Verizon Activates Only 2.3M iPhone 4s in June, Trailing AT&T

Verizon Activates Only 2.3M iPhone 4s in June, Trailing AT&T

Apple’s second U.S. carrier partner announced iPhone 4 activation numbers suggesting AT&T is still preferred by owners of the tech giant’s iconic handset. Verizon Wireless activated 2.3 million iPhone 4s during June, below the figure AT&T announced yesterday.

In the first full quarter of iPhone sales, Verizon Wireless activated 1.3 million fewer Apple smartphones than original Apple partner, AT&T. Thursday, AT&T announced 3.6 million iPhones were activated during the June three-month period, results that showed flat growth from the previous quarter. Verizon has only sold iPhone 4s, where AT&T has sold the iPhone 4, plus the iPhone 3GS for just $49, giving it an advantage and explaining the discrepancy between carriers.

Drilling deeper, the Verizon Wireless and AT&T domestic sales figures illustrates the growing importance of international Apple sales. When we subtract the nearly 6 million iPhones sold domestically from the overall 20.34 million handsets Apple sold during the June quarter, we learn 14.44 million — or 71 percent — iPhones are sold internationally.

Another factor, the slowdown in Verizon and AT&T iPhone sales provides another hint that consumers are delaying purchasing a handset awaiting the introduction of the iPhone 5. Many expect Apple won’t wait much longer, introducing the iPhone 5 in September, in time for back-to-school shoppers and the all important holiday sales period.

Do you think Verizon will continue to trail AT&T in iPhone sales, or do you think that the iPhone 5 will put them on equal footing again? Let us know in the comments.

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  • bplano

    Yep, that’s what I haven’t switched… why get an iPhone 4 when you can get an iPhone 5 for the same price come August/September? :)

  • dcborn61

    Going to be a rush of Verizon sales of the iPhone5 to us Verizon loyalists who bought the Droid and the Droid Eris when they first came out.  Just coming around to upgrade time and the timing is perfect to get the newest iPhone.

  • Tim Murray

    Until Verizon can do voice & data at the same time, they will trail AT&T.

  • markbyrn

    “only” 2.3 million iPhones in June?  How about Verizon “only” selling 1.2 million Androids

  • andrew

    I am suffering through the term of my BB Strorm II, when this contract ends at the End of September I will be getting and Iphone 5.  There are at least 5 other people in my office with the BB Storm that are in the same situation and plan to do the same.   One Storm user just switch to a Droid.

    I suspect we are not alone at verzion … I wonder how many Strom contracts will be ending this fall …

  • cliqsquad

    I am just hoping that some AT&T users make the switch over to Verizon for it. The i4 has been seriously the most popular iPhone to date in my area. Use to have really good service and didn’t understand all the complaints. Slowly over the last year the networked got hammered and everywhere I go I see nothing but i4 and Atrix. I am grandfathered into unlimited data and I pay less than I would for Verizon and I am not switching.

  • huyett

    I probably would have held off… iPhone4 might have been new to the Verizon network, but if you were operating under the impression that Apple was going to keep its annual summer release schedule, you’d probly hold off for iPhone 5.

    I wouldn’t want to buy a shiny new smartphone only to have it update a could of months later.

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

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