Verizon iPhone sales drop, still outsell all LTE devices combined

It looks like Verizon Wireless may finally be preparing to love Windows Phone again – after selling a single first-gen handset, the HTC Trophy, for a year and a half. But it’ll take a lot of Windows Phone sales to match its biggest seller, Apple’s ever-popular iPhone.

Verizon today revealed that, last quarter, it sold 3.2m iPhones (although it didn’t give a breakdown of iPhone 4S versus iPhone 4 sales). That figure, while impressive, actually represents a pretty significant 24% drop in iPhone sales over the previous quarter, when 4.2m iPhones flew off of Verizon’s shelves – although it’s still a rise year-on-year, compared with the same quarter in 2011, when the carrier sold 2.2m CDMA iPhone 4 handsets.

But, as Slashgear revealed, despite the somewhat startling drop in iPhone sales, the 3G-only Apple smartphone still outsold all of Verizon’s 4G LTE devices combined. Over the first quarter of this year, the operator sold a grand total of just 2.1m LTE-enabled smartphones, 1.1m lower than its iPhone sales total for the same period.

Verizon introduced five new 4G LTE devices, including the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX (which we reviewed here) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 (reviewed here) during the last quarter, while the Apple iPad WiFi + 4G (review!) arrived right at the end of the quarter in mid-March. 4G devices form an important part of Verizon’s data revenues, which rose by an impressive 21% this quarter to $6.6bn. Data now brings almost 43% of all service revenues at Verizon.

The company yesterday announced plans to improve its data roaming packages, including an unexpected drop in price.

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So you're comparing Q1 2012 sales to Q4 2011 and saying there is a 24% drop in iPhone sales? Seriously? May I remind you that Q4 2011 was the holiday shopping season and generally the time of year when a lot of people buy a lot of stuff. This is why sales are ALWAYS compared to the same quarter the previous year. Funny how a 45% increase year over year (Q1 2012 vs Q1 2011) can somehow be reported as a massive drop in iPhone sales at Verizon.

call me when iPhone sales outnumber all 3G and LTE phones combined... so they pick a tech that is relatively new to compare an iPhone to?... if the iPhone was LTE then it might make more sense

neufuse said,
call me when iPhone sales outnumber all 3G and LTE phones combined... so they pick a tech that is relatively new to compare an iPhone to?... if the iPhone was LTE then it might make more sense


I hope you realize that what you just said is impossible. Group A cannot ever be larger than Group B if Group B contains Group A. Anyway, the point is that people are sticking with the iPhone even though it has an older radio technology.

sphbecker said,


I hope you realize that what you just said is impossible. Group A cannot ever be larger than Group B if Group B contains Group A. Anyway, the point is that people are sticking with the iPhone even though it has an older radio technology.

and you don't relize that to compare the iPhone if it was an LTE model to all the other LTE sales, you'd pull that model out of the grouping for the comparison? hence how they compare all other phones of a similar tech...

neufuse said,
call me when iPhone sales outnumber all 3G and LTE phones combined... so they pick a tech that is relatively new to compare an iPhone to?... if the iPhone was LTE then it might make more sense

They did outsell all other smartphones. 3.2 million versus 3.1 million. Yes, there were feature phones as well, but outselling all other smartphones is mighty impressive. Don't see why Andy decided to choose the smaller number of 2.1 LTE devices.

neufuse said,

and you don't relize that to compare the iPhone if it was an LTE model to all the other LTE sales, you'd pull that model out of the grouping for the comparison? hence how they compare all other phones of a similar tech...

There is nothing wrong with making a comparison between unlike things. They are basically saying "hey look, this old phone is still out selling the newer ones." All it means is that getting an iPhone is more important to most people than getting LTE, which isn't too surprising.

bj55555 said,
How many markets even have LTE at this point?

No idea, but once you have experienced LTE, there's no going back. Apple probably had that same excuse to keep LTE support out of that sardine can iPhone with its 3.5" rectum display.

bdsams said,
Quite a few actually, 230 markets or 2/3 of the US population.

I was shocked our area was one of the first to get LTE from verizon... we aren't exactly a large city... just a university town... but verizon really pushed LTE deployment.. just wish they'd of done that with FiOS....

Enron said,

No idea, but once you have experienced LTE, there's no going back. Apple probably had that same excuse to keep LTE support out of that sardine can iPhone with its 3.5" rectum display.

I have never used LTE, but I sure hope you are right. 3G (either AT&T's GSM or Verizon's CDMA) both work so-so, I have used both and got frustrated WAY too often (AT&T probably more than Verizon).

Enron said,

No idea, but once you have experienced LTE, there's no going back. Apple probably had that same excuse to keep LTE support out of that sardine can iPhone with its 3.5" rectum display.

Rectum display, good 1 brah.