skip to main content


The total number of US wireless connections stood at 431.94 million at end-2Q17, down from 436.53 million at end-1Q17. Prepaid subs count fell from 79.48 million at end-4Q16 to 75.44 million at end-2Q17.


  • In 2Q17, both Sprint and T-Mobile stopped including Lifeline subscribers in their reported numbers because of recent regulatory changes to the program.
  • AT&T and T-Mobile, with their strong sub-brands Cricket and Metro PCS, respectively, continue to compete for prepaid market share gains.
  • Prepaid smartphone penetration, although still lower than postpaid, is growing at a rapid pace, ending 2Q17 at 81%, up from 74% at end-1Q17.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn about prepaid year-over-year growth trends by major US operators.
  • Compare total, postpaid and prepaid, and market share trends by operator year on year.
  • 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 1Q17 and 2Q17?
  • How did prepaid churn rates in 1Q17 and 2Q17 compare across US operators, and how have they changed over the past five quarters?
  • What is Verizon doing to refocus efforts on the prepaid segment?

Table of contents


  • Introduction
  • Download 1: US Prepaid Update, September 2017