News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday July 18, 2013.
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Verizon announced its earnings for the second quarter of 2013, and in addition to confirming that the company is making strong progress on the path to an LTE-only network, Verizon revealed that the Apple iPhone and iOS lead the smartphone drive at the carrier. How many iPhones did Verizon sell? About 3.8 million, which amounts to 50.6 percent of the total 7.5 million smartphones sold during the second quarter.
Apple's iPhone accounted for half of smartphone activations at Verizon, with Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 8 combining to make up the other half, according to CFO Fran Shammo. Verizon saw a significant rise from the 2.7 million iPhones activated during the same period last year. The combined sales of the iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4 were greater than the onslaught of Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the launch of the Lumia 928 and BlackBerry Z10.
With Apple's traditional fall announcement of a new iPhone looming, sales in the next quarter probably won't be as high as customers expect a new iPhone to launch in a few months. Now would be a good time for the next wave of DROIDs to attempt to gain some attention.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.