Verizon’s wireless arm added a net 665,000 contract customers in the quarter, boosted by a steady rollout of Droid smartphones that run on Google Inc.’s Android software.

That represented a 40% decline from a year earlier but outpaced AT&T, which reported Thursday it added a net 496,000 contract customers in quarter despite the launch of the iPhone 4 at the end of the period.

"We still see a lot of upside here now that we’re in a much better position from a device line-up perspective," Verizon Chief Financial Officer John Killian said in an interview.

 Verizon Wireless Gains Outpace AT&T, WSJ

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