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Prepaid growth outpacing postpaid worldwide

The state of prepaid wireless in the United States can be a bit frustrating. There aren’t a whole ton of options, and the ones we do have all contain flaws. Plus, customer service, especially from the larger carriers, don’t seem to give a hoot. When we look outside the country, though, we can see bigger things. Informa Telecoms & Media has found that prepaid has grown faster than postpaid from 2007 to 2008. Not only that, but the report claims that prepaid is growing twice as fast.

At the end of 2007, there were 2.33 billion prepaid subscribers worldwide, the largest concentration being in the Asia Pacific region. They project that there will be 3.93 billion prepaid customers by 2013. It’s tough to take these numbers seriously right now — we are five years away, after all — but it’s certainly interesting to ponder.

How big a part with the U.S. play in that growth? Potentially a lot, considering that we’re mostly a postpaid country. If we swung more in the way of prepaid, perhaps we could help fuel those growth projections. Alas, it doesn’t seem that will be the case. I can’t imagine the carriers abandoning their contract plans any time soon.

via Fierce Wireless