More Americans Dropping Cellphone Contracts


New figures from many of the nation's top cellular carriers indicate that more U.S. phone subscribers are hanging up on their contracts. Early today, T-Mobile USA released its latest numbers, echoing earlier reports from other companies that show the U.S. wireless industry is losing subscribers from their contract-based plans.

According to the Associated Press, the seven largest U.S. phone companies, representing more than 95 percent of the market, lost a combined 52,000 subscribers between January and March. The AP reports that subscribers are flowing "to cheaper, no-contract plans."

T-Mobile's report came on the last day of the U.S. cellphone annual trade show in New Orleans, where more carriers unveiled innovations steering away from traditional phones. For example, AT&T launched a home security and automation network.