T-Mobile USA reports 1% rise in year-over-year operating earnings in the second quarter

T-Mobile USA reports 1% rise in year-over-year operating earnings in the second quarter
In what has been a rough environment for cellular carriers, T-Mobile USA managed to produce a 1% gain in operating income before depreciation and amoritization over last year's figures which works out to a 16% improvement from this year's first quarter number. The nation's fourth largest carrier had a 2.2% contract churn in the second quarter, a slight improvement from the 2.3% churn rate of the prior three month period. 325,000 net new customers were added in the April-June quarter. Net income for the 2nd quarter was $425 million dollars, up from the $322 million dollars reported in the first quarter, but down from the $452 million dollars year over year.  Blended Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), combining both pre-paid and contract subscribers, was $48 in this year's quarter, flat with the first quarter, but off from last year's $52.

With this quarter behind them, T-Mobile USA is looking forward to the next few months when new products will start generating revenue and income. Just yesterday, the carrier launched myTouch 3G, the second Android powered handset to be released in the U.S., and the BlackBerry Curve 8520 which freshens up the popular BlackBerry line. According to research firm IDC, the Curve was the top selling smartphone in the country in the second quarter, beating out the iPhone 3GS. Also expected to help earnings in the next few quarters is a new agreement with Radio Shack as the latter will start selling T-Mobile branded devices on August 19th. And one of the most anticipated handsets of the year, the HTC Touch Pro2, is scheduled to be launched on August 12th. It looks like the carrier will have no time to take a breath in the next few months.

T-Mobile myTouch 3G Specifications
RIM BlackBerry Curve 8520 Specifications | Review
HTC Touch Pro2 Specifications | Review (European Version)

source: T-Mobile

FCC OKs Cingular\'s purchase of AT&T Wireless