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Verizon iPhone Sales More Than Double to 4.2 Million in Holiday Quarter

Verizon Wireless Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo today participated in Citi's Global Entertainment, Media & Communications Conference, and as part of his presentation revealed some iPhone sales numbers for the carrier. As noted by StreetInsider.com, Shammo announced that Verizon sold 4.2 million iPhones during the fourth quarter of 2011, a quarter which saw the launch of the iPhone 4S.

That performance more than doubled the previous quarter's sales of 2.0 million iPhones. Overall, Apple sold just over 17 million iPhones during that third calendar quarter, and while it is difficult to extrapolate Apple's total fourth quarter sales from the performance of a single U.S. carrier, the 4.2 million number could at least put Apple in the range of 35 million iPhones for the quarter across all carriers and markets. Apple today announced that it will report its holiday quarter sales and earnings numbers on January 24.

As a result of the strong performance of the iPhone 4S, Verizon is projecting a reduction in its profit margin as it absorbs the upfront subsidies paid to Apple for the device. Those subsidies will, however, be recouped over time from subscribers' service contracts.

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38 months ago
Yes, it must just be 35 million all "sheeple" and "fanboys". Apparently half the world are Apple fanboys who blindly follow their hypnotic marketing to buy their crappy, underpowered products.
Rating: 19 Votes
38 months ago

Samsung is gonna have a hard time ridiculing all these people in their next commercial. This must be killing them inside.[COLOR="#808080"]


Notice that in Samsung's commercial, no one actually left the lineup.
Rating: 11 Votes
38 months ago
Samsung is gonna have a hard time ridiculing all these people in their next commercial. This must be killing them inside.

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Wasn't this supposed to be a "disappointment", that received a lukewarm reception?


Sure was! Everyone was gonna jump ship and go for the SGII and Nexus or anything else that offered a 4" screen. I think it's funny that despite all this, the iPhone 4S was still listed as one of the top tech disappointments of 2011.
Rating: 8 Votes
38 months ago

I expect a drop in sales throughout Europe, compared to last year.


I expect a huge number of sales in China starting next week.
Rating: 8 Votes
38 months ago



As a result of the strong performance of the iPhone 4S,


Wasn't this supposed to be a "disappointment", that received a lukewarm reception?
Rating: 7 Votes
38 months ago
'Haters gonna hate...'
I am currently reading the biography of Steve Jobs. The iPhone will never be killed by Android. Steve's passion for creating top-tier products, with the golden thought being "ready when it ships," passed down to his employees is why this phone is winning. User-friendly GUI, no ability to tweak with the core functionality, quality over quantity, etc. define the iPhone.
Rating: 7 Votes
38 months ago

'Haters gonna hate...'
I am currently reading the biography of Steve Jobs. The iPhone will never be killed by Android. Steve's passion for creating top-tier products, with the golden thought being "ready when it ships," passed down to his employees is why this phone is winning. User-friendly GUI, no ability to tweak with the core functionality, quality over quantity, etc. define the iPhone.


That depends on where Apple takes the iPhone from here on in. Steve is gone.

But I sense that the important bits of his consciousness somehow merged with Scott Forstall's. Keep an eye on Forstall. He's the rising star to watch.

Apple needs to keep this man.
Rating: 5 Votes
38 months ago

The trick to getting a cheap rate with Verizon is using promo deals and stacking corporate discounts. But yes, if you don't have any discounts, Verizon is the most expensive of the four carriers in the US.


Excitingly, the other carriers also offer promo deals and corporate discounts as well.

As always: No carrier is the best or the least expensive. Shop around, get the lowest price, and use the carrier that is the best for you.
Rating: 4 Votes
38 months ago
I wonder if Verizon will begin to report the same way that ATT does: activations.

ATT's numbers usually count not just new sales, but activations of used and hand-me-down phones as well. E.g. you buy a new 4S and sell your old 3GS to someone else on ATT. That's two activations.
Rating: 3 Votes
38 months ago

There are many Android phones. Some of them are more responsive than others. Samsung Galaxy SII is indeed more responsive to your finger than iPhone.

The sad thing is, you probably believe this crap.
Rating: 3 Votes

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