iPhone Again Represents Over Half of Verizon's Smartphone Sales in 1Q 2012

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    Marking the first significant piece of data to help build a picture of Apple's quarterly iPhone sales numbers ahead of next week's earnings release, Verizon today announced its own earnings results for the first quarter of 2012, revealing during the associated conference call that it activated 3.2 million iPhones during the quarter.

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    The number is down from 4.3 million iPhones in the previous quarter, which was part of Apple's record-setting launch quarter for the iPhone 4S that saw the company sell 37 million iPhones worldwide.

    Analysts are generally expecting Apple's iPhone sales for the first calendar quarter of 2012 to be down slightly from that 37 million number, and Verizon's results certainly support that belief, at least in the United States. But increased international availability of the iPhone 4S during the first quarter, most notably a launch in China in mid-January and an expansion to China Telecom in early March, should help Apple maintain strong iPhone momentum.

    Overall, Verizon reported sales of 6.3 million smartphones during the first quarter, meaning that the iPhone continues to represent just over half of the carrier's smartphone business. But Verizon is continuing to shift the focus of its data highlights toward its 4G LTE network, with the carrier noting that it sold 2.9 million LTE devices during the quarter. 4G LTE users now make up 9.1% of Verizon's wireless user base.

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    FIRST...

    Seriously though, WOW! A single phone selling more than like, what, 25 android phones combined!!
     
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    Just wait for the LTE iPhone
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Just 10% LTE? Next quarter 50% due to "launch of great new hardware" hint hint nudge nudge
     
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    I have been traveling in China on business the last few days and iPhones are all over the place being used by people who you wouldn't think would be able to afford the extra high premium cost for the iPhone. I think the Chinese sales numbers will be way over the top end.
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Yep. Verizon turned on LTE for my city today. So hello Verizon when iPhone LTE comes out. :D
     
  7. macrumors 65816

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    I went from an iPhone on AT&T to an Android handset on Verizon and now have an iPhone 4 on Verizon. As I was telling someone last week, I wouldn't take an Android LTE phone right now if VZW paid me to do it because I need a phone that can make it through a normal workday without having to toggle the LTE radio on and off. I'm excited to see how Apple handles the issue of battery drain on LTE handsets when they have a smaller form factor to work with (compared to the new iPad.)

    When an LTE iPhone is released, I think it's going to attract a ton of current iPhone users on other carriers over to Verizon. A bunch of current iPhone 4 users on AT&T have contracts expiring within the next 4-5 months. I hope and pray that Verizon's LTE network can handle a massive influx of customers and maintain decent throughput.
     
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    Last time I was in a Verizon store there were at least 20 different Android OS Smartphones for sale from various vendors and at various price points. Almost all of the higher-end Android OS models supported LTE.

    For iPhone to represent HALF of their Smartphone sales last quarter, and the 4S isn't even LTE-enabled...that's impressive. Wow.
     
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    Wow.... apparently Verizon sold a mere 200,000 non-iPhone non-LTE smartphones in the quarter... that's crazy!
     
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    I just dont get it. Iphone is a nice device but there is no choice at all. Everyone has the same look and feel. I think it would be rather disturbing to walk into a room and everyone is using the same device . Thats like everyone wearing the same clothes and there is no difference. That is very scary if you think about it. Apple is mass produce company like IBM and nothing is special about them. its like having no identity . This is just my opinion. Thank you.
     
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    I dont think it matters that much..most everyone has a case or skin on their phone, which differentiates the physical look of the device.
     
  12. macrumors newbie

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    If your identity is defined by the phone you use then you have an identity crisis that goes way beyond a phone - any phone. Just my opinion. Thank you.
     
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    waaaaaa

    What do you want all of us using a lousy droid phone? :apple:
     
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    All this means, and i'm sure this applies to AT&T, is that we have no idea what kinds of speeds to expect with LTE.

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    There is a choice, and over half of Verizon subscribers chose iPhone. :)
     
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    I tried one of them iPhone things, but I felt rather claustrophobic. I use a Droid now. Thanks.
     
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    I dislike the way Verizon reps represent the iPhone. My personal iPhone is through AT&T but my work iPhone is through Verizon and every time I go into one of their corporate stores all they do is bash on the iPhone and talk highly about Android. This has happened to me at multiple Verizon stores here in L.A.
     
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    Well over 50% of the people I see day-to-day wear the exact same looking blue jeans. Is that scary?
     
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    Screw Verizon.
     
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    Your post shows your limited point of view. While the iphone can be a fashion device (it is beautiful after all), it is not meant to be so. It is meant to be a tool for you to do things with it (enjoyably).

    That said, it is no different than walking into an office or computer lab and seeing the same model of Dell everywhere...

    And, there's enough (irrational) Apple haters out there for that to ever happen..
     
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    It's funny that you mention that and you'll probably get downvoted for it, but I've actually been thinking about that these last few days.

    A person's phone is a very personal and individual extension of themselves. Back in the day nearly everyone had a different phone, and in the off chance of seeing somebody else with your phone it was a cool coincidence, "Hey look! I have the same phone as you!" Kinda like sharing the same birthday with someone or running into someone wearing the same tshirt. But if suddenly a HUGE percentage of your friends, your coworkers, and people you walk by in the streets start having the same birthday as you or start all wearing the exact same tshirt as you all the time, it starts to become a little disconcerting.

    And I have very recently been feeling this about the iPhone. It's not that I think I'm better than someone because I have an iPhone, so I don't want the "common folk" to have one too. I've always enjoyed the spread of iPhones and found it very fun to see so many people with them, because I think iPhone's are the best and I have an unnaturally strong inclination to want Apple to succeed. But it's starting to be a bit odd to see SO many people with the exact same phone as me. And I admit, I did enjoy being ahead of the curve when I got my iPhone 3G on launch day... I mean everybody wants to feel like they have the best, and it does tarnish that a bit when everybody and their mom has it also.

    And to think, right now Apple only has about a 30-40% marketshare of smartphones. Can you imagine if Apple was able to capture the same smartphone marketshare as they have on iPods or iPads? Try to think about this for a moment. 70-80%? There would be so little individuality.

    Now I'll probably get downvoted too.
     
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    I agree. I'm a long time (and very satisfied) AT&T customer, but come the next iPhone, I'm likely going to jump ship to Verizon. Verizon already has LTE where I live (Burlington, VT) and I just don't see any change of AT&T putting it in anytime soon. For day to day use of the iPhone, I don't think there's a huge difference between HSPA+ and LTE (I'm just using the phone for web surfing and e-mail), but I frequently tether my laptop and/or iPad to my phone for access on the go, and that's where LTE has a tremendous advantage.
     
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    I noticed on Star Trek everyone had the same communicator. it was even shaped like a futuristic Apple logo. I guess Android the communication device wasn't popular anymore.
     
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    I agree with you on almost all points. I would also add that if LTE is the future of cellular technology, Verizon would work to blanket AT&T's HSPA+ coverage.
     
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    I don't think its the lack of individuality that would be concerning, it would be the lack of competition. Even with a company like Apple which has a tremendous attention to detail, competition is necessary to drive innovation and provide us even better devices. I enjoy the fact that Apple has a large market share (as I benefit from things like the quality and quantity of apps available), but I always want there to be serious competition to keep Apple on their toes. Everyone benefits from that.
     
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    The average consumer doesn't care about LTE. Heck the average consumer doesn't even know what LTE is.
     

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