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Both Verizon and AT&T could show strong prepaid growth in Q1

Now that the first quarter has come to a close, we wait patiently for each carrier to report its subscriber numbers. I’m particularly interested this quarter because of prepaid’s recent strength. As we learned in March, carriers added more prepaid subscribers than postpaid in the fourth quarter, so I’ve been wondering whether this trend will continue. According to Phil Goldstein at FierceWireless, that might very well be the case. He reports that both Verizon and AT&T will each add announce subscriber gains of around 1.5 million, but that only a third will be postpaid. Much of this prepaid gain will come in the form of wholesalers, but it represents growth nonetheless.