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Verizon Activates 3.9 Million iPhones in Q3 2013, Just Over Half of All Smartphone Activations

verizon_logo_500Verizon today became the first of the major U.S mobile carriers to report financial results for the third quarter for 2013, giving the first piece of data to help shed light on Apple's early iPhone 5s and 5c sales other than an Apple press release announcing nine million units sold on the launch weekend.

The carrier revealed during its conference call that it activated approximately 3.9 million iPhones during the quarter, representing just over half of Verizon's 7.6 million total smartphone activations during the quarter, and up from 3.1 million iPhone activations in the year-ago quarter. Verizon also noted in the call that it encountered iPhone supply constraints in September, which will also result in some carryover in sales to the fourth quarter.

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Verizon also reported that it has now covered "over 99% of its 3G footprint" with LTE, as the network is now in over 500 markets with more small towns being added in the coming months. Overall, the carrier stated that there were 6.8 million 4G LTE device activations on its network in the quarter, up 21.1% when compared to the year-ago quarter.

Finally, Verizon announced that smartphones now account for more than 67% of the Verizon Wireless retail postpaid customer phone base, up from 64% at the end of the second-quarter in 2013.

Apple will announce its quarterly earnings on October 28.

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14 months ago

iPHONE FOR EVER!!!:D




Yes... forever and ever. :p
Rating: 7 Votes
14 months ago
Horray! Very, very rich companies getting richer.

Meanwhile, inside the cellular service companies:

"Increase those executive bonuses for a job well done!"

"Can we tighten the tiers and/or arbitrarily re-jigger our offers to squeeze more money out of the lemmings?"

"And someone call Apple and encourage them to make some more "major apps" like iRadio that encourages data burn through cellular data tiers faster than ever. I want that bonus to go up again next year"

"What! Podunk, is trying to install city-wide free wifi? Quick sick the lawyers on that and let's make some strategic campaign contributions to kill that initiative."

Etc.
Rating: 5 Votes
14 months ago
bummer that they didn't provide a breakdown of 5C and 5S.
Rating: 3 Votes
14 months ago
iPHONE FOR EVER!!!:D
Rating: 3 Votes
14 months ago
I was one of them... I switched from Sprint's unlimited-but-unusable data plan to a tiered Verizon plan shared on my wife's account; turns out I don't use as much data as I thought I did, but it's nice to have a data connection that actually works when I need it to.
Rating: 2 Votes
14 months ago

so that would mean 800,000 non LTE phones were activated. That seems low to me as it would cover many budget smartphones plus the iphone 4S. 4S sales must be pretty slow


Other than the iPhone 4S and dumbphones I don't think Verizon sells non-LTE phones anymore.
Rating: 2 Votes
14 months ago

Here's a question for you Verizon guys...

I'm thinking of making the jump from an iPhone 4 on AT&T to a 5s (or next year a 6) on Verizon's LTE network. When you're on LTE, can you do simultaneous phone & data? I use that all the time.

What happens if you lose your LTE signal? Does this happen often?

Any help is appreciated.


We were on AT&T for years, but just didn't have any kind of reception here at the World HQ, and we wanted to bail on our landline service. We switched to Verizon at the time we purchased our iPhone 5s last year (that's 2 iPhone 5, not iPhone 5s :D ) and we now get decent-to-good voice (AT&T was _none_), and the LTE coverage everywhere I go is fantastic (Northeast coast of Florida, VA/DC, Atlanta). I also noted the voice quality is much better (comparing good vs. good signal), but we also swapped phones, so the iP5 may just be much better in that capacity.

Once in LTE, I really haven't seen it drop, and that's while doing things like remote access to servers, sharing code, email, etc., really beating on it with a lot of concurrent services (that are connection sensitive, so any outage would be noted).

No to simultaneous voice and data, but you know what? It hasn't really been an issue for me. If I'm around the homestead, I get voice+ data when I'm on WiFi, when I'm tethering, I'm usually using a different communication mechanism (iMessage, G+/Hangouts, EMail), and when I'm using just the phone, I'm either doing something data related, or making a quick voice call. That was a big hangup for me about switching, I was worried it would interfere, but about a month or two before we made the switch, I took note of how many times I needed it (and AT&T I could've done it), and the answer was none ... none times :D

The price for us was the same out of pocket, but technically better since the shared data plan includes tethering on both phones (though that doesn't really come up TBH). We're doing a shared 4GB data, unlimited text/talk, all the other odds and end services.
Rating: 2 Votes
14 months ago

Here's a question for you Verizon guys...

I'm thinking of making the jump from an iPhone 4 on AT&T to a 5s (or next year a 6) on Verizon's LTE network. When you're on LTE, can you do simultaneous phone & data? I use that all the time.

What happens if you lose your LTE signal? Does this happen often?

Any help is appreciated.


Using the internet while you talk on the phone is overrated.
Rating: 2 Votes
14 months ago

Using the internet while you talk on the phone is overrated.


I use it all the time on AT&T. In fact, I use it all the time I'm sure without realizing it. If I had to switch to Verizon, that's when I'd notice how much I use it.

Me on my iPhone on AT&T with my brother: "What time is the game tomorrow? Oh wait, let me check. It's at 5:00 PM. What time should I pick you up?"

Me on my iPhone on Verizon with my brother: "What time is the game tomorrow? I'll check and call you back".

Lame.
Rating: 2 Votes
14 months ago

I'm not saying it's Apple's fault. I just think the perspective most people demonstrate about it is interesting. What's also interesting as that all the other major manufacturers don't seem to have a problem including the two radios where the inability to talk and surf with Verizon is isolated to Apple products.


Verizon's inability to provide talk and surf at the same time bothers me none at all given that I am not a Verizon customer. My carrier offers that capability so in that regard, I am all good. I am not interested in paying for two radios (whether it be in money or battery time or bulkier form factor) just so a carrier I don't use has the ability to provide this to their customers.

If it bothers any of Verizon's customers or potential customers, they can always vote with their money and go somewhere else.
Rating: 1 Votes

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