Anybody who wondered how AT&T managed to stand up against the Verizon Wireless February iPhone launch wasn’t paying much attention to their TV set.
Being social, going local, and paying for the privilege were hot topics on the last day of the Reuters 2011 Global Technology Summit.
On the face of it, the iPhone 4 unveiled by Verizon Wireless on Tuesday is pretty much the same device that AT&T has been selling. It costs the same, and features essentially the same bells and whistles — with the nice addition of a personal Wi-Fi hotspot, that allows up to five other devices to share its wireless signal.
On Tuesday, MetroPCS said it has become the first US carrier to launch commercial high-speed wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) services and and an handset, beating its biggest rival Verizon Wireless to the post. LTE is a next-generation technology Verizon Wireless and AT&T plan to support.
The latest quarterly numbers from AT&T and Verizon Communications points to steady addition of TV customers which they are very likely winning from the cable companies as well as satellite players. AT&T said it posted its first ever billion-dollar revenue quarter for its U-Verse services (which includes Internet). It added 209,000 U-Verse TV subscribers and now has 2.5 million in total. Meanwhile Verizon said it added 174,000 FiOS TV subscribers and now has 3.2 million in total.
Verizon’s Chief Executive on Tuesday tackled subjects ranging from US healthcare reform, iPhone, China, his lack of interest in a merger with Vodafone and his feelings about former Vice President Dick Cheney.
Verizon Wireless brought in almost half of its customers from its wholesale prepaid business in the fourth quarter, seemingly confirming analyst predictions that this market segment is becoming the biggest driver of mobile.
CEOs are always pretty coy when asked about their retirement plans. Verizon Communications Ivan Seidenberg, 63, definitely falls into that category as evidenced by his request that the Wall Street Journal’s Joann Lublin keep his reply off the record when she asked him about succession at a conference on Friday.