T-Mobile cutting 1,900 jobs nationwide

In this March 18, 2008 photo, a T-Mobile retail store is shown in Times Square in New York. T-Mobile USA Inc. announced Thursday, March 22, 2012, that it is cutting 1,900 jobs nationwide as it consolidates its call centers in an effort to cut costs and remain competitive. The jobs represent nearly half of the total number of people it employs at its call centers. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — T-Mobile USA Inc. said Thursday that it is cutting 1,900 jobs nationwide as it consolidates its call centers in an effort to reduce costs and remain competitive.

The job cuts will affect nearly half the employees at T-Mobile call centers. The company said that workers whose jobs are eliminated will have a chance to transfer to the remaining call centers.

T-Mobile will trim the number of call centers from 24 to 17 by the end of June. Those slated for closure are in Allentown, Pa.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Frisco, Texas; Brownsville, Texas; Lenexa, Kansas; Thornton, Colo. and Redmond, Ore.

"These are not easy steps to take, but they are necessary to realize efficiency in order to invest for growth," Philipp Humm, CEO and President of T-Mobile said in a statement.

T-Mobile, based in Bellevue, Wash., is the smallest of the four nationwide cellphone carriers. The company said also said it will restructure other parts of its business during the second quarter. That includes plans announced previously to modernize its network, add new technology and hire more sales staff.

T-Mobile has struggled alongside its peers, as it is the only national carrier not to offer the iPhone. The company announced in February that it will revamp its wireless data network this year, making it compatible with iPhones and other smartphones.

T-Mobile is a subsidiary of Germany's Deutsche Telekom.