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Overview:

Prepaid wireless does not have the same stigma it once had as many prepaid wireless service providers offer smartphones and advanced feature phones to their customers. In fact, many end-users choose prepaid over postpaid as a low-cost alternative compared to the typical burdensome extra costs of the latter. The future of prepaid is very bright as it becomes more fully integrated with mobile commerce by way of stored value and converged services involving next generation technologies such as WebRTC.

This research evaluates the prepaid wireless market in the United States including major providers. The report analyzes major MVNO companies and offerings. The report also provides a view into the future of prepaid wireless and market forecast through 2020. The research also provides critical information necessary to negotiate with MNOs for MVNO operations as well as SLA management. All purchases of Mind Commerce reports includes time with an expert analyst who will help you link key findings in the report to the business issues you're addressing. This needs to be used within three months of purchasing the report.

Target Audience:

Prepaid service providers
Mobile network operators
Wireless device manufacturers
Wireless infrastructure providers
Mobile Virtual Network Operators
Mobile application store companies
Prepaid service distributors and marketers
Application, content, and commerce providers

Report Benefits:
Forecast through 2020
Identify market drivers
Understand business support
Identify emerging opportunities
Identify market leading companies
Understand prepaid wireless technology
Recognize future areas for prepaid services
Bonus: MVNO negotiation and SLA management

Table Of Contents

Prepaid Wireless in the United States: Market Analysis and Forecast 2016 - 2020
Table of Contents:

1 Introduction
1.1 Executive Summary
1.2 Topics Covered
1.3 Key Questions Answered
1.4 Target Audience
1.5 Companies
2 United States Communication Service Providers
2.1 Wireless Carrier offerings
2.1.1 Prepaid and Postpaid Wireless Market Overview
2.2 Prepaid Technology Approaches
2.3 Prepaid and Post-paid Market Strategy
3 Post-paid Operator Analysis
3.1 Market Outlook
3.1.1 Drivers for Growth in Prepaid Services
3.1.1.1 Credit Challenged
3.1.1.2 Unbanked Users
3.1.1.3 Temporary and Infrequent Users
3.1.1.4 Anonymity Market
3.1.1.5 Cost Control Market
3.1.2 Future of Post-paid
4 Major Carrier Landscape
4.1 ATandT Wireless
4.1.1 Network Technology
4.1.2 Prepaid or Postpaid Offering
4.1.3 Pricing Overview and Analysis
4.1.4 Plan Overview and Analysis
4.2 Verizon
4.2.1 Network Technology
4.2.2 Prepaid or Postpaid Offering
4.2.3 Pricing Overview and Analysis
4.3 Sprint
4.3.1 Network Technology
4.3.2 Service Offerings
4.3.3 Pricing Overview and Analysis
4.4 T-Mobile US
4.4.1 Network Technology
4.4.2 Service Offerings
4.4.3 Pricing Overview and Analysis
4.5 MetroPCS (T-Mobile)
4.5.1 General Overview
4.5.2 Network Technology
4.5.3 Service Offerings
4.5.4 Pricing Overview and Analysis
4.5.5 Plan Overview and Analysis
4.5.6 Synopsis
5 US MVNO Analysis
5.1 Pricing Overview and Analysis
5.2 Prepaid and Post-paid Offering
5.3 Plan Overview and Analysis
6 Carrier and MVNO Assessments
6.1 Airlink Mobile
6.2 Airvoice Wireless
6.3 JOLT Mobile
6.4 Boost Mobile
6.5 Consumer Cellular
6.6 GreatCall
6.7 kajeet
6.8 Liberty Wireless 5
6.9 H2O Wireless (Locus Telecommunications)
6.10 Virgin Mobile USA
6.11 Cricket (ATandT)
6.12 Wal-Mart
7 United States Prepaid Market 2016 - 2020
7.1 Market Forecast
7.2 Future of Prepaid Wireless in the USA
7.3 Appendix: Understanding the Technology

Figures
Figure 1: Prepaid Phone Options 20
Figure 2: Prepaid Subscribers for the Big Four in USA 22
Figure 3: U.S. Wireless Carrier Service Revenues 23
Figure 4: US Mobile Operators Subscribers 31
Figure 5: Airlink Mobile Pricing 44
Figure 6: Airvoice Wireless Pricing 46
Figure 7: Jolt Pricing 46
Figure 8: Boost Mobile Pricing 48
Figure 9: Consumer Cellular Pricing 49
Figure 10: Consumer Cellular Pricing with AARP 50
Figure 11: Liberty Wireless Pricing 54
Figure 12: Virgin Mobile Pricing 57
Figure 13: Cricket Wireless Pricing 58
Figure 14: Walmart Family Mobile Pricing 60
Figure 15: How Roaming works in Cellular Networks 67

Tables

Table 1: Kajeet Wireless Prepaid Plan for Kids 53
Table 2: USA Prepaid and Postpaid Forecast through 2020 61

MVNO, MVNE and MNO Service Level Agreement (SLA)

INTRODUCTION
WHAT IS A SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT (SLA)
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE AN SLA?
SLA'S IN THE MVNO WORLD
SAMPLE SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT (SLA)
MVNO Billing through Wholesale Line Rental
1. Review
2. Dispute Resolution
3. Metrics
4. Definitions
4.5. Unconfirmed Clear
4.7. Confirmed Clear Permanent
4.8. Parked Time
4.9. Establishment of Contact Points
4.10. Reoccurring faults
4.11. Fault escalation
5. Fault Escalation Process
6. SLA Schedule
Appendix 1- Exclusions
Appendix 2- Guidelines for Payment of Penalty Credits
Appendix 3 - Parked Time
Appendix 4 - General Dispute Process
Appendix 5 - Wholesale Usage Invoicing and Dispute Process

MVNO Operational Cost Planning: Modelling and Negotiation Strategies for Contracting with Host Mobile Network Operators

INTRODUCTION
1.1. The MVNO Landscape
1.2. MVNO Background
1.3. MVNO Technology Options
2. WHOLESALE MODELS
2.1. Cost Plus Model
2.1.1. Cost Plus Rate Sheet
2.2. Retail Minus Model
2.2.1. Straight Retail Minus
2.2.2. Benchmark Retail Minus
2.2.3. Retail Minus Rate Sheet
2.3. Interconnect
2.4. Wholesale Incentives
3. INVOICING AND RECONCILIATION
3.1. Invoice Dispute Process
3.1.1. Sample Invoice
4. ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS
4.1. Macro Environmental Analysis
4.2. Micro Environment Analysis
5. RECOMMENDATIONS
5.1.1. Knowledge and Expertise
5.1.2. Technology Solution
5.1.3. HNO MVNO Rate Structure
5.1.4. HNO Services List
6. NEGOTIATION TACTICS
6.1.1. Tell them What they Want to Hear
6.1.2. Start High
6.1.3. Contract Clauses
7. CONCLUSIONS

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