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Verizon sold more Android phones than iPhones in Q3 2012

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Verizon sold more Android phones than iPhones in Q3 2012
Verizon Wireless has already broken down its quarterly financials, and now the carrier announced it has sold 6.8 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2012.

3.1 million of them were iPhones (up from 2.7 million in Q2), and the majority of those iPhones were older models. Still, 21% were the iPhone 5 and that’s a pretty good percentage given that the new iPhone only sold for just over a week in the third quarter.

Still, interestingly enough, Verizon sold more Android smartphones than iPhones in this third quarter. That’s probably mostly due to the Samsung Galaxy S III, we’d guess.

The U.S. biggest carrier also said that its 4G LTE network now covers 250 million people in 419 markets across the States.

source: Verizon Wireless

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posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:10 19

1. wendygarett (unregistered)


Of course, android is the best :D

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:17 18

3. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Wendy, please make up your mind, its either Android or IOS

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:21 9

4. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


She's of two minds. Either that or she accepts Android is superior, but the iPhone is just so preeeetty that it warps her little mind.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:25 7

7. wendygarett (unregistered)


definitely ios since I'm a die-hard fanboy, but why can't you give me a chance to praise android huh??

Thumb me down all you want, I'm born to be straight and honest. I'll praise if it's good and bash if it's bad, you will never stop me, YOU HEAR ME!!!

Why can't this site be neutral?? sigh... you guys never give me a chance at all :(

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:29 5

10. Lawliet (Posts: 160; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


Everyone is born to be straight and honest, but life changes us.

I can't hear you at all, but I can read

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:33 5

11. wendygarett (unregistered)


but, am I wrong to say android is the best? LOL the article does prove it remains the best...

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 13:38 2

29. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


How about you stop inciting conflict with your comments, you could learn to use a lot less sarcasm. Or perhaps not even say anything, there's an idea.

Want to act as if you are so mature, but look at your replies of late, couldn't more childish.

Anyway, Android has gotten more exposure thanks to all the news of litigation and Apples attempts to bar high profile devices. I have actually seen women out there with the Galaxy Note as their main phone, and that thing is super huge. Call it what you will VZW has a lot of phones to offer, I'm willing to bet this will continue for a while considering the Razr HD variants are on sale starting today.

Seems like the iPhone sales majority come from the older models, what does that tell you? Price cut gets iPhones selling. Who wrote this article, I hate when you guys toss in a seemingly random percentage and then do nothing with it. Out the other percentages or post none at all.

Android will more than likely get boosts from incoming monster super phones. Galaxy Note II, HTC DLX or whatever they decide to call it...and with all the exposure that Android has gotten with all these news stories of the war with Apple and MS, of course people will come in asking what's Android and why are these guys after it? Not to mention Android is quickly evolving, only time will tell.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:34 2

12. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


There are a few of us who try to remain neutral, but what do you expect from a comments section inhabited by fanboys? I for one respect Apple design and quality but think their OS needs to grow up. And I love Android customization and choice of devices, but wish the manufacturers didn't kowtow to the carriers and made cleaner software with faster updates. I just laugh at Apple when its arrogance comes to the surface ("Apple Maps will be the most beautiful maps ever!')

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:47 1

13. wendygarett (unregistered)


I understand :D
It is all personnal preference

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:56 1

16. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


It should be, yes! But there are plenty in the comments section who believe anything Apple is utter crap that nobody should buy, ever. And a few Apple fans who will never accept that an Android device is worth buying either. It's like GM vs. Ford, Democrats vs. Republicans...

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:47 1

14. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


i did not thumb you down wendy, i was just giving my opinion. ill thumb you up just to make you happy

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:54 4

15. wendygarett (unregistered)


Thanks, and here's yours :D

I always remember you because you are the one who convince me to get an android phones. It does awesome

Open os system rules!!! LOL

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 09:07 2

17. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Thank you, any time i can help i will.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 09:11 7

18. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


I think most of us honestly would like to see iOS, Android, and WP8 succeed and coexist without bs patent litigation, and just focus on making the best phones possible. The same solution will not work for all people, and choices are great.

I would bet the house that if Apple(and everyone else of course) would stop bickering over stupid patents(slide to unlock comes to mind), the venom towards Apple would decrease dramatically.

Let them all make kick ass phones, operating systems, and let us consumers choose and win!

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 18:42 1

47. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)


your mistake is that you have something positive to say about iOS. these ppl want you to love android & android only...neutral is not welcome here. liking iOS cancels out any praise you offer to android. love android or get lost pretty much. im on the nuetral team b/c im a lover of technology not brand loyalty. welcome to the neutral team which consists of just us. thumbs down, &.....GO!

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 15:28 2

36. rusticguy (Posts: 2819; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


"Wendy" likes Iphone but "Garret" the guy in pic likes Android. :)

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:14 3

2. TheLibertine (Posts: 484; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Q4 will settle things.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 10:23 4

19. Aeires (unregistered)


Q1 on the other hand...

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 11:47 7

23. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


But people start to realize that iPhone is really an inferior product

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 18:28 2

43. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And then there will be another quarter after that where Android phones will outsell the iPhone. So, no...it wont settle things.

The cycle will continue....its no big deal really.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:21

5. PAPINYC (Posts: 2186; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Amazing how this article started out as a Verizon Android sales story for Q3 and ended up as a sales breakdown of iDuds for the same periOd.

Let's see what happens in Q4 with the Galaxy Note 2 joins the Galaxy S III at Verizon; I wonder how PhoneArena will spin those sales numbers?

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:26

8. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Nah, PA is getting better recently.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 19:37 1

51. ayephoner (Posts: 836; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


q4 and q1 are the big ones for the iphone.

android is much more evenly spread.

the only truly fair comparison is annual sales.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:24

6. eisenbricher (Posts: 970; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


I see it dwindling down the death spiral... Only if they could put down their greed glasses. Now left is the huge cash bank. I say US govt, take it all and build societies on moon or mars.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 08:28

9. rahulcena5565 (Posts: 57; Member since: 01 Nov 2010)


Wait for Q4 baby.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 10:26

20. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


oh My Gosh! that's a BIG(sarcastic) surprise!

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 10:27

21. tristan7192002 (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


There is like 15 android phones compared to 3 iPhones at Verizon ...of course android should sell more...duh!!!!!

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 13:20 1

27. loli5 (Posts: 76; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Carriers don't make any money off of iphone sales since that greedy ass company doesn't like to pay people or share their profits. That is why most places push android over ios, especially VZN.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 13:49 3

33. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Except that 2 or 3 years ago die-hard iFans insisted that it would never happen. They keep moving the goal posts.

Five years ago, android was just vaporware, it would never come out.

Then, it would never beat iOS in market share.

Then, no single OEM would sell more smartphones than Apple. (I seem to remember a bet around that one)

One day soon, it will be that no single smartphone that starts with an "i" will sell better to men with two children and one dog.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 18:30

44. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Exactly.....goal posts always seem to move. Sometimes they get moved back to old spots.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 18:39

46. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


and LMAO at the last line...I didnt read it carefully the first time.. lol

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 18:37 1

45. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Wait a min...first it was the iPhone only had one phone vs a million Android phones. Now its 3 iPhones vs a million Android phones.

I thought the iPhone was so great that if you factored in 2 other iPhone models....this would never happen?

Just give credit where its due. If you wanna talk about price in your next field goal attempt....There are $199 and $299 iPhone 5's...a FREE ..... iPhone 4...a $99 iPhone 4s. Only ...FREE...Android phones I see are the Samsung Stellar....whats that...and the HTC Rhyme. Did those phones even sell? The hot Android sellers at Verizon are RAZR and GS series. G Nex. Rezound. Maybe Bionic.

At some point....all these excuses wont fly anymore. They already dont...

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 10:39

22. Twisted247 (Posts: 197; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Well if you think about it Q3 ends in September unless they are speaking of their "physical/fiscal" which can vary for each company( which could still only end mid Oct. If the stats are currently out.. anyways I am a Android user, but the fact that the iPhone5 was only out for 2-3 weeks max(again depending on when their quarter ended) kinda makes this statement s**tty.
That is unless the iPhone was naturally dominant in the previous quarters in 2k12 over Android for Verizon then cool kudos to Android. If it wasn't then again these stats are pointless.. point out the stats for the 4th Q after they become available following the holiday season. Even though from people I have spoken with the more holiday oriented phone platform IMO is iOS strictly because its the "IN" thing and that's what all the kiddos will be asking for again just my opinion.

Anyways I'm always for a legit logical discussion

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 12:51 2

24. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


LOL. Spin that, iPhone lovers...
I'm in the business, and so far all numbers indicate the "new" iPhone is a flop.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 13:51 1

34. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The new iPhone is in no way a flop.

When did we begin defining a flop as not selling twice as many as the last? The market is eventually going to reach a saturation point. No device is going to sell more every time.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 12:56

25. kellkeezy (Posts: 57; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


we sold more androids then iphones, because we get paid more off androids, so with the incentives for more money and better scores on our score cards makes that percentage higher

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 13:16

26. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


How do you account for people who buy their phones online, with third party sites or with VZW customer service where there is no incentive to push one over the other? Face it, Android is much more appealing than some want to give credit for.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 13:23

28. gallitoking (Posts: 4682; Member since: 17 May 2011)


this is not news to me. Android has more models out so they should sell more, when it comes in individuals sales that's is a different story as for Q4 the iphone 5 regain the throne as the most selling device..

ps. besides android has what 60-70 return rate... it makes sense..

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 13:40 2

30. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)


Only way that return rate is that high would be b/c salespeople fail to properly qualify their customer and also fail at assisting the customer with tips on operating their device correctly. At my location, I've seen just as many iPhones returned for Android as I have the reverse.

Also, I'd bet you that if Android made just one or two kick ass devices, they would beat the iPhone in sales, so the OS vs OS argument is the only one that makes sense, imo.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 13:42 2

31. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1552; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Apple has only 3 models so it should have the single most selling device...

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 13:45 4

32. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 618; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


You are the most one sided person I even seen on here, you skew things to suit your twisted logic. Now if iPhone sold more than Android, you would be saying "take that android, iPhone has less models and still outsold Android". What a transparent little person you really are, I just gave you your comment for when iPhone outsells Android on another Provider ok, you can take it home with you.

Don't think magically iPhone 5 will take the throne considering that it will have even more phones to deal with the monster battery toting Droid Razr Maxx HD just took off today too and incoming will be the Galaxy Note II so I say that all 4th Quarter bets are off for the iPhone 5 taking any sales crown at VZW.

Incredible, there are so many of your type the world over, blind devotion for no real reason at all.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 16:31

38. gallitoking (Posts: 4682; Member since: 17 May 2011)


there are a bunch of one sided people here just because there are on Android I guess dont count, like i always say.,. always using the future.. "wait until such and such devices comes out will blow the iphone out of the water".... lately in sales only the RAZR has done it in a quarter but keep saying it one day it will become true

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 18:46 1

49. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And if it does happen, guess what? The world wont spin in the opposite direction, the sky wont become pink.

Why does a phone have to blow another phone out the water to be considered a success? Why does a phone have to blow the iPhone out the water to be considered a success?

Choice....is success to me. It helped pushed the iPhone to the status its at now. Whether you believe it or not ppl ....chose...the iPhone over Blackberry, Win Mo and Palm. Many ppl would say the G Nex and Rezound was a better phone than the RAZR. The RAZR line must have done something good for it to sell like it did.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 13:53 4

35. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Stop making up statistics to mask your butthurt. You have no idea how many Androids are returned, or for what reason.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 16:23

37. gallitoking (Posts: 4682; Member since: 17 May 2011)


reports on Androids return rate is al over the web just google it and dont act surprise

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 16:55 4

39. Aeires (unregistered)


Let's do that.

http://www.redmondpie.com/android-phone-return-rate-of-30-40-rumor-was-started-by-apple-fanboys/

Yes, just as everyone here knew, BS stats from a rabid iFan that don't hold up under scrutiny.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 17:57 3

42. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Exactly. How could Android maintain and increase its staggering lead in market share if huge numbers of devices were being returned? It makes zero logical sense, not that facts ever swayed a true iF an.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 18:43 1

48. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Ya know....I never thought of that. If the return rate was so high....word of mouth would kill of Android market share fast. High return rate...and ppl would still pick it over the iPhone thats now more affordable?

Seriously...not buying it.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 19:28

50. gallitoking (Posts: 4682; Member since: 17 May 2011)


you are right about 30-40 ok. . is actually higher like I said.. but you guys will dispute my website just like I dispute yours...

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 19:49 2

52. Aeires (unregistered)


You didn't link a website, so at this moment all you have it talk.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 23:30

54. gallitoking (Posts: 4682; Member since: 17 May 2011)


http://techcrunch.com/2011/07/26/androids-dirty-secret-shipping-numbers-are-strong-but-returns-are-30-40/

http://www.informationweek.com/mobility/smart-phones/android-returns-cost-carriers-2-billion/231902178

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 12:31 1

55. Aeires (unregistered)


"...on some Android devices..."

So maybe there is a low end model of phone that gets returned a lot. With over 300 different phones, it's not hard to believe. What I find impossible to believe is Android in general has a return rate of 30-40 percent. Biggs took one statistic on an individual phone, or small handful of phones, and tied to the entire ecosystem of phones. Poor journalism, but that's how iFans role, taking things totally out of proportion to reality.

And didn't your original comment say it was 60-70 percent return rate? Yes.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 17:55 2

41. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


That was debunked long ago, and you know it. Don't feel you need to take up the slack in lying that Taco left when he was permabanned.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 17:19

40. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


you can thank the sam nexus and sam s3 last yrs phone of the year the nexus and this yrs phone sam s3 ......to many isheep tho anyway

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 19:51

53. Twisted247 (Posts: 197; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Can't wait to see the GN2 absolutely take over when it releases!

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