Wireless in the first quarter of 2011

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How did the wireless industry perform in the first quarter of 2011? Check here throughout the first 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 market in the first quarter and the top wireless carriers of the first quarter.

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


March 24
Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said its forthcoming BlackBerry PlayBook will run applications for Google's Android platform. During the quarter, RIM shipped around 14.9 million BlackBerry smartphones for a total of 52.3 million smartphones during its fiscal 2011. The annual shipment figure is 43 percent above what the company shipped in its fiscal 2010.
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April 14
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)
During its first-quarter earnings call, Google offered a few more insights into its mobile initiatives, but much of the proceedings involved Google's unexpectedly low profits and its efforts in social media. Specifically, Google's Jeff Huber said the company's mobile search traffic has increased 5,000 percent during the past two years, and that company is now activating around 350,000 Android smartphones per day.
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April 19
Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson reported a net profit in the first quarter on sales of high-end smartphones running Google's Android platform, but also warned that it is dealing with supply chain issues in the wake of the March 11 Japan earthquake and tsunami. The company reported net profit of $15.7 million for the first quarter, down 48 percent from the $30 million profit in the year-ago period, when it received a tax benefit.
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April 20
AT&T (NYSE:T)
Much to the relief of AT&T Mobility executives, Verizon Wireless' high-profile February launch of the Apple's iPhone had only a minor impact on AT&T's first quarter earnings. AT&T ended the quarter with 3.6 million iPhone activations and 2 million net adds, bringing its total subscriber base to 97.5 million.
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Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM)
Qualcomm continues to capitalize on the surging demand for smartphones, posting record quarterly revenues yet again in its fiscal second quarter. The chipmaker said that it had seen few disruptions as a result of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)
Apple shipped a whopping 18.6 million iPhones in its most recent quarter, along with 4.7 million iPads. The company reported a net profit of $6 billion on revenue of $24.7 billion. The numbers were such that, according to Strategy Analytics, Apple overtook Nokia to become the world's largest handset vendor in revenue terms during the first quarter of 2011. The firm said that, in revenue terms, Apple is now the world's largest handset vendor, smartphone vendor and tablet vendor.
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April 21

Verizon (NYSE:VZ)
With just two months of Apple iPhone 4 sales in the first quarter, Verizon Wireless activated 2.2 million units of the popular device, the majority of which were upgrades for its existing customer base. However, more surprising than the company's first quarter iPhone success is the traction it is having with its first 4G LTE smartphone, the HTC ThunderBolt
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Nokia (NYSE:NOK)
Nokia said it will cut $1.46 billion in operating expenses from its core devices and services business as it begins the transition to using Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 as its primary smartphone platform. To that end, the two companies announced they signed a definitive agreement on their long-term partnership that will give Nokia billions of dollars in payments.
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April 27
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC)
Ericsson posted first-quarter earnings and sales that topped analysts estimates, but the company expects that its supply chain will continue to be impacted during the next several months by the effects of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. The company, the world's largest network equipment vendor, reported net income of $671 million in the quarter, more than triple the $212 million it posted in the year-ago period.
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LG
LG Electronics slumped to a loss in the first quarter, still weighed down by weakness in its handset business. However, the company predicted the unit will return to profitability in the second half of this year.
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April 28
Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI)
As expected, Motorola Solutions released strong earnings that beat Wall Street's estimates and highlighted its recent focus on enterprise wins in Europe and on its continued success selling to the government segment.
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Sprint
Nextel (NYSE:S)
Sprint Nextel added 1.1 million net subscribers in its first quarter, pushing forward with the momentum it generated in the fourth quarter. However, Sprint lost around 114,000 net postpaid subscribers during the quarter.
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Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI)
Motorola said it shipped more than 250,000 Xoom Android tablets during the first quarter. The company also said it shipped 9.3 million total mobile devices during the quarter, including 4.1 million smartphones, and that its net loss shrunk to $81 million. However, Motorola didn't disclose how many Xooms were actually purchased by end users--the company's CFO noted only that sales to customers was "good."
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Microsoft  (NASDAQ:MSFT)
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April 29
Samsung
Samsung Electronics saw its company-wide profit drop 30 percent in the first quarter, but the electronics conglomerate was buoyed by strong smartphone sales, continuing a trend from the fourth quarter of 2010.
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May 3

MetroPCS (NYSE:PCS)
Flat-rate carrier MetroPCS reported strong quarterly earnings and record quarterly net subscriber additions in the first quarter, and the company is banking on the strength it has seen in smartphones to continue this year. The company, which now has LTE service in all of its 14 core markets, also said it expects to introduce more LTE handsets later this year, and begin testing Voice over LTE technology by year-end.
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May 4
Leap Wireless (NASDAQ:LEAP)
Leap Wireless  posted a wider net loss and weaker subscriber growth in the first quarter, but saw a substantial drop in churn and an increase in average revenue per user.
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Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR)
Clearwire said it no longer plans to sell any of its spectrum to raise additional funds for the company--at least not in 2011. "I view that the spectrum sale is something we don't have to consider in 2011," Clearwire interim CEO John Stanton told investors during Clearwire's first quarter earnings call.
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May 6
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU)
Telecom equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent moved closer to achieving its goal of profitability and long-term growth. The company posted first quarter revenues of $5.43 billion, an increase of 15.2 percent year over year. In addition, the company had an adjusted gross profit of $1.96 billion, or 36.2 percent of revenues.
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T-Mobile USA (Deutsche Telekom)
T-Mobile USA suffered another difficult quarter as customers left the carrier at an alarming rate--the company lost 99,000 subscribers in the first quarter of 2011, bringing its total subscriber base to 33.6 million, down from 33.7 million a year ago. In addition, T-Mobile's profit dropped to $135 million, down from $362 million a year ago.
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