updated 06:55 pm EDT, Tue March 15, 2011
Numbers from ad network show quick jump from AT&T
Verizon may have already taken more than 12 percent of iPhone users in the US market, according to numbers gathered by mobile ad network Chitika. The company's data is based on a 24-hour rolling period, which logs iPhone web usage and ties each device to a specific carrier. If the numbers are accurate, it suggests AT&T's share of iPhone users may have already dropped to approximately 87 percent.
Verizon and AT&T have yet to release specific numbers regarding the migration of iPhone owners between both networks, though AT&T wireless executive Ralph de la Vega recently said the number was "within our expectations."
Despite a seemingly low retail turnout for the iPhone 4, Verizon executive Dan Mead argued that the carrier was achieving satisfactory sales. He blamed the low traffic on extremely high pre-order sales, which set a new record for the company.