"T-Mobile Is Creeping Into Verizon’s Rear-View" (on WSJ)
The nation’s largest carrier by subscribers said Tuesday it added 1.57 million of the most lucrative contract customers in the last three months of the year, besting resurgent rival T-MobileTMUS -2.09%, which said this month it added 869,000.
But a closer look at the data shows T-Mobile is adding nearly as many new phone subscribers as Verizon. Of Verizon’s 1.57 million additions, 824,000 were phone customers (the rest bought plans for devices like tablets). That’s just 24,000 more phone customers than T-Mobile signed up.