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Verizon: iPhone sales less than Android, more than LTE

updated 01:07 pm EDT, Thu July 19, 2012

Sales of iPhones drop ahead of expected new version

Verizon Wireless has revealed more information regarding its phone sales for the second quarter. In an investor conference call, Chief financial officer Fran Shammo noted that 2.7 million iPhones were sold over the three-month span, falling below the 2.9 million Android-based smartphone shipments but maintaining an edge over the 2.5 million 4G LTE-enabled devices. An analyst recently claimed the iPhone was no longer Verizon's bestselling smartphone, losing its position to the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx.

iPhone sales are marginally higher than the 2.3 million sold in the same period last year, but lag far behind the peak of 3.2 million from the first quarter this year. The falloff is likely due in part to customers expecting a new iteration of Apple's iconic handset, which is rumored to have a thinner display. Apple is expected to maintain the release schedule from the iPhone 4S, suggesting the sixth-generation edition could be on its way in October, however the company has yet to officially confirm any details.

According to Shammo, a quarter of iPhone sales in the quarter were from new Verizon Wireless customers. In comparison, only a fifth of customers buying 4G LTE phones were new subscribers.

In the original earnings report released earlier today, Verizon revealed that 50 percent of its subscriber base used smartphones of some description, up from 47 percent in the first quarter. Revenues for the Wireless division totaled $15.8 billion, and data revenues rose by $1.1 billion year-over-year to reach $6.9 billion. [via Apple Insider]



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  1. wrenchy

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    Was there ever any doubt??

    :-)

  1. Camelot

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    Got to love 'analysts'.

    "An analyst recently claimed the iPhone was no longer Verizon's bestselling smartphone, losing its position to the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx."

    Let's put that into the numbers, shall we.

    2.9 million Android phones
    2.7 million iPhones.

    That would mean that Verizon had to have sold at least 2,700,001 Motorola Droid Razr Maxx's (where DO they come up with these names??)
    Moreover, it means that Verizon sold a total of just 200,000 other Android phones. That's all the Samsungs, HTCs, etc

    Oh, but wait, it gets better.

    The Droid Razr Maxx is an LTE phone. hmm... According to the same Analyst, Verizon sold "... 2.5 million 4G LTE-enabled devices".

    So here we are, at the same time, the Droid Razr Maxx (no, that doesn't get any easier to type) sold both MORE than Apple's 2.7 million iPhones and LESS that the 2.5 million LTE phones.

    Analyst.. Stick it up your...

  1. macvette

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    "... and data revenues rose by $1.1 billion year-over-year to reach $6.9 billion."

    Thus the need for those pathetic new shared data plans. Will any customers actually save money with those?!?!?

  1. SockRolid

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    Just goes to show how powerful LTE is as a sales tool. I'll bet a dollar that the iPhone (6th gen) will be LTE-capable.

  1. airmanchairman

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    What's so hard about telling the truth about the iPhone being the top seller?

    Such ungraciousness, hiding behind a faceless Android statistic, with irrational envy and hatred to boot.

    Shameful...

  1. Bobfozz

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    ANALYST are not really analysts.
    I talk to the actual people who work at Verizon. Here is what they tell me. They love APPLE because people buy and they get a commission... then, out the door. On the Android phones they have so many different ones that it is easy for the customer to become confused. Time wasted. Apple doesn't promote but if you have been in a big Verizon store, they have posters and all kinds of gimmicks and gadgets which Verizon spends money on to convince you to buy something UNDER the radar (non Apple). More $$$ more wasted time. Like analysts.

  1. testudo

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    Originally Posted by airmanchairmanView Post

    What's so hard about telling the truth about the iPhone being the top seller?
    Such ungraciousness, hiding behind a faceless Android statistic, with irrational envy and hatred to boot.
    Shameful...



    Yeah, I'm sure Verizon is fudging its numbers so they don't have to admit that the iPhone is a top seller.

  1. testudo

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    Originally Posted by BobfozzView Post


    I talk to the actual people who work at Verizon. Here is what they tell me. They love APPLE because people buy and they get a commission... then, out the door. On the Android phones they have so many different ones that it is easy for the customer to become confused. Time wasted.



    All that says to me is that the people who 'work' at the store like Apple because that means they don't have to actually work. Then again, people who walk in knowing they want an iphone are just like people who walk in who know they want a samsung galaxy. There's no confusion or time wasted on them.

    Originally Posted by BobfozzView Post

    On the Android phones they have so many different ones that it is easy for the customer to become confused. Time wasted.



    What you're saying is really "People who come into the store not knowing what they want are all confused about the options." These options are NOT just android phones, they also include iphones and any other phones.

    BTW, this is WHY they have sales associates. It's to help the customer pick out the phone that best serves them. Apparently the people you talk with just wants them all to buy iPhones because then they don't have to deal with them ever again. Something wrong? Call apple. I'm busy on Facebook.

  1. Bobfozz

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    TESTUDO NEVER COULD READ WITH UNDERSTANDING
    If you've ever been in sales, which I am guessing you are not, and you get commissions, it's desirable to whip customers along. At the end of the day the one who has been selling Apple products will get a bigger check. THIS is what motivates salespeople, not your whining about "not wanting to work." Most Verizon sales assoc. I have seen are EXCELLENT workers and know their stuff. When are YOU ever going to get IT instead of playing "Devil's Advocate." Just when we think you are starting to exhibit a "lick of sense," you open your mouth.

  1. jdonahoe

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    @Camelot-- Good catch!

    I hope the iPhone 5 is utilizing the thin screens to allow more space for a larger battery to compete better with the Motorola Razor Maxx on battery life.

  1. totalmuddog

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    Not surprised. I bought my iPhone 4s four months ago. I told the Verizon sales person I wanted to by a smart phone. He showed me every phone but the iPhone. After he exhausted himself telling me everything about the Android phones and how great they were, I asked him what phone he had. He pulled out the iPhone 4s.

    He never told me one thing about the iPhone until I asked. I am surprised there weren't more Android phones sold since it was obvious that Verizon was pushing everything but the iPhone.

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