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Just two weeks after AT&T (NYSE: T) officially began sharing the license to sell the iPhone with rival Verizon, the carrier posted what it said was its most subscriber gains ever in Q4. One of the most interesting things AT&T noted about the previous quarter was the growth of its tablet-based subscriber business, which covers both Apple’s iPad and Google’s Android system.
Wireless: In general, the number of “connected devices” AT&T had rose by a “record” 1.5 million, with iPad- and Android-based tablets up 442,000. That was another “best-ever” moment for AT&T’s wireless net adds, with a more than 2.8 million increase in total wireless subscribers to reach 95.5 million subscribers in service. For 2010 in total, wireless net adds totaled 8.9 million. The carrier also pointed to 27.4 percent growth in wireless data revenues, up $1.1 billion compared to the same period last year.
U-verse: AT&T also saw some success for its U-verse broadband segment. Q4 represented the econd consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in wireline consumer revenues, which was credited to U-verse services. The company posted a 246,000 net gain in U-verse TV subscribers. It now has nearly 3 million signed up for the service.