T-Mobile USA, the US mobile operation of Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, today announced its fourth quarter and full year 2007 results. In the fourth quarter, the cellco reported 951,000 net customer additions compared to 857,000 in 3Q07 and 901,000 in the fourth quarter of 2006. Of the total, net new contract customer additions amounted to 733,000 in 4Q07, or 77% of total net new customer additions, compared to 783,000 or 87% in the fourth quarter of 2006. Contract churn fell to 1.8% in the fourth quarter of 2007, down from 2.1% a year earlier, while blended churn fell marginally from 2.9% to 2.8% over the same period. T-Mobile USA ended the year with a total of 28.7 million customers, of which 83% were contract customers, compared with 85% in December 2006. The company said its converged device offering was significantly strengthened during 2007 with the successful launch of a number of converged devices such as the T-Mobile Shadow; the T-Mobile Sidekick iD, LX, and Slide; T-Mobile Wing; and the BlackBerry Curve – the first converged device enabled for the new HotSpot @Home service.
Commenting on the results, T-Mobile USA CEO and Presidnet Robert Dotson said: ‘T-Mobile continues to drive year-over-year growth by pioneering innovation that matters to consumers…In 2007 we increased growth to over 3.6 million net new customers. myFaves was a major contributor to this growth, with five million customers at year-end using the service to make unlimited calls to the people who matter most to them. Part of this growth was also fuelled by the debut of FlexPay, a new option in the market that opens up access to more attractive offerings for certain classes of customers. In 2007, we also introduced our revolutionary HotSpot @Home service to rave reviews for how we’re opening up new value alternatives for landline customers – all while we add outstanding call quality improvements in homes across America.’