Wireless postpaid ARPU increased quarterly year-over-year from $57.65 to $61.18, while sequentially ARPU increased from $60.88 to $61.18. Quarterly year-over-year and sequential ARPU benefited from higher monthly recurring revenues primarily as a result of the premium data add-on charges for smartphones introduced since the first quarter of 2011.
Wireless retail service revenues of $7.2 billion for the quarter represent an increase of nearly 5 percent compared to the third quarter of 2011 and flat compared to the second quarter of 2012. The quarterly year-over-year improvement was primarily due to higher postpaid ARPU as well as an increased number of net prepaid Sprint platform subscribers, partially offset by lower Nextel postpaid and prepaid subscribers.
Poor Snuffy is looking at "overall" ARPU (including Nextel). He can't see that the more of those lower ARPU customers flee, the "overall" ARPU goes up. BUT, my point is that the Sprint Platform (which is all Sprint will have in 9 months) is actually FALLING slightly.