Between September to December, the AT&T Internet TV service added 248,000 TV customers bringing its national total to 2.1 million. That’s a steady growth and the company’s fifth consecutive quarter of growth of at least 240,000 net new users.
Comparably, the county’s other Internet-based TV service, Verizon FiOS, saw its quarterly growth shrink (see “48% of people served by Verizon can order FiOS but most don’t“), while Time Warner Cable saw its overall TV subscribers decline (see “How much money did Time Warner make last year? $1.1 billion“).
Even greater news for AT&T: More than three-fourths of its customers buy three or four offered services (TV, Internet, phone and wireless phone). The average customer bill was $65.68 per month, up $2.36 from a year earlier.
For those waiting for U-verse to get to their neighborhood, the company said it’s still rapidly expanding. Nationwide, the service is now available to 23 million living units although only about 13 percent of eligible customers actually order the service. By the end of 2011, AT&T said it hopes to reach 30 million living units in the 22 states it currently offers telephone service.
In Orange County, U-verse is available in certain parts of these cities: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Stanton, Villa Park, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.
The company’s fourth quarter financial report was overshadowed by its larger wireless business, which exclusively sells the Apple iPhone. In fact, 3.1 million new iPhones were activated during the quarter. Overall, the company added a net 2.7 million wireless customers during the quarter, bringing its total to 85.1 million wireless customers. Wireless service revenues, which exclude accessories, grew 9.2 percent to $12.6 billion during the quarter.
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