Analysts: T-Mobile to Take No. 3 Slot from Sprint

An Oct. 19, 2012, file photo is of a T-Mobile store in New York. The Federal Trad Commission Tuesday July 1, 2014, is alleging that T-Mobile USA, Inc., made "hundreds of millions" of dollars off its customers through bogus charges. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)
An Oct. 19, 2012, file photo is of a T-Mobile store  in New York.  The Federal Trad Commission  Tuesday July 1, 2014, is alleging that T-Mobile USA, Inc., made "hundreds of millions" of dollars off its customers through bogus charges. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, file)
An Oct. 19, 2012, file photo is of a T-Mobile store in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (USA Today) — The already heated competition between T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint’s chief Marcelo Claure could soon reach stratospheric heights.

Research firm GSMA Intelligence, which tracks the mobile industry, is predicting that T-Mobile may have finally surpassed Sprint in the three-month period ended in June to become the nation’s third-largest wireless carrier.

The final tally won’t be known until Sprint reports earnings on Aug. 4.

But if GSMA is right, the companies —which have been locked in a very public battle for customers that has sometimes spilled over into the Twittersphere — will soon report data showing that T-Mobile has surpassed Sprint in terms of total “connections” (an industry metric for tallying customers) for the first time since at least 2000, when GSMA began tracking the data.

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