Survey: AT&T remains Apple iPhone country while Android rules at Verizon

Survey: AT&T remains Apple iPhone country while Android rules at Verizon
With 52.2% of smartphones in the U.S. running on Android, and 33.4% of them powered by iOS, what happens to those numbers when we look at some of the major U.S. carriers?  Because of its early exclusivity with the Apple iPhone, AT&T is the U.S. carrier most often associated with the phone. A recent study was done by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners of the four major U.S. carriers between June and August of this year. As you might expect, about half of the phones activated at AT&T during that time period were Apple iPhone units.

Meanwhile, Verizon continues to be known for its Android selection as roughly half of all smartphone activations for the carrier between June and August were for Android models. Like AT&T and the iPhone, Verizon's link to the green robot goes back a few years. In October 2009, Big Red launched Android 2.0 with the Motorola DROID, and Androidmania began. Despite the availability of the Apple iPhone on Verizon, when it comes to operating systems,'Big Green' still rules for Big Red.

During the June through August period, at the four major U.S. carriers, Android accounted for 48% of all activations while iOS was next with 29%. Amazingly, Featurephones were next with a 17% share of activations during the June-August time period. That means that these basic phones had more than triple the activations of BlackBerry (4%) and Windows Phone (1%) combined!

The carrier that relies the most on one platform was T-Mobile. Because the Apple iPhone is not available there, Android commands a huge percentage of all activations for the nations fourth largest carrier.

source: CIRP via AllThingsD


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48 Comments

1. mclifford81

Posts: 83; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

Probably because Verizon and Sprint Iphone 5 still can't use data and voice at the same time.. Lte for iphone 5 = Fail

11. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

who really cares about that? i find it to be an annoyance because i have to stop Google Navigation whenever i get an important call or the caller's voice get's drained out by "turn left in 1000 ft."

26. Droiddoes unregistered

I care about it. How else am I going to peruse message boards while I'm on a conference call?

28. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

VoIP or having a Tablet.

35. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

What device are you using Google Nav with when that happens? I've never encountered that with my Nokias, as they pause the navigation sounds and gives preference to the phone part of the (heh) phone.

36. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

freaking everything does that. it's Google Maps.

38. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I use it for talking and using the web, using forum apps at the same time. Now that I use it...I like it. I see why ppl liked this feature on AT&T or just GSM phones in general.

42. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

well i kind of have my priorities straight so i either do the extra stuff on my Tablet or i focus on my phone call.

27. siekone

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Your stupid it will work with voice and data on verizon,

45. Paximos

Posts: 282; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Not at the same time...don't call people stupid unless you are sure!!!

29. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Really? My Razr can surf on 4g and talk at the same time, can't surf on 3g and talk at the same time however...

31. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the iPhone 5 will lack this functionality.

34. Jphones

Posts: 256; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

haha even my lg motion on metro lte has voice and data function

37. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I'm just remembering all the folks who said...."The iPhone on Verizon was gonna be the Death of Android" Still waiting for that Death....

47. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I have to agree here. Simultaneous voice and data is huge for me. I LOVE Verizon Android for this. I have an iPhone 4 on AT&T. I was thinking of getting an i5 on Verizon. I will NOT however if it means I lose simultaneous voice and data. I huge loss I feel for Verizon and Sprint.

2. teerex42

Posts: 221; Member since: Jun 14, 2012

Aand last but not least, same old tired design and specs basically and no extra radio so Verizon, Sprint users can use voice and data simultaneously haha!!! BIG FAIL!!!!

6. mclifford81

Posts: 83; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

Very true, I like how they added an extra mic for noise cancelling and better quality calls but they don't support Voice over LTE so it's pointless and lets not get started on more proprietary cable and adapters for the new lightning cable.. Total crap and no innovation at all

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30959; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

And that big fail will b a big success. 27% of android users polled said they plan to buy the iPhone 5. Google it

9. mclifford81

Posts: 83; Member since: Jan 26, 2010

This is true, however this is before the initial release and specs of the phone were fully announced and that 27% are probably not very tech savvy either and the poll was probably taken using young teens and in areas where smart phones are not dominant. There are many factors there to make it irrelevant. Oh and ps I am not a fan boy as I actually own an iPhone 4s but I do have high standards and Apples most recent release is just showing its becoming monotonous like Rim did in their prime and look at them now...

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

If that were true, then there would be a huge (27%) drop-off in Android activations in anticipation of the iP5 release. Unfortunately, the drop-off in Android activations doesn't seem to have occurred. Maybe the 27% had second thoughts on learning how pathetic Maps is?

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30959; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

my comment is not to bash android. Droid u know I don't do that, it's simply to state that apple isn't as bad as some android users say it is. As far as 27% goes, I'm not the pollster so I'm not looking at demographics. I'm merely stating the facts. And the fact is ios is a top notch platform and the iPhone is a top notch phone as is it's android counterparts.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30959; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Also Droid u aren't an apple basher ur actually an intelligent techie I know cuz I read a lot of ur posts. As a techie I think u know that apple is gonna send out several updates and have maps purring n due time. I'm not a fan boy I'm a techie and have had numerous android devices and still own the one x. I remember when google maps was not too accurate and took forever to get directions when it would say searching for gps for a while before it locked on, but google worked at it and now it's king n my book. U know as well as I do that apple will have their maps kicking, and so will the developers.

14. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Every time a new iPhone is released it shows that 20 something percent of Android users plan to switch, so what does that really mean? Android AND iOS are still growing, but you don't see iOS growing by that 20 something percent that these surveys claim.

39. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Like someone said at another forum....plan to switch and actually switching are 2 different things. I planned on getting a quad core PC, my first , 2 years ago....still haven't gotten it yet...lol.

3. Danre

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 02, 2012

iPhone = i stands for idiot. Android = A stands for advance user. Now lets see the graph.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30959; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iPhone = stands for cell phone Android = stands for cell phone. Idiot = stands for people who have nothing better to do with their day than troll PA to bash apple. U never see apple users goin on android articles to bash android. Why? Cuz they don't care, and have more important things to do like pay bills, work, parent, and get laid. idoit

22. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1773; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

WRONG. I always see Quezdagreat, Gallitoking and Taco50 or whatever alias he is using and even you CONSTANTLY trolling said articles. Quit crying!

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30959; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Do u ever? And please b honest...see me bashing android? I will defend apple, I will defend android but do u ever see me bashing?

25. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

mate you have before, now you seem reasonable but there have been comments that were too one way but i agree with EclipseGSX he's spot on and named the 3 worst...ohh you forgot that serious9010 puppet too lol but point is fanboys are on both sides but like i have said many times certain ifans take it too far

4. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

those number will change now that the iphone 4 is becoming free on contract.. that will take away sales from mid to low end Androids.

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