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Verizon sells more than 4.2 million iPhones during Q4 2011 - double the amount of Q3

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Verizon sells more than 4.2 million iPhones during Q4 2011 - double the amount of Q3
Some of you might recall it, but do you remember Verizon’s commercial spot over the holiday season that featured the iPhone 4S? Specifically, the one where people are floating in the sea, while using their respective iPhones from Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon to get rescued. In the end of that commercial, we find that the Sprint and AT&T iPhone owners were unable to get in contact with someone, but instead, the person with the Verizon iPhone managed to get a call through – without problems!

Surely, we all know how Big Red loves to talk about its stellar network – albeit, its 4G LTE network hasn’t been quite as reliable. Regardless of that, people are apparently siding with Verizon’s iPhone seeing that they sold more than 4.2 million iPhones in Q4 2011 alone. Indeed, that’s an impressive number, especially when it’s actually double the figure over what was sold in Q3 2011. The impressive mark was made known by Verizon’s chief financial officer, Fran Shammo, during a talk at a Citigroup conference in San Francisco today.

Naturally, Verizon has a lot to be happy about, but they’ll have to wait and find out how its rival is doing – well, that’s because AT&T is expected to have a record quarter as well when it comes to iPhone sales. In fact, it’s estimated that AT&T has sold more than 5.5 million iPhones during its holiday quarter, but we'll have to wait until the actual figures are released.

Even though carriers are expected to outgun one another, the ultimate winner in all of this is going to be Apple – obviously. For a while there, they really limited the iPhone’s reach seeing it was exclusively sold through AT&T for the longest of time. Now that three of the big players are selling Apple’s beloved devices, there’s no arguing that Apple is better equipped in fending off the competition.

via BGR

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posted on 04 Jan 2012, 17:18 6

1. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


tic tac tic tac.. thats the noise of PAA ( people against apple) already disputing the source... tic tac tic...... tac

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 17:42 9

3. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1653; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


silly chicken, trolls are for kidz

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 00:49 1

19. wumberpeb (Posts: 445; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


love the profile pic eclipse

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 17:41 3

2. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


I was happy to be one of them. After 2 years of Android frustration, I was hesitant to switch. But I couldn't be happier. No more random reboots, no more laggy screen (even on a Tegra 2 Android is sluggish), multitasking is faster on the 4s and the camera is great. I can still remain synced to gmail and my google calendar. Unless Moto unlocks my DX2's bootloader I doubt I will go back to Android in the near future.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 17:56 5

4. jacko (unregistered)


Android frustration

android just dont like u

i had like 20+ android devices and i rarely had problems
but the ipod it restarts randomly apps crash for no reason

multitasking lol apple isnt true multitasking u know that dont u

apple is smooth mmmmmm u know its just an app draw right no widgets no customisation other then wallpaper woo di doo
i like having what i want not what crapple whats me to have

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 18:11 8

6. greathero1 (Posts: 494; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


He was just sharing his experience which was genuine. No need to get mad or sarcastic because he has moved on to something that works better for him. Widgets and live wallpapers might not resonate with him the way it does with you. No need for the childish "woo di doo" lol!

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 18:23 4

8. Gdrye (Posts: 109; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)


and it goes both ways, after having 4 iphones i was happy to switch to andriod because i loved having choice, and the feeling of actually buying a different phone, not the same one over and over. i know i lost a few things, my bank doesn't have an app with androiod but besides that, i say as long as your not buying a crappy android phone and stick with higher end, there shouldn't be a problem. and just so you know, my 3GS crashed after iOS4 download.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 18:35 3

9. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


After 2 years of using Android I learned that the choice was only the manufacturer's. My Droid X2 is locked up - locked bootloader and loaded with Verizon's crapware that cannot be uninstalled - so much for choice.

As for the gentleman who thinks he knows a lot about multitasking - the 4s runs circles around my old Droid DX2 - it swaps tasks quicker and does a better job of keeping their state in memory. I have done a lot of cutting and pasting between multiple apps, and what would have been a chore on my DX2 was much easier on the 4s.

I have had the 4s for 2 1/2 months now and it has not crashed once. I cannot say that about any of the many Android phones and tablets I have owned.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 21:55 1

17. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)


list them please..

i am currently using the iphone 4 for apple and the evo 3d. if i want any customization for the apple i need to use cydia. and cydia is the buggiest app store or whatever it is.

my evo 3d freezes maybe once a week and i am doing some seriously multitasking with apps running in the background

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 21:58 1

18. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


I've had my Galaxy nexus for almost 2 months and no crashes. Hell my original Droid X didn't crash til the Gingerbread update.

As far as multi-tasking, the iPhone doesn't have true multitasking. Sure it's opened up from the original iOS a ton, but it's still not on Android's level. Honeycomb and ICS have the best multitasking control, it's awesome.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 18:04 2

5. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Why is that shocking?

Quarter 3 had the iPhone4 with rumors of the 4s/5 swirling as coming out soon. Quarter 4 had the launch of the iPhone 4s. Now if you say that Q1 2012 iPhone Sales for Verizon are close to Q4 2011 than that would be shocking.

Q4 is typically the biggest sales quarter of the year for retail.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 18:13 3

7. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)


Android and iOS devices are two different beasts. With iOS, you get smoothness, with Android, you get choices. With Android, if you want a device that has a slide out keyboard, you got it. If you want a device that has a slide out game pad, you got it. If you want access to more AAA games you'd like iOS devices, but the Xperia Play Android phone allows you to play and endless amount of games on with a real slide out game pad and play OnLive's library of games whereas iOS devices won't. I have an iPod touch 4th Gen and two three Android phones including the Xperia Play, and in my opinion they're like comparing apples to oranges. With that being said, there's something about iOS devices that make you like Apple to the point of fanboyism if left unchecked. What made the iPhone so popular was the iPod. When Apple made the iPhone, iPod owners HAD to have it. I feel the same way about Sony and my Xperia Play.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 18:44 3

10. c.hack (Posts: 519; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


- I wanted a phone that does not have "Verizon" plastered on it - not a choice with Android.
- I did not want Verizon's crapware - not a choice with Android.
- I wanted to buy an app once and have it on every phone / tablet in my family - not a choice with Android.
- I wanted a great selection of games - not a choice with Android.
- I wanted timely OS updates - never happens with Android
- I did not want a phone that is obsolete and abandoned by the manufacturer in 6 months like my DX2 was - not a choice with Android.
- I wanted a phone I didn't have to worry would crash or be infected each time I installed an app - not a choice with Android.

It took me a long time to learn that Android is open but only for the manufacturers. The freedom of choice is an illusion when your Droid is locked and loaded with crapware by Verizon.

After 2 years with Android, the iPhone finally gives me a feeling of freedom and possibilities I never had.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 20:04 2

13. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


My nexus says Verizon on one place and its the back.
My nexus has no "Verizon crapware"
Both me and my girlfriend have the nexus and since I added my gmail account first on both phones (disabling sync for everything on hers" we share all paid apps.
I have no answer for the games, iOS is better. But that's what my Xbox is for.
Timely updates? Nexus again.
Obsolete and abandoned? Nexus again.
Crash? My nexus doesn't crash. Infected? Please... read reviews before installing an app.

If the iPhone gives you the feeling of freedom you are delusional or we are using very different dictionaries when defining "freedom"

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 21:03 3

16. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I think its all about what the user wants and their level of knowledge regarding the OS. For example:

I wanted d a phone that I could make MY phone. Not a choice with iPhone.

I wanted free apps. Not a choice with iphone.

I wanted games that didn't make me buy in app items all the time in order to advance in the game. Not a choice on iPhone.

I like holding my phone in landscape mode even when navigating on the home screen. Not a choice on iPhone.

I wanted a home screen. Not a choice with the iPhone, it basically just an app launcher.

I wanted a phone with a screen that can accommodate large hands. Not a choice with the iPhone.

Not to mention all the other drawbacks that come with the iphone. For example: Only one form factor, no voice navigation, LTE, the slowest updates besides Windows and any Samsung devices, permenant reliance on itunes for everything. And if the experience with my ipad is any indication of what the iPhone would be like, no thank you. Its great as long as you don't plan on keeping it for more than a year or as long as you don't download too much music or too many apps. When the memory is even close to its max load, it runs slow, won't play embedded videos and force closes ALL THE TIME! Reliability is supposed to be a trait that iOS's main selling point, but right now... My modest little Incredible 2 is kicking my iPad's butt! Until Apple adds some kind of customization, freedom and stability (maybe an SD slot could fix that) Android will always be my OS of choice.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 10:28 1

22. rockhard (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


Why do android supporters feel the need to lie to get their point across. I don't see Apple users denying the obvious such as the customization of android.

iPhone has LOTS of free apps

iPhone has lots games with no in app purchases and I believe android market was the first to start with that

Slowest updates? You have to be kidding as lots of android phones never get updated and if they do it's months after google releases an update

Stability is a weakness of ios? Get real man you have some serious envy issues apparently.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 12:24 1

23. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


First, maybe I could have been a little clearer. iOS does have free app, but most of them are lite versions of full apps. And most of them that don't need in app purchases are games for babies. Or very simple puzzle games and even still a lot of those you have to purchase a pack for the higher levels.

Second, my iPad force closes at least 10 times a day and I think that's being modest. Safari, Zombie Gunship, YouTube, plant vs zombies... No matter what the app, iOS will close it for me whether I'm finished with it to not.

Third, how exactly would I be envious of a product that I own? I have it, I live it, and right now...it sucks! That's my experience. Just because yours is different doesn't mean I am a liar. Just means its different.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 15:37

25. rockhard (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


Yes we all have heard the horror stories of iOS force closing all the time/sarcasm. I don't get you. Everyone knows iOS is more stable. Why do you come on here and spew nonsense? iPad sucks? Riiight that's why it's been pretty much universally voted the best tablet on all tech sites and has the highest customer satisfaction ratings. If it sucks so much why do you still have it? Get something else. No need to come on a tech site a lie about stuff to make yourself feel better about your biased views.

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 17:56 1

26. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Okay, that's the second time you accused me of lying and I'm trying to let it slide. But let me explain something to you, I don't have to lie to you or anybody on this site to feel better. I feel pretty good about myself and don't need your approval to improve my outlook. My opinion is my opinion, and right now my opinion iChat iOS is all that great...it sucks right about now. Was it alway like that, no. Is it like that after downloading a few thousand songs and app...yes! It you don't want to except that's my experience, fine. Just give me a thumbs down and be off with you, but you don't have to call me a liar. I haven't insulted you ...YET ...so please don't insult me. Thank you.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 19:23 3

11. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Now where is that fandroid who said that the iphone's sales would be declining? I bet he's walking around pretending he didn't say anything like that, lol.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 20:05 1

14. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


If you're referring to remix I think he was talking about Q1 2012 but I could be wrong.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 19:48 2

12. mctcm (Posts: 204; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


that is a solid sales number. if true, that is very strong. it goes to show that the populace wants the trend not the front of the bell curve, technology-wise.

posted on 04 Jan 2012, 20:34 1

15. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


I guess people aren't that smart thinking there buying a phone there buying a brand sorry no free will for iPhone users

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 00:55 2

20. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


so Verizon sold more than 4.2 mil iOS handsets?
it also sold more than 10.4 mil Android handsets

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 02:49 1

21. musi722 (Posts: 46; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


another win ! Apple is the best !
so what now you android ones !
.... .... ...... ..... .... aka android !

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 22:02 1

27. Johnny_Mnemonic (Posts: 240; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Its oficial ,your an Applehead

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 18:09

28. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


It's great news for Apple and Verizon both... but, why are you living vicariously through Apple's success? Don't you think that's kind of sad?

posted on 05 Jan 2012, 14:37

24. blaze456 (Posts: 51; Member since: 06 Oct 2010)


i wonder how much sprint sold

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