Motorola DROID, Apple iPhone led the way for Verizon and AT&T subscriber growth in Q4

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Motorola DROID, Apple iPhone led the way for Verizon and AT&T subscriber growth in Q4
The fourth quarter was a good period for customer growth in the U.S. cellular carrier business. 5.9 million new subscribers signed up, the largest growth in three years according to a report by Wireless Intelligence. 4.9 million of those new customers were signed up by Verizon or AT&T. The number 1 and number 2 largest U.S. operators respectively have been carrying on a feud as fierce as the legendary Hatfield-McCoy battle. The battleground is television where Verizon and AT&T have been pounding each other with vicious, but sometimes humorous, ads.

Verizon finished the quarter with 91.2 million subscribers, a gain of 2.2 million from the prior quarter and the most new additions since the third quarter of 2008. The sizzling hot Motorola DROID helped Big Red in the period as the Android flavored phone continued to sell well. For Verizon, it is the first handset that they have offered that could stand next to the iPhone and garner favorable comparisons. Speaking of the iPhone, Apple's iconic touchscreen model helped AT&T score its second largest quarterly increase with 2.7 million new customers added. The operator now has a total of  85.1 million customers (including 863,000 subscribers from the acquisition of Centenniel Wireless), trailing only Verizon.

The report shows a drop of 148,000 customers for third place Sprint during the period. That figure includes a gain of 435,000 pre-paid accounts for its Boost Mobile subsidiary. T-Mobile improved from a loss of 77,000 subscribers in the 2008 period to show a gain of 371,000 in this year's 4th quarter.

Wireless Intelligence analyst Jon Groves noted that the iPhone chalked up its second biggest number of activations with 3.1 million hooked up in the three month period. More than a third of them were new AT&T subscribers.

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33 Comments

1. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

So much for the Droid stopping the iPhone sales!

17. HanfordStore

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

c'mon dude, everyone knows that the sales have not been that good for the iPhone. AT&T said that 40%of the calls DROPPED on their service, was on an iPhone.... LoL. You wont hear that bout the Droid. OWNED!!!!

25. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

What?! Are you talking about the sales or the call quality? Because iPhone sales are great.

30. Gowireless

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 23, 2010

hanford what store r u at

32. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Well, when 40% of all of your subscribers use an iPhone, you will get a 40% drop rate... I blame both the iPhone and AT&Ts network for the dropped call problems. But as soon as the iPhone is made available on T-Mo, you could watch that net add number on AT&T drop like crazy. That's why AT&T is paying apple so much to keep being the exclusive provider, they know it is the only thing keeping them afloat. At least T-Mo can stand pretty close toe-to-toe to vzw for network experience, CS experience, and Retail store experience, AT&T is no where near either of them.

2. neutrality

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 28, 2009

Who would have guessed that flagship devices like the iPhone and the Droid would be responsible for customer growth?!

3. Iphoneluv

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

No matter what comes out that is suppose to be an "Iphone Killer", nothing will ever stop Apple's Iconic jewel from continuing to grow. Iphone!!! F.E.E.!!!

5. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

what does FEE stand for? iphone: fugley electronic entertainment?

10. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

No dude it means: Fanboys Extremely Encoded...!!!

12. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

fugley....lol thats awesome

13. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

you're gay dogiefresh. straight up fag

20. HanfordStore

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

HAHA, your dunb, vuz the DROID KILLS THE IPHONE!!!!! 5 mega pix, video recorder, instant emails, google maps with turn by turn navigation. physical keyboard, dual flash, dual processor. AN ACTUAL HOME SCREEN. Unlike the iphone, the Droid has a desktop... not a menu and a homescreen put in one... LoL. a notification bar. and a good damn battery.... Try topping those WITHOUT downloading an app... LOL

22. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

My respect for the Gay people but am not, but u demostrated with ur comments that u r a premature borned, retarded Redneck, good luck Billy Bob...!!!!

4. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

That means all those funny comercial from the big red didn't stop people to buy iphones ha..!!! Poor big red.....!!!!

14. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

once again. gay

19. HanfordStore

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

HAHA, your dunb, vuz the DROID KILLS THE IPHONE!!!!! 5 mega pix, video recorder, instant emails, google maps with turn by turn navigation. physical keyboard, dual flash, dual processor. AN ACTUAL HOME SCREEN. Unlike the iphone, the Droid has a desktop... not a menu and a homescreen put in one... LoL. a notification bar. and a good damn battery.... Try topping those WITHOUT downloading an app... LOL

26. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Are you kidding me HanfordStore? How many times do you have to post the same comment?

6. kilari

Posts: 49; Member since: Oct 28, 2009

I strongly dislike people who buy iphones. They all like it in the butt.

7. Iphoneluv

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

Sorry can't agree with you there. Perhaps you were raped or something. I' sure you can find a good shrink to talk to about it, if you cant find one I'm sure there' "An app for that". Lmao

8. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

U dislike them cuz ur broke ass was turn down on Apple stores and AT&T, U can't aford it, too much for ya, stay with metropcs...!!!

11. Iphoneluv

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

Hahah, LMAO!!!!!!!

15. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

fag again

16. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

thats funny kilari. couldn't have made a better statement myself. i heard that 100% of iphone owners actually shove there iphone up their asses. lol no joke

18. HanfordStore

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

HAHA, your dunb, vuz the DROID KILLS THE IPHONE!!!!! 5 mega pix, video recorder, instant emails, google maps with turn by turn navigation. physical keyboard, dual flash, dual processor. AN ACTUAL HOME SCREEN. Unlike the iphone, the Droid has a desktop... not a menu and a homescreen put in one... LoL. a notification bar. and a good damn battery.... Try topping those WITHOUT downloading an app... LOL

23. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Jejejeje dude u posting in the wrong page, go to: fatasstrailertrash.com, this site isn't for you......!!!!

24. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Another fat ass that can't get an iphone, hey man u can't buy an iphone by trading pigs and chikin' or selling ur 1982 ford ranger pick up truck, get a real job...!!!!

27. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Haha, this is sad. If you dont like iPhone then oh well, get over it. Enjoy your Droid, Pre, or Nexus One. You guys are really angry that iPhone users like their phones a lot. I don't know why though.

33. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

ur a funny faggot, dude i work for Verizon, and i live in downtown San Diego. nice try though, but still an epic fail on trying to clown on me. on the other hand, you're gay. take your iPhone out your ass.

9. Iphoneluv

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

Hey fanman, figure it out

21. HanfordStore

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

HAHA, your dunb, vuz the DROID KILLS THE IPHONE!!!!! 5 mega pix, video recorder, instant emails, google maps with turn by turn navigation. physical keyboard, dual flash, dual processor. AN ACTUAL HOME SCREEN. Unlike the iphone, the Droid has a desktop... not a menu and a homescreen put in one... LoL. a notification bar. and a good damn battery.... Try topping those WITHOUT downloading an app... LOL

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