AT&T posted a 22% increase in net income during the first quarter, thanks to strong growth in its wireless unit. Its wireless earnings nearly doubled, while landline earnings dropped 2.1%. The company’s net income was $3.46 billion (57 cents a share), compared to $2.85 billion (45 cents a share) a year ago, reports the Wall Street Journal.
The results include charges connected to acquisition expenses and landline unit layoffs. Revenues at the wireless business went up 18%, driven by additional subscribers and an increase in average revenue per subscriber. Wireless data services also saw rapid growth, going up 57% to reach 22% of the company’s wireless service revenue.