AT&T has reported its second quarter earnings, showing minor improvement compared to the same time last year. The company generated $33 billion in overall revenue, up 1.4% since last year. In addition, the carrier’s stock price per share increased sixty-nine cents this year compared to only sixty-one cents last year. AT&T also mentioned it added 2.1 million wireless subscribers, 410,000 were postpaid and 331,000 prepaid. The remaining 1 million came from connected cars.
Republic Wireless aims to improve the quality of its service by harnessing the power of a WiFi network. The carrier has already allowed seamless transition when moving ongoing calls over a WiFi connection to its nationwide network; however, with ‘Project Salsa’, its latest experiment, customers are able to switch a call from Republic Wireless’ network to WiFi. Call quality obviously benefits from the strength of a WiFi network.
The wireless industry is getting increasingly competitive, so we’re starting to see carriers branch out into other markets to try to look for other avenues of making money. AT&T wants DirecTV, and it looks like Verizon wants to throw their hat into the ring for video streaming services. Read more
Today, T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray announced that the carrier is bringing new messaging capabilities on its Rich Communications Services (RCS) standard. The new service is called T-Mobile Advanced Messaging and will deliver messaging capabilities previously available only on third-party apps. Read more
If you are slightly clumsy and drop your phone too often, or don’t want to worry about breaking your expensive handset due to your butter-fingers syndrome, there is a perfect solution for you – Kyocera’s Hydro WAVE.
The FCC appears to be nearly ready to approve AT&T’s buyout of DirecTV for nearly $49 billion dollars, although it looks like that approval is going to come with a few conditions. The deal was announced about a year ago and has been subject to plenty of scrutiny from the FCC, just like any other acquisition of this size. Read more
Last week, we saw the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ head to the FCC for all major carriers in the United States except for Sprint. No one knew exactly why Sprint’s did not go with all the others, but today both phones showed up under model numbers SM-N920P (Galaxy Note 5) and SM-G928P (Galaxy S6 Edge+).
AT&T will be raising activation and upgrade fees for new one or two year contracts. They are also adding an activation fee for AT&T Next and BYOD customers. The new fees will go into effect August 1st.
The old price was $40 and will now be bumped to $45 for upgrades making it the highest activation fee out there. Verizon is still at $40, but will probably follow suit at some point in the future. If you choose to sign up for a new contract after August 1st you’ll still be eligible for a discounted phone, but will pay $5 more than before.
Things are not looking good for Bell Mobility. The company just lost its second consecutive bid in an attempt to overturn the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling.
Verizon announced financial results for the second quarter today and things are looking good for the carrier. Verizon experienced double-digit percentage growth in year-over-year earnings and they had strong cash flow results. Earnings per share for the second quarter came up to $1.04 per share, a 14.3 percent increase compared to last year’s 91 cents per share for the same period. Read more