U.S. Cellular capped 2014 with a strong performance in the fourth quarter. The company managed to grow its postpaid customer base in 2014, the first time it has been able to do so since 2009.
The fourth-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, so now it's time to see how the nation's top wireless carriers stacked up against each other in terms of key metrics. Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson has assembled these slides that provide an in-depth look at how Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US performed in the fourth quarter. Dawson's research covers relatively standard metrics including revenue growth and net adds, but also includes deep dives into prepaid vs. postpaid performance, subscriber acquisitions vs. losses, and more. Special Report
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere essentially said that T-Mobile has already passed Sprint in terms of subscribers if inactive Sprint MVNO customers are taken out of Sprint's subscriber count.
For months, financial analysts have been worried that T-Mobile US' surging subscriber growth would hinder its profitability. They're no longer quite so concerned.
T-Mobile US is open to working with Dish Network as the satellite TV company ponders its wireless options now that Dish is flush with even more spectrum following the AWS-3 auction, according to T-Mobile CEO John Legere.
T-Mobile US will report its full fourth-quarter earnings tomorrow and since the carrier has already detailed its subscriber growth, the focus is likely going to be on its margins and future technology deployments, according to a financial analyst.
ARM Holdings, the British chipset design giant, posted a better than expected 25 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit. The company, whose architecture is used by the likes of Qualcomm, MediaTek and many others, said it expects its royalty income to get a boost from new smartphones.
América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, posted weaker subscriber growth in the fourth quarter than it did in the year-ago period. The parent company, an international telecoms giant, also acknowledged the obvious: it is facing more competition in its core market of Mexico from AT&T and Telefónica.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere has made one of his missions in 2015 to have his company pass Sprint in terms of total subscribers, to became the nation's No. 3 carrier. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure indicated that if that happens, it won't be a big deal.
Alcatel-Lucent posted higher profit in the fourth quarter of 2014 and vowed to continue its march into profitability in 2015. However, like its larger peer Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent was stung in the fourth quarter by falling sales in North America, which is especially problematic since Alcatel-Lucent relies heavily on U.S. carriers for its overall sales.