AT&T Sells Record 10 Million Smartphones in Q4

U.S. carrier AT&T has revealed that it sold a record 10 million smartphones during 2012's fourth quarter. During the opening stages of December, the wireless carrier said it sold 6.4 million smartphones in the first two months of the fourth quarter. It's now confirmed that figure escalated to 10 million over the course of the entire fourth quarter.

Its previous quarterly high of 9.4 million was achieved during the fourth quarter of 2011. 2012's Q4, meanwhile, included record quarterly sales of both Android and Apple smartphones.

"We had another incredible quarter of smartphone sales as the mobile Internet continues to drive strong growth in wireless," said Ralph de la Vega, chief executive officer for AT&T Mobility. "These are the industry's most valuable postpaid subscribers with average revenues twice that of non-smartphone subscribers."

"During the quarter, we averaged more than 110,000 smartphone sales a day as customers flocked to our leading portfolio of the latest Android, Apple and Windows devices. Combine that with the nation's largest 4G network and lightning-fast LTE network that now reaches more than 170 million people and you'll understand why customers continue to choose AT&T in record numbers," he said.

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  • reprotected
    Obvious pro-Apple article. It mentions that Apple smartphones were sold.
  • CaedenV
    I got rid of ATT a little more than a year ago because the prices were simply too high. My wife and I were paying ~$110/mo for 2 dumb phones, texting on hers only, and a decent amount of minutes which we just about broke even on with the rollover. Too expensive for what we were getting, so we moved to our local CinBell for a year to save some money while we waited for wp8 (at that time Apollo) to arrive.

    Finally wp8 did arrive, and I was all set to pay up front for the phones and do one of their prepaid plans. Then, after I thought it was all setteled I looked at ATT again and found their share everything plans.

    It broke down to this:
    TMo would have 2 HTC 8Xs, and unlimited everything with 4GB of high speed internet
    ATT would have 2 Lumia 920s with wireless chargers, unlimited Talk and Text with 4GB of internet
    The price difference after service and hardware? ATT was $200 more expensive over a 2 year period, with better cell service in my area, and with the phone I wanted (really the camera that I wanted). That $100/year was worth it for me.

    Now I am approaching the 1 month mark and come to find that my wife and I have hardly used 300MB of data. Turns out we have wifi just about anywhere we go, so we will be able to knock our plan down to the 1GB/mo plan and save an extra $20/mo. So it turns out we are only going to be paying $20/mo more than we were paying when we had them 1 year ago... but with unlimited talk and text, and some pretty nice smartphones.

    Not saying they are the best company on earth to deal with... but they are doing well because they are giving a fair deal.