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Total US wireless connections stood at 487.33 million at end-2Q19, up from 479.76 million at end-1Q19 and 473.66 million at end-4Q18. Prepaid subscriptions fell to 75.68 million at end-2Q19 from 75.72 million at end-1Q19 and 75.80 million at end-4Q18.


  • There is a pending deal where T-Mobile/Sprint, after their merger closes, will sell Boost, Virgin Mobile, and Sprint-branded prepaid customers to Dish Network who will then become an MVNO on the merged company’s network. T-Mobile/Sprint will keep the Assurance Wireless brand.
  • Tracfone’s Straight Talk brand offers both device leasing, through “Smart Pay,” and device purchase financing, through “Affirm,” neither of which are typical offerings from MVNOs.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn about prepaid subscriber year-on-year growth trends by major US operators.
  • Compare year-on-year total, postpaid, and prepaid subscriber and market share trends by operator
  • Compare US operator KPIs and major activities in the quarter, especially as they relate to prepaid.

Key questions answered

  • What is the customer segment mix by US operator in 1Q19 and 2Q19?
  • How did prepaid churn rates in 1Q19 and 2Q19 compare across US operators and how have they changed over the past five quarters?
  • What are developments in the area of bring your own device (BYOD)?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: US Prepaid Update, September 2019

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