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Verizon sold more Android phones than iPhones in Q2 2012

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Verizon sold more Android phones than iPhones in Q2 2012
Here’s an interesting little piece from Verizon’s quarterly results today - the US largest carrier sold more Android devices than iPhones from April to June 2012. Android device sales stood at 2.9 million, while iPhone sales dropped to 2.7 million.

While last quarter, more than half of the smartphones Verizon sold to customers were iPhones, now the numbers have switched places and Android took the lead. In the first quarter of 2012, Big Red sold 3.2 million iPhones, and now that number has dropped by half a million.

Nothing outworldly given that the iPhone was launched in October, so this was its third quarter on the market, and customers are starting to anticipate the new iPhone. Android sales on the other hand were steady.

It’s interesting to see how the proportion of iPhones versus Androids sold will change in the ongoing third quarter. We have the huge launch of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III that will probably swing it even further in favor of Android. The iPhone could still change that if a new LTE-enabled Apple device launches in September, if not the real battle will be delayed for the last quarter of 2012.

source: Verizon Wireless

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posted on 19 Jul 2012, 09:46 21

2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Waiting for little taco to deny the facts - Android rules!

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 09:45 22

1. OpTiMuS_BlAcK (Posts: 418; Member since: 04 May 2012)


I hope to see that gap continuosly widen.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 09:58 6

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


Yes but if you consider that Verizon only has two models of the iPhone it isn't really best to compare it to ALL Android sales.

It is good for Android but in regards to taco he is probably correct that Verizon sold more iPhones (4 or 4S) than the Droid RAZR, unless you include the MAXX.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 10:15 5

14. JessJess (unregistered)


Yeah considering you can probably get phones running android in cracker boxs these days.

This is the reason androids OS share is higher. The iPhone is one device selling at £399+. I can buy a phone running android for £49.99.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 10:15 6

15. wsucoug13 (Posts: 164; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Actually that is the only way to compare it. You cannot compare the iPhone to one android as there are multiple that run the OS. You must compare Android OS vs. Apples iOS due to the fact the iPhone is the only phone with iOS, this ends up being Android vs. iPhone.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 10:25 12

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


Think what you want Jess, that is not the reality.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 10:29 7

23. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


While that is true, i believe that if ios had twenty differet options, ios sales numbers would not change much. The reson people buy the iphone, is normally because they like ios or think android will be to complicated for them. Someone who prefers android over ios or vice versa prefer the os not the specs. If anyone says it's because android offers cheaper options, just look at the 3gs. In reality if you have on highend (4s) one midrange (4) and one free lowend (3gs) phone, yiu will sell just as much as if you had 20 different of each phone. If android only offered the s2, nexus and S3 I believe they could still sell just as well. Although people like having options for specs and design, without them the os choice will not change. I donot believe theese sales numbers would be any different unless one os does not offer one of the three main consumer targetting price/spec range(cheap,midprice,expensive). But that is just my oppinion.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 10:30 2

24. quakan (Posts: 1392; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


It's still more impressive that the only two iPhones on VZW were able to only be oversold by 200K versus VZW's entire Android lineup.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 10:38 4

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


I agree my only point is that this comparison would be considered more "fair" if it was on a network like AT&T where they have "all" of the iPhone models that are still available to sell.

I actually think the fact that iOS only has a few models has little effect on this as you mentioned above my point was just that Verizon is not the best carrier to compare iOS vs Android market share.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 10:38

27. quakan (Posts: 1392; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Well on VZW there's no low-end 3GS, just your high end and mid range, in your words.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 10:50 3

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


That's my point...

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 10:52 6

34. tedkord (Posts: 13020; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The iPhone is 3 phones, not 1. What do you want to bet the Galaxy S3 will outsell all three versions in the third quarter on Verizon?

The reason Android share is higher is it offers choices. Not everyone wants what an iPhone offers. Some want a hardware keyboard. There's an Android for that. Some want a large screen. There's an Android for that. Etc...

It has very little to do with price points. If pride were the only determinant, well, there's an iPhone for that. In the US, you can get an iPhone 3gs free, a 4 for $99 and the 4s for $200.

Assuming all else was equal, and price was the determining factor, you'd expect an even split between iOS and Android, since they both cover the full gamut of prices. What you get in reality is worldwide a 2 to 1 edge for Android. That says that price is not the determining factor.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 10:54 2

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


Doh, didn't realize you were replying to someone else... my bad.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 11:00 4

37. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


I'm sorry I did not do my research on that comment. For some reason i thought verizon got all available iPhone models. Maybe next time I'll do my homework before I post.... I-I mean I did my dog just ate it : P

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 11:29 5

41. JessJess (unregistered)


Really? I'm allowed to have an opinion on here than isn't 'android yay! iPhone boo?' ;)

And I do not see how anyone can deny that the flood of very cheap android devices does cause inflation of its OS share.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 11:43 3

43. whothisperson (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 May 2012)


The fact that you guys always bring up taco, he has already won... I don't care for his comments, he is just seeking attention for which you guys have already given him with comments like "waiting for taco's comment"

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 12:11 1

48. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Maybe it has to also do with to much selection for an android handset, sometimes people can be indecisive. With the iphone theres only 2 selection old or new. People like simple stuff, life is already complicated. But still apple still is doing good I would think Android would have a wider gap then that.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 11:51 7

45. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


No one says that you can't have your own opinion! ;)

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 12:26 4

49. Elvis. (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Who is taco? And why everyone mentions him in every Apple related article?

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 12:31 8

50. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Easy tiger. lol

You can have an opinion. Remember it's not Android's or Google's fault that OEM's sell Android devices for $49.99. People choose Android over Apple. That is fact.

In the U.S. Apple has it's biggest market share. Outside of the U.S. Apple market share is almost nothing.

China the largest market in the world is embracing Android not Apple, & so is India & the rest of Asia.

And one more thing, it's not a flood of Android devices if there is a demand for them. Remember Android almost ACTIVATES 1,000,000 devices PER DAY. That is from demand not flooding of the market as you so cleverly stated.

I say Android yay! ;)

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 12:31 8

51. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


You are new here, right? :)

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 12:35 5

53. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


taco50 is low key now. During his hay-day he was the ultimate i$heep. Now he is more of a lurker than anything else.

He shows up here & there. One day you WILL run into him. We all have.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 12:37 7

54. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


The "flood" of cheap Android devices helps some, but not as much as you insinuate. Usually our cheap Android phones (meaning Android phones built with low specs/built cheaply) don't sell nearly as well as the higher end ones.

What usually sell really well are the Android phones that started out high end and expensive but drop in price as they age. For instance, the 100 dollar Razr is a much hotter item than the 300 dollar Razr was.

Also, those "cheap" Android phones have, more often than not, bit Android in the ass. Usually, when I see an Android to iPhone convert, it's someone who happened to buy a really s**tty/cheap Android phone to begin with, and then judge the entire ecosystem by that one device. This, by the way, is a pretty stupid stance to take.

Now, you can't sit there and make your claims about the contributions of cheap Android phones without also acknowledging the contributions of "the fifty dollar iPhone." We sell just as many of those as we do the 4S. Even at 100 dollars the 4 has been a consistent seller.

Also, the iPhone has the power of constant media exposure and the ongoing myth that the most advertised product is somehow also the best. The other day I had a lady openly acknowledge that Android was a completely better operating system and that she loved it, but holy s**t she was determined to get that iPhone, and she did. The best reason she managed to give was that her boyfriend had one.

Android has to fight an uphill battle against the Cult of I's exposure. I'd say that for an OS which still lags behind in media exposure and gets derided by the major news outlets all the time, the Android Alliance does pretty damn well for itself.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 12:38 2

55. wsucoug13 (Posts: 164; Member since: 04 May 2012)


Taco is a huge iPhone fan who comes on this site and makes very bias and irrational comments against android. He gets all the android fans all pissed off then there will be loooonnggggg arguments between them usually saying the same s**t over and over. Very entertaining

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 12:41 6

56. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Yeah, since he seemingly got banned he's been quieter. I'm happy for that; I still remember that at his most outrageous he accused Android of being an OS for "poor people" and mocked Android users for not having the money for an iPhone or a carrier that offered it.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 12:48 4

58. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Exactly out of those nearly 1,000,000 daily activations about less than a 3rd are mid to low end Android devices.

The high end Samsung's, HTC's, Sony's, Motorola's, Pantech's, Meizu's & ZTE's all outsell the mid to low end Android devices all the time.

Remember the Samsung Galaxy S II was last years TOP OF THE LINE high-end phone, but this years top of the line mid-end phone, & next years top of the line low-end phone if the keep selling it. That is how tech moves.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 12:53 1

60. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


so you would consider the sales of the iphone 4 and 4s outsold the razr... but not include the maxx? stupid ifan.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 12:54 2

61. thedarkside (Posts: 654; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


he is the trolliest of trolls, the noobiest of noobs, and hes a dumb@ss.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 13:02 1

65. Whateverman (Posts: 3283; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Thank you! Have your opinion, state your opinion, and try not to make the replies personal. Don't consume yourselves with anyone else will say. All your doing adding value to his/her opinion above your own because now the people who knew nothing about him/her have stopped reading your comments to go look for taco's.

posted on 19 Jul 2012, 13:08

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


If you knew anything you would realize I am no ifan...

I have a Galaxy Nexus and would not consider buying an iOS device unless several major changes were made.

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