Wireless in the second quarter of 2011

How did the wireless industry perform in the second quarter of 2011? Check here throughout the second-quarter earnings report season for full earnings reports from the wireless industry's carriers, handset makers, equipment suppliers and others.

Don't forget to check out our third quarter 2009, fourth quarter 2009, first quarter 2010, second quarter 2010, third quarter 2010, fourth quarter 2010 and first quarter 2011 wrapup pages.

(And make sure to click here for a look at the top 10 global handset makers in the second quarter and then click here for a list of the top 10 U.S. wireless carriers in the second quarter.

June 16
Research In Motion
Research In Motion reported weak quarterly financials and announced it will start a program of job cuts. Meanwhile, the company said it shipped 500,000 units of its PlayBook tablet in the quarter. During the company's quarterly conference call with analysts, RIM's leadership attempted to explain the company's gloomy performance and outlook.
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- see this earnings conference call transcript
- see this release

- more RIM news

July 14
Google CEO Larry Page said the company is activating 550,000 Android smartphones per day, a marked increase from the rate at which Google said it was activating Android devices just a few before. Google also revealed that there are 135 million Android devices activated in total around the world as of mid-July, up from 100 million two months before.
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- see this release
- see this earnings conference call transcript
- more Google news

July 15
Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson's second-quarter profits tumbled as a result of the aftershocks of the tsunami and earthquake that hit Japan in March, which disrupted the company's supply chain. However, the handset vendor forecast a stronger second half of the year. The company's net loss of $70.73 million broke a string of five consecutive quarters of profit.
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- more Sony Ericsson news

July 19
Apple blew away expectations in its fiscal third quarter, scoring yet another period of record profit and earnings and outpacing its previous sales records for iPhones and iPads. Apple also hinted at a "product transition" for the September quarter, likely indicating a new iPhone is on the way, as recent reports have noted.
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- more Apple news

July 20
Qualcomm announced higher-than-expected earnings in its fiscal third quarter thanks to strong global demand for smartphones and its acquisition of Wi-Fi chipmaker Atheros Communications. Still, investors were jittery about Qualcomm's fiscal fourth-quarter guidance for licensing and chip shipments.
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- see this release
- see these slides from AT&T's second-quarter results
- more Qualcomm news

July 21
AT&T Mobility appeared unconcerned by the launch of the Apple iPhone by Verizon Wireless in February. During the second quarter, AT&T activated 3.6 million iPhones--the same as in the first quarter.  The company also revealed that a little more than one year after it introduced usage-based smartphone data plans, it now has 15 million subscribers on such plans.
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- more AT&T news 

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC)
Ericsson reported weaker-than-expected profit in the second quarter because of a charge it took related to restructuring and job cuts. The company also said its sales in North America declined, even though sales overall were up for the quarter.
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- more Ericsson news

Nokia (NYSE:NOK)
Nokia reported dismal second-quarter results, showing declines in shipments, revenues and profits, but the company's outlook for the coming quarter was better than some analysts had forecast. Also, the world's largest handset vendor for the first time shipped fewer smartphones than upstart rival Apple--a concrete indication of how far Nokia has fallen in a few short years.
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- see this release
- more Nokia news

Microsoft  (NASDAQ:MSFT)
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América Móvil (TracFone)
América Móvil's U.S. TracFone unit added close to 236,000 net subscribers in the second quarter, significantly lower than the first quarter and the year-ago period. The company blamed the slowdown in subscriber adds on higher churn.
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- more TracFone news

July 22

Verizon Wireless experienced strong growth from sales of Apple's  iPhone 4 and its LTE devices in the second quarter, continuing trends that started in the first quarter. In a separate move that had been expected for months, Lowell McAdam was named CEO of Verizon Communications, the majority owner of Verizon Wireless, replacing Ivan Seidenberg, who will remain chairman.
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- more Verizon news

July 27
LG Electronics posted a narrower loss in its handset unit, and the company expressed hope that its transition to selling more smartphones will start to pay off later this year. However, the company continued to post weak overall handset sales figures.
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- more LG news

July 28
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU)
Although Alcatel-Lucent posted a net profit of $61.49 million and revenues of $5.5 billion in the second quarter, shares of the company's stock plunged amid concerns that the firm's margins are declining. The company's operating margin was 1.9 percent in the quarter, which is half of what analysts had forecast.
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- more Alcatel-Lucent news

Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI)
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Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI)
Motorola Mobility increased its handset, smartphone and tablet sales in the second quarter, but the company ended up with a net loss compared with a profit in the year-ago period. Motorola shipped 11 million handsets in the quarter, including 4.4 million smartphones, up from 9.3 million handsets and 4.1 million smartphones in the first quarter and up from 8.7 million handsets and 2.7 million smartphones in the second quarter of 2010. The company also shipped 440,000 Xoom tablets in the quarter, up from 250,000 in the first quarter.
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- more Motorola Mobility news

Nextel (NYSE:S)
Sprint Nextel reported an increase of 1.1 million total wireless customers for the second straight quarter, but continued to struggle with postpaid subscriber losses in the second quarter. The carrier also confirmed it will enter a long-rumored a 15-year network hosting deal with wholesale LTE provider LightSquared valued at $9 billion.
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- more Sprint news

July 29
Samsung Electronics saw its overall handset and smartphone sales jump in the second quarter, and while the South Korean electronics conglomerate decided not to reveal its shipment numbers, research firm Strategy Analytics claimed that Samsung took the No. 2 worldwide smartphone spot, right behind Apple.
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- more Samsung news

Aug. 2

MetroPCS posted increases in net profit and revenue but a drop in subscriber additions for the second quarter. The flat-rate carrier also said it will boost capital expenditures as it tries to stay ahead of increased data demands posed by smartphones running Google's  Android platform.
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- more MetroPCS news

Aug. 3
Leap Wireless (NASDAQ:LEAP)
Cricket provider Leap Wireless reported a gain of only 29,000 voice customers in its second quarter, a notable reversal from the 300,000 voice customers it added during the first quarter of this year. The company improved, however, on its second quarter 2010 performance, when it lost around 73,000 voice customers.
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- more Leap news

Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR)
Clearwire confirmed it will begin deploying "LTE-Advanced-ready" network technology in addition to maintaining its mobile WiMAX network, a decision the company has contemplated for some time and what many in the industry assumed was an inevitable switch.
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- more Clearwire news

Aug. 4
T-Mobile USA (Deutsche Telekom)
T-Mobile USA continued to struggle with subscriber losses in the second quarter, the carrier's first full quarter since AT&T announced its plans to purchase T-Mobile for $39 billion. T-Mobile posted lower net profit and revenue in the quarter and the carrier's fate weighed on parent company Deutsche Telekom.
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- more T-Mobile news

Aug. 8
U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular continued to struggle with subscriber losses in the second quarter, despite making gains in ARPU and smartphone penetration. Interestingly, the company also said it expects to unveil tiered data price plans within the next two to three quarters, but did not provide further details.
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- more U.S. Cellular news

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