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60% of Smartphones Sold on AT&T, Verizon Were iPhones

By - Source: Benedict Evans | B 24 comments

Apple's handset still dominates U.S. market five years after release.

During the third quarter, 60 percent of all smartphones sold on U.S. carriers AT&T and Verizon were iPhones.

AT&T announced that it activated 4.7 million iPhones in the third quarter of 2012, with 18 percent from the figure being new to the carrier. It also said that its postpaid results were affected by iPhone 5 inventory constraints.

AT&T and Verizon Wireless’s quarterly earnings for Q3 confirmed that 80 percent of all devices sold last quarter on both carriers were smartphones. 48 percent of all post-paid retail handsets sold were iPhone units.

Verizon later revealed it sold 3.1 million iPhones during the third quarter, 650,000 of which were iPhone 5 units, while total smartphone sales for the carrier equaled 6.8 million during the quarter.

"We had another impressive quarter with strong earnings growth, record cash flows and solid returns to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and chief executive officer. "In wireless, we had another excellent smartphone quarter, penetration of usage-based mobile data plans continues to climb, and our 4G LTE network build is ahead of schedule. And in wireline, our IP network continues to deliver strong gains in U-verse high speed Internet connections, which helped drive an almost 10 percent increase in broadband data ARPU."

 

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    Ironslice , October 31, 2012 10:09 PM
    Still, I feel like we're finally seeing hope for Android. This is the first time that an android phone (GS3) has had so many sales and so much marketing towards it. Also, its the first time that an android phone is available as the exact same phone on all carriers, for people to buy. I know that Apples sales are still good, but Samsung is quickly gaining ground. I have one myself and people are always asking me: "Is that the galaxy S3??" "Is that the one where you can touch phones? That's badass!!"

    Also, the android platform has never been so good looking because of Google's new Holo themed base for making apps. The stability is also much better and the app support.

    LETS TAKE APPLE DOWN BITCHES!!!
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    eternalkp , October 31, 2012 10:25 PM
    oh well, apple sucks now.
    I have iphone4 and iOS6 completely ruins it. Slow. Youtube app is gone. Map sucks. why isn't siri available for my iphone4?
    I bought iphone4 2 years ago because of my gf. she loves it.

    My next phone will definitely be an anroid. Note 2 or maybe a Nexus

    60% means nothing. World wide, everyone uses android. That's why android has 4x market share as much as iOS world wide.
    and now android 4.2, along with its nexus 4, 7, and 10. i don't apple will survive this rough winter.
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    jaquith , October 31, 2012 10:37 PM
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    LETS TAKE APPLE DOWN BITCHES!!!

    WTH?!

    It's simple, if you don't like the iPhone then don't buy one.

    My daughter went from the iPhone 4 to the S3 and hates it, her S3 locks-up.

    These are 'phones' - if you want mobile status then get a Mercedes, BMW, Bentley, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Maserati, etc. Anyone can get a $200 phone working at McDonald's.
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    coder543 , October 31, 2012 10:39 PM
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    Apple's handset still dominates U.S. market five years after release.

    Wait, so they haven't updated it in five years? No wonder the UI seems to be the same one from so long ago...
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    coder543 , October 31, 2012 10:41 PM
    jaquithWTH?! It's simple, if you don't like the iPhone then don't buy one.My daughter went from the iPhone 4 to the S3 and hates it, her S3 locks-up.These are 'phones' - if you want mobile status then get a Mercedes, BMW, Bentley, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Maserati, etc. Anyone can get a $200 phone.


    Honestly, I've seen iPod touches, iPads, and iPhones lock up too. It was scary. No auto-reset or anything, I had to figure out that it hadn't kicked the bucket on my own. My Android phone will at least have the courtesy of rebooting automatically when it locks up, and if that's the *only* issue she's having and she hates it, she is doing something wrong. The GS3 is much better than the iPhone, especially with the Maps debacle, but even without that.
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    jaquith , October 31, 2012 10:53 PM
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    Honestly, I've seen iPod touches, iPads, and iPhones lock up too. It was scary. No auto-reset or anything, I had to figure out that it hadn't kicked the bucket on my own. My Android phone will at least have the courtesy of rebooting automatically when it locks up, and if that's the *only* issue she's having and she hates it, she is doing something wrong. The GS3 is much better than the iPhone, especially with the Maps debacle, but even without that.

    Never have any of our iPhone's locked-up - not a once. If for some reason there's a problem, hmm...hold the power button.

    Ah huh, search 'galaxy S3 lockup'. So I guess she and a vast number of folks are 'doing something wrong' :lol: 

    As far as maps, frankly neither for NAV and if there's a (1 in a million) concern either use Microsoft maps (Bing) or Google's maps.google.com Hey, I remember when I had to use Yahoo maps because Google maps sucked and didn't have updated mapping data. Give it time, Apple has the bucks to fix the problem.
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    halcyon , October 31, 2012 11:21 PM
    So the majority of folks put more value in ease-of-use and good looking hardware than in customability. I still like my S3.
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    ipwn3r456 , October 31, 2012 11:23 PM
    And when are we seeing iPhone availability for T-Mobile...
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    Camikazi , October 31, 2012 11:40 PM
    jaquithNever have any of our iPhone's locked-up - not a once. If for some reason there's a problem, hmm...hold the power button.Ah huh, search 'galaxy S3 lockup'. So I guess she and a vast number of folks are 'doing something wrong'

    Why don't you look up "iphone locking up" (with some holding power doesn't even work) they are not immune and just cause yours have not locked up doesn't mean they don't. iPhones are not special they are vulnerable to everything that every other phone is vulnerable too oh and just for some more anecdotal evidence... my nieces 4S has locked up a few times yet my Bionic has not locked up once yet, have fun with that.
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    tacobravo , November 1, 2012 12:21 AM
    Isn't that because Apple pushes companies like AT&T and Verizon to sell a specific amount of iphones minimum to continue doing business with Apple? That's why. I have read a lot of stories from former employees and even some of my friends friends tell me.
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    TunaSoda , November 1, 2012 1:09 AM
    Never underestimate the power of idiots in large numbers... ;) 
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    eklipz330 , November 1, 2012 1:21 AM
    its actually a lot less than i thought it was. i thought it would be closer to 75%. then again, i see more people with s3's than with the iphone 4 or 5. people like big phones
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    gamebrigada , November 1, 2012 2:19 AM
    Funny. Talked to a couple managers in apple stores today. They have a new policy where they need your social security card. Asked em why. Their reply? 2% of the iphone 5's sold in Apple stores were actually activated and are used on a US network.
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    capt_taco , November 1, 2012 2:36 AM
    I had no idea there were that many people who are so foolish with their money.
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    everygamer , November 1, 2012 3:11 AM
    Hmmm, I love how they never mention that 70% of iPhone sales are upgrades to existing customers. That Apples market share is shrinking because they are not grabbing the lion share of new customers. Android is current 50%+ of the phone market.

    This trend is starting to happen in the tablet market too. Apples once 68% of the tablet market has shrunk to 55%. Androids market share has grown from 28% to 44%, in the last 6 months.

    So what this means is that as new customers convert from old phones to smart phones, the majority of the market is Android, then Apple, then Windows/Other. This is starting to be the trend with Android too.

    The big reason ... wait for it ... $$$$. People don't like spending $$$$. Apple costs a lot of $$$$ to provide basically the same primary features (phone calls, browse web, check email, consume entertainment) versus Android. Case in point Apple Mini ... $320 ... Kindle Fire HD (Android) ... $200. Amazon has more content than is found in iTunes, its device is less expensive, and does the same thing as the iPad. Hmmm.

    A high price does not mean a better product, its just the price point that Apple has decided to sell its product at. They make a big margin on hardware sales, that's why they have so much cash right now, because they are overcharging you for the product, and using basically slave labor (Search on Foxxcon) to build it cheep. Nice company, I see why everyone loves them.
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    Anonymous , November 1, 2012 3:14 AM
    I heard and I don't know if it is apple or the stores, but sellers get more commission from selling Iphones, than any other phone and tacobravo is also correct.
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    Kami3k , November 1, 2012 4:04 AM
    otacon7248% were iPhones which encompasses what 3 models and there's a hundred different Android models out there. Hate Apple all you want that's impressive.


    No, the only thing impressive is just how dumb most Americans are.
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    Harry_Wild , November 1, 2012 6:21 AM
    I tried to buy an iPhone5 but it all on backorder or something two weeks agon. They do not even accept orders at the stores anymore; you have to go online to their website and do it their. Pretty weird. I will try again tomorrow and hopefully they have gotten some stock back in.

    The iPhone5 is really the only smartphone out there that is any good. That why it accounts for 60% of the smartphones sold in the U.S. I always try to buy two but sometimes; I cannot get two! Just something that is ultra high demand - worldwide! I always get the 64GB version too!
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    Solandri , November 1, 2012 6:24 AM
    jaquithMy daughter went from the iPhone 4 to the S3 and hates it, her S3 locks-up.

    Lemme guess - your daughter is school aged? Way back in the 1990s, my aunt asked me to get her family connected to the Internet. I bought a modem for their computer and set them up with an AT&T dialup account. At the time, AT&T had the most reliable and widespread service, great customer support (oh how times change), and gave you a vanilla connection to the net.

    A couple weeks later she told me she had canceled the AT&T account and gotten an AOL account. I had avoided AOL because they didn't give you a vanilla Internet connection - they insisted on running all your email, news, and web browsing through their client, which was a slow, bloated mess. I asked why, and it turned out her daughter hated having a plain Internet connection. She had to have AOL because that's what all the popular kids in school used.

    Kids aren't very objective sources for product reviews.
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    siciro , November 1, 2012 6:26 AM
    Think Zak Islam shoule be calle iZak Apple
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