Quick, name the four biggest US phone companies


If your list didn’t include Comcast, you are behind the times. The cable MSO announced that its Comcast Digital Voice, officially launched less than three years, has propelled it to the point where it is now the fourth-largest residential phone service provider in the country. “Our rapid rollout of advanced services like Comcast Digital Voice has enabled us to transform Comcast into the only company in the US to offer integrated video, high-speed Internet and phone services to more than 40 million households,” said Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts.

Comcast’s announcement didn’t name the three who still outrank it in the residential phone biz, but they appear to be AT&T, Verizon and Qwest. Comcast has bumped Embarq, spun off in 2006 from Sprint Nextel Corporation, from the #4 spot.