Verizon Sold Nearly Twice as Many iPhones as Android Phones in Q4

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During the last three months of 2012, Verizon sold far more Apple iPhones than it models running Google’s Android. Apple was the telecom’s top seller by a wide margin.

VerizonAccording to Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo, Verizon sold and activated 9.8 million smartphones in Q4. Of these, 6.2 million were from Apple. Shammo did not give specific figures on the remaining 3.6 million devices, but said Android made up a large majority of them.

In Q3, Verizon sold more Android-based phones than iPhones. Shortly before the beginning of Q4, however, the iPhone 5 was released, and that model has sold very well. Shammo said about half the Apple smartphones sold last quester were Apple’s latest model, with the rest being older versions.

Verizon CFO also indicated that 90% of his company’s on-contract subscribers use smartphones, while 58% of all its customers use smartphones. Big Red grew its total number of subscribers by 2.1 million in Q4, to 98.2 million.

These figures were announced this morning during a conference call with investors, after Verizon announced the results of its most recent financial quarter. The telecom had a record$30 billion revenue, but took a net loss because of $135 million in costs from Hurricane Sandy, plus a significant charge from the way the company accounts for its pension plan. As a result, the company reported a loss of $1.93 billion, or $1.48 per share.




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