2.4 million iPhones activated by AT&T in the second quarter

2.4 million iPhones activated by AT&T in the second quarter
AT&T reported second quarter earnings and while they were 16% lower than the prior year's total, the numbers still beat analysts' estimates. The carrier had profits of  $3.2 billion dollars vs. the $3.8 billion dollars scored in 2008. Revenue dropped a mere 1% from last year to $30.7 billion dollars. Helping support the cash flow was activation of 2.4 million iPhones in the period as the new iPhone 3GS came to market in June. 792,000 of those were new AT&T customers, an impressive figure.

Looking at the whole picture, AT&T added 1.4 million net new wireless subscribers in the quarter to bring the total to 79.6 million. So far this year, the networker has added 6.7 million people to that figure. Wireless data revenue leaped 37.2%  in the second quarter to reach a total of $3.4 billion dollars. For the sixth consecutive period, AT&T's wireless ARPU (average monthly revenue per subscriber) rose. The figure for the latest three month quarter was up 2.3% to $60.21.

source: AT&T



1. The Doc

Posts: 122; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yay! Thanks iPhonearena... I've been dying to know how many iphones have been activated so far this year. I've always wondered how often the website would be updated if it weren't for the carrier it promotes. iPhone w/ Mifi on LTE FTW!!! Go VZW

10. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

GO Iphonearena!

13. VSS_55

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Number of ACTIVATIONS? This seriously isn't news guys. Does iPhonearena really need to grasp for news this badly? I'll give ya that the iPhone with the MILLION updates it SHOULD of had on the first gen has finally become a decent phone, but its rather amusing to think about the iPhone 3G S has finally gained the important features that SHOULD of come on the first gen. Kinda like oh i dunno the fact that windows 7 is what Vista SHOULD OF been. ** Ohhh, did i just compare apples almighty iPhone to windows Vista?!? YOU BET I DID!!!**

18. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Why isn't this newsworthy? Most people didn't know about this. And I don't understand how phonearena is grasping for this news badly. They just reported the facts. How that is grasping for the mews, only you know. And stop getting mad just because Apple is having success.

26. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

You may have mews, but I have mewtwos!!! Your going down phonearena!

2. drewsky

Posts: 147; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

This is exactly why ATT wants to ride out this Iphone thing as long as they can. The Iphone is a good phone, But I really wish ATT offered a more variety of their "High End" handsets. IMO the Iphone is the really the only one,(you could maybe argue SE C905a, but not really). I think ATT has a unique oppurtunity to offer other "high end" phones that are only made for GSM, but choose not too, ex Samsung i8910(HD), Nokia N97, ect. ATT could offer a much better alternative but choose not to. To me ATT has a good selection of low-level phones, a BUCNH or mid-level phones and one High-end. Still waiting...

3. Arielnyc2006 unregistered

ATT has become arrogant becuase of the iphone, and they know that they will suffer if another carrier offers it, thats why they are trying to extend the exclusivity window.

5. j.naueattrep

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

At&t is rumored to increase the amount of high-end or data-centric phones by an increase of about 30% by the end of next year. However, the amount of customers that actually get these phones for their data applications is low compared to the people that just get them because they are 'cool'. Due to this, At&t is hesitant to raise the amount of data-centric phones because they lose money if people get them without the data.

6. j.naueattrep

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Also, Ariel, you must realize you would HATE the Iphone on any CDMA network (Sprint, Verizon, Cricket, Boost), and have poor coverage with it on T-mobile GSM, so At&t is truly the best choice for the Iphone due to it's longer battery life, better coverage GSM, and small size. It would increase about 30-50% in size with a better and larger battery and placing a CDMA vs. GSM component in the housing. Also, CDMA networks are single use only networks so push email clients only work outside a phone call.

7. drewsky

Posts: 147; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

Yeah your right about the amount of people that actually use data-centric phones for data. But is it too much to ask for at least one solid alternative?

9. smedina44

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 01, 2009

theres still 2 year of contract for at&t... with in that time verizon could be 80% gsm with a 4g network... but if not i could see a fight for the bid because verizon can now do voip through skype

11. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

well actually some facts for all to see. 80% of att's growth since 2007 has been due to Iphone sales. Nothing more Nothing less. That does not speak much for att rather than volumes for Apple. Second , a phone is only as good as the network it is on and Apple is not pleased with ATT's performance. Third the excusivity ends June 2010. ATT has the worst 3g coverage and mediocre voice coverage at best. VZW will not be 80% GSM by 2010 , that is a lame statement LTE stands for LONG TERM EVOLUTION!!!!!! Look up those words. Wimax is 4g to market and cities are being added quite rapidly in the next 5 months. WIMAX is already a standard having been authenticated in russia and some asian countries.

12. drewsky

Posts: 147; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

Well you forgot to mention ATT still has the oppurtunity to extend their exclusivity to 2011. Its not over till the fat lady sings Im not saying ATT has the best 3G coverage, but T-Mobile's 3G coverage is laughable, its not even close. Facts

14. VSS_55

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

For as much as i feel it's blashphemy for me to say it, if apple ditches ATT, for VZW theres a good chance i'll pick one up. EVERYTHING is available for the iphone and they've ported some of my favorite games to it. I'll stay happy with my storm until (if) apple and VZW make a 4G LTE version. About the only thing holding me back is TRUE multitasking. Apples excuses for why they wont support multitasking are laughable.


Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Dude like it or not CDMA can't do multitasking......they can't even suport a video calling.....!!!


Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

With all that LTE has been tested and proven to be better than WIMAX, am not saying WIMAX is bad but there was a WIMAX network in Australia who was shut down due to miserable perfomance you won't see that with LTE

19. VSS_55

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Umm, if your gonna try to shoot down my comment at least know what your talking about. Multitasking is a operating-system level ability and has nothing to do with the network technology. NEITHER CDMA or GSM can multitask, you are confusing GSM's ability to simultaneously run a call and surf the internet at the same time which no CDMA cannot do. however a device multitasking is the ability to run several programs at once. which my CDMA storm can do excellently. and the GSM iphone cannot because apple deems it too adversely affects battery life *cough*bull$h!t.*cough* Seriously anyway, exactly how frequently do you absolutely NEED to surf the web while on a call?

20. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

LTE has been "tested" I have seen wimax working and it has been authenticated as a world standard. Not to mention it is already marketed. the beauty is that if WIMAX doesnt work the hardware in interoperable with LTE hardware so its a win win for Sprint. First 4g and if they have to they can move to LTE,.


Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

I know what am talking about, you still thinking that the 90's old cdma network can compete with 3GSM, sorry dude get over with, i have an touch pro with ATT and i surf the web while am on a call, u cant do that with your storm no matter how many towers VZ has and that's is a fact, SWALLOW IT....!!!

22. VSS_55

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Um, I'm pretty sure i just said CDMA cant do that. perhaps you should reread my post. Enjoy your TDMA update there and its almost nonexistent security. If your really that impatient that you cant pay attention to the person that calls you enjoy your web and your ADD. I for one don't CARE that i have to wait till i finish the phone call to resume web browsing. Big deal. I'm more concerned about things like actually having data coverage nearly everywhere that isn't strained to the breaking point by a zillion iphones. I wont be 'swallowing' anything either since my last post WAS right...

23. j.naueattrep

Posts: 24; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Good alternatives for data would be phones like the Eternity or the Impression since the data unlimited cost is only $10 a month if you already have unlimited messaging and you could do WAP to HTML internet conversions through free applications like opera mini for a better internet experience similar to the iphone.


Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Your post wasn't any right dude but keep dreaming, when VZW turns LTE then you have reasons to speaks, and by the way BB bold is much better than the storm That doesn't even have WIFI, try to sell CDMA to the Asians and Europeans and they will laugh very bad to your Redneck butt, sorry dude CDMA lost its battle against GSM period.

25. VSS_55

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Alright. if im wrong point it out I'd REALLY like to see you try. and if you want me to get technical my phone COULD run data and a call at the same time while roaming off of its GLOBAL GSM transmitter. *puts on baseball cap backwards* OHHH! SNAP! *removes hat*. Sure WIFI is a nice perk but who the hell needs it when you have high speed almost everywhere. I guess if your on a carrier that needs to do it to reduce the workload on its overstressed towers.... sure GSM caught on cuz it was cheaper. Europe and the Asian areas DO have some CDMA services though. Wanna see make you look stupid? Europe: Denmark, Poland, Norway, Romania, Iceland ASIAS: J-A-P-A-N!!!! (Isnt that considered to be one of the most high-tech countries there is?) CHINA, Indonesia, Tailand, Hell, while i'm at it: Russia, India, Pakistan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CDMA2000 I could go on but theres the link: Theres lots more in South America and Africa. So i think if i WAS selling CDMA towers or transmitters i'd do alright. So, once again. If your gonna try and make ME look stupid, make sure YOUR not first.

27. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

DogieFresh and Vss_55 One word...comma's. Other than that, way to take DF to school, V.

28. VSS_55

Posts: 43; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

I guess i was sort of lacking comma's in my quest to make a point. lol. yeah....

4. glazey

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 08, 2009

thats a lot of warr esn changes haha

8. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

my thoughts exactly!


Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Even with all the bad the fanboyzzzzzz says about ATT still kicking theirrrrr buttssss, VZW users continue to switch jejejeje......!!!!!

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