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AT&T Inc. (T)

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 12:08 PM
    Research In Motion (RIMM +1.1%) hopes to fend of the iPhone (AAPL +2.2%) by offering software to let BlackBerry users segregate personal info from work apps like email. This will further differentiate BlackBerry from Apple and Android (GOOG -0.4%) phones, which are used professionally and privately without proper security.
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  • Jan. 21, 2011, 2:00 PM
    Research in Motion (RIMM -1.3%) hopes offering more enterprise-class tools that provide security and compliance will end CIO flirtation with the iPhone (AAPL -1.2%). It will offer a BlackBerry client for SharePoint (MSFT -0.8%), and middleware for app integration and to manage cloud-based mobile devices.
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  • Jan. 21, 2011, 9:53 AM
    Verizon (VZ +1.1%) will report a pre-tax charge of $600M for 2010 because of changes in its pension accounting method. The new policy, similar to one adopted by AT&T (T +0.3%), means it recognizes pension plan gains and losses in the year they happen. This "effectively moves $20.2B worth of future losses into the past," notes one observer.
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  • Jan. 20, 2011, 11:01 AM
    T-Mobile (DTEGY.PK) will boost sales by $3B by 2014 and is mulling partnerships to access enough spectrum to build a next-gen wireless network. The carrier has trailed rivals who benefitted from 3G networks. It plans to rebound with new data plans and LTE services, while reducing 2011's churn rate to 2%, down from 2.4% in Q3 2010.
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  • Jan. 20, 2011, 9:46 AM
    Sources say Nokia (NOK +1.2%) nixed the rumored U.S. launch of its X7 smartphone on the AT&T (T +0.1%) network, for reasons that are unclear. Nokia needs to beef up its smartphone presence in the U.S. where it lags. Nevertheless, Nokia states it's "working hard with our U.S. carrier partners."
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  • Jan. 19, 2011, 12:30 PM
    Wireless technologies and accessories provider Tessco (TESS) is -14.1% after reporting a disappointing Q3. This was because its largest customer, AT&T (T +0.2%), reduced accessory purchases before losing iPhone (AAPL +0.6%) exclusivity. Tessco says earnings/share for 2011 will run from $1.20 to $1.27.
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  • Jan. 19, 2011, 9:21 AM
    The Q1 iPhone (AAPL) surge clearly won't help struggling Nokia (NOK -1.3%), which is expected to see continued profit decline. Apple's "stellar" quarter shows smartphone demand - but Apple's strength also will hurt "others struggling to gain traction in an extremely competitive and over supplied high-tier segment," says CCS Insight.
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  • Jan. 19, 2011, 8:28 AM
    With all the excitement around Apple's (AAPL +1.9%) Q1 numbers, analysts "blew their chance" to grill executives for hints about CEO Steve Jobs and the future. And COO Tim Cook answered one product road map query with: "I don’t want to let anyone know about our magic because I don’t want anyone copying it."
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  • Jan. 18, 2011, 1:51 PM
    U.S. prosecutors charge two men with stealing e-mail addresses and other data from 120,000 iPad (AAPL -1.9%) users. The charges arise from a "brute force" hacking over several days last June that affected iPad users who accessed the Internet through AT&T's (T) 3G network.
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  • Jan. 18, 2011, 1:23 PM
    Clearwire's (CLWR +2.4%) directors elect John Stanton as the new chairman, replacing Craig McCaw, who abruptly resigned last month. An industry veteran, Stanton has been a company director since 2008. Earlier this month, the board also appointed former CEO of Clearwire Benjamin Wolff as director to fill McCaw's empty slot.
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  • Jan. 18, 2011, 11:47 AM
    AT&T's (T -0.1%) pension accounting changes won't affect cash flow, notes an upbeat Gimme Credit, reiterating an Outperform rating on company bonds due in 2019. And this summer, AT&T may benefit from the next-gen iPhone (AAPL), which Verizon (VZ -1.7%) will probably delay introducing.
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  • Jan. 18, 2011, 11:26 AM
    As if things weren't tough enough on Apple (AAPL -3.3%), the venerable Consumer Reports is urging buyers to delay buying Verizon's (VZ -1.5%) iPhone. The iPhone 4 has enough flaws to merit waiting to procure the next-gen model that will ship in the summer. The current iPhone 4 is only a "transitional" device.
  • Jan. 18, 2011, 9:45 AM
    Sources claim Taiwan-based contract manufacturer Pegatron Technology will ship from 12M to 15M CDMA-based iPhones (AAPL -3.9%) in 2011. That exceeds Pegatron's own previous 10M iPhone estimate, presumably because of surging Verizon (VZ -1.2%) subscriber demand. Pegatron is already shipping the devices.
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  • Jan. 18, 2011, 8:11 AM
    Interim Apple (AAPL -4.4%) head Tim Cook has as COO already been running the firm. Unlike CEO Steve Jobs, he's not a "visionary," but a workaholic "intense operator type." The last time Jobs took medical leave, Cook stated: "We believe that we're on the face of the earth to make great products and that's not changing."
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  • Jan. 14, 2011, 12:02 PM
    Verizon (VZ -0.3%) is creating the first real battlefield between Android (GOOG +0.6%) and the iPhone (AAPL +0.2%). Verizon fields proven Android handsets, including the Droid (MMI +2.2%) and the Fascinate (SSNLF.PK), and some will run on its 4G LTE network. Apple faces a tough fight here, but one that may dictate the rest of the war.
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  • Jan. 14, 2011, 10:04 AM
    Experts speculate Apple (AAPL -0.2%) redesigned the iPhone 4 for Verizon (VZ -0.2%) with multiple cellular antennas, presumably to avoid the "death grip" problem that plagued AT&T (T +0.4%) last summer with lost calls. Verizon no doubt has learned what to avoid. A survey says AT&T, given its spotty service, will lose 26% of its iPhone users to Verizon.
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Company Description
AT&T Inc, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, provides wireless and wireline telecommunications services in the United States and internationally. The Company has three reportable segments: Wireless, Wireline, and Other.