AT&T reported net income of $2.2 billion for the third quarter of 2006, up significantly from $1.2 billion before SBC Communications and AT&T merged last November.Before the merger, the old AT&T posted net income of $520 million for the third quarter of 2005. The new AT&T\u2019s net income, released Monday, still outpaced the combined net incomes of the two companies by nearly 23 percent.Growth in nearly all areas, including large-business services and consumer and business wireline service, fueled the quarterly report. AT&T\u2019s directory services posted a 5.3 percent drop from SBC\u2019s third quarter of 2005, but that was the only business segment with a decline.The new company had a "great" third quarter, Edward Whitacre, AT&T\u2019s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a written statement. AT&T is meeting its goals of integrating the operations of the old AT&T and ramping up the financial performance of Cingular Wireless, and the company has "excellent momentum," he said.AT&T posted revenue of $15.6 billion, or 56 cents per share, for the third quarter, which ended Sept. 30. That\u2019s up nearly 52 percent from SBC\u2019s third-quarter revenue of $10.3 billion in the third quarter of 2005. The old AT&T posted revenue of $6.6 billion in the third quarter of 2005, meaning that, compared to the combined revenue of the two old companies, the new AT&T\u2019s revenue dropped slightly.Cingular Wireless, which AT&T co-owns with BellSouth, had revenue of $9.6 billion for the third quarter, up more than 9 percent from the $8.7 billion revenue from a year earlier. Income at Cingular was $1.1 billion, up from $326 million in the same period last year.AT&T is in the midst of seeking regulatory approval for a merger with BellSouth.-Grant Gross, IDG News Service (Washington Bureau)Related Links:\n\nAT&T to Build a City Wi-Fi Network\n\nDoJ OKs AT&T\u2019s BellSouth BuyCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.