Wireless in the fourth quarter of 2012

How did the wireless industry perform in the fourth quarter of 2012? 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.

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Dec. 20
Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)
Research In Motion announced that it will take a tiered approach to charging for its BlackBerry services--such as mobile device management, security and other services that use its proprietary messaging network--when it launches its BlackBerry 10 platform early next year.
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- see this release
- more RIM news

Jan. 22
Verizon (NYSE:VZ)
Verizon Wireless reported a record number of retail postpaid subscriber additions in the fourth quarter but it also posted a drop in margins, as analysts had expected. The carrier followed the familiar pattern of taking a short-term hit on margins by adding a glut of smartphone users in the year-end period in the hopes of reaping long-term financial reward from those contracts.
- see this article
- see FierceTelecom's article
- see FierceCable's article
- see this release
- more Verizon news

Google said Motorola's mobile phone revenue tumbled almost 40 percent from the same quarter a year ago.
- see this article
- see FierceTelecom's article
- see this release
- more Google news

Jan. 23
Apple reported selling a record 47.8 million iPhones in its fiscal 2013 first quarter, compared to 37 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold a record 22.9 million iPads during the quarter, up from 15.4 million in the year-ago quarter.
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- see this release
- more Apple news

Jan. 24
AT&T Mobility posted strong postpaid subscriber net adds of 780,000 in the fourth quarter but its overall subscriber additions were down year-over-year. Overall, the company added 1.1 million total net wireless subscribers in the period, down from 2.5 million in the year-ago quarter when it added 1.03 million connected devices.
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- see this release
- more AT&T news

Nokia (NYSE:NOK)
Nokia reported that its North American handset shipments--essentially all Lumia Windows Phones--rose in the fourth quarter to 700,000. That is a marked improvement from the third quarter when it sold 300,000 devices in the U.S. market.
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- see this release
- more Nokia news

Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks reported a record operating margin and surging sales and operating profit in the fourth quarter as its strategy of cutting jobs and units not related to mobile broadband begins to pay off.
- see this article
- see this release
- more NSN news

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)
- more Microsoft news

Jan. 25
Samsung Electronics maintained its status as the world's largest handset and smartphone maker in the fourth quarter, according to analysts' estimates, en route to another record quarter in terms of sales and profits. However, financial analysts and even the company itself warned that Samsung's meteoric smartphone growth is likely to slow in the months ahead.
- see this article
- see this release
- see this presentation (PDF)
- more Samsung news

Jan. 28
- more Yahoo news

Jan. 29
- more Broadcom news

Five years after Amazon launched its first Kindle e-reader device, founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said e-books are now "a multi-billion dollar category," with sales increasing 70 percent in 2012.
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- see this release
- more Amazon news

Jan. 30
LG Electronics' mobile devices unit reaped the rewards from its increased focus on LTE smartphones. The company saw smartphone sales in the fourth quarter increase 23 percent to 8.6 million devices, compared with the previous quarter of 7 million in smartphone sales.  In addition, LG revenues also increased 15 percent over the previous quarter to $2.6 billion.
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- see this release
- more LG news

Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM)
Qualcomm reported strong results for its most recent quarter, including record revenue, and said that it does not expect the smartphone market that powers its chipset business to slow down in 2013.
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- see this release
- more Qualcomm news

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB)
Facebook bounced back from a quarter hampered by shortcomings in mobile with some promising statistics about its users. Most notably, its mobile monthly active users skyrocketed 57 percent year-over-year to 680 million at the end of 2012.
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- see this release
- more Facebook news

Jan. 31
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC)
Ericsson posted a net loss for the fourth quarter due to an expected write down from its ST-Ericsson joint venture, but the networking giant also reported rising revenue and strong results from the North American market, which cheered investors.
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- - see this release
- more Ericsson news

Feb. 5
Zynga said it now counts 72 million mobile users out of a total of 298 million monthly average users. The company also said it plans to bring its new FarmVille 2 game to the mobile realm this year.
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- see this release
- more Zynga news

Glu Mobile (NASDAQ:GLUU)
Glu Mobile is rolling out a new publishing division designed to help third-party developers port hit iOS games to Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows Phone.
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- see this release
- more Glu Mobile news

Feb. 7
Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S)
Sprint Nextel, in the midst of extricating itself from its legacy iDEN Nextel business, posted a net subscriber loss of 337,000 wireless customers in the fourth quarter. The carrier also reduced its LTE buildout plans for 2013.
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- see this release
- more Sprint news

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU)
Alcatel-Lucent CEO Ben Verwaayen will step down from the struggling network equipment vendor. The news essentially puts a period on Verwaayen's attempts to turn around Alcatel-Lucent in the highly competitive network infrastructure market.
- see this article
- see this Verwaayen release
- see this earnings release
- more Alcatel-Lucent news

Feb. 12
Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR)
Clearwire said its subscriber base declined 8 percent year-over-year to 9.6 million people. The carrier blamed the decline on the fact that Sprint Nextel is no longer selling smartphones that run on Clearwire's WiMAX network.
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- see this release
- more Clearwire news

América Móvil (TracFone)
América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, posted net subscriber gains of 753,000 customers in the fourth quarter, much higher than the year-ago period and better than its net subscriber additions in the first three quarters of 2012. It is unclear if the company was affected earlier this year by regulatory changes to the FCC's Lifeline program, in which TracFone is a key player.
- see this article
- see this release (PDF)
- more TracFone news

Feb. 20
Leap Wireless (NASDAQ:LEAP)
Cricket provider Leap Wireless said it resolved its disagreements with Sprint Nextel regarding their wholesale MVNO agreement and also entered into an LTE roaming deal with an unnamed company. In the past Leap executives have expressed support for network sharing and LTE roaming arrangements.
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- see this release
- more Leap news

Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH)
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said the company would consider a partnership with Sprint Nextel, which Dish is challenging with a rival bid for Clearwire.
- see this article
- see this Seeking Alpha transcript
- more Dish news

Feb. 26
MetroPCS CEO Roger Linquist said the company's LTE subscribers now top 3 million, accounting for 35 percent of the company's customer base. That's an increase of 800,000 over the 2.2 million the company reported as of the end of 2012, which means the company's LTE base is growing at a rate of about 100,000 per week.
- see this article
- see this release
- more MetroPCS news

U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM)
- more U.S. Cellular news

Millennial Media (NYSE:MM)
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Feb. 28
T-Mobile USA (Deutsche Telekom)
T-Mobile USA closed out the fourth quarter of 2012 with mixed results, adding 61,000 net subscribers in the quarter as prepaid and wholesale customer additions offset a net loss of 515,000 postpaid subscribers, which continues to be the No. 4 carrier's greatest weakness. However, T-Mobile is looking ahead to its merger with MetroPCS and getting Apple's iPhone as it remakes itself this year.
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- see this release
- more T-Mobile news

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Motricity (NASDAQ:MOTR)
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