AT&T revenue up 2.2% in Q2; 3.6 million iPhones activated

By on July 21, 2011 at 8:40 AM.

AT&T revenue up 2.2% in Q2; 3.6 million iPhones activated

AT&T reported its second quarter results on Thursday. The company’s consolidated revenues were $31.5 billion, up 2.2% ($680 million) from the same quarter last year. AT&T’s wireless, wireline data and managed services were responsible for 76% of those revenues, and that figure is growing at a rate of 8.3% year-over-year. AT&T Mobility added a total of 1.1 million subscribers during the quarter, including 331,000 net postpaid adds, and it now serves a total of 98.6 million subscribers. The carrier also noted that it had its best-ever second quarter for smartphone sales: it sold 5.6 million total smartphones, up 43% year-over-year. AT&T activated 3.6 million iPhones during the quarter, more than half of the smartphones sold, and said that nearly 25% of the iPhone activations were from new subscribers. AT&T also noted that its planned acquisition of T-Mobile is still on track for closure during the first quarter of next year. Read on for the full press release.
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Verizon says its 4G phones won’t be compatible with AT&T’s LTE network

By on July 15, 2011 at 12:20 PM.

Verizon says its 4G phones won’t be compatible with AT&T’s LTE network

If you’re looking forward to the possibility of flip-flopping your smartphone’s SIM card between a Verizon Wireless 4G phone and an AT&T 4G phone, we have some bad news for you. Verizon Wireless spokeswoman Brenda Raney confirmed to PCMag on Friday that the carrier’s 4G LTE phones will not be compatible with AT&T’s 4G LTE network because the phones “run on different frequencies.” PCMag explained that while the two carriers operate within the 700MHz frequency band, AT&T will operate mostly within the 704-746MHz bands while Verizon’s 4G LTE will utilize the 746-787MHz frequencies. Additionally, Verizon still routes its voice calls over its 2G/3G CDMA network while AT&T uses GSM/HSPA. That means, until both networks are fully utilizing voice-over-LTE, it just won’t work. Sascha Segan, the article’s author, notes that it is possible for phone vendors to create devices that operate with the frequencies used by both AT&T and Verizon Wireless, but it would likely require the carriers to ink out some sort of agreement first.  More →

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AT&T CEO: Our 4G LTE network is 2-3 years behind Verizon’s [updated]

By on June 3, 2011 at 1:00 PM.

AT&T CEO: Our 4G LTE network is 2-3 years behind Verizon’s [updated]

Speaking during a D9 press event in California on Thursday, AT&T Mobility’s CEO Ralph de la Vega said it will take AT&T between 2 and 3 years to bring its LTE network coverage up to a par with Verizon Wireless’ 4G offering. AT&T has already announced that it plans to deploy its 4G LTE network to five cities this summer, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. However, Verizon’s network is already available in 55 markets, it plans to deploy in 23 more this month, and the carrier has promised full 4G LTE coverage across its current 3G network by the end of 2013. According to CNN, Ralph de la Vega said AT&T “can’t say when” its 4G network will match Verizon’s but said “in the next two to three years they will probably be indistinguishable.” The carrier also reaffirmed that if its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile is approved, customers should see a large improvement the in overall quality and reliability of AT&T’s service.

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AT&T to deploy 4G LTE network in five markets this summer

By on May 25, 2011 at 10:35 AM.

AT&T to deploy 4G LTE network in five markets this summer

AT&T confirmed on Wednesday that it will deploy its 4G LTE network in five markets this summer, including Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The carrier did not specify additional markets slated to be rolled out in 2011, but it did say 10 additional markets will be deployed this year and 70 million Americans will be covered by the end of 2011. By contrast, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network is currently available in 55 markets and it expects to deploy in 23 more markets next month. AT&T said it expects its network to offer LTE data speeds on a par with its competitors. Hit the break for AT&T’s full press release. More →

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AT&T CEO: Verizon, Google net-neutrality proposal good for the industry

By on August 12, 2010 at 12:59 AM.

AT&T CEO: Verizon, Google net-neutrality proposal good for the industry

This morning while speaking in Boston, AT&T Mobility’s CEO Ralph de la Vega quipped that the net-neutrality agreement recently published by Verizon and Google was “good for the industry.” AT&T’s chief went on to say that the pact, “indicates that two companies from different industries can come together on a difficult issue.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation analyzed the joint proposal, saying: “It carves out exemptions from neutrality requirements for so-called ‘unlawful’ content, for wireless services, and for very vaguely-defined ‘additional online services.’ The definition of ‘reasonable network management’ is also problematically vague. As many, many, many have already pointed out, these exemptions threaten to completely undermine the stated goal of neutrality.” Whether you love or hate the Google/Verizon net-neutrality proposal, it has brought attention to this hot-button issue. An issue that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. What are your thoughts on the proposal? More →

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AT&T and CWA reach tentative agreement

By on March 4, 2009 at 9:05 AM.

AT&T and CWA reach tentative agreement

It took exactly a month from the day we first scooped the possibility of an AT&T Mobility contractual issues that could have lead to a strike, but it looks like we have some good news to report. Crisis averted — or so it would appear. The CWA site has been posting bargaining reports regularly and yesterday evening the union issued a final report covering a tentative agreement between AT&T Mobility and the CWA union. Woo! As long as nothing crazy happens, it looks like it’s a done deal and workers can go back to doing their jobs without a potential strike looming overhead. Hit the jump for the full report and if you’re an AT&T employee, let us know how you feel about the tentative agreement in the comments section.

Thanks, Ryan and everyone else who sent this in!

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AT&T Mobility announces Dell’s new smartphone

By on February 17, 2009 at 8:52 AM.

AT&T Mobility announces Dell’s new smartphone

Thanks to a slip of the tongue during a panel at MWC 2009, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega stated that “Dell announced they’re entering the smartphone market.” Oops. Rumors suggesting Dell is ready to take the plunge and offer up a new smartphone have been circulating for quite some time now, but no such official announcement has come out the Dell camp at MWC thus far. Perhaps this comment by de la Vega is a harbinger of good things to come? Put it this way: Either Dell has something in store for us some time over the next couple of days, or Ralphie needs to lay off the single malts.

UPDATE: del la Vega claims he was misquoted and knows nothing of a Dell smartphone beyond the rumors we’ve all been hearing.

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