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Wireless in the first quarter of 2012

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

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, second quarter 2011, third quarter 2011  and fourth quarter 2011 wrapup pages.

(And make sure to check out the top 11 handset makers in the first quarter, and the top 10 U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter.)


March 29
Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)
Research In Motion said it is "undertaking a comprehensive review of strategic opportunities including partnerships and joint ventures, licensing and other ways to leverage RIM's assets." The announcement coincided with the release of the company's fiscal fourth-quarter results.
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April 12
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)
Google CEO Larry Page said the company expects the performance of its mobile business to outpace other areas, such that mobile ads will eventually produce more profit than desktop computer ads. Page said that, for example, a mobile ad that allows a smartphone user to place a call to a business will naturally provide more value than an ad on a desktop computer, where users can't easily place calls.
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April 18
Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM)
Qualcomm once again posted record earnings and revenue in its fiscal second quarter, but the chipset giant also said it is facing constraints on meeting customer demand for chips that will force it to boost operating expenses.
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April 19
Verizon (NYSE:VZ)
Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE marketing efforts appear to be paying off. During its first quarter earnings report, the company sold 2.9 million LTE devices in the quarter, up from 2.3 million in the fourth quarter, bringing its total number of LTE subscribers to 8 million, or approximately 9 percent of its postpaid base.
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Nokia (NYSE:NOK)
Nokia, struggling to gain traction in its planned smartphone turnaround using Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, reported a wider than expected $1.75 billion operating loss for the first quarter. The company's fortunes have been declining due to slowing sales of its feature phones and Symbian smartphones. Sales of Nokia's Lumia Windows Phone smartphones, which Nokia began selling in November, haven't compensated.
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Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks reported a drop in first-quarter sales and a negative operating margin, but the joint venture promised an improvement in its margins in the second quarter as it continues its restructuring program. In the first quarter, Nokia Siemens reported net sales of $3.85 billion, down 7 percent from $4.14 billion in the year-ago period.
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April 24
AT&T (NYSE:T)
AT&T Mobility sold more than 5.5 million smartphones in the first quarter, of which 4.3 million were Apple iPhones. Despite the strong smartphone sales, the company's service margins rebounded to 41.6 percent, which the company attributed to improved churn as well as reduced spending and the lingering impact of the integration of former Alltel and Centennial Communications customers. In the fourth quarter of 2011, AT&T reported service margins of 38.1 percent.
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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)
Apple released its fiscal second quarter results showing sales of 35.1 million iPhones in the quarter, which the company said was up 88 percent over the year-ago quarter. The company sold 11.8 million iPads during the quarter, a 151 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter.
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April 25
Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S)
Sprint Nextel reported a narrower than expected first-quarter loss, and recorded 1.5 million Apple iPhone activations during the quarter. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse also disclosed during the company's quarterly earnings conference call that its Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile prepaid brands will gain access to Clearwire's mobile WiMAX network sometime in the second quarter; he did not provide details.
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Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC)
Ericsson reported a strong profit for the first quarter, based in large part on its sale of its 50 percent stake in Sony Ericsson to Sony, as well as stronger sequential sales from North America.
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LG
LG Electronics reported a drop in handset sales in the first quarter as weaker feature phones sales dragged down the business despite stronger smartphone sales. However, the South Korean electronics conglomerate's mobile communications and handset units reported another quarterly profit, building on momentum from the fourth quarter.
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Leap Wireless (NASDAQ:LEAP)
During Cricket provider Leap Wireless' first quarter earnings conference call, Leap CEO Doug Hutcheson announced the carrier will refresh its service pricing plans and its device portfolio but provided little detail about the upcoming changes.
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April 26
MetroPCS (NYSE:PCS)
MetroPCS reported lower net income for the first quarter on higher costs it incurred to acquire new customers. Yet the flat-rate carrier also disappointed analysts by reporting weaker than expected customer additions in the quarter. The company also said it will offer cheaper LTE smartphones and Voice over LTE-capable phones in the fall timeframe.
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Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU)
Alcatel-Lucent posted a wider first-quarter operating loss and warned of uncertainty in the North American and European markets. The infrastructure vendor reported steep drops in revenue from its networks business and wireless in particular.
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Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR)
WiMAX provider Clearwire said it will deploy 5,000 of its TD-LTE hotspot sites in 31 top tier markets by June 2013. Those markets include New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago and Seattle. More cities will be announced at a later date.
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Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA)
Social gaming giant Zynga experienced sharp growth in its average mobile daily active user base after gobbling up OMGPOP last month. The company now counts 21 million mobile DAUs, almost double the 12 million it reported in the previous quarter.
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April 27
Samsung
Samsung Electronics rode rising smartphone sales to a record first-quarter profit and also used its muscle to overtake Nokia as the world's largest handset maker by volume, stripping Nokia of its crown after 14 years at the top.
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América Móvil (TracFone)
América Móvil's U.S. TracFone unit reported weaker subscriber growth in the first quarter but also boasted of burgeoning data revenues, a sign that smartphone usage for the MVNO may be taking off.
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May 1
Motorola Mobility (NYSE:MMI)
Motorola Mobility said it shipped 5.1 million smartphones during the first quarter. The company, which reported a slightly larger net loss than it did in the year-ago period, is still waiting for Google's $12.5 billion purchase of the company to get approved by Chinese regulators before the deal closes.
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May 4
U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular added more expensive data tiers with higher usage thresholds to its data plans for its postpaid subscribers, and it also maintained that it will expand its LTE network as the year goes on to 50 percent of its footprint. U.S. Cellular CEO Mary Dillon made the comments in conjunction with the carrier's first-quarter earnings, which were strong financially but showed that the company is still losing customers.
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May 10
T-Mobile USA (Deutsche Telekom)
T-Mobile USA posted a net customer increase in its first quarter along with improved finances, generally impressing analysts with better-than-expected results and offering a ray of hope for its attempts to kick start its business after AT&T's failed acquisition of the carrier.
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