Verizon sells 9.8 million smartphones in Q4 2012, 6.2 million of which are iPhones

Verizon has announced their financial results for Q4, 2012, and out of 9.8 million smartphones sold, 6.2 million of them were iPhone. That's over 63%. They also announced that their 4G LTE network now reached 273 million people in 476 U.S. markets. According to [Verizon] chairman and CEO, Lowell McAdam:

Verizon seized growth opportunities in the fourth quarter to cap a year of solid progress across the entire business. We delivered a total return of 13.2 percent to shareholders in 2012, and we enter 2013 ready to accelerate the momentum we’ve achieved and create significant shareholder value in the years to come.

It was also a record quarter for tablet sales, including the new introduced iPad mini and iPad 4.

This comes following the usual doom-and-gloom rumors and reports which seem to precede earnings announcement weeks, the last 10 days of which suggested demand for the iPhone 5 was weak and Apple should pack their bags and go home. If that turns out to be the stock manipulation at the expense of Apple and regular, more easily frightened investors, then it would be nice to think oversight would occur and such reports wouldn't find purchase in the most trusted financial papers of record in the future.

But who am I kidding, that particular type of bullshit services way too many agendas for anything approaching ethics or common sense to counter.

Meanwhile, more the 3 out of every 5 phones Verizon sold over the holidays were made by Apple.


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Rene Ritchie

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Verizon sells 9.8 million smartphones in Q4 2012, 6.2 million of which are iPhones


It's just like all these end of the world predictions Rene. None of them ever come true, yet people always worry about them.

Exactly. And when I looked at the close after reading the "Why AAPL had to close at $500" article, I couldn't believe it closed at EXACTLY $500. This is folks looking for a quick buck over the next weeks, and aside from cold, hard facts, which there will be none, you won't be able to convince me otherwise.

Also, keep in mind these Verizon numbers come when (A) sales people actively try to sell a Samsung Android phone to anyone asking for an iPhone (happened to two of my less tech saavy friends, who both returned them for iPhones within the 14 day window) AND (2) not one single iPhone on display in any corporate Verizon store I have been in over the past 2 months (5 stores across 3 states). And all had them in stock.

Odd, no?


What were the sales stats for the year? That might be more telling than just the one quarter where Apple brought out a new version and nobody else did.

I correct myself. Verizon did launch several significant new non-iOS smartphones in Q4'12. I'd still be curious to know their total smartphone sales distribution for CY'12.

While I agree that yearly stats would be good, there were quite a few devices that came out on Verizon in the 4th Quarter. Thats the Holiday quarter, so everyone wants something to sell.

Verizon released phones (Off the top of my head) during the 4th quarter: Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Stratosphere 2, HTC DNA, Motorola Droid RAZR HD/MaxxHD, LG Spectrum 2, HTC 8X, Nokia 822...

Plus TECHNICALLY, Apple released the i5 at the end of the 3rd quarter (so this number doesnt include presales, etc). If you include the other competing phones release at the end of the 3rd Quarter, that also includes: Motorola Droid M, Samsung Stellar, and LG Intuition (again, off top of head)...

So, pretty much every company in the smartphone wars (except Blackberry) had a new phone (or multiple) released in the same time period as the newest iPhone. And seeing how this is talking about iPhones activated *total* (instead of just the iPhone 5) I would think that the numbers are pretty comparative.

Edit: I see your correction. And yes I agree.

Wow -- you would think Rene and others forget that there are markets outside the US and Canada. Verizon having good sales doesn't automatically discredit reports of Apple cutting production. Apple will fall. They all do. You guys just need to get over it.