By Lisa Johnston
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No price war among carriers? That was the conclusion of one carrier executive during a recent investors’ conference call. But I’m not so sure. Promotional activity has picked up this year, and carriers are poaching competitors’ subscribers with cash incentives.
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Dallas — AT&T’s wireless operations posted a 53.8 percent gain in operating income in the fourth quarter on a 4.5 percent revenue as operating margins rose 21.4 percent from the year-ago 14.5 percent.
Revenues were up because of rising average revenues per subscriber, thanks to higher smartphone data usage, and to fourth-quarter retail postpaid subscriber churn that hit a record fourth-quarter low of 1.11 percent, down from a year-ago 1.19 percent.
2014 CES Las Vegas - T-Mobile's entertaining and often foul-mouthed CEO John Legere poked another finger in the eye of its cellular carrier rivals by announcing it will pay consumers' early termination fee (ETF) for up to $350 per line and an instant credit of up to $300 per trade-in device for up to five lines.
"This is not a promotion," Legere insisted, after reveling in his physical ejection from the AT&T event the night before. "This is forever. This is the end of contracts."
Dallas – AT&T announced Nov. 22 availability and a $129 price point for Amber Alert GPS, a communications and tracking device that parents would use to keep track of their kids.
The carrier is offering the device only through its web store at ATT.com and through its flagship Michigan Avenue store in Chicago. A spokesperson declined to say whether distribution would be expanded at a later date.
Dallas – AT&T said Nokia’s first Windows tablet, the 10.1-inch Nokia Lumia 2520 Windows RT 8.1 will be available in black in all AT&T channels beginning Nov. 22 for $399 with a two-year contract.
Dallas – AT&T’s first Windows Phone phablet will be priced at $199 and will available on Nov. 22.
The 4G LTE Nokia Lumia 1520 features 6-inch 1080p display, quad-core 2.2GHz processor, 20-megapixel camera, and the latest version of the Windows Phone OS, called 8.1.
Dallas – Cameras and GPS were the focus of twin wireless announcements by AT&T, which will become the first U.S. carrier to offer the first smartphone with 10x optical zoom.
The carrier also announced plans for a second GPS device that tracks kids’ whereabouts.
San Diego — Leap Wireless stockholders approved the company’s purchase by AT&T.
More than 99 percent of the votes cast at a stockholder meeting Wednesday approved of the merger, which is awaiting clearance by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Justice.
Dallas — The Ativ S Neo smartphone will be Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8 smartphone for the AT&T network when it becomes available Nov. 8 at $99 with two-year contract or $21/month under AT&T’s Next frequent-upgrade program.
The LTE-equipped ATIV S Neo was launched by Sprint in August by Sprint.
Dallas – AT&T’s wireless operating income rose 3.4 percent in the third quarter to $4.6 billion on a 5.1 percent gain in operating revenues to $17.5 billion.
The wireless operating margin slipped to 26.4 percent from the year-ago 26.9 percent because of the cost to build out the LTE network and record smartphone sales, which are heavily subsidized.