Verizon activated 3.9 million iPhones in Q3 2013, more than all other smartphones on the network combined

Verizon reports iPhone activations up 26 percent year-over-year

More people on Verizon's network want iPhones. That's the message from the company during its third-quarter earnings conference call this morning. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo reported that his company's customers activated 7.6 million new smartphones during the quarter. Of those, 51 percent - more than half - were iPhone activations.

That's 3.9 million new iPhone activations on Verizon for the third quarter of 2013 - an almost 26 percent year over year increase than the same quarter last year, when Verizon reported that 46 percent of new smartphone activations were iPhones. It's also higher than the previous quarter, when Verizon reported that 43 percent of new smartphone activations were iPhones.

Verizon noted that they exited September with constrained supplies of the iPhone - they didn't note which model, but it's safe to assume that they're referring to the iPhone 5s. Both the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s were released in September, and Verizon faces the same inventory issues that other vendors do.

Obviously Verizon is only one data point to judge how well the iPhone is doing, but it's an important one - they're the largest U.S. carrier and a good bellwether of industry trends. We should have a better idea of the iPhone's overall performance when Apple reports its quarterly earnings on October 28th.

iPhone 5c

iPhone 5c
Apple's first popular iPhone with a 4-inch in-cell display, LTE 4G, and BT 4.0 LE. Fun features include:

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Released
September, 2013

Alternatives
iPhone 5s, iPhone 4s

Replacements
iPhone 6 (rumored)
Fall, 2014

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iPhone 5s

iPhone 5s
Apple's current flagship iPhone with a 4-inch in-cell display, LTE 4G, and BT 4.0 LE. New features include:

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Released
September, 2013

Alternatives
iPhone 5c, iPhone 4s

Replacements
iPhone 6 (rumored)
Fall, 2014

Resources
Buyers guide
Help forum

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Verizon activated 3.9 million iPhones in Q3 2013, more than all other smartphones on the network combined

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The quarter with an iPhone release is not worth much. You have look at it year over year. Quarter to quarter you have a high spike and a low one.

Year over year is best.

That is fine for comparing iPhone to iPhone but the article was comparing the iPhone to other smart phones in terms of sales. That is comparing apples to oranges and my original point stands.

Year over year, iPhones account for more than half of all smartphones sales on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

And the question is how is that possible since android is over 50% of the US market. This means they are more of them.

Not surprised, the Iphone might be the only smartphone in Verizon's lineup which they aren't allowed to cripple with preinstalled bloatware, delaying of os updates, carrier branding. I love my Iphone, but I might have tried another brand a long time ago if Verizon's other phones weren't locked down.

Wow I bet this is going to make the haters hate even more and offer all kinds of reasons why this info is suspect. I'm sure people didn't just get iPhones because they were pretty and gold. Apple's ecosystem is just spot on. IMHO.

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