"There is a lot we really like about the quarter," said John Stephens, AT&T's CFO.
efforts to expand its 4G mobile services and shift its voice network to IP, announced in November 2012, are paying off, he
said during a conference call.
Even after large additions of U-verse TV and broadband customers, there's more room for growth as AT&T
expands its broadband network and increases speeds in many areas, he
The company added 989,000 mobile phone customers during the quarter, including 178,000 smartphone and 388,000 tablet customers.
Mobile revenue was $17.5 billion, up 5.1 percent from a year earlier, and mobile data revenue was up 17.5 percent to $5.5 billion, the company said.
Data revenue growth has "a lot of runway" as customers continue to use more mobile data, Stephens