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Tracfone adds 780,000 subscribers in the first quarter

Another first quarter report, another win for prepaid. Both Sprint and MetroPCS did well, and now it’s Tracfone‘s turn. The carrier — including sister brands Net10 and Straight Talk — added 780,000 subscribers in the first quarter. That puts them slightly ahead of MetroPCS and slightly behind Sprint. It also puts them below their Q1 2010, when they added a million subscribers. Nevertheless, that’s still a strong showing, especially amid increased competition.

Via FierceWireless.

4 Responses

  1. Innings Says

    780 000 new subscribers…I’m going to take a rough guess, and say that at least 500 000 of those new subscribers are now affiliated to AT&T’s GSM network. With the potential merger of AT&T, and TMO coming up, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Verizon starting to push harder for additions to their resellers column. If they don’t, AT&T are going to carry on covertly getting that section of the market as well, and then we’re really in for a duopoly turn monopoly.

    Posted on May 5th, 2011 at 7:28 am
  2. Symbi Says

    @ Innings – assuming you speaking about tracfone’s contribution to the major carrier’s congestion?

    Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 3:52 am
  3. P Austin Says

    My guess is that Tracfone’s numbers are down due to the addition of the iphone to Verizon’s line up. There was talk some time ago of Apple releasing a contract free iphone. Let TF’s StraightTalk get that on their books, and together with their $45 unlimited everything plan, I reckon Tracfone’s numbers will climb rapidly.

    Posted on May 6th, 2011 at 3:58 am
  4. MIchiganMan224 Says

    Personally, I prefer Straight Talk. I thought Tracfone was the parent company and Net10/ Straight Talk were just branches off Tracfone. They are all good plans, but Straight Talk is ideal if you use a lot of minutes or texts. Paying a flat rate of $30 gives 1000 texts AND 1000 minutes of talk time. They also offer an unlimited everything plan which also includes data. That plan is $45.

    Posted on May 31st, 2011 at 2:29 pm

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