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More growth numbers for prepaid

Last week we saw a report that 65 percent of new net wireless adds in the fourth quarter were prepaid. Even better, we got some overall subscriber numbers for the bigger prepaid carriers. Not to be outdone by IDC Research, New Millennium Research Council released some more numbers yesterday. They cited the nearly two-thirds number, which we already knew. THey added, though, that the prepaid sector grew 54 percent during the fourth quarter, while postpaid grew just three percent. That’s to be expected, of course, considering prepaid accounts for roughly 18 percent of the overall U.S. wireless market. New Millennium believes that this trend “will continue into the first quarter of 2010 and will continue after the recession. With rumors of a new iPhone, including one on Verizon, plus a slew of Android handsets coming out this year, I’m not so sure about that.