To some people the iPhone’s popularity seems to be fading, but don’t tell that to the folks at T-Mobile, who just sold 500,000 iPhone in just one month. Last month, T-Mobile announced their plans to ditch two year contracts and phone subsidizing and at the same time, they finally announced the launch date for Apple’s iPhone. Despite the fact that T-Mobile is the fourth largest carrier in the nation and that they were the last of the major carriers to launch the iPhone, sales still exceed expectations.
T-Mobile has always been seen (lately) as perhaps the most Android friendly carrier (afterall, they did launch the G1 and Nexus One first), so it is a little surprising that their customers have jump so quickly on the iPhone. In fact, demand for the iPhone on T-Mobile was so great, that droves of people lined up outside of carrier stores on release day, something typical for Apple devices, but an unusual sight for T-Mobile stores.
T-Mobile’s recent financial numbers (revenue) may be down 7% from last year, but those number don’t factor in the iPhone and its sales, as those came after the quarter ended. T-Mobile also added over 500,000 new customers too, so after some rough quarters, T-Mobile may be on the rise.