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Sprint operating loss widens in Q3 as subscribers continue to head elsewhere

Zach Epstein
October 30th, 2013 at 7:45 AM
Sprint Earnings Q3 2013

Sprint on Wednesday morning reported results for the third quarter, marking the first time the company posted earnings results since being acquired by Japanese carrier SoftBank. The carrier managed to post combined quarterly net income of $383 million but its operating loss for the third quarter widened to $398 million as subscribers continued to drop its services and head to rival carriers. Sprint’s operating loss in the year-ago quarter was $231 million. Sprint reported a loss 360,000 Sprint contract customers and net subscriber losses totaled 313,000 in the quarter thanks to additions elsewhere in the carrier’s portfolio. It’s not all doom and gloom, however, as Sprint managed to rack up a record $7.3 billion in wireless service revenue, Sprint platform revenue climbed to $5.8 billion, and smartphones now account for a whopping 92% of its postpaid handset sales. The carrier also said it sold about 1.4 million iPhones in the third quarter, 40% of which were to new customers. Sprint’s full earnings release is linked below.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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