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Verizon has slightly fewer retail customers at 98 million, but claims the largest 4G network footprint covering more than 90 percent of the United States. Growth in FIOS high-speed broadband is making up for declines in landlines. With majority partner Vodaphone, it serves more than 400 million global mobile customers.
Dividend Outlook: Verizon’s stock price has risen so high that its 3.6 percent yield is below its average of 5.5 percent.
One-year stock appreciation: 36 percent