A look at telecom-industry subscriber reports

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 19, 2012 16:01 hrs

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Thursday: Verizon Wireless gained 501,000 subscribers under contract-based plans in the quarter, slightly above analyst expectations. Contract-based plans are the most lucrative. The average monthly bill for subscribers on such plans was $55.43, up 3.6 percent from a year ago, thanks largely to iPhones coming to Verizon last year. However, most of the profit ends up flowing to Apple because of iPhone subsidies. On the landline side, revenue at Verizon Communications Inc. continued to decline slowly as customers continue to cancel their phone and DSL lines.

Coming up:

April 24: AT&T Inc.

April 25: Sprint Nextel Corp.

April 26: Leap Wireless International Inc., MetroPCS Communications Inc.

May 7: Frontier Communications Corp.

May 9: CenturyLink Inc.

May 10: T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG; Windstream Corp.

Not yet known: U.S. Cellular Corp. (unit of Telephone Data and Systems Inc.)

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