In the past couple of weeks Verizon announced its smartphone sales in a press release. Surprisingly, even though the iPhone had only been on the US’ most popular carrier for little over a year, the iOS loaded handset made up over half of all smartphone sales. If that was the case for a relative newbie, how would it be for what was once the Apple-exclusive carrier?
AT&T just announced its first quarter results, and it makes for some incredible reading. The #2 carrier sold a total 5.5 million smartphones. Out of those, a sensational 4.3 million were iPhones. 78% of all postpaid smartphones were iOS devices, how awesome is that?
Now there are a few reasons for this. Firstly, the iPhone 4S is still relatively new and incredible popular. Secondly, AT&T is the “iPhone network” and held the exclusivity for almost three years before any other US carrier got some Apple love. Now, it’s virtually a free-for-all, unless you’re T-mobile. Thirdly, AT&T still sells the 3GS and sells it for free on contract. Neither Sprint or Verizon can sell it since there isn’t a CDMA version of the third generation iPhone.
What this means now, is that if you combine both Verizon and AT&T sales results, 11.8 million smartphones were sold in this year’s first quarter. 7.5 million (64%) of those were Apple iPhones. You don’t need telling that those numbers are pretty staggering. Could it mean that iOS is finally starting to peg back the resurgence of Android? Let us know your thoughts.