AT&T CEO David W. Dorman has, in the words of a consultant, the "Herculean task" of turning around the company. AT&T has been rolling out new services to combat the erosion of its core long-distance business.
AOL has been exploring a variety of tactics to hang on to subscribers as wider broadband deployment attracts consumers away from AOL's promise of exclusive content. Although critics are skeptical that AOL will be successful, the company says subscriber numbers are rising.
About 225,000 third-generation cell phones were sold to European consumers in April, according to research firm GfK. The improved sales, constituting about 2% of the market, are attributed to new lighter models being offered by companies such as Nokia and LG Electronics.
WildBlue Communications, a Liberty Media subsidiary, says it is still banking on satellite broadband, despite News Corp.'s decision to abandon its plans to provide the service. WildBlue says there are 20 million to 25 million homes and offices that do not have access to terrestrial broadband and would benefit from a satellite option.
For consumers who just can't get enough of daytime soap operas, Sprint has produced "The Spot" for cell phones. Customers of Sprint PCS Vision can receive daily episodes of the soap opera on their mobile phones for an additional $3.95 a month. "I am not sure if they are going to get anyone to pay for it, but then again I didn't think ring tones would be a big deal either," one analyst said.