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Sprint Posts Wide Loss, Big Gain in Revenue and Customers, Thanks, in Part, to the iPhone

Sprint on Wednesday posted a large net loss amid various charges, but also saw it boost overall sales, as it added more than half a million contract customers to the Sprint brand.

For the three months ended Dec. 31, Sprint lost $1.3 billion, or 43 cents per share, on revenue of $8.7 billion. That compares to a loss of $929 million, or 31 cents per share, on revenue of $8.3 billion for the same quarter a year earlier. It’s also a much wider loss than in the prior quarter.

“Our strong fourth quarter performance illustrates the power of matching iconic devices like the iPhone with our simple, unlimited plans and industry-leading customer experience,” CEO Dan Hesse said in a statement. “During the past year, Sprint added more than 5 million net new customers and grew wireless service revenue by more than 5 percent, including 17 percent for the Sprint platform. This momentum gives us confidence as we execute our Network Vision upgrade and 4G LTE roll-out.”

The company added more than 1.6 million customers overall during the quarter, including both prepaid, wholesale and contract customers.

Sprint also added two more cities — Baltimore and its hometown of Kansas City — to the roster of launch markets for the company’s LTE service, which will begin around midyear. It will also launch service in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Atlanta at that time.

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