Verizon adds 1.3 million new postpaid subscribers in Q3

Verizon adds 1.3 million new postpaid subscribers in Q3
Verizon Wireless added 1.3 million new postpaid subscribers during the third quarter. Postpaid subscribers, the most valuable kind, now total 105.8 million, up 4.9% in the quarter. Revenues were up 5.4% to $23 billion. While service revenue was down 4.1% to $17.6 billion, equipment revenue rose 72% to $4.3 billion, as Verizon customers used installment plans to purchase the latest handsets. In fact, 5.6 million phones were activated last quarter using installment plans.

Overall, Verizon has 110.8 million retail connections. The carrier is doing away with subsidized equipment purchases that are linked to two-year contracts. Currently, 30% of Verizon's postpaid customers are on an unsubsidized service plan. That number should rise every year.

Looking ahead to next year, Verizon is warning investors that 2016 earnings might be stuck at 2015 levels. One of the reasons for the stall in earnings has to do with the changes being made to Verizon's wireless operations. Eventually, more of Big Red's subscribers will be weaned off subsidized handsets and two-year contracts, which will help Verizon pad its bottom line to much higher levels.

source: TechCrunch
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