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beat analysts' third-quarter earnings estimates and added 116,000 new wireless customers during the period.

The company announced third-quarter earnings of 67 cents a share, which beat the 66-cent

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estimate by a penny. That's a penny lower than last year's quarter, however.

Alltel's wireless revenue grew by 14% compared with the previous year. Overall revenue rose 8% to $1.81 billion from $1.68 billion.