mobile has officially achieved its goal of unseating Sprint as the nation’s third-largest wireless carrier behind Verizon and AT&T. According to The Washington Post, the self-proclaimed “uncarrier” T-Mobile now surpasses its closest rival Sprint by more than 2 million customers.
T-Mobile has been vying for the No. 3 spot for a while now. The company’s outspoken CEO John Legere previously pledged to pass Sprint in 2014. That didn’t happen, but Legere said he’d hit that goal in 2015. In February, Legere was ready to declare victory, though the rivals were actually in a dead heat at the time.
On Twitter Tuesday, Legere reveled in the moment.
— John Legere (@JohnLegere) August 4, 2015
The Post noted that T-Mobile will certainly use the news to its advantage when it comes to marketing, but could put a bigger regulatory spotlight on the carrier. Still, T-Mobile and Sprint trail AT&T and Verizon, which both have more than 100 million users each.
It wasn’t all bad news for Sprint, meanwhile. As The Wall Street Journalnoted, Sprint only lost 12,000 customers during the quarter compared to 620,000 during the same time period a year earlier.
T-Mobile, meanwhile, has been busy recently launching new perks and promotions, including free roaming to Canada and Mexico, cheap business and family plans, and the ability to use stream music from Spotify and other services without drawing from your high-speed data allotment.