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

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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    9422066 said:
    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
    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
    And when are we seeing iPhone availability for T-Mobile...
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  • Camikazi
    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
    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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