Straight Talk owner sees big jump after iPhone sales begin

Kevin Fitchard, GigaOM:

TracFone, the country’s largest prepaid virtual operator, managed to outdo its impressive holiday performance in the usually tepid first quarter. It added 839,000 new subscribers to its total, more than the 753,000 it added in the fourth quarter and 127 percent more than its 369,000 net additions in last year’s Q1. TracFone even beat out mobile giant Verizon Wireless, which grew by 720,000 new subscribers last quarter.

Apple is doomed. The iPhone isn’t cool anymore.

(Related: We resurrected my old iPhone 4 with a Straight Talk SIM this past quarter. My wife uses it now, and she’s quite happy with the service – for $45 per month.)