T-Mobile USA data revenues grow to $1.17 billion in Q2
Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA unit reported second quarter service revenues of $4.7 billion, up from $4.63 billion in Q1 but down from $4.77 billion a year ago. Total customers served slipped by 93,000 during the quarter, compared to 77,000 net customer losses in Q1, but T-Mobile USA also added 106,000 contract customers, almost double the 56,000 the operator added in the second quarter of 2009. T-Mobile USA now serves 33.6 million customers in all, 6.5 million of them using 3G-capable smartphones like the MyTouch 3G Slide and BlackBerry Bold--a 25 percent quarter-over-quarter jump.
Blended average revenue per user edged up to $47 in the second quarter, up from $46 in the previous quarter but down from $48 a year ago--contract ARPU reached $52, up from $51 in Q1 and consistent with Q2 2009. Data service revenues grew to $1.17 billion, up 18 percent from the second quarter of 2009--according to T-Mobile USA, data services now represent 25 percent of blended ARPU/$11.60 per customer, increasing from 23.8 percent/$10.90 per customer in the first quarter of 2010 and 20.8 percent/$9.90 per customer in the second quarter of 2009. T-Mobile USA credits the revenue growth to increasing adoption of 3G data plans, adding that messaging remains a significant component of blended data ARPU.