Following AT&T's move yesterdayon the state of its affairs, Verizon was next to share its good news.
Verizon said in an 8-K regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it has seen 9.8 million smartphone activations during the fourth quarter, with a "higher mix of Apple smartphones."
The filing also said that the firm expects to see 2.1 million retail post-paid net additions during the fourth quarter, but expected the firm's earnings before interest (EBITDA) to be down on the same quarter a year ago.
Filing its comments with the SEC was a formality after Verizon chief executive Lowell McAdam told attendees at CES 2013 this week that his company's fourth quarter was its best ever.
On Tuesday, AT&T said it had activated more than 10 million smartphones during the fourth quarter,. AT&T, which has a few million customers shy of Verizon's, said the vast increase in numbers was down to the popularity of iPhones and Android devices.