AT&T's 4Q Numbers Bolstered by Cell Sales

Other operations lagging behind
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2008 7:53 PM CST
Apple's iPhone, carried exclusively by AT&T, helped boost the company's wireless sales this quarter. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, file)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – AT&T's quarterly numbers indicate strong wireless sales, the Wall Street Journal reports, though unimpressive figures from its landline and Internet divisions have left some analysts and investors concerned. AT&T enjoyed a quarterly revenue of $3.14 billion—up from $1.94 billion this time last year—bolstered by the highest quarterly gain for a US cellular provider.

The company added 2.7 million new wireless subscribers—beating out analysts’ estimates—many of whom were drawn to the carrier by the continued allure of Apple’s iPhone. But the wireless growth wasn’t enough to help the company's share price, which dipped 2.6% to $35.75 in late afternoon trading, in line with general declines throughout the market.