New Prepaid Customers Outnumber Postpaid for First Time

Reports from Ovum/Datamonitor and IDG show that the number of new prepaid wireless customers in the U.S. was more than the number of new, contract-based cell phone agreements for the first time ever in the fourth quarter of 2009. According to the most recent available quarterly data: New prepaid cell phone subscribers accounted for nearly two […]

Sprint: Prepaid Not Cannibalizing Postpaid

Sprint-Nextel Corp. has nothing to fear in its postpaid business from the prepaid side of the house. That’s the word from CEO Dan Hesse, speaking to the Associated Press. It’s a notion Hesse dismissed, with contract-to-prepaid migration standing in the single digits, he said. Sprint lost 991,000 net postpaid subscribers and gained 938,000 prepaid subscribers […]

T-Mobile Signs On With Radio Shack

RadioShack has announced it has added T-Mobile Wireless to its assortment of postpaid carriers in more than 4000 stores. Approximately 30 percent of RadioShack’s annual sales are generated by its wireless platform. The new partnership begins Aug. 19. The recently announced T-Mobile myTouch 3G will be available at RadioShack then. In March, Radio Shack announced […]

Palm Pre, Boost Mobile Help Raise Sprints Rating

After a lot of difficult financial news in recent months, things might be turning around for Sprint. One month after releasing the Palm Pre to mostly favorable reviews, Auriga USA analyst Chandan Sarkar has raised his rating on Sprint from “hold” to “buy.” Sarkar’s new price target is $7, up from $5.50. Positive sales numbers […]

Martin Dawes Launches Convergent Prepaid/Postpaid Solution

Martin Dawes Systems, an independent BSS software and services provider, has launched its Convergent Prepaid/Postpaid solution (CPP). CPP converges prepaid and postpaid billing into a single CRM system, enabling operators to use one billing and CRM system for both customer groups, the company said. Operators can introduce new advanced features using the existing prepaid platform […]

MVNEs Help Postpaid MVNOs

SOME NEWER MVNOS ARE embracing a postpaid strategy (see related story), which brings different and more complicated back-office concerns from the more traditional prepaid model. From a [postpaid] business model perspective, installing proper BSS/OSS systems is probably the greatest challenge, says BrightPoint Consulting Inc.s Alex Paskoff, senior vice president of marketing and business development. The […]

Branching Out

WHILE THE SEED OF WIRELESS RESALE has matured into a mighty oak of a market, it has relied on a largely prepaid business model to date. Recently weve seen a different kind of nut, as postpaid operators have emerged to widen the focus for the market segment. Ampds Hollywood phone was designed for the young […]

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