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Our online glossary is here to help you make sense of the terminology used in the cell phone industry. It covers mobile technologies, such as 3G and 4G, and even includes a bit of information on smartphone operating systems and the companies that make the cell phones and other mobile technology devices we all use.

What is "prepaid"?

In the mobile phone industry, prepaid refers to a type of mobile phone account that requires its owner to purchase call credit before services can be used. For example, a prepaid customer of a carrier might purchase a $50 card from a convenience store that they could then fund their account with, allowing them to use $50 worth of voice minutes, text messages, or data. This is in contrast to postpaid customers, which make up the bulk of most carriers' customer bases.

Also known as: "pre-paid"

See Also: carrier, postpaid

Referred to by: blended churn rate

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