updated 11:35 pm EST, Tue January 27, 2009
Verizon sells 1m Storms
Following up with its quarterly financial disclosure, Verizon representatives have finally confirmed that the company has sold more than 1 million BlackBerry Storm handsets, according to Computerworld. Unofficial estimates last month suggested the company had sold 500,000 of the devices in the first month since its release. If the number was accurate, the achievement of 1 million units points to a sustained distribution through the second month of availability.
Although the Storm has contributed to the successful quarter for Verizon Wireless, even 1 million devices falls below the iPhone 3G distribution when comparing the first two months after launch. AT&T activated 2.4 million Apple handsets during the same period, leading to the biggest quarterly gain of subscription customers in the carrier's history.
Despite the current economic strife, Verizon reported an overall revenue gain of 4.6 percent from the year-ago quarter, while the wireless division grew by 12.3 percent and the broadband and video segment exploded by 36.8 percent. Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg highlighted the positive performance from each one of the large divisions, claiming that the company "is able to compete effectively in this economic environment."