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T-Mobile loses overall, but gains in prepaid

As we sort through carriers’ second quarter reports, we’re seeing plenty of losses. For T-Mobile it was no different. They lost 50,000 subscribers, though that’s fewer than they lost in the first quarter of this year or the second quarter last year. Where they gained, though, was in prepaid. Counting MVNO subscribers, they added, 231,000 net subscribers. That might be lower than the first quarter — and remember, wireless does best in the first and fourth quarters — but it’s way up over the second quarter of 2010. So while T-Mobile loses customers, it has its prepaid arms holding down the fort. T-Mobile currently has 3.5 million MVNO customers, which is a nice little supplementation to direct subscriber income. Their prepaid churn is also down, both from the first quarter and the second quarter last year. That’s a good sign for them going forward.