The sheer number of
smartphone users on AT&T's network led the company's quarterly
profit to increase 26 percent. AT&T activated 3.1 million
Apple iPhones during the last quarter, which is the second highest
tally since launch in 2007.
"Wireless is our No. 1
priority," said John Stankey, AT&T president of operations,
during a conference call with analysts.
stressed by the amount of data shared by the iPhone, must now prepare
to be bombarded by iPad owners. To help increase customer
satisfaction and prepare for the iPad, AT&T plans to invest $2
billion more from capital spending into the project.
subscribers are still upset that the network will be even more
heavily strained -- even with AT&T promising to increase spending
to improve networks. Analysts initially were pleased to hear of
the network upgrade, but are hesitant
to offer full support until the network is improved.
Specifically, AT&T needs to focus on San Francisco,
New York City, and other cities that have a large number of iPhone
and other heavy data users in large numbers. Both cities listed
are expected to see a large number of iPad owners as well, so
upgrading networks must be a priority.