AT&T sold 10m smartphones in Q4, beats 2011 record

AT&T sold 10m smartphones in Q4, beats 2011 record

Summary: The cellular giant sells a record number of smartphones during the lucrative fourth quarter, powered by increased demand in Android and Apple devices.

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AT&T said today that it sold more than 10 million smartphones during the fourth quarter, the period towards the end of the year during the lucrative Christmas and holiday months, thanks mostly due to the high demand of Android devices and iPhones.

The previous record was 9.4 million smartphones during the same quarter in 2011, a year ago.

AT&T Mobility president Ralph de la Vega said in prepared remarks: "We had another incredible quarter of smartphone sales as the mobile Internet continues to drive strong growth in wireless." He added that the cellular giant, with more than 105 million customers in the U.S., sold on average 110,000 smartphones a day during the busy buying period.

While Android devices and iPhones were undoubtedly the power behind the company's portfolio, the statement also noted that Windows Phone devices were also popular. The figures were not broken down by brand or platform, however.

The company reported third quarter earnings of $3.6 billion, or 63 cents a share, on revenue of $31.5 billion. Wall Street was hoping for earnings of 60 cents a share. During the third quarter, AT&T sold 6.1 million smartphones, an increase by 1.3 million on the same period a year ago, while activating 4.7 million iPhones.

AT&T will report its full fourth quarter and 2012 fiscal year financials after the markets close on January 24.

Topics: AT&T, Networking

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  • Yes

    I dumped verizon for att, and I had to go to 3 stores as all the Nokia 920's were sold out.
    everss02
    • Why Nokia?

      Why are u looking for a Lumia 920!? I dont get it ...
      Watchmen247
      • better hardware powered by the best smartphone OS

        right now. I don't care even if WP8 is not selling like malware ridden Androids or legacy iOS. WP8 is new, faster than iOS and Android, refreshing, simpler navigation and the information is right out of phone, you don't have to knock a widget or an app for that.
        Ram U
        • Not quite there yet for Win Phone 8

          I tried Lumia 920 and was disappointed. One of the surprisingly disappointing aspect was what supposed to be its strength: the camera. When taking a picture in landscapemode, the subjects toward the edges(sides) are distorted quite a bit. I also didn't like the tile home screen. If you want many apps to be on the home screen, you have to forever scroll down because one screen can fit so many. Also when you swipe left to reveal all the apps available, it's the same story. It has its strengths, but OS is still too young for me.
          Yuniverse
          • did you upgrade your device

            that fixed it.
            Ram U
  • WP8 is selling well

    "While Android devices and iPhones were undoubtedly the power behind the company's portfolio, the statement also noted that Windows Phone devices were also popular. The figures were not broken down by brand or platform, however."

    "Summary: The cellular giant sells a record number of smartphones during the lucrative fourth quarter, powered by increased demand in Android and Apple devices."

    - Zack omitting Windows Phone in the Summary section is not an accident, but by intend
    Owlll1net
    • Nice catch

      Makes you wonder how he came up with such a summary.
      Loverock-Davidson
    • Like I said before Zack is getting trained by SJVN and AKH ;-)

      n/t
      Ram U
  • How many WP7/8 devices sold?

    It would be really interesting, how many have sold?

    10...20.... maybe 50?

    ;-)
    Watchmen247
    • even if they sold 1, is it an issue for you?

      n/t
      Ram U
  • AT&T sold 10m smartphones in Q4, beats 2011 record

    Nokia Lumia 920 has been selling like crazy. Its too bad its only on AT&T. Now if Verizon was to get something that good I'd be all set. Sure the 8X is decent but it is no 920.
    Loverock-Davidson
    • In fact 8x is not a bad choice.

      In fact I have seen good number of teens preferring 8X over 920 at local AT&T stores especially the yellow color. Like Matt Miller said before, heart goes to 8X and mind goes to 920 http://www.zdnet.com/nokia-lumia-920-or-htc-windows-phone-8x-a-purchase-made-with-the-head-instead-of-the-heart-7000007211/
      Ram U
    • Define selling like crazy

      During the previous record, AT&T sold 7.6 million iPhones out of 9.4 million, and they are saying iPhone sales hit another record. That leaves 2.4 million left at most, now subtract android phones and a few other and you have how many 920s were sold - optimistic.
      AleMartin
  • ATT Stinks

    This is too bad. I really hate ATT. They need a serious a-kicking in the customer service department.
    TollFreeCaller