The number of wireless telephone subscribers in Canada topped 25.5 million at the end of September 2011 according to numbers compiled by industry trade group, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA).

That number was up 6.2% from 24 million at the end of September 2010 and up just under 4% year to date.

Of those 25.5 million subscribers, 19.4 million or just over 75% were post-paid or monthly subscribers while 4.5 million were prepaid subscribers.

Rogers was the biggest wireless provider with 9.29 million subscribers. Bell Mobility took second spot with 7.37 million subscribers while Telus finished the third quarter of 2011 with 7.21 million subscribers. Combined the big three had 93.4% of all subscribers.

Rounding out the rest were SaskTel Mobility (568,904), MTS Mobility (494,462), Wind Mobile (358,000) and Videotron (253,900). Since they are private firms, subscription numbers for Public Mobile and Mobilicity were not reported but it is believed the two firms have around 300,000 subscribers combined.

The firm with the biggest subscriber gains during the first nine months of 2011 was Rogers which added 331,000 new subscribers, followed by Telus with 240,000 new subs and Videotron with 161,300 new customers.

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