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Dallas – AT&T’s wireless operating revenues rose in the second quarter, but operating income margin fell and the wireless segment posted lower net income.
Wireless operating income was up 5.7 percent in the second quarter to $17.3 billion and 4.6 percent for the half to $34 billion, but operating income margin fell to 27.1 percent from a year-ago 31 percent and from the first quarter’s 27.8 percent because of second-quarter record activations of 6.8 million smartphone, which are highly subsidized.
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Dallas — AT&T and Audiovox have partnered to provide network connectivity to an Audiovox telematics and location-based vehicle service system.
The plug-in OBDII device is designed to provide maintenance alerts, vehicle tracking, car location and driver scoring, among other things. A smartphone app will enable remote start and vehicle locking.
The OBDII device will use an embedded HSPA wireless modem to send telematics and location data that can be accessed through a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, AT&T said.
Dallas – AT&T plans to emulate rival carrier T-Mobile by offering consumers no-contract wireless-service plans with unsubsidized handsets and tablets, an installment plan to pay off the devices over time, and greater flexibility in switching handsets without penalty.
Under the program, called Next, AT&T subscribers will be able to change handsets once every 12 months without a penalty or upgrade fee.
San Diego – AT&T’s planned $1.2 billion purchase of ailing no-contract carrier Leap Wireless will provide AT&T with spectrum to help accommodate future data growth and provide a shot in the arm for Leap’s Cricket brand, which AT&T vowed to maintain as part of an effort to increase its share of the fast-growing prepaid market.
Irving, Texas — NEC is reentering the U.S. cellular market with the launch of a ruggedized Android smartphone through AT&T.
The 4G Android LTE phone, a ruggedized military-spec model equipped with AT&T’s push-to-talk (PTT) service, will be available June 21 at $99 with two-year contract exclusively through AT&T’s website and through the carrier’s business solutions channels.
Dallas – AT&T joined Verizon Wireless in announcing a new phone-upgrade policy in which subscribers won’t be eligible for a subsidized phone until their 24-month contract expires.
Consumers at both networks previously could get a subsidized handset in 20 months after signing a two-year contract.
Verizon announced its change in April.
New York — AT&T reported it added 1.2 million new smartphone subscribers, and the company’s net income rose 3.2 percent to $3.7 billion during its first quarter.
The company posted operating revenues of $31.4 billion for the three months, ended March 31, compared with the same period last year.
The 1.2 million new smartphone subscribers equated to 290,000 wireless postpaid net adds for the company, which resulted in a postpaid churn improvement to 1.04 percent, the company reported.
AT&T also reported:
Dallas — AT&T expanded its 4G LTE footprint to six more markets, bringing the total market count to 182, and the carrier named 77 more markets that it will turn on by the end of the summer.
With the six new markets, LTE is available in markets with a population of more than 170 million people
Dallas — AT&T announced price and availability dates for the LTE-equipped 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet and the delayed HTC One flagship smartphone.
The LTE-equipped version of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD Kindle will be available through AT&T-owned stores beginning April 5, expanding distribution of the 4G LTE tablet beyond Amazon’s website.
New Smyrna Beach, Fla. — Dr. Ian Ross, the former president of Bell Laboratories who oversaw advances in transistors and microchips, died last week at his home here. He was 85.
Under his watch, Bell Labs research teams furthered field effect transistors, which became a mainstay of integrated circuits, and developed a method of growing the silicon crystals used to make super-thin semiconductor wafers, which led to a new generation of faster computers, microprocessors and switching systems.