Verizon rakes in wireless fees in first quarter
BY PETER SVENSSON | AP Technology Writer April 18, 2013 7:22AM
Updated: April 18, 2013 11:34AM
NEW YORK — Verizon says its profit rose 16 percent in the latest quarter as revenue from wireless service kept rising at a rate that’s the envy of the industry.
Verizon Communications Inc. reported net income of $1.95 billion, or 68 cents per share, in the January to March period. That was up from $1.69 billion, or 59 cents per share, a year earlier.
Analysts polled by FactSet had on average expected earnings of 66 cents per share for the latest quarter.
First-quarter revenue was $29.4 billion, just short of the average analyst estimate at $29.5 billion.
Wireless service revenues rose 8.6 percent to $16.7 billion, accounting for more than half of overall revenue. At closest rival AT&T Inc., wireless service revenue has been rising just over 4 percent per year.