Verizon: We sold more iPhones in Q1 than all LTE phones

Apr 19, 2012
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Verizon has spilled the beans on iPhone sales, announcing during the carrier's Q1 2012 financial results call that it has sold 3.2m of Apple's smartphones. The news means a dip in iPhone sales from Q4 2011, where Verizon announced it had sold 4.2m of the handsets, though a rise year-on-year. Back in Q1 2011, the carrier sold 2.2m of the CDMA iPhone 4. In fact, Apple sales continue to overshadow 4G LTE adoption.

Verizon says it sold 2.1m LTE-enabled smartphones in Q1 2012, more than a million less than the 3G-only iPhone. With long-standing rumors suggesting Apple will launch an LTE fifth-generation iPhone later this year, however, the carrier's 4G network is likely to get a real work-out then.

Still, either way, data revenues are up. Verizon customers helped push data revenue up to $6.6bn, up 21.1-percent year-on-year; data income now comprises 42.9-percent of all service revenues for Verizon. In contrast, a year ago data revenues were $5.5bn.

Meanwhile, Verizon threw its oar in with Windows Phone, with Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo saying the carrier felt a third platform was very important in the smartphone marketplace.


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