Wireless in the third quarter of 2011

How did the wireless industry perform in the third quarter of 2011? Check here throughout the third-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, first quarter 2011  and second quarter 2011 wrapup pages.

Finally, click here for our wrapup of the global smartphone and handset industry with shipment and market share numbers.

Sept. 15
Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)
Research In Motion reported second quarter results at the low end of its forecast and below what many analysts had been expecting. During the quarter, RIM shipped approximately 10.6 million BlackBerry smartphones and approximately 200,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets--in its previous quarter, RIM shipped 500,000 PlayBooks and 13.2 million smartphones. Analysts had expected RIM to ship around 11 million smartphones and around 500,000 tablets in its second quarter.
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Oct. 13
Google executives couldn't contain their enthusiasm for mobile on the company's third-quarter earnings call. "We see Android growing like gangbusters," said CEO Larry Page as he proceeding to provide the investors on the company's earnings call with a rare glimpse into the firm's mobile business. Page said that the total number of Android devices activated worldwide has reached 190 million and added that mobile revenue run rate is now $2.5 billion, up from just $1 billion a year ago.
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Oct. 14
Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson reported a profit for the third quarter on the back of higher smartphone sales, but CEO Bert Nordberg warned that ebbing consumer confidence amid Europe's debt crisis could impact the mobile industry. Additionally, Nordberg said starting in 2012 Sony Ericsson will shift all of its production to smartphones.
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Oct. 18
Apple failed to meet analyst expectations when it reported quarterly revenue of just $28.27 billion and announced that it sold just 17.07 million iPhones in its fiscal fourth quarter. However, company executives said during an earnings call with investors that the company will likely set an iPhone sales record in December because of strong interest in the iPhone 4S.
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Oct. 20
AT&T saw its smartphone sales decline in its third quarter thanks to the lack of a new iPhone, however it also experienced better wireless margins than the firm has experienced in more than six quarters. During a conference call with investors, AT&T executives attributed the lower smartphone sales in the third quarter (4.8 million compared with 5.6 million smartphone sales in the second quarter) to the fact that the iPhone 4S launch occurred in the fourth quarter. In the past, Apple has typically refreshed its iPhone in the third quarter.
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Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC)
Ericsson reported stronger profit and sales in the third quarter than analysts had expected, but sales in North America, which accounted for around 22 percent of the company's total sales in the quarter, continued to fall on weakened demand for CDMA.
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Nokia (NYSE:NOK)
Nokia reported a smaller than expected net loss for the third quarter and continued its transition to using Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. The company, which continues to lose ground in smartphones, posted a year-over-year increase in overall handset sales, driven by lower-end devices.
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Microsoft  (NASDAQ:MSFT)
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Oct. 21
Verizon Wireless continued to see strong growth in demand for its LTE devices and network in the third quarter, though the company reported a slight decline in Apple iPhone activations.
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Oct. 26
Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S)
Sprint Nextel reported a narrowing loss in the third quarter and improving customer acquisition numbers. But perhaps more importantly, the company provided insight into its agreement with Apple to sell the iPhone, and its steps toward a possible LTE agreement with Clearwire.
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LG, the world's third biggest mobile phone maker, reported a bigger-than-expected overall loss in the third quarter, and showed declines in its mobile phone business. But the company said it expects to improve its handset profitability in the fourth quarter thanks to expected sales of high-end smartphones, including LTE smartphones.
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Oct. 27

Motorola Solutions
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Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI)
Motorola Mobility posted a gain in revenues and a shrinking net loss during its third quarter. The company also reported a slight rise in its handset and smartphone shipments.
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América Móvil (TracFone)
América Móvil's U.S. TracFone unit added 515,000 net subscribers in the third quarter, an increase of 15.7 percent over the year-ago period, bringing the company's total subscribers to 19.3 million.
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Oct. 28

As expected, Samsung announced a massive third quarter, showing strong gains in its handset and networks business that helped offset weakness in the company's chips and flat panels.
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Oct. 31
Leap Wireless (NASDAQ:LEAP)
Cricket provider Leap Wireless said it will launch an LTE trial market in Tucson, Ariz., later this year, and will cover a total of 25 million people with LTE by the end of 2012. The carrier said it expects to spend around $250 million on the buildout through the end of next year. Leap plans to cover two-thirds of its existing CDMA network with LTE technology within the next two to three years.
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Nov. 1
Flat-rate carrier MetroPCS reported weaker subscriber growth and earnings that missed analysts' estimates in the third quarter, but also said it is seeing continued demand for its smartphones running Google's Android platform.
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Nov. 2
Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR)

Clearwire reported gains in subscribers during its third quarter, but the carrier's results continue to be clouded by uncertainty in its future. Clearwire gained 1.89 million total net new subscribers, comprised of 35,000 retail and 1.86 million wholesale net new subscribers, during the third quarter. The carrier pointed out the gains surpassed Verizon Wireless' LTE subscriber additions in the quarter.
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Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM)
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Nov. 4
U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular turned down Apple's iPhone because it did not make sense for the company economically, CEO Mary Dillon said on the company's third-quarter earnings conference call. In other U.S. Cellular news, the company said it still intends to introduce tiered data plans in the first half of 2012, but did not provide any more information.
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Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU)
Alcatel-Lucent lowered its 2011 profit forecast and the company's third-quarter revenue came in lower than analysts' estimates as the vendor said operators were more hesitant to spend amid economic uncertainty, especially in Europe.
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Nov. 10
T-Mobile USA
(Deutsche Telekom)
T-Mobile USA added net subscribers in the third quarter, breaking with its trend of customer losses in the first two quarters of this year. While the company's growth relied on higher prepaid subscriber additions, T-Mobile went out of its way to emphasize that postpaid remains the carrier's core business.
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