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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.

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  1. As expected, AT&T adds far more prepaid than postpaid in Q1 | Prepaid Reviews Says

    [...] there! If you're new to the site, you may want to subscribe to the the feed.Earlier in the week we presented some analysis which showed that both AT&T and Verizon would report adding more prepaid users than postpaid [...]

    Posted on April 22nd, 2010 at 7:31 am
  2. Hayley Says

    I can see why they are pushing for prepaid more. It’s by far the best idea to maintain a budget while not spending so much money a month on outrageous phone bills. I like to pay for what I use and prepaid has done that for me. I choose to use Net10 because I think the service is great, coverage is great, and there are NO hidden fees that I don’t know about it.

    Posted on April 22nd, 2010 at 11:32 am
  3. KevinC Says

    Somebody is going to have to explain to me one of these days how MVNOs can offer better deals to consumers, using the big carriers’ networks, than the big carriers themselves are providing us with. I use the NET10 prepaid service which I know is carried on another network – I think AT&T? Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE NET10, but I do wonder why AT&T are more expensive? I mean are they not even trying to be competitive?

    Posted on April 24th, 2010 at 5:40 am
  4. cindy Says

    There is no doubt that there is more prepaid because people are tired of being abused by their cellphone contracts. I cannot believe how exspensvie things are getting. Net10 has really been great for me personally. I spend what I want and talk what I want. I am saving money and thats all that matters.

    Posted on May 24th, 2010 at 11:23 am

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