[telecom] Die, contracts! Prepaid mobile phone use surges

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Die, contracts! Prepaid mobile phone use surges

The American market doesn't look like Europe or Asia, but it's inching closer.

by Cyrus Farivar
June 14 2012
Ars Technica

Whether we like it or not, my wife and I recently became statistics.
About eight weeks ago, we moved back to California after spending two
years in Germany. We had a suspended T-Mobile USA contract while we
were away and were likely going to re-activate it on our unlocked
iPhones upon our return. But knowing that we'd only get EDGE speeds
on our phones back in the US, it didn't seem worth it to pay well
north of $100 for two phones per month.

So we made the jump-becoming two more of the many Americans who have
recently made the switch from postpaid to prepaid.

New industry data released in May shows American mobile phone
operators have been hit with the first-ever net decline in contract
("postpaid") subscriptions, a loss of 52,000 subscribers. And the
number of non-contract ("prepaid") mobile customers has reached
record levels-now accounting for about 25 percent of all mobile phone
users in America.


http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/06/prepaid-mobile-phone-users-in-america-hit-record-high /

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