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IPhone sucks subscribers away from T-Mobile USA

IPhone sucks subscribers away from T-Mobile USA in 4Q; CEO promises network upgrades By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' Customers have been leaving T-Mobile USA, the country's No. 4 cellphone company, for the last two years. Now that all three of the bigger carriers have the iPhone, that stream has turned into a flood.

The company, a subsidiary of Germany's Deutsche Telekom AG, says it lost a net 526,000 subscribers in the fourth quarter. Worse, it lost a net 802,000 subscribers on contract-based plans, which are the most lucrative. That's an unheard-of figure for an industry that was characterized by rapid growth for more than a decade.

T-Mobile's CEO, Philipp Humm, promises that the company will fight back with network upgrades.

Last year, T-Mobile agreed to be bought by AT&T, but the deal was blocked by U.S. regulators.

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