Sprint Q2: Thank You Android Evo

Sprint enjoyed its first subscriber gains (as opposed to expected losses) in roughly three years. The company announced Q2 revenues of $8.0 billion. According the press release, Sprint gained 111,000 net subscribers driven largely by Android and the EVO in particular. There were also improved churn and increased customer satisfaction:

Sprint gained a total of approximately 111,000 net subscribers in the quarter. Demand for smartphones like HTC EVO(TM) 4G and BlackBerry(R) Curve(TM) - combined with Sprint's best ever postpaid churn of 1.85 percent - led to positive net postpaid subscriber growth of 136,000 on the CDMA network and 285,000 for the Sprint brand, and best ever year-over-year quarterly net postpaid subscriber loss improvement of 763,000. The company achieved its best year-over-year quarterly improvement in postpaid gross subscriber additions in more than five years. 

Sprint also said that its WiMax 4G network is available "in 43 markets serving approximately 51 million people."

The company now has 48.2 million customers:

This includes 33.2 million postpaid subscribers (26.2 million via the Sprint brand on CDMA, 6.4 million on iDEN, and 517,000 Power Source users who utilize both networks), 11.2 million prepaid subscribers (5.2 million on iDEN and6.0 million onCDMA) and approximately 3.8 million wholesale and affiliate subscribers, all of whom utilize our CDMA network.

Sprint's 4G network will not remain a competitive differentiator or marketing vehicle for long, as T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T all roll out faster networks. With Sprint's position seemingly improving, however, T-Mobile appears to be the clearly weaker of the the two weaker carriers. Yet that could change quickly.

T-Mobile is rumored to be the hypothetical recipient of the iPhone in Q3 (we'll see). If that were in fact the case in fact it would be a huge boost for the number four US carrier.