This excerpt taken from the VZ 10-K filed Feb 26, 2010.
Cash Flow from Operations
We create value for our shareowners by investing the cash flows generated by our business in opportunities and transactions that support our strategic imperatives, thereby increasing customer satisfaction and usage of our products and services. In addition, we use our cash flows to maintain and grow our dividend payout to shareowners. Verizons Board of Directors increased the Companys quarterly dividend 3.3% during 2009. This is the third consecutive year in which we have raised our dividend, reflecting the strength of our cash flow and balance sheet. Net cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2009 of $31.6 billion increased by $4.0 billion from $27.6 billion for the year ended December 31, 2008.