Wireless in the third quarter of 2010

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How did the wireless industry perform in the third quarter of 2010? 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.

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

(Don't forget to check out our list of the top 10 U.S. wireless carriers in the third quarter and our special report on the top global handset makers in the third quarter.)


Sept. 16
Research In Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM)
Research In Motion posted solid fiscal second-quarter earnings, beating Wall Street's diminished expectations, and the Canadian BlackBerry maker issued a positive outlook as well. However, the company missed its forecast for BlackBerry subscriber account additions.
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- see this release
- more RIM news

Oct. 14

Google
(NASDAQ:GOOG)
Google said its mobile business--including search, advertising and services--adds $1 billion to its revenue streams annually. And executives emphasized mobile is a growing business.
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- see this release
- more Google news

Oct. 15
Sony Ericsson

Sony Ericsson reported its third straight quarterly profit, but its sales were crimped in the third quarter by components shortages. The handset maker continues to revitalize its business on the back of Google's Android platform, but its unit shipments were lower both on a sequential and year-over-year basis.
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- see this release
- more Sony Ericsson news

Oct. 18
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)
Apple blasted past its previous record iPhone sales in its fiscal fourth quarter, giving no indication that its momentum is slowing down.
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- see this release
- see this iPhone sales chart
- more Apple news

Oct. 21

AT&T (NYSE:T)
AT&T Mobility continued to draw subscribers to its network thanks to--acording multiple reports--its soon-to-end exclusive relationship with Apple for its iPhone. The company activated 5.2 million iPhones in the third quarter and added 2.6 million new customers to its network, bringing its total subscriber base to 92.8 million. Interestingly, connected devices accounted for 1.12 million of those net adds.
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- see this release 
- more AT&T news

Nokia (NYSE:NOK)
Nokia beat analysts' expectations with strong third-quarter results, but also said it will cut 1,800 jobs as part of a reorganization of its Symbian smartphone production.  This is the company's first major strategic action since Stephen Elop took over as CEO in September.
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- see this release
- more Nokia news

Oct. 22
Verizon (NYSE:VZ)
Although Verizon Wireless failed to match the spectacular number of customer additions posted by rival AT&T Mobility in the third quarter, the nation's largest wireless operator did manage to best AT&T on margins with a relatively unchanged figure.
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- see this release
- more Verizon news

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC)
Ericsson reported stronger profits for the third quarter, beating analysts' estimates with hearty sales in North America and China. These numbers compensated for supply chain bottlenecks that continue to hamper the infrastructure industry.
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- see this release
- more Ericsson news

Oct. 27
Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S)
It appears that Sprint Nextel's turnaround efforts are finally taking hold. The nation's No. 3 carrier added the most net wireless subscribers in a quarter since 2006, but still lost postpaid subscribers in the third quarter. Sprint also posted its first year-over-year revenue increase in years.
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- see this release
- see these slides from Sprint's presentation
- more Sprint news

Oct. 28
Motorola (NYSE:MOT)
Motorola reported strong results in the third quarter, and the company's handset unit posted its first operating profit in more than three years. Motorola's Android smartphone sales beat Wall Street expectations, and the company said it remains on track to split into two publicly traded companies in the first quarter.
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- see this release
- see these slides from Motorola's earnings presentation
- more Motorola news

LG
LG Electronics continued to struggle in handset sales in the third quarter, an indication that it will have a difficult time reversing momentum in the unit, particularly in smartphones.
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- see this release
more LG news

Oct. 29
Samsung
Samsung Electronics posted healthy results for the third quarter on the back of impressive smartphone and semiconductor sales, and the company said it expects to continue the trend in the fourth quarter.
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- see this release
- see these Samsung slides
- more Samsung news

Nov. 2
Leap Wireless (NASDAQ:LEAP)
Despite changes it made to its rate plans and device lineup in August, Leap Wireless is still struggling to keep subscribers. The operator notched 660,000 gross customer adds in the third quarter but lost a net 200,000 subscribers. The carrier's total subscriber base reached 5.1 million at the end of the quarter, a 9.3 percent increase over third-quarter 2009 but a 3.8 percent decrease from the second quarter of 2010.
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- see these key slides from Leap's earnings presentation
- see this release
- more Leap news

Nov. 3
Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM)
Qualcomm reported record chipset shipments in its fiscal fourth quarter, and said it would maintain its strong outlook. However, the company is still grappling with how to handle the implosion of its FLO TV business.
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- see this release
- see this Seeking Alpha transcript
- more Qualcomm news

Nov. 4
Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR)
Clearwire posted record subscriber and revenue growth in the third quarter, but the mobile WiMAX operator said it will take several measures to conserve cash as it seeks to secure new funding. The company said its network now covers 100 million POPs and is on track to cover 120 million POPs by the end of the year. Clearwire also said it now expects to end the year with 4 million total subscribers, double what it had predicted at the beginning of the year.
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- see this release
- more Clearwire news

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU)
Alcatel-Lucent capped a strong third quarter by securing a $4 billion infrastructure deal with Verizon Wireless.
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- see this earnings release
- see this Verizon release
- more Alcatel-Lucent news

MetroPCS (NYSE:PCS)
Flat-rate carrier MetroPCS continues to attract more subscribers despite increasing competition from traditional operators' prepaid offerings. During the third quarter, MetroPCS added 223,249 net subscribers--an increase of 237 percent over the third quarter of 2009--bringing its total subscriber base to 7.8 million.
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- see this earnings release
- see this nationwide coverage release
- see this LTE market release
- more MetroPCS news

T-Mobile USA (Deutsche Telekom)
T-Mobile USA reported stronger subscriber growth in the third quarter, and said it was encouraged by increased smartphone penetration and data usage. However, the nation's No. 4 carrier continued to struggle with postpaid subscriber losses.
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- see this release
- more T-Mobile news

 

Microsoft  (NASDAQ:MSFT)