Study finds prepaid mobile users less likely to make and return phone calls

Study finds prepaid mobile users less likely to make and return phone calls
With so many prepaid providers offering so many competitive unlimited plans, it seems like customers may be using their service for other things rather than making phone calls. There is a new study that was conducted by the Aalto University School of Science and Technology in Finland that decided to look at the calling habits of 5.3 million people during a period of 18 months. All in all after 350 million calls later, they came up with one distinct conclusion – apparently it seems that prepaid cell phone users make and return fewer calls than the postpaid ones. The study was originally intended to analyze reciprocity which is the likelihood of an individual receiving as many calls in return as they make. On average there are 5.41 people that postpaid customers call as opposed to the 3.41 people prepaid users go through. It was even found that postpaid customers placed about 10 times as many calls as their prepaid counterparts. Aside from the various unlimited plans offered by no contract providers, there are still a myriad of calling plans that are based out of a pay-as-you-go rate – so it’d make sense for them to budget their calls because they may not have as many calling features like free nights and weekends.

via Gizmodo



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7 Comments

1. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Really Phonearena ? that sounds pretty obvious to me. If you get charged for every calls you won't make too many of them. Study also finds that people who don't have a car are less likely to be driving

2. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

Hands Down the Stupidest Study Ever To Exist... Of course... Who ever funded this study should be thrown on the street and shot.

3. doitall76

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 22, 2009

Really phone333 ? way to sound like a jackass. While it may be obvious that people who use prepay make less calls, I actually enjoy seeing the analysis and the stats. I have a stat for you...90% of the users who drop in to make non-constructive, jackass comments on PhoneArena.com are less likely to be add to the betterment of society. They tend to live their real life like their online life, constently trying to point out other peoples fault as opposed to looking at theirs and trying to better themselves. They also tend to be less attractive to the opposite sex because they are pessimistic and negative people. Doitall76

4. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

@doitall76: That is a fantastic statistic! Where do I go about finding a reference for it to show all my negative friends?? No serious... Wiki? Google? Where? Just curious... Look at what you just said... "point out other peoples fault as opposed to looking at theirs and trying to better themselves". Way to fall into that category, you Ass. Maybe you "live [your] real life like [your] online life" Way to go!

5. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

Wow ! someone's offended. Never said the article was wrong. It's just that the fact is really obvious.

6. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

The above comments made me LOL!

7. joolian

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 25, 2008

ahahahahha agreed schmao. but lets be real, this was the stupidest idea for an article, i honestly hope there was no effort put into that study.

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