Recession, reshmession. If AT&T is any indication, we’re doing just fine. The telecom giant announced its Q1 earnings report this morning, and things are looking pretty good. The company posted a $3.5 billion profit, based off gross sales of $30.7 billion. That represents growth of 4.6% over the same period last year, numbers made even more impressive when compared against the general downward trend that seems to be pervading most sectors of the American economy. AT&T added 1.7 million customers, and saw an overall spike of  53.7% in data usage, which now accounts for over 20% of the wireless division’s income. U-Verse was similarly successful, with over 350,000 new customers added to the fold. Nice pull, guys.

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Born with a cell phone in one hand and a tablet in the other, Josh Karp has followed his love of technology through to the present day. As a Special Correspondent at BGR, Josh covers press conferences, trade shows and other events around the world. An expert in all things mobile, Josh has more than eight years of experience covering the wireless industry.