Wireless in the fourth quarter of 2010

How did the wireless industry perform in the fourth quarter of 2010? Check here throughout the fourth quarter earnings report season for full earnings reports from the wireless industry's carriers, handset makers, equipment suppliers and others.

Also, check out our look at the handset and smartphone market in the fourth quarter.

Finally, don't forget to check out our third quarter 2009, fourth quarter 2009, first quarter 2010, second quarter 2010 and third quarter 2010 wrapup pages.



Dec. 16
Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)
Research In Motion surpassed analyst expectations with hefty BlackBerry shipments and profits in its most recent quarter, results that--at least for now--serve to counter worries over the company's strategic position in the smartphone market.
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Jan. 18
Apple charged ahead in its fiscal first quarter, posting record revenue and iPhone and iPad sales. The figures likely offer some comfort to investors worried over Apple's announcement Monday that CEO Steve Jobs will take a medical leave of undetermined length.
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- see this iPhone sales chart
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- more Apple news

Jan. 20
Google announced that, starting April 4, Google Co-Founder Larry Page will take charge of Google's day-to-day operations as CEO. He will replace current CEO Eric Schmidt, who will assume the role of executive chairman "focusing externally on deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership," the company said.
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- more Google news

Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson squeezed out another quarterly profit, but the handset maker posted a decline in shipments in its fourth quarter and predicted a weak first quarter as it tries to refresh its smartphone lineup.
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Jan. 25

Verizon (NYSE:VZ)
Verizon Wireless reported 955,000 total net customer additions in the fourth quarter, and bolstered the figure with gains in revenues and margins.
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Ericsson's fourth-quarter profit rose on the back of strong sales, which topped analysts' estimates, as demand for mobile broadband surged, especially in North America.
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Jan. 26
LG Electronics posted a record quarterly loss in the fourth quarter as the company's handset business continued to struggle.  The South Korean electronics giant hopes to kickstart new growth in 2011 with more high-end smartphones running Google's Android platform. 
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- more LG news

Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI)
Motorola Mobility posted gains in revenue and income in its fourth quarter, but the company's first-quarter outlook--a net loss of $26 million to $62 million and consolidated operating earnings of around breakeven--spooked investors, who sent the company's shares down following the announcement.
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Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM)
Qualcomm reported record revenues in its fiscal first quarter and the chipmaker upped its forecast for the fiscal year due in large part to the growth in the smartphone market.
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Jan. 27
AT&T executives said that, although they expect some volatility in the months ahead as competitor Verizon Wireless rolls out a CDMA iPhone, AT&T still expects to aggressively add new subscribers in the coming year.
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- more AT&T news

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI)
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Nokia (NYSE:NOK)
Nokia  reported weak fourth-quarter earnings, and said it faces "significant challenges" ahead as it tries to navigate a changing mobile landscape. The net profit of the world's largest handset maker sunk 21 percent in the quarter, and its market share, especially in smartphones, dipped down yet again. Interestingly, Nokia indicated it might be willing to shake up its smartphone strategy by partnering with another company.
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- more Nokia news

Microsoft  (NASDAQ:MSFT)
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Jan. 28
Samsung reported a 13 percent rise in net profit for the fourth quarter, helped by robust smartphone shipments. Samsung said its telecommunications business--which includes both handsets and wireless network equipment--reported an operating profit of $1.29 billion, up 38 percent from $944 million in the year-ago quarter. Samsung's handset sales rose 20 percent to $10 billion in the quarter.
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Feb. 10
Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S)
Sprint continued its turnaround, adding 1.1 million total net subscribers in the fourth quarter, including net postpaid additions of 58,000 subscribers--the carrier's first net postpaid additions since the second quarter of 2007. 
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Feb. 11
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU)
Alcatel-Lucent reported a strong fourth-quarter profit and gave investors cheer with a forecast for growth, profitability and improvements in its operating margin in 2011, possibly indicating the long-struggling equipment vendor's turnaround is kicking into a higher gear.
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Feb. 17
Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR)
Clearwire said it needs to resolve its wholesale pricing disagreement with Sprint Nextel before it can secure any additional funding. The company is confident it will complete a deal with Sprint in the near future, and expects to announce a decision on new funding in the second quarter.
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- more Clearwire news

Feb. 22
Leap Wireless (NASDAQ:LEAP)
Cricket provider Leap Wireless the nation's seventh largest wireless operator, released full fourth quarter results showing a widening net loss but improving customer metrics, results the carrier said indicate it is improving and strengthening its business after a rough few quarters.
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Feb. 24
Flat-rate carrier MetroPCS added 298,000 net subscribers in the fourth quarter and saw an uptick in revenue. The company said it will look to smartphones running Google's Android platform for growth as well as its LTE network, which is now live in 13 markets. 
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- more MetroPCS news

Feb. 25
T-Mobile (
Deutsche Telekom)
T-Mobile USA lost 318,000 postpaid subscribers in the fourth quarter--a figure that underscores the challenges facing CEO Philipp Humm as he embarks on a massive turnaround plan. 
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