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January 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Cingular Wireless is expected to be the service provider for a new Apple Computer Inc. cellphone, according to a published report. The new phone and service could be unveiled as early as today, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website Monday night, citing unnamed people familiar with the situation. Cingular representatives could not be reached Monday night, and Apple spokesman Steve Dowling did not return a call seeking comment.
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BUSINESS
June 6, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Cingular Wireless lost a bid to block three class-action lawsuits when the U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to question California court rulings that companies say are limiting the use of arbitration. The court rejected Cingular's appeal without comment, clearing the way for suits that challenge the company's early-termination fees and accuse it of locking mobile-phone handsets so that they don't work on competing networks.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Cingular Wireless said Thursday that it would pay $5.11 million in back wages to 25,351 customer service employees to settle government charges that it violated federal overtime laws. Cingular, which didn't admit liability, agreed to the settlement after a Labor Department probe at a call center in Springfield, Ill., found that the company failed to keep track when employees started work before their scheduled shifts or continued to work after the shifts ended.
BUSINESS
February 16, 2004 | From Reuters
AT&T Wireless asked rival bidders Vodafone Group and Cingular Wireless on Sunday to sweeten offers worth about $35 billion, sources familiar with the talks said. Vodafone had been expected to submit an offer of about $35 billion, or about $12.50 a share, that would trump an informal $30-billion bid from Cingular, the No. 2 wireless carrier in the U.S. controlled by SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp.
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October 24, 2005 | From Associated Press
Cingular Wireless is introducing a service for nonbusiness users to get BlackBerry-like mobile access to their personal e-mail accounts from AOL, Yahoo and MSN Hotmail on a cellphone. The new service, powered by Oz Communications Inc., is designed to adapt the look and capabilities of a Web portal or e-mail program such as Outlook to the limited screen size, keyboard and processing power of a garden-variety handset.
BUSINESS
February 18, 2004 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
After a four-week courtship and a whirlwind weekend, AT&T Wireless Services Inc. agreed Tuesday to join Cingular Wireless in a $41-billion cash deal that would create the nation's largest mobile phone company. Cingular's acquisition of AT&T Wireless would reduce to five the number of major players in the cutthroat industry, a consolidation analysts said could lead to more stable profits, possibly at the expense of customers.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
AT&T Wireless Services Inc. had its first-ever loss of subscribers last quarter because of computer glitches, while its future parent, Cingular Wireless, added 554,000 customers after improving network quality. AT&T Wireless, which agreed to sell itself for $41 billion in February, said it lost a net 367,000 users in the first quarter. Cingular's parents, SBC Communications Inc. and BellSouth Corp.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Cingular Wireless, the second-largest U.S. mobile phone company, may buy some wireless spectrum from NextWave Telecom Inc. for as much as $1.5 billion, said people familiar with the potential deal. An agreement may be at least a month away, one person said. Cingular, based in Atlanta, is seeking to bolster service in markets such as Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, where it lacks coverage. NextWave has been offering to sell some of its 90 wireless licenses, valued at about $6.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2006 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
This probably isn't what Cingular Wireless had in mind with its advertising boasts about "raising the bar": Nearly 2 million Cingular customers were barred from using their cellphones Tuesday. The database glitch that knocked out service came at an awkward time for Cingular -- just two days after its parent companies, AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp., agreed to merge amid concerns that a consolidating telecommunications industry might be bad for service.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Cingular Wireless, the nation's largest cellphone provider, said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter profit nearly quadrupled, boosted by customer growth during the holidays. Cingular said it earned $782 million during the fourth quarter, compared with $204 million in the same quarter of 2005. The company said revenue increased 10% to $9.8 billion. The company, which was re-branded under the AT&T Inc. name last week, was a joint venture of Atlanta-based BellSouth Corp.
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