Verizon crushes analysts' expections with 1.17 million net retail postpaid additions during Q4 2017
For all of 2017, net new prepaid additions came in at 2.1 million. That included 1.8 million smartphones, the highest total for Verizon since 2015. Last year's total also takes into account 31,000 net new tablets, and 1.3 million other connected devices.
While churn was up from the third quarter number to 1%, it was down from last year's 1.1% reading. As we told you yesterday, some analysts expect Verizon's churn to increase due to new BYOD promotions being offered by rival carriers. Postpaid phone churn came in at .77%, under .90% for the 11th consecutive quarter.
Revenue for Verizon Wireless rose 1.7% year-over-year in Q4 to $23.8 billion. Operating income for the period was $7.1 billion. 80% of the wireless operator's phone accounts are on an unsubsidized pricing plan as of year end 2017. A year earlier, that figure was at 67%.
Overall, it was a strong quarter for Verizon Wireless. The carrier ran several sales featuring the Google Pixel 2 and the Google Pixel 2 XL, and today starts new BOGO deals for the Pixel 2, Moto Z2 Force, Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG V30.
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