Verizon Wireless says that during the third quarter of this year it sold more Android-based smartphones than iPhones, continuing a long-held trend. These two operating systems dominated smartphones sales for the telcom.
The wireless carrier, the largest in the United States, sold 6.8 million smartphones in the July – Sept. period. Of these, 3.4 million ran Google’s Android OS, while 3.1 million were Apple iPhones. The remaining 0.3 million were BlackBerrys and Windows Phones.
Apple’s latest model, the iPhone 5 debuted the final month of the quarter, and during this time Verizon sold 651,000 units, around 21%. The carrier’s CFO Fran Shammo said this number could have been higher but “We had a supply constraints.” He went on to say that these are still pulliing down the number of iPhone 5 units that can be sold, and “we’re not sure where we are going to stand in the fourth quarter with those constraints.”
About 53% of Verizon’s subscribers use smartphones, a growing share. And 13% of its subscribers are on a Share Everything plan.
Verizon Wireless had a strong quarter, adding 1.54 million post-paid contract customers. This was much higher than analysts had predicted. It continues to grow, even as smaller rivals Sprint and T-Mobile shrink.
On average, each subscriber account pulls in $145.42 each month, a 6.5% increase.