Every year, the financial site 24/7 Wall St. compiles a list of 10 companies they predict will cease to exist in the coming year. This year, they’ve chosen T-Mobile as one of the companies that is going to bite the big one in 2011. Before you start scoffing, their logic seems pretty reasonable.

For starters, T-Mo is the 4th largest carrier in the United States with roughly 34 million customers. This doesn’t mean much until you consider the numbers; the next largest is Sprint with around 18 million more customers. Holding the number 1 spot is Verizon with a whopping 97 million customers. T-Mobile seems almost quaint by comparison. The only major companies T-Mobile is larger than is the pre-paid service Trac-fone and US Cellular, with 15 million and 5 million customers respectively.

As for revenue, in 2009 T-Mo had a profit of $306 million. Not bad, but that figure is also $177 million less than what they reported in 2008. The reason for this? There are no clear signs, but the fact that T-Mobile didn’t have a “wow” phone like Verizon did with the Droid is one possible factor.

If the prediction comes true, 24/7 Wall St. says it’s highly unlikely T-Mobile will simply close it’s doors. A much more realistic scenario is that T-Mobile would be bought out and absorbed into another company. A possible buyer could be Sprint, who already owns the Virgin Mobile US brand. Combining the 2 companies could push Sprint into the #2 spot, beating out AT&T.

But, this is all just speculation. To further illustrate that, just take a look back to 24/7 Wall St.’s 2009 list- when they predicted Motorola would close.

Source: 24/7 Wall St.

  • Don

    This is ridiculous because they assume T-Mobile USA as a seperate entity when in reality they are a branch of T-Mobile (Deutsche Telekom) who is one of the largest carriers in the world.

  • Don

    This is ridiculous because they assume T-Mobile USA as a seperate entity when in reality they are a branch of T-Mobile (Deutsche Telekom) who is one of the largest carriers in the world.

  • Don

    This is ridiculous because they assume T-Mobile USA as a seperate entity when in reality they are a branch of T-Mobile (Deutsche Telekom) who is one of the largest carriers in the world.

  • Aaron

    Agreed. Deutsche Telecom is an absolutely immense company, and they’ve been dumping a ton of money into T-Mobile to upgrade the 3G to HSPA+ – which probably has to do something with the significantly slimmer profit.

    T-Mobile has always been in 4th place. They’re not going anywhere, and a company using an entirely different network technology certainly isn’t going to buy them out.

  • Aaron

    Agreed. Deutsche Telecom is an absolutely immense company, and they’ve been dumping a ton of money into T-Mobile to upgrade the 3G to HSPA+ – which probably has to do something with the significantly slimmer profit.

    T-Mobile has always been in 4th place. They’re not going anywhere, and a company using an entirely different network technology certainly isn’t going to buy them out.

  • Aaron

    Agreed. Deutsche Telecom is an absolutely immense company, and they’ve been dumping a ton of money into T-Mobile to upgrade the 3G to HSPA+ – which probably has to do something with the significantly slimmer profit.

    T-Mobile has always been in 4th place. They’re not going anywhere, and a company using an entirely different network technology certainly isn’t going to buy them out.

  • Flibblesan

    In the UK T-Mobile and Orange have merged together under a new company name of ‘Everything, Everywhere’ but will retain separate brands in the marketplace.

    Individual T-Mobile companies may merge with other operators or change names, but Deutsche Telekom T-Mobile won’t be disappearing any time soon.

  • Flibblesan

    In the UK T-Mobile and Orange have merged together under a new company name of ‘Everything, Everywhere’ but will retain separate brands in the marketplace.

    Individual T-Mobile companies may merge with other operators or change names, but Deutsche Telekom T-Mobile won’t be disappearing any time soon.

  • Flibblesan

    In the UK T-Mobile and Orange have merged together under a new company name of ‘Everything, Everywhere’ but will retain separate brands in the marketplace.

    Individual T-Mobile companies may merge with other operators or change names, but Deutsche Telekom T-Mobile won’t be disappearing any time soon.

  • fuzio

    Yet, T-Mo is losing their long-time customers rapidly, due to “system mistakes” in billing, too. People who’s been with T-Mo for 5, 10 years are going elsewhere because of this. Look into your bill very closely, if you don’t find anything wrong today, surely you will find in next one. Pretty soon they are going to charge you extra for even farting while you are on the phone. Yes, I am very unhappy with them as of now. Being with for last almost 12 years, they were charging me cancelation fees on my 5 lines; even I kept all 5, just switched to different plan!! I know that’s in agreement, but….comon’!! A little of appreciation here pls – after 11 years paying close to $300 a month?? Yet, another example – never been late with payments. Few months back I knew I gotta get my paycheck late. Called them up, made postdated check. Then very next day I had to go out of country. Paid all with Credit card, called them up again, cancelled that postdated check and I moved my checking account to another bank. When I got back 2 weeks later, I had been charged with late fee and returned check fee. Had to fight with them for 4 weeks to get those reversed!!!! To me, it looked like stealing, they became very greedy. People do NOT like it; at least I do not like it at all. No wonder they ARE going down….. 

    • Cesar

      You need to chill out. I have had T-mobile for about 8 years now and They have never charged me for anything I didn’t ask for. Also customer loyalty makes sure everyone ends up happy and if you tell them you want to switch they are more than happy to give you a brand new cell phone. Did I talk about the plans? now theres a plan for $60 that has unlimited web and txt and 500 minutes without a contract for all of us who already have good phones too. I just tried to do that with verizon and they were trying to make me pay 100 bucks for that. Theres also the loyalty plan for unlimited everything that cant be beat by any of the big 3 either. PLUS they don’t give a care if you tether your internet either… unlike At&T which charge a ton for a limited supply of internet

    • Cesar

      You need to chill out. I have had T-mobile for about 8 years now and They have never charged me for anything I didn’t ask for. Also customer loyalty makes sure everyone ends up happy and if you tell them you want to switch they are more than happy to give you a brand new cell phone. Did I talk about the plans? now theres a plan for $60 that has unlimited web and txt and 500 minutes without a contract for all of us who already have good phones too. I just tried to do that with verizon and they were trying to make me pay 100 bucks for that. Theres also the loyalty plan for unlimited everything that cant be beat by any of the big 3 either. PLUS they don’t give a care if you tether your internet either… unlike At&T which charge a ton for a limited supply of internet

  • fuzio

    Yet, T-Mo is losing their long-time customers rapidly, due to “system mistakes” in billing, too. People who’s been with T-Mo for 5, 10 years are going elsewhere because of this. Look into your bill very closely, if you don’t find anything wrong today, surely you will find in next one. Pretty soon they are going to charge you extra for even farting while you are on the phone. Yes, I am very unhappy with them as of now. Being with for last almost 12 years, they were charging me cancelation fees on my 5 lines; even I kept all 5, just switched to different plan!! I know that’s in agreement, but….comon’!! A little of appreciation here pls – after 11 years paying close to $300 a month?? Yet, another example – never been late with payments. Few months back I knew I gotta get my paycheck late. Called them up, made postdated check. Then very next day I had to go out of country. Paid all with Credit card, called them up again, cancelled that postdated check and I moved my checking account to another bank. When I got back 2 weeks later, I had been charged with late fee and returned check fee. Had to fight with them for 4 weeks to get those reversed!!!! To me, it looked like stealing, they became very greedy. People do NOT like it; at least I do not like it at all. No wonder they ARE going down….. 

  • fuzio

    Yet, T-Mo is losing their long-time customers rapidly, due to “system mistakes” in billing, too. People who’s been with T-Mo for 5, 10 years are going elsewhere because of this. Look into your bill very closely, if you don’t find anything wrong today, surely you will find in next one. Pretty soon they are going to charge you extra for even farting while you are on the phone. Yes, I am very unhappy with them as of now. Being with for last almost 12 years, they were charging me cancelation fees on my 5 lines; even I kept all 5, just switched to different plan!! I know that’s in agreement, but….comon’!! A little of appreciation here pls – after 11 years paying close to $300 a month?? Yet, another example – never been late with payments. Few months back I knew I gotta get my paycheck late. Called them up, made postdated check. Then very next day I had to go out of country. Paid all with Credit card, called them up again, cancelled that postdated check and I moved my checking account to another bank. When I got back 2 weeks later, I had been charged with late fee and returned check fee. Had to fight with them for 4 weeks to get those reversed!!!! To me, it looked like stealing, they became very greedy. People do NOT like it; at least I do not like it at all. No wonder they ARE going down….. 

    • Cesar

      You need to chill out. I have had T-mobile for about 8 years now and They have never charged me for anything I didn’t ask for. Also customer loyalty makes sure everyone ends up happy and if you tell them you want to switch they are more than happy to give you a brand new cell phone. Did I talk about the plans? now theres a plan for $60 that has unlimited web and txt and 500 minutes without a contract for all of us who already have good phones too. I just tried to do that with verizon and they were trying to make me pay 100 bucks for that. Theres also the loyalty plan for unlimited everything that cant be beat by any of the big 3 either. PLUS they don’t give a care if you tether your internet either… unlike At&T which charge a ton for a limited supply of internet

  • TmoEmp

    This article also fails to understand the the new T-Mo HSPA+ 3g SMOKES the Sprint Wi-Max… thats right.

  • TmoEmp

    This article also fails to understand the the new T-Mo HSPA+ 3g SMOKES the Sprint Wi-Max… thats right.

  • TmoEmp

    This article also fails to understand the the new T-Mo HSPA+ 3g SMOKES the Sprint Wi-Max… thats right.

  • Jim

    This will never happen. T-mobile will live for all eternity. The End

  • Jim

    This will never happen. T-mobile will live for all eternity. The End

  • Jim

    This will never happen. T-mobile will live for all eternity. The End

  • DaveT

    Being absorbed by another company…I know that well. Eight years ago I started out with AT&T. Then my plan got bumped to Cingular because of a buyout. Then bumped back to AT&T then to SunCom and when they got bought out I ended up with T-Mobile. None of these transactions allowed for breaking the contract without a penalty. And of course the phone usually dies or becomes obsolete before the contract ends causing you to sign another contract to get another phone whether you really want to be with their service or not.

  • DaveT

    Being absorbed by another company…I know that well. Eight years ago I started out with AT&T. Then my plan got bumped to Cingular because of a buyout. Then bumped back to AT&T then to SunCom and when they got bought out I ended up with T-Mobile. None of these transactions allowed for breaking the contract without a penalty. And of course the phone usually dies or becomes obsolete before the contract ends causing you to sign another contract to get another phone whether you really want to be with their service or not.

  • DaveT

    Being absorbed by another company…I know that well. Eight years ago I started out with AT&T. Then my plan got bumped to Cingular because of a buyout. Then bumped back to AT&T then to SunCom and when they got bought out I ended up with T-Mobile. None of these transactions allowed for breaking the contract without a penalty. And of course the phone usually dies or becomes obsolete before the contract ends causing you to sign another contract to get another phone whether you really want to be with their service or not.

  • MIKEEEEE

    dow jones published the article.

    they might not make it.

    t-mo is going to buy sprint anyway.

  • MIKEEEEE

    dow jones published the article.

    they might not make it.

    t-mo is going to buy sprint anyway.

  • MIKEEEEE

    dow jones published the article.

    they might not make it.

    t-mo is going to buy sprint anyway.

  • Riley

    I agree with the article. T-Mobile has started a trend of subscriber net losses. As the market share competition between Verizon and AT&T heats up, T-Mobile and Sprint won’t be able to withstand the onslaught from two of the largest telecom companies in the world.

    The other problem T-Mobile’s going to run in to, if they haven’t already, is the infamous “bundle.” Verizon and AT&T have comprehensive packages that include phone (wireless or wireline), TV and internet. T-Mobile just can’t offer the same “whole home” solution.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love T-Mobile. Until yesterday (when I grabbed my iPhone 4), they provided service to my Nexus One. But, even with the advancements and momentum of Android, the iPhone UX and App catalog just can’t be beat, yet (I’m sure Google and their partners will get there).

    Even as a T-Mobile customer, their 3G service/network can’t match Verizon or AT&T. Sure their HSPA+ is fast. But, there aren’t any phones.

    Personally, I would love for AT&T to pick-up T-Mobile. Their technologies are compatible. 30 million loyal T-Mobile customers would love the opportunity to get their hands on and iPhone. I’d love to see Google and Verizon go head-to-head with Apple and AT&T as the two duopoly carriers in the US. At the end of the day, the competition would drive consumer value.

  • Riley

    I agree with the article. T-Mobile has started a trend of subscriber net losses. As the market share competition between Verizon and AT&T heats up, T-Mobile and Sprint won’t be able to withstand the onslaught from two of the largest telecom companies in the world.

    The other problem T-Mobile’s going to run in to, if they haven’t already, is the infamous “bundle.” Verizon and AT&T have comprehensive packages that include phone (wireless or wireline), TV and internet. T-Mobile just can’t offer the same “whole home” solution.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love T-Mobile. Until yesterday (when I grabbed my iPhone 4), they provided service to my Nexus One. But, even with the advancements and momentum of Android, the iPhone UX and App catalog just can’t be beat, yet (I’m sure Google and their partners will get there).

    Even as a T-Mobile customer, their 3G service/network can’t match Verizon or AT&T. Sure their HSPA+ is fast. But, there aren’t any phones.

    Personally, I would love for AT&T to pick-up T-Mobile. Their technologies are compatible. 30 million loyal T-Mobile customers would love the opportunity to get their hands on and iPhone. I’d love to see Google and Verizon go head-to-head with Apple and AT&T as the two duopoly carriers in the US. At the end of the day, the competition would drive consumer value.

  • Riley

    I agree with the article. T-Mobile has started a trend of subscriber net losses. As the market share competition between Verizon and AT&T heats up, T-Mobile and Sprint won’t be able to withstand the onslaught from two of the largest telecom companies in the world.

    The other problem T-Mobile’s going to run in to, if they haven’t already, is the infamous “bundle.” Verizon and AT&T have comprehensive packages that include phone (wireless or wireline), TV and internet. T-Mobile just can’t offer the same “whole home” solution.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love T-Mobile. Until yesterday (when I grabbed my iPhone 4), they provided service to my Nexus One. But, even with the advancements and momentum of Android, the iPhone UX and App catalog just can’t be beat, yet (I’m sure Google and their partners will get there).

    Even as a T-Mobile customer, their 3G service/network can’t match Verizon or AT&T. Sure their HSPA+ is fast. But, there aren’t any phones.

    Personally, I would love for AT&T to pick-up T-Mobile. Their technologies are compatible. 30 million loyal T-Mobile customers would love the opportunity to get their hands on and iPhone. I’d love to see Google and Verizon go head-to-head with Apple and AT&T as the two duopoly carriers in the US. At the end of the day, the competition would drive consumer value.

  • HomeGrown

    Apple should buy T-mobile

  • HomeGrown

    Apple should buy T-mobile

  • HomeGrown

    Apple should buy T-mobile

  • Obry

    As other have stated, T-Mobile USA is a devision of Deutsche Telecom which is one of the largest carriers in the world (much larger than AT&T, Verizon & Sprint combined) so I seriously doubt they’ll disappear next year. They are just upgrading their network and where I live, I get the fastest speeds with T-Mobile only (2-3Mbps average, goes up to 4+). AT&T around here can barely hold a complete conversation without dropping it, Verizon is good but ridiculously expensive and Sprint is doing just “OK”, even with their EVO 4 which seems to have quite a few bugs yet to be ironed out and costs quite a bit to own ($10 extra/month for the hardware???).

    And as far as billing or customer service goes, AT&T doesn’t even have 24/7 customer support and I’ve never had an unresolved problem with T-Mobile in the last 7-8 years that I’ve been with them (and trust me, I get myself into some situations and ask for them to fix stuff that’s not their fault and they have still been pretty helpful with my crazy requests)…

    • CDH

      Uh…Deutsche Telekom is larger than AT&T, Verizon and Sprint combined? You, sir, should check your facts before posting.

      Deutsche Telekom’s 2009 revenues: 64.4 billion Euro (78.6 billion dollars)
      AT&T’s 2009 revenues: $123 billion dollars.

      But hey, you sounded assertive. I’m sure many took your bogus “fact” as truth.

    • CDH

      Uh…Deutsche Telekom is larger than AT&T, Verizon and Sprint combined? You, sir, should check your facts before posting.

      Deutsche Telekom’s 2009 revenues: 64.4 billion Euro (78.6 billion dollars)
      AT&T’s 2009 revenues: $123 billion dollars.

      But hey, you sounded assertive. I’m sure many took your bogus “fact” as truth.

  • Obry

    As other have stated, T-Mobile USA is a devision of Deutsche Telecom which is one of the largest carriers in the world (much larger than AT&T, Verizon & Sprint combined) so I seriously doubt they’ll disappear next year. They are just upgrading their network and where I live, I get the fastest speeds with T-Mobile only (2-3Mbps average, goes up to 4+). AT&T around here can barely hold a complete conversation without dropping it, Verizon is good but ridiculously expensive and Sprint is doing just “OK”, even with their EVO 4 which seems to have quite a few bugs yet to be ironed out and costs quite a bit to own ($10 extra/month for the hardware???).

    And as far as billing or customer service goes, AT&T doesn’t even have 24/7 customer support and I’ve never had an unresolved problem with T-Mobile in the last 7-8 years that I’ve been with them (and trust me, I get myself into some situations and ask for them to fix stuff that’s not their fault and they have still been pretty helpful with my crazy requests)…

  • Obry

    As other have stated, T-Mobile USA is a devision of Deutsche Telecom which is one of the largest carriers in the world (much larger than AT&T, Verizon & Sprint combined) so I seriously doubt they’ll disappear next year. They are just upgrading their network and where I live, I get the fastest speeds with T-Mobile only (2-3Mbps average, goes up to 4+). AT&T around here can barely hold a complete conversation without dropping it, Verizon is good but ridiculously expensive and Sprint is doing just “OK”, even with their EVO 4 which seems to have quite a few bugs yet to be ironed out and costs quite a bit to own ($10 extra/month for the hardware???).

    And as far as billing or customer service goes, AT&T doesn’t even have 24/7 customer support and I’ve never had an unresolved problem with T-Mobile in the last 7-8 years that I’ve been with them (and trust me, I get myself into some situations and ask for them to fix stuff that’s not their fault and they have still been pretty helpful with my crazy requests)…

    • CDH

      Uh…Deutsche Telekom is larger than AT&T, Verizon and Sprint combined? You, sir, should check your facts before posting.

      Deutsche Telekom’s 2009 revenues: 64.4 billion Euro (78.6 billion dollars)
      AT&T’s 2009 revenues: $123 billion dollars.

      But hey, you sounded assertive. I’m sure many took your bogus “fact” as truth.

  • jeff chappell

    sad to see they’re not doing so hot. I left t-mobile only because I wanted a superphone and aside from the nexus with their questionable support they don’t offer one. they’re very accomadating to terminate service with, they offered to allow me to get out of my etf by handing my phone and account over to someone else within 90 days.

  • jeff chappell

    sad to see they’re not doing so hot. I left t-mobile only because I wanted a superphone and aside from the nexus with their questionable support they don’t offer one. they’re very accomadating to terminate service with, they offered to allow me to get out of my etf by handing my phone and account over to someone else within 90 days.

  • jp2dj1

    Wow… bad perdition, but close. In early 2013 Verizon, sprint, at&t, and t-mobile will go down.

  • jp2dj1

    Wow… bad perdition, but close. In early 2013 Verizon, sprint, at&t, and t-mobile will go down.

  • jeff chappell

    sad to see they’re not doing so hot. I left t-mobile only because I wanted a superphone and aside from the nexus with their questionable support they don’t offer one. they’re very accomadating to terminate service with, they offered to allow me to get out of my etf by handing my phone and account over to someone else within 90 days.

  • jp2dj1

    Wow… bad perdition, but close. In early 2013 Verizon, sprint, at&t, and t-mobile will go down.

  • aksnoopy

    I can see this going 2 ways for tmo usa. Either they can pump money into the US branch or cut it off and sell it.

  • aksnoopy

    I can see this going 2 ways for tmo usa. Either they can pump money into the US branch or cut it off and sell it.

  • aksnoopy

    I can see this going 2 ways for tmo usa. Either they can pump money into the US branch or cut it off and sell it.

  • http://www.androidspin.com TREVER

    Tmobile buyed spirnt last year

    • CDH

      No, they did not.

      And I don’t see a Sprint/TMO merger (regardless of who acquires whom) working well. Sprint’s already got two incompatible networks (CDMA and iDEN) that they were SURE could be combined quickly…yet have not been. Now you want to toss GSM into the mix?

      The best fit is AT&T, but honestly I’m not sure why AT&T would want T-Mobile — and you’d still have the different 3G bands to contend with, though that’s a much smaller hurdle than Sprint would face.

    • CDH

      No, they did not.

      And I don’t see a Sprint/TMO merger (regardless of who acquires whom) working well. Sprint’s already got two incompatible networks (CDMA and iDEN) that they were SURE could be combined quickly…yet have not been. Now you want to toss GSM into the mix?

      The best fit is AT&T, but honestly I’m not sure why AT&T would want T-Mobile — and you’d still have the different 3G bands to contend with, though that’s a much smaller hurdle than Sprint would face.

  • http://www.androidspin.com TREVER

    Tmobile buyed spirnt last year

  • http://www.androidspin.com TREVER

    Tmobile buyed spirnt last year

    • CDH

      No, they did not.

      And I don’t see a Sprint/TMO merger (regardless of who acquires whom) working well. Sprint’s already got two incompatible networks (CDMA and iDEN) that they were SURE could be combined quickly…yet have not been. Now you want to toss GSM into the mix?

      The best fit is AT&T, but honestly I’m not sure why AT&T would want T-Mobile — and you’d still have the different 3G bands to contend with, though that’s a much smaller hurdle than Sprint would face.

  • http://www.androidspin.com TREVER

    tmobile buyed sprint and nextell last year

  • http://www.androidspin.com TREVER

    tmobile buyed sprint and nextell last year

  • http://www.androidspin.com TREVER

    tmobile buyed sprint and nextell last year

  • TmoEmployee

    2 things, First off I work for tmobile, I did work for suncom before the merger, right before we went through that it was reported that tmo was going to end up closing its doors, well Im still here, and so is Tmo, lots of ppl liked to say oh they are going away blah blah blah, I would like to remind everyone who introduced the first andriod device, WE DID, who has the most andriod devices, WE DO, who will have the fastest network when this completes WE WILL, we are owned by one of the worlds largest mobile telecommunication companies. We will be here for a while to come, now if we could only get the iphone to come our way it would be very very nice lol.

    Second of all

    TREVER,
    Your statements are pointless, completely incorrect, and the word you are looking for is BOUGHT, not buyed.

    with this all being said,

    I AM T-mobile, What can i do for you.

  • TmoEmployee

    2 things, First off I work for tmobile, I did work for suncom before the merger, right before we went through that it was reported that tmo was going to end up closing its doors, well Im still here, and so is Tmo, lots of ppl liked to say oh they are going away blah blah blah, I would like to remind everyone who introduced the first andriod device, WE DID, who has the most andriod devices, WE DO, who will have the fastest network when this completes WE WILL, we are owned by one of the worlds largest mobile telecommunication companies. We will be here for a while to come, now if we could only get the iphone to come our way it would be very very nice lol.

    Second of all

    TREVER,
    Your statements are pointless, completely incorrect, and the word you are looking for is BOUGHT, not buyed.

    with this all being said,

    I AM T-mobile, What can i do for you.

  • TmoEmployee

    2 things, First off I work for tmobile, I did work for suncom before the merger, right before we went through that it was reported that tmo was going to end up closing its doors, well Im still here, and so is Tmo, lots of ppl liked to say oh they are going away blah blah blah, I would like to remind everyone who introduced the first andriod device, WE DID, who has the most andriod devices, WE DO, who will have the fastest network when this completes WE WILL, we are owned by one of the worlds largest mobile telecommunication companies. We will be here for a while to come, now if we could only get the iphone to come our way it would be very very nice lol.

    Second of all

    TREVER,
    Your statements are pointless, completely incorrect, and the word you are looking for is BOUGHT, not buyed.

    with this all being said,

    I AM T-mobile, What can i do for you.

  • random

    whoever typed up this joke of a news post is an imbicile and the clown who said “spirint buyed tmobile already” you need to go back to kindergarten