Wireless in the fourth quarter of 2011

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How did the wireless industry perform in the fourth quarter of 2011? 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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And click here for the the fourth quarter global handset and smartphone market in four charts, and click here for ABI's take on the global fourth quarter handset market.


Dec. 15
Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)
Research In Motion said it will not release its first BlackBerry 10 smartphones running on QNX software until the "latter part" of 2012 because the dual-core LTE chipset it intends to use for the platform will not be available until mid-2012. Previously, RIM had said it expected QNX-based smartphones sometime in early 2012. RIM reported net income of $265 million, down from $911 million in the year-ago period. RIM had said earlier this month that it would book a $485 million pre-tax charge related to unsold BlackBerry PlayBook tablet inventory.
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Jan. 19
Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson reported a surprise net loss for the fourth quarter, as the company faced intense competition and weaker macroeconomic conditions. The drop came against the backdrop of Sony's purchase of Ericsson's share in the joint venture, which is expected to be completed in the coming weeks.
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Google (NASDAQ:GOOG)
Google executives once again praised the momentum of the company's Android mobile operating system. During the company's fourth-quarter earnings conference call, Google CEO Larry Page said that "Android is quite simply mind-boggling." Page revealed that there are now 250 million Android devices activated worldwide, up from the 190 million Google announced in October.
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Jan. 24

Verizon (NYSE:VZ)
For Verizon Wireless, the fourth quarter was all about the iPhone and LTE devices.  The company activated 4.3 million Apple iPhones and 2.3 million LTE devices in the fourth quarter of 2011, significantly higher than past quarters in 2011. However, the company also saw its capital expenditures increase for 2011.
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Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)
Apple had a record-breaking fiscal first quarter 2012, which ended Dec. 31, 2011, posting iPhone sales of 37.04 million and iPad sales of 15.43 million in the quarter. Not only did Apple beat analyst estimates but its iPhone sales were up 128 percent year-over-year and its iPad sales increased 111 percent year-over-year.
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Jan. 25
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC)
Ericsson reported a 66 percent drop in net profit as the company confronted tepid operator spending and declining North American sales, particularly for CDMA products. Nevertheless, the Swedish vendor said it will become more efficient and focus on winning LTE business as carriers continue to upgrade their networks.
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Jan. 26
AT&T
(NYSE:T)
AT&T Mobility  reported a stunning 9.4 million smartphone sales in the fourth quarter, up nearly 60 percent year-over-year and nearly double its smartphone sales in the third quarter. The figure seems to prove once again that the operator's success in the smartphone arena isn't due solely to its exclusive deal with Apple for the iPhone, which ended in the first quarter of 2011.
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Nokia (NYSE:NOK)
Nokia said it has shipped more than 1 million Lumia smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone software to date. The phones first became available in November and CEO Stephen Elop said he is encouraged by consumer reception to the devices. Nevertheless, Nokia posted a $1.4 billion loss in the fourth quarter and reported a 21 percent drop in sales.
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Nokia Siemens Networks
Nokia Siemens Networks reported weaker fourth-quarter sales and although the vendor now has the acquisition of Motorola Solutions' networks business under its belt, NSN is in for a rough first quarter and 2012 as it embarks on a massive restructuring program.
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Motorola Mobility
(NYSE:MMI)
In what is likely its last quarterly earnings as an independent company, Motorola Mobility reported that it shipped 5.3 million smartphones and 200,000 tablets in the fourth quarter, in line with weaker expectations it provided earlier this month. As previously reported, Google is expected to finalize its acquisition of Motorola this quarter.
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Jan. 27
Samsung
Samsung Electronics had another massive earnings bonanza in the fourth quarter, delivering solid growth in profits driven by its smartphone sales. However, according to analysts, Samsung lost its quarterly smartphone crown to Apple, which sold a record 37 million iPhones in the quarter. Analysts estimated Samsung shipped around 36 million smartphones in the quarter.
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Feb. 1

LG
LG Electronics reported a fourth-quarter profit for its handset unit, its first in six quarters, and the company said that despite weaker overall sales it is making the transition to higher-end smartphones, especially those with LTE.
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Qualcomm
(NASDAQ:QCOM)
Qualcomm reported booming revenue and profit in its fiscal first quarter as sales of smartphones around the globe continued to drive growth. However, the shining results were colored by the company's acknowledgement that the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney's office have started an investigation into Qualcomm's compliance with a financial transparency and corruption law.
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Feb. 8
Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S)
Sprint Nextel posted a wider net loss for the fourth quarter, but gained the most net subscribers in a quarter since 2005 thanks in large part to the addition of Apple's iPhone to its lineup. However, like other carriers, selling the iPhone came with a cost--Sprint's margins took a hit as a result of higher device subsidy costs.
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Feb. 10
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU)
Alcatel-Lucent posted a $1.1 billion profit in the fourth quarter and its first annual profit in six years despite falling revenue. The infrastructure vendor also said it will open up its patent portfolio for licensing.
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América Móvil (TracFone)
América Móvil's U.S. TracFone unit notched 493,000 subscriber additions in the fourth quarter as its subscriber growth slowed. However, the unit's revenue boomed amid higher usage, crossing $1 billion.
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Feb. 15
Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR)
Clearwire intends to have its first wave of TD-LTE 5,000 cell sites up and running by June 2013, the company said. Clearwire CEO Erik Prusch made the comments during the company's fourth-quarter earnings conference call.
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Feb. 16
Leap Wireless (NASDAQ:LEAP)
Cricket provider Leap Wireless reported a rise in its net customer additions in the fourth quarter from a year ago, but the company's revenues came in below some investor expectations. As a result, the company's shares fell slightly to $9.41 in after-hours trading immediately after the release of the company's earnings.
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Feb. 23
MetroPCS
(NYSE:PCS)
MetroPCS CEO Roger Linquist said the flat-rate carrier will launch at least one handset capable of Voice over LTE service in the second half of the year. The MetroPCS chief made the comments during the carrier's quarterly analyst conference call to discuss the company's relatively strong fourth quarter results.
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T-Mobile USA (Deutsche Telekom)
T-Mobile USA continues to face difficulties keeping its customers. The company reported weak fourth quarter earnings highlighted by a loss of a net 802,000 postpaid subscribers in the quarter. The losses most likely were due to customers leaving the carrier to go to competitors such as AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel, which all launched Apple's iPhone 4S in fourth quarter.
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Feb. 24
U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular took a competitive hit from the launch of the Apple's iPhone 4S by competitors Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, and Sprint Nextel in fourth quarter 2011. The company saw its churn increase to 1.63 percent from 1.52 percent in the same quarter the previous year, and attributed that hike to the iPhone launch.
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