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.

  • 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.
  • jaquith


    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.