Apple’s iPhone 5s and 5c seem to be very popular with customers. Last month, Sprint sold a record 1.4 million iPhones in Q3 2013, allowing the company to get closer to profitability for the first time. Now, T-Mobile has reported that it has sold nearly 550,000 iPhones in this third quarter of 2013. The 550,000 iPhones sold account for about 10% of the company’s total 5.6 million smartphone sales. That includes all of the prepaid devices the company sells, as well as MetroPCS branding phones.
After the company’s conference call, T-Mobile reached out to AllThingsD and confirmed the reported numbers. Many carriers, including T-Mobile, haven’t been able to sell as many iPhones as they would have liked in this quarter, especially because both the iPhone 5s and the 5c launched in late September. The iPhone 5s was also very limited in supplies after it launched, which may have negatively impacted the total sales of the iPhone.
“Sales of iPhones represented about 15 percent of T-Mobile-brand smartphone sales,” said T-Mobile CMO, Mike Sievert. “T-Mobile sold about 3.6 million smartphones under its own brand, meaning it sold about 540,000 iPhones in the quarter.”
T-Mobile offers the iPhone with the company’s new Uncarrier plans, which makes the iPhone available at a reduced cost and tacks on more to each month’s bill. This allows customers to get the iPhone without signing a 2 year contract that the other major carriers force customers to sign.