AT&T, Apple’s exclusive iPhone provider, Thursday posted third-quarter results of $31.6 billion and a record number of iPhone 4 subscribers. The Dallas, Texas-based carrier announced 5.2 million iPhone activations, up from the previous record of 3.2 million. Almost a quarter of those were from new AT&T customers.
“This was a terrific mobile broadband quarter,” said chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson. “A record number of customers signed new two-year contracts and integrated device sales outpaced our previous best by a wide margin,” he added. AT&T said it gained 2.6 million net subscribers, up 30 percent from a year ago.
The carrier also noted it added 321,000 prepaid net subscribers – up from a 176,000 prepaid net loss a year ago. Many of those were likely iPad 3G users.