US TEC Wireless Show Subscribers

US TEC Wireless Show Subscribers

In this March 18, 2008 photo, a T-Mobile retail store is shown in Times Square in New York. U.S. consumers have had their fill of expensive, contract-based phone plans. Figures from T-Mobile USA on Thursday,May 10, 2012, added to earlier reports from other companies, indicate that the U.S. wireless industry lost subscribers from contract-based plans for the first time in the first quarter. Contract-based plans are the most lucrative ones for phone companies. The industry default over the past several decades, they account for the vast majority of revenue at the big phone companies. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)