AT&T, who was recently voted the worst carrier in the U.S. for the second consecutive year, is set to experience a record quarter, with the company on track to exceed its expectations for full-year smartphone sales.
Ralph de la Vega, head of AT&T mobility, said the wireless carrier has already sold 6.4 million smartphones during the first two months of the fourth quarter.
De la Vega, who was speaking at an investor conference, is now expecting the firm to sell a total of 26 million smartphones in 2012 , 1 million more than initially anticipated.
"What we're seeing is tremendous response in the marketplace," he said. "Excitement is at all time high. I feel very good about momentum going into December."
De la Vega stressed the first two months of sales alone would see the carrier recording its second best quarter of smartphone sales.
On the subject of tablets, Vega was equally bullish. He referred to the company's recent $100 promotion and the mobile data share plan that have driven consumer interest. "I can't fathom how many tablets will be under the Christmas tree."