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AT&T sold twice as many Apple iPhone 5 units as Verizon did in the third quarter

0. phoneArena 24 Oct 2012, 12:42 posted on

With the release of AT&T's Q3 earnings on Wednesday morning, the numbers reveal that AT&T sold twice as many Apple iPhone 5s in the three month period than Verizon did and Apple's iconic smartphone accounted for 77% of all smartphone activations for the carrier...

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posted on 24 Oct 2012, 12:51 11

1. nwright94 (unregistered)


I think everyone on Verizon buys droids.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 12:58 13

3. Synack (Posts: 640; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Yep, because we have all the best of them.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:15 8

7. nwright94 (unregistered)


Especially that droid razr maxx HD, just played with one and it was wonderful. I went with an iPhone 5 because being in college away from family who all use iPhones, I really benefit from iMessage and FaceTime. I don't hate droids at all. My circumstances called for a different device.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 23:18

43. networkdood (Posts: 5489; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


AT&T has a better 'Droid' lineup, but its customers still associate an iphone with AT&T. The wife and I came to Verizon last November. Love my RAZR with JB 4.1.2.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 23:39

46. nwright94 (unregistered)


Most are called Droid on Verizon, I'm not grouping together all androids. I know how annoying that is haha.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 15:09 6

22. theoak (Posts: 318; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


AT&T's i5 can do data and voice at the same time.

Verizon's can't. This can be huge for some folks.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 15:55 1

29. JunitoNH (Posts: 754; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Lol I just wrote the same, +1 for you. To some people it seems as an important feature.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 16:08 3

33. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


I sure as hell do.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 16:11 1

35. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


Actually that is something that most people care nothing about. The only ones who really do are the same people conversating on this board. The average consumers cares less which is why Verizon has more subscribers, meaning that all those people do not care about data and voice at the same time.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 16:12

36. nwright94 (unregistered)


There's that too. I switched from AT&T because they aren't so good in the Pittsburgh area where I moved to and really miss that feature.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 22:40 1

42. BattleBrat (Posts: 883; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


On Verizon, If you are getting data from a 4g connection you CAN talk and surf at the same time, if you drop to a 3g connection you cannot. And on AT&T it is IF (and that is a big if) you can GET voice and data at the same time. I've had many a friend jump ship to Big Red.

posted on 25 Oct 2012, 13:33

47. tha.fox (Posts: 100; Member since: 30 Nov 2011)


theoak you are wrong all verizon 4g phones including iphone 5 can talk and surf at the same time. on lagit 4g to haha

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 15:17 1

25. The_Innovation (Posts: 531; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Yea people on AT&T were pretty much forced to buy an iPhone. Really no other good phone out there.

But soon as the Optimus G, the Lumia 920, and the XPERIA TL come out...things will change.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 15:49

26. ZayZay (Posts: 548; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


I will have to disagree. From dealing with their android line up I would say The S3, One X are pretty good phones. I played with the new HTC X8, Samsung Note 2 and, Xperia, 920, Optimus G and one other Lower end HTC and they were all pretty sweet.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 15:56

30. The_Innovation (Posts: 531; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Yea the SIII was a great seller no doubt. But when the iPhone came out, just like every year, it's the hottest selling product. We're talking about beating the iPhone, whether by marketing, or other means. Not really talking about the quality here.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 16:10

34. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Gs2, gs2 skyrocket, Htc vivid, Htc one x, gs3, gnote, iPhone 3GS, 4. All great phones all on AT&T.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 15:52 1

27. JunitoNH (Posts: 754; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


You can be correct and I might be wrong, but also there's a sizable group of AT&T users, whom value using voice and data simultaneously. Therefore, remaining with the carrier is a no brainier, where as Verizon isn't supported.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 18:16

40. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


crappy iphone and apple got richer, that is SOOOO NOT ironic

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 12:51 3

2. abdane (Posts: 471; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


4Q11 AT&T have 7.6 is when iPhone 4S was released...
3Q12 AT&T have 4.7 is when iPhone 5 was released... ( decreased )
same thing with verzion and i guess it will also go with sprint
so, people are getting smarter ;)

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 12:59

4. Quezdagreat (Posts: 386; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


really? I thought it was because of the supply shortage

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:13 2

6. mc1191 (Posts: 28; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


It's probably because iphone 5 sold for 10 days (1 weekend) in Q3 2012 while the 4S had 18 days (2 weekends) in Q3 2011.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:45

12. mc1191 (Posts: 28; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


oops.. my apologies. Let me make a correction about what I've said about the iphone 4S. 4S had 18 days and 2 months in Q4 2011. It was released in October 2011.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:53

13. TheMan (Posts: 346; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Not quite. It's true that abdane's comparing part of Q3 with all of Q4, but sales are seasonal, so it'll be more meaningful when the two Q4's are compared.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:59 1

14. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


Supply shortage dude. Do your research buddy

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 15:11

23. theoak (Posts: 318; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


4S was launched just a year ago.

Folks are still going to be in their 2 year contracts with their 4S.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 16:12

37. sithvenger (banned) (Posts: 371; Member since: 25 Aug 2012)


That's true

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 17:30

39. srgonu (Posts: 28; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Sorry..but you are wrong. I have whole lot of apple fans in my office. Even though they all have 4S, they still purchased iPhone5 returning 4S for just $200 back to AT&T and extending their contract to another 2yrs. They are saying its a great deal. I really don't see any big difference in their phone. Hope atleast one of them try android flagship device and then tell me what they did is correct.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:03 1

5. g2a5b0e (Posts: 1926; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Gotta love the way everyone feels the need to spin things their way by only telling half the story. Hey, AT&T, why don't you show us the chart that details how many Android phones you sold vs. the other carriers or better yet, total phones sold? Take the good with the bad & paint us the whole picture.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:32

9. Ninetysix (Posts: 1064; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=23448&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=35518

* Strong smartphone sales of 6.1 million; postpaid smartphone customer base now 44.5 million, up 1.4 million from second quarter 2012
* 4.7 million iPhones activated; record sales quarter for Android and Windows smartphones

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:30

8. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


Not surprising. When many people thing iPhone, they automatically think AT&T. When people think Android (aka DROID), they think Verizon. Sprint really doesn't have any phones that stand out other than their EVO line, but without the 4G LTE, getting an iPhone 5 is kind of pointless on Sprint, even for the slow unlimited 3G data.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:39

10. ap1989 (Posts: 143; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


that's wat happens when u get rid of unlimited data verizon

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 13:44

11. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)


UI think because Verizon advertises more their household names like the RAZR brand, and ATT have the iphones..

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 14:10 1

15. DOGIEFRESH (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


Is no brainer Iphone 5 on Vz can't do voice and data at the same time....!!!!!!

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 14:17

16. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 616; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


But somehow the Razr HD can...go figure!!
Nice numbers AT&T, now will they stop running that 4G LTE in 3000 more areas than Verizon, that doesn't even make sense unless your name is Billy Backwater and you live out in the boonies, I want my damn connection to work in cities since they have the most obstructions to kill your 4G signal.

Verizon needs to make some sense, killing off Unlimited is a stupid move because once everyone gets on the LTE page, just having a biggest network won't cut it. Having all that speed and no unlimited is like having a really powerful car but only a 1/4 mile of track and nothing more to use it on.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 14:41 1

19. DOGIEFRESH (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


Razor HD can but not the Iphone 5 on Vz and that's a big turn off, if u live with a 1999 CDMA obsolete network that might not be an issue but on this days surf and talk is a must for any smartphone

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 14:43 1

20. bigdawg23 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Its 3000 4G cites not 4G LTE. Data transfer rates allow for T-Mo and AT&T to declare HSPA+ as 4G. Personally if it is not LTE than its not 4G.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 14:44 1

21. Quezdagreat (Posts: 386; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)


at&t never said 4g lte in more areas, they said "4g". In America 4g is hspa and lte.

Verizon does not have hspa

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 14:20

17. TheMan (Posts: 346; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Just remembered that the iPhone accounted for 75% of sales as much as 3 years ago, so that number hasn't changed much.

Am I remembering right that this was the first year that AT&T made an attempt to finally broaden its offering, or was that last year? Either way, it doesn't look like it's been effective yet.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 14:40

18. theBankRobber (Posts: 642; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


Do they have these kind of comparison charts for the SGS III or other phones besides apple?

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 15:15

24. The_Innovation (Posts: 531; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Duh! Verizon has RAZR's.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 15:54

28. imkyle (Posts: 947; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


When I hear iPhone I think of AT&T. Not Verizon or Sprint.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 15:58

31. The_Innovation (Posts: 531; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Question for someone to answer, if you can please.

Since we are on the topic about AT&T, I noticed that on Verizon's website, the Motorola Droid Razr MAXX HD says that it's a global phone. It says it works on CDMA and GSM.

So, does that mean that if I walk into a Verizon store, and buy the Razr MAXX HD, (without a contract just pay for the phone), then take it to AT&T, I'll be able to use it?

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 16:02 1

32. xtroid2k (Posts: 315; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


Folks these are just numbers. Don't get carried away with numbers. While they are important these figures only paint a partial picture.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 16:44

38. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


If I were a carrier, I would rather have my sales depend less on one type of device versus depending on many different types. Its clear that the iPhone provides them with a large amount of revenue. Att depends on that revenue from that device.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 19:26

41. theo14461 (Posts: 135; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I'm one of the stupid SOB's, who waited in line at my local Verizon store for the iPhone 5. Let me tell you, Verizon's data service sucks!! I've had numerous smartphones with EVERY carrier, and where I live, AT&T is the best!! Verizon ripped me off $200.00 on a phone I returned through internet sales. They never gave me my money back.

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 23:23

44. jroc74 (Posts: 3952; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


All I know is Android phones on Verizon have survived the iPhone coming to Verizon. So many ppl predicted the Death of Android on Verizon.....

Android id is like a cat.....wonder how many lives it has....

posted on 24 Oct 2012, 23:31

45. networkdood (Posts: 5489; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


so 6.1 million smartphones sold, 4.7 million of them iphone model - that leaves 1.4 for everyone else. Kind of surprising, but, again, iphone means AT&T, and vice versa - probably 500k of them are galaxy S3s. People on that network have to wake up from their iphone zombie malaise.

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