August 17, 2010

Verizon Wireless starting Motorola DROID 2 training

Verizon Wireless usually starts training employees on devices around 2-3 weeks out from a launch date, and we have received an image showing us just that. The Motorola DROID 2 is now being seen by Verizon’s oh-so-helpful reps, albeit in 2D form on a computer screen. This means that the device should launch in August as rumored. Though we have to say, with the Motorola DROID X and the HTC Incredible out there, what’s the story morning glory?

AT&T activates 3.2 million iPhones in Q2, 27% growth in wireless data revenue


Here is a fairly astonishing statistic: AT&T activated 3.2 million iPhones in Q2 alone, and 27% of those were new account activations — 860,000 new AT&T iPhone accounts. The wireless company’s Q2 ended on June 30th, just four days after the iPhone 4 went on sale. AT&T’s Q2 earnings call also informed us that the number two carrier in the States saw .8 billion in earnings and earnings per share of .61. Analysts were expecting .9 billion in revenue and .58 in earnings per share. Hit the jump for a few more AT&T Q2 highlights.

  • .68 diluted EPS compares with .54 diluted EPS in the second quarter of 2009, up 25.9 percent; up 13.0 percent excluding a .07 one-time gain from a Telmex Internacional stock transaction
  • .8 billion second-quarter consolidated revenues from continuing operations, up 4 million, or 0.6 percent, versus the year-earlier period and up 8 million, or 0.9 percent, sequentially
  • Consolidated operating margin expansion to 19.8 percent, up from 18.0 percent in the year-earlier quarter
  • 1.6 million organic net adds in total wireless subscribers, best-ever second quarter, to reach 90.1 million in service
  • 3.2 million iPhone activations in second quarter, a company record
  • Best-ever wireless churn levels, with 1.01 percent postpaid churn and 1.29 percent total churn 10.3 percent increase in wireless service revenues, with postpaid subscriber ARPU (average monthly revenues per subscriber) up 3.4 percent; sixth consecutive quarter with a year-over-year increase in postpaid ARPU
  • 27.2 percent growth in wireless data revenues, up 6 million versus the year-earlier quarter
  • 2.9 million net increase in 3G postpaid integrated devices on AT&T’s wireless network to reach 29.7 million
  • 32.0 percent growth in wireline consumer IP data revenues driven by AT&T U-verse® expansion; first-ever billion-dollar revenue quarter for AT&T U-verse services
  • 209,000 net gain in AT&T U-verse TV subscribers to reach 2.5 million in service, with continued high broadband and voice attach rates
  • 15.8 percent growth in revenues from strategic business services such as Ethernet, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), hosting and application services


Verizon Wireless DROID X slated to receive update starting July 19th


Good news for Motorola DROID X owners as Verizon Wireless is releasing an update to the newly launched handset. The update, Version 1.13.604.MB810.Verizon.en.US/Baseband: BP_C01.09.04P, includes the following improvements and enhancements:

  • Improved battery charging status indicator.
  • Smoother transition for camera and camcorder functions.
  • Redesign of weather widget icons.
  • Faster Exchange ActiveSync® email loading.
  • Streamlined organization of newly downloaded applications.
  • Organized favorite contacts by call count.
  • Updated Bluetooth® connection for enhanced video sharing experience.
  • Coordinated date and time across phone displays.
  • Cleaner looking status bar for GPS symbol.
  • Improved sync capabilities for 3G Mobile Hotspot.
  • Faster Visual Voice Mail loading.
  • Take advantage of the enhanced, preloaded My Verizon application.
  • Preloaded Amazon Kindle® application lets you read Kindle books on your AndroidTM phone, including thousands of free books.

The OTA is slated to roll out starting the 19th and will hit handsets in stages over the following few days.