Uh oh, next-generation manufacturing issues on the down-low! Reportedly, the battery to be included inside the new iPhone expected to be released this fall has been facing complications in manufacturing. According to the Chinese news source Sina, only 30% of currently-produced batteries meet Apple's standards.
AT&T hasn't been quite as forthcoming with the details of its post-3G network as competitors T-Mobile and Verizon in recent weeks, butFierceBroadbandWireless seems to have gained access to specific details in an interview with wireless head Ralph de la Vega.
Although the standard HSPA 7.2Mbps deployment is still AT&T's short-term focus, HSPA+(which can theoretically take HSPA to 21Mbps and beyond) is still a company focus prior to LTE. "We will also deploy HSPA+ in certain locations," said de la Vega.
AT&T's numbers are in and, with the exception of their last several quarters of profits, they're not pretty. In the wake of executive Ralph de la Vega's comments that AT&T might offer high-bandwidth users incentives to curb their data usage, reports have emerged that AT&T has spent less and less per quarter on network expansion and construction.
This flies in the face of the company's quarterly profit reports, which have risen each quarter with data traffic now accounting for 80% more revenue from wireless data than the last quarter of 2007. In addition, the company has reported profits around $3 billion per quarter since the launch of the iPhone.
Gizmodo's compiled a great infographic to illustrate what we know about AT&T's numbers:
Following significant attention for his comments last week suggesting that the company is looking at tiered pricing for data plans to rein in high-use customers, AT&T Mobility Chief Executive Ralph de la Vega appears to now be downplaying that suggestion.
Instead, de la Vega has stated that the carrier will give customers incentives to limit their use of its wireless network for surfing the Internet or downloading mobile applications.
Following up on comments from AT&T executive Ralph de la Vega that the company may charge more to bandwidth-heavy iPhone users, iSuppli Corp has offered the view that an industry-wide behind-the-scenes struggle between wireless providers and hardware makers. As growth opportunities in voice service revenue have disappeared, cell phone carriers must turn to revenue from data.
In turn, services like iTunes and the App Store, the firm said, have allowed Apple to usurp control of subscribers from AT&T. In other words, customers are now more tied to their phone than they are their carrier, which results in lost revenue for AT&T.