T-Mobile: Our Q4 Stunk Because We Don’t Have the iPhone

T-Mobile USA on Wednesday reported US$4.57 billion in revenue during 4Q11, down from $4.69 billion in 4Q10 as it shed 526,000 net customers. “Not carrying the iPhone led to a significant increase in contract deactivations in the fourth quarter of 2011,” company CEO Philipp Humm said in a press release. T-Mobile’s net customer losses were 23,000 in the year-ago quarter.

T-Mobile could have been an iPhone carrier, but its proposed sale to AT&T was terminated on Dec. 20, 2011. The US Department of Justice filed a complaint to block the acquisition, saying the transaction “would substantially lessen competition for mobile wireless telecommunications services across the United States, resulting in higher prices, poorer quality services, fewer choices and fewer innovative products for the millions of American consumers who rely on mobile wireless services in their everyday lives.”

Looking ahead, T-Mobile said it’s sinking money into its 4G network and touted the availability of new Android-based smartphones and handsets.