News by Dan Seifert on Friday October 21, 2011.
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During the investor call for Verizon Wireless' Q3 2011 financial report, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo revealed that the carrier sold 2 million iPhones in the quarter, slightly fewer than competitor AT&T, which moved 2.7 million of Apple's smartphones. In addition to the iPhones sold, Verizon sold 1.4 million LTE devices in Q3.
Verizon says that it sold 5.6 million smartphones in total for the third quarter, and more than half of those were Android smartphones. Of the 1.4 million 4G LTE devices it sold, about half were Android smartphones, while the rest was made up of data-only devices, such as mobile hotspots and USB modems.
Though AT&T sold more iPhones than Verizon in Q3, it had the advantage of offering the older iPhone 3GS model in addition to the iPhone 4. The iPhone 3GS was selling for $49 on-contract during the third quarter, a significant price difference from the lowest cost iPhone 4, which was $199. AT&T did not separate iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS sales in its reports, so we really can't tell how many of its 2.7 million iPhone sales were from the iPhone 4. On the other hand, all of Verizon's 2 million iPhone sales were the iPhone 4, since it was the only iPhone model that Big Red carried in the third quarter. This is less than the 2.2 million that Verizon reported for Q2, but it attributed the decline to consumer anticipation for the next model.
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