AT&T tops Verizon in customer service survey, T-Mobile most improved

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J.D. Power and Associates published its bi-annual report on wireless customer care performance this week, ranking the top 4 US carriers based on various stats related to customer service.

The marketing research firm asked more than 7,000 subscribers how satisfied they were with the customer service they received from their cell phone provider, and here is how they scored…

As you can see in the chart below, AT&T came out on top, scoring a table-high 793. Verizon Wireless came in at a close second, and both T-Mobile and Sprint came in just below the field average.

customer satHere’s an excerpt from J.D. Power’s press release:

“AT&T Ranks Highest in Wireless Customer Care Performance among Full-Service Carriers; MetroPCS Ranks Highest among Non-Contract Carriers. “It’s imperative that wireless service carriers improve their ability to resolve customer issues in one contact and reduce the number of service channels customers need to visit to address their problem,” said  Kirk Parsons, senior director of telecommunications at J.D. Power. “Keeping the service call to five minutes or less may reduce overall call volume to the carrier, thereby improving customer satisfaction and loyalty.”

Verizon Wireless has finished first several times in the past, so you know it’s frustrating for them to lose to AT&T—the carrier that is also claiming to be the nation’s fastest and most reliable network.

But perhaps the more interesting story here is how much T-Mobile has improved in the last 6 months, passing up Sprint and inching closer to VZW. And of course CEO John Legere had to tweet about it:

If I’m AT&T or Verizon, I’m starting to get a little nervous. Not only is T-Mobile the loudest carrier in the US right now, and taking their customers left it right, but it’s also making current users very happy.

Sure, the two companies still have about 2x the subscribers as T-Mobile, but if there’s any truth to the rumor that it’s working on a deal to merge together with Sprint, it may not be like that much longer.