Dividend Yield: 4.9%
One of the great corporate icons in the U.S. is AT&T (NYSE:T) — which most people of my age still identifies with communications, both land-based and now mobile.
Indeed, AT&T offers the largest 4G network in the U.S., and the most most wireless phones that work in the most countries of any U.S. carrier.
AT&T also is continuing to find new ways to generate revenue; its U-Verse platform is the fastest-growing television provider in the U.S., surpassing rival Verizon (NYSE:VZ).
T shares currently yield a traffic-stopping 5%, and has improved its dividend for more than 20 consecutive years. With $5 billion in cash and $4 billion in free cash flow, the beat should go on.