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AT&T Sells 6.4 million smartphones in third quarter of 2012

Leading wireless service provider AT&T reportedly sold 6.4 million units of smartphone in the third quarter and is on pace of breaking its projected sales by the end of the year, the company announced this week.

AT&T’s mobility arm CEO Ralph De La Vega said the carrier is experiencing a solid year in business as it expected to sell 1 million more than the projected sales of 25 million smartphones in 2012.

“What we’re seeing is tremendous response in the marketplace,” Vega said at an investor conference on Tuesday. “Excitement is at all time high. I feel very good about momentum going into December.”

De La Vega is expecting sales to further skyrocket up in the succeeding weeks, especially on key dates during the Holiday season. The AT&T executive said it has already sufficient supply of iPhones and improved its inventory of Nokia Lumia 920 and LG Optimus G.

The carrier is also anticipating its tablet sales to go up with its recent $100 promotions and mobie data share plan. Moreover, it has all three operating systems on their tablets: Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows RT, Kindle Fire HD, and Apple’s iPad.

“I can’t fathom how many tablets will be under the Christmas tree,” said an optimistic De La Vega about AT&T potentially big sales of tablets this Holiday season.

Aside from its mobile arm, De la Vega also tackled growth in other business areas such home security and mobile payments. The carrier is set to release its home security and automation service in 2013. These products will be available at its stores and selected distribution outlets.

AT&T home security business values roughly $18 million with operating margings of 35 to 40 percent range. De la Vega added that more profits are expected from this industry due to the company’s lower cost structure.

“We like what we see,” he said. “But we’re still in the early stages of development.”

Sprint first quarterly results out: Managed to narrow down losses

 

Sprint recently released their first quarter earnings of 2013. The 3rd largest carrier in US managed to narrow down their losses as compared to their previous year’s figure and managed to improve their revenues to $8.8 billion. The company is having a bad phase right now and its plan to leave Nextel may somewhat improve its profitability.

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According to the results, the company sold over 5 million smartphones this quarter. Among these, 1.5 million were iPhones which is quite impressive but not that great as last quarter when they managed to sell over 2.2 millions handsets.

The company managed to earn revenue of @8.8 billion and narrowed down its losses to $643 million. Although, the figure is still pretty huge, it is a major improvement from the last quarter’s loss of $1.3 billion. With the company leaving Nextel, it was no surprise that the carrier lost a lot of subscribers. Sprint lost 572,000 customers when they made plans to leave Nextel, however they managed to add 12,000 new subscribers and hence the total figure went down to 560,000. As a result, now Sprint has only about 31.3 million customers on contract.

However, according to the company’s CEO Dan Hesse, this figure is likely to worsen. The company still has over 1.3 million Nextel customers and all of them will be kicked off when the deal completes in the next quarter. The major problem with the carrier was that it focused mainly on sales and marketing on its Nextel part and forgot to divert resources to their main Sprint service. According to CNET, a year ago, the company managed to sign 263,000 customers in the first quarter, however, in this quarter as already mentioned above, it managed to get only about 12,000 customers. This clearly shows that the carrier needs to focus on its service and if it wants to retain its position in the market, it should do much better than the current results. As the deal completes in the second quarter, Mr. Hesse is expecting profits and revenues to fall down. So don’t expect the company to make good profits even in the second quarter and we can expect some improvements only by the end of the year.

When it separates from Nextel, the company would be welcoming new ownership. The company is already in talks with a merger with the Japanese carrier, SoftBank and the deal is likely to close by July 1. Sprint has not been the best of the carriers in the country and with the merger with SoftBank, the carrier may hope to make some progress. SoftBank’s capital along with its leadership experience is sure to help the carrier grow in the coming quarters and we would like to see how the merger affects the company’s shares by the end of the year.

via [Electronista], [CNET]

Sprint to impose $10 charge on Nextel iDEN customers

Call service provider Sprint recently announced its plan to impose an additional $10 charge against Nextel iDEN customers in January in an attempt to encourage customers to upgrade their phones to CDMA push-to-talk service.

Sprint, the third largest long distance provider by subscribers, is apparently luring its subscribers to switch to CMDA before they shut down Nextel iDEN on 30th of June 2013.

“Customers that migrate prior to January will likely find a price plan comparable to what they have now,” Sprint spokesman Mark Bonavia said in a statement. “They are also eligible to receive a variety of very attractive device offers.”

Sprint purchased Nextel for $35 billion in 2004 but the carrier’s decision to drop Nextel’s iDEN technology signifies that it’s starting to initiate moves for the accomplishment of its Network Vision plan. Starting in 2013, Sprint will unveil new features and improved services, including its move to 4G and LTE technology.

Sprint still has loyal market base in the public safety and construction industry along with its followers in the business sector, but the company had to make a move in order to capitalize on the booming mobile market and catch up with the kind of services being offered by its competitors.

Instead, Sprint has been encouraging customers to Sprint Direct Connect handsets, which provides the same push-to-talk feature of an iDEN phone.

Meanwhile, a report from a reliable insider said Apple will not be granting carriers to upgrade its 4G and LTE services until certainly requirements are met.

Telecoms.com reported Friday that Apple will be meticulous on carries, whether they have the capacity to support the iPhone 5.

In an article written by CNET reporter Erick Mack, he believes that Apple is just trying to avert any snag that could affect the sales of iPhone 5 and its future smartphones.

“It’s hard to imagine many situations where users would be better off on an old 3G network than even mediocre LTE. Perhaps Apple is still smarting from the legacy of the early iPhone era when sometimes shoddy service at the hands of AT&T’s network led some iPhone users to jump ship for an Android phone on Verizon (back in the days before Big Red snagged the iPhone),” said Mack in his article.

Sprint Announces Motorola PHOTON™ Q 4G LTE, Its First LTE-Capable Smartphone

Sprint Motorola Photon 4G LTE

Sprint launched a dedicated page on its website for Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE, its first ever LTE-enabled phone, on Thursday, July 26th. This is the carrier’s latest foray into the ever-growing smartphone market and its entry into 4G LTE category. Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE comes with PC-like full QWERTY keyboard, 4.3-inch display panel and capability to operate on one of the biggest networks in the US with high-speed data transfer rate.

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David Owens, Sprint’s vice president for Product Development said in an official press release that the company is making sure its customers will have a wide array of devices capable of running on an LTE network to choose from.

“We want to make sure our 4G LTE handset portfolio has the full complement of choices for our customers. Adding a product with both a physical keyboard and world mode makes this a great addition to the Sprint family of devices,” Owens said.

Both Sprint and Motorola Mobility boast of the device’s slide-out QWERTY keyboard and LTE capability. Basically, it is the efficiency and speed they are trying to promote but inside the hood, tech enthusiasts and new customers will not be disappointed either. Here is a quick overview of the specs of Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE.

Processor. There is no information as to the specifics of its processor but the handset will sport a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. Since it is capable of connecting into the LTE network, it is presumably a Snapdragon S4 SOC from Qualcomm.

RAM/ROM. To make sure it has the power needed to provide the performance it promises, the manufacturer has given it a 1GB RAM and a spacious internal memory of 8GB. It also has a microSD slot that supports up to 32GB of removable storage.

Display/Camera. Motorola has given this handset 4.3-inch display with TFT LCD panel that features a resolution as high as 540 x 960 pixels and the ColorBoost Technology for high quality display.

OS. PHOTON Q 4G LTE comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed so customers don’t have to worry much about having to wait for an update. There is no information if this device is Jelly Bean-ready but based on its specs, it is capable of operating on Android 4.1.

Battery. It has an embedded battery pack with total power of 1785 mAh, enough to make the device run for 7.5 hours of straight talk time; this is one of the advantages of using LCD display.

Pricing/Availability. For now, there is no information as to the price of this handset or when it will be released but Sprint promised to reveal more information in the following weeks.

If you need more info about Motorola PHOTON Q 4G LTE, you may visit Motorola’s fact sheet or Sprint’s press release.

Sprint Extends Nascar Sponsorship 3 Extra Years

When Sprint merged with Nextel in December of 2004 they inherited Nextel’s sponsorship of Nascar’s championship stock car series the Nextel Cup.  Nextel had just entered into that Sponsorship at the beginning of the 2004 season in February.

The original contract between Nextel and Nascar was a 10 year contract that would end in 2013. Earlier this year Sprint CEO Dan Hesse had said that they were in negotiations with Nascar to extend that partnership.  Friday evening in Las Vegas at the 2011 Championship awards event it was announced that Sprint had signed on to be the title sponsor through the 2016 season.

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