Sprint BEHIND in LTE and 4 Telecom Titans Attracting Interest

AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T) set a sales record with Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5 over the weekend. This was the fastest-selling iPhone ever offered. According to AT&T, customers ordered more iPhones from them than any model both on its first day of preorders and over the weekend. The shares traded up $0.26 (0.70%) recently at $37.52.

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Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE:S) lags by more than a year in the development of its LTE network, while more devices attempt to make 4G standard issue. Additionally, Sprint has been losing customers during its slow Nextel divestment for the establishment of LTE as it adds fewer customers than its peers. The main competitors of the company are the major US telecoms, AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ). The company also faces competition from companies like Nokia (NYSE:NOKand Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM), which both possess similar stock prices to Sprint as they attempt to make a rebound in the 2013 market. The shares traded up $0.02 (0.38%) recently at $5.28.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ): LG’s most recent smartphone, the Intuition ($199.99 direct) is huge. Verizon’s first phablet-sized phone, the Intuition, must compete against the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note II. The device is excellent for reading, Web browsing, and taking notes, all with an oversize screen. Due to various issues, the Intuition is not as easy to recommend as a general purpose smartphone. The shares traded down $0.02 (0.04%) recently at $44.51.
Vodafone Group plc (NASDAQ:VOD) has resisted setting aside money for a $2.2 billion tax bill in India, and the company may consider making a provision that will cover the legal risks, Chief Financial Officer Andy Halford stated. The company currently is consulting on the need for a provision following an amendment made by India’s government to its tax law which could possibly make the company possibly responsible for the payment, according to Halford, who adds that a decision should be made by November. The shares traded down $0.19 (0.67%) recently at $28.28.

Leap Wireless International Inc. (NASDAQ:LEAP) intends to begin offering the iPhone 5 beginning on Sept. 28 for customers using its Cricket branded mobile service. The shares traded up $0.17 (2.83%) recently at $6.24.

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