Bell Canada’s wireless product revenues increased by 9.5 per cent while its client base exceeded 7.28 million—an increase of 4.2 per cent over last year—the company reported Thursday in its second quarter results. Bell said its wireless product revenues totalled $92 million in the quarter, attributing the increase from last year to higher smartphone sales and customer upgrades. Smartphone activations represented 56 per cent of postpaid activations, the company said. Bell's wireless services experienced 6.1 per cent growth in the quarter. While the company’s prepaid gross wireless activations decreased by 26 per cent during the quarter to 133,255 activations, Bell said it focused on postpaid customer acquisition, which grew 13.7 per cent from last year to 341,645 gross activations. Its total gross activations were 474,900 for the second quarter of 2011, a decrease of 1.2 per cent over the same period in 2010. Bell said the number of postpaid net additions hit 94,309 during the quarter, representing a decrease of 8.2 per cent over the same period last year. It attributed the decrease to churn—meaning the amount of customers who leave Bell for another company’s services. Bell said that postpaid churn rose to 1.5 per cent in the second quarter from 1.3 per cent during the same period last year. Bell completed its acquisition of CTV on Apr. 1, 2011, which helped fuel an increase in operating revenues of 13.5 per cent during the quarter, reaching a total of $4.36 billion. Broadcasting, wireless and TV revenues offset declines in local access, long distance and other revenues, Bell said. The company’s overall net earnings decreased from $605 million during the same quarter in 2010 to $590 million this year. Bell attributed the decrease to its $164 million CRTC tangible benefit obligation for the acquisition of CTV. email@example.com -- CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article said that Bell lost wireless subscribers in the second quarter. Bell’s wireless client base grew by 4.2 per cent over last year.