Verizon sells 5.9 million smartphones in Q2 2012

Verizon Wireless announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2012 earlier today. The biggest wireless carrier in the US revealed that during the quarter it sold a total of 5.9 million smartphones. Of that number, 2.7 million of them were iPhones from Apple. Verizon also sold 2.9 million Android-based devices.

According to News.com, 2.5 million of those Android smartphones sold by Verizon will work on the company's 4G LTE network. It shows that Verizon's bet on the faster network infrastructure has been successful. The wireless carrier's LTE network is much larger than that of AT&T or Sprint, while T-Mobile has yet to launch its own LTE network.

Verizon has already confirmed that it will sell smartphones based on Windows Phone 8 when Microsoft launches the next version of its mobile operating system later this year.

Overall, Verizon said it generated $28.6 billion in revenues in the second quarter, up 3.7 percent from the same period a year ago. Operating income came in at $5.7 billion in the last quarter, compared with $4.9 billion from the same period a year ago. Verizon now has 88.8 million users.

Source: News.com

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They need to sell them with more updated OS installed. The Razr Maxx for example didn't get ICS till several months later which is unacceptable.

sava700 said,
They need to sell them with more updated OS installed. The Razr Maxx for example didn't get ICS till several months later which is unacceptable.

No it isn't. I tis unacceptable to you. If it bothers you so much either Root the phone or buy an iPhone.

So one company sells 2.7 million of a single device while several companies combined sells 2.9 million. Which is more impressive?

Deihmos said,
So one company sells 2.7 million of a single device while several companies combined sells 2.9 million. Which is more impressive?

Depends on what you are comparing. In this case it's OS not hardware so it's impressive for Android to outsell iOS and it's impressive that Android gives you a choice of hardware while iOS does not.
Comparing hardware devices is another valid comparison however (though not what this article is about) and it is impressive that the iPhone outsells I believe any single Android Device.
Comparing smart phone manufacturers is yet another valid comparison and it's impressive that Samsung outsells Apple and everyone else in smartphones in general.
Google wins the smartphone OS battle, Apple wins the individual smartphone device battle, and Samsung wins the smartphone manufacturer battle.
Seems like a nice healthy mix in the market to me. One company dominating everything would be a very bad thing for consumers.

Deihmos said,
So one company sells 2.7 million of a single device while several companies combined sells 2.9 million. Which is more impressive?

If only Apple was content with showing up Android in terms of sales (yes the latter sells more, but Apple has far fewer devices and much greater profit share too) rather than in the court room. Hope they sign a cross-licensing agreement soon and be done with all these legal shenanigans.

Asmodai said,

Depends on what you are comparing. In this case it's OS not hardware so it's impressive for Android to outsell iOS and it's impressive that Android gives you a choice of hardware while iOS does not.
Comparing hardware devices is another valid comparison however (though not what this article is about) and it is impressive that the iPhone outsells I believe any single Android Device.

Actually the article is comparing all Android smartphones against (all) iPhones being sold. It's not looking at all iOS devices, which includes iPads and iPod touches too. Whichever way you look at it though, iPhone sales are impressive, especially when you consider that 3 phones from Apple are selling almost as well as hundreds (?) from another platform.

Deihmos said,
So one company sells 2.7 million of a single device while several companies combined sells 2.9 million. Which is more impressive?

No one ever made those comparisons when talking about Windows Phone or Desktops. The fact is Android is very profitable for carriers. More than Apple since iPhones are much more expensive for the carriers to subsidize.

TechieXP said,
It also shows that iPhone no being a 4G device is starting to lose its flair.

Did the iPhone previously outsell Android on Verizon or has the gap between them grown? I was under the impression that the iPhone's strength was largely through AT&T.

TechieXP said,
It also shows that iPhone no being a 4G device is starting to lose its flair.

Does it? Don't the sales figures usually show the following trend (highest to lowest sales): Q4 > Q1 > Q2 ~ Q3 due to holiday seasons and upcoming product upgrades? Based on the new iPad, it's very likely that the next iPhone will be 4G/LTE-compatible anyway.