AT&T reports Q4 wireless operating income up 54%; smartphones were 93% of postpaid phone sales

AT&T reports Q4 wireless operating income up 54%; smartphones were 93% of postpaid phone sales
AT&T reported its fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday. For the period, AT&T's wireless business saw it's overall revenues rise 4.5% to $18.44 billion, which included a 16% gain in data revenue and a 4.8% gain in service revenue. Operating income came in at $1.4 billion for wireless, up 54% year-over-year. For the 20th straight quarter, ARPU rose with a 3.9% gain. Postpaid ARPU was up 2.1%

During the three months ended in December, the nation's second largest carrier report a net addition of 566,000 postpaid  accounts. The Carrier added more than half a million net new smartphone accounts in the quarter, both postpaid and prepaid. AT&T also added 440,000 net branded tablet additions in the three month period. Overall, the mobile operator has 110.36 million customers, 72.6 million of whom are on a postpaid plan. Churn was 1.11%, a record low for a fourth quarter, but still higher than the churn in some of the other quarters in 2013.

AT&T's early upgrade program, Next, was responsible for the sale of 1 million smartphones in Q4. That represented 15% of all smartphone additions and upgrades in the quarter. 77% of the AT&T's postpaid subscribers are now using a smartphone, up 10% year-over-year. Mobile Share now has 21 million subscribers, accounting for 29% of total postpaid subscribers.



source: AT&T (1), (2)

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4 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30974; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The best network out of the big 4, and I've tried em all. 1. At&t 2. Verizon 3. Sprint 4. Tmobile.

2. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

T-Mobile's new press release in the wake of the AT&T earnings call is hilarious. Gotta give them credit, they have huevos (and 1, soon to be 4, of my lines).

3. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Also had all 4 of them. Overall experience AT&T easily 1st. TMO is rather amusing. Gotta back it up with coverage FOOT PRINT.

4. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

AT&T hands down best, only people to complain are the people who use them long ago in the past

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