Wireless carriers focus heavily on the postpaid consumer, knowing that investors are also eyeing that key segment. The reason is simple—revenue. Postpaid subscribers have wireless plans that entail either a two-year contract or a financing plan. Postpaid plans incur a higher cost for monthly service than prepaid subscribers, thus providing more revenue per user. Postpaid consists of two sub-segments: voice and computing, with computing devices including such things as tablets and mi-fi hotspots that utilize wireless networks for internet connectivity.
Wireless carriers typically report results a few weeks after the quarter ends, and the chart below shows how the top four carriers have been faring in the race for postpaid net additions.