Yesterday, AT&T decided to gloat a little in regards to its record-breaking Q4 in 2012 as the company sold 10m smartphones and averaging 110,000 smartphone sales in a day. Seeing how the company has been considered the worst-rated wireless carrier in the U.S. for a number of years now, you would think the first place wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless, would have an even more record-breaking Q4 2012. Right?
Verizon Wireless did have a great Q4 2012, but apparently it was just a a few hundred thousand smartphones away from meeting AT&T’s sales as they announced today they’re expecting 9.8 million smartphone activations for its Q4 2012. This also is a record-breaking amount of activations for the company, but not quite as record breaking as AT&T.
What drove Verizon Wireless to sell so many smartphones in Q4 2012 was Apple’s iPhone, although a number of just how many iPhones were sold wasn’t released. Verizon’s Communications Chief Lowell McAdam also noted 85 percent of devices sold during Q4 2012 were smartphones and 23 percent of Verizon’s subscriber base are using LTE devices. We’re just surprised the amount of smartphones being sold isn’t a higher number, I mean, who wants a phone these days that isn’t a smartphone?