Verizon Wireless reveals Q4 2012 figures, but no specifics on Windows Phone

Verizon Wireless is the first of the three major US wireless carriers currently offering Windows Phone 8 handsets to reveal its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012. The company announced a significant overall loss of $4.22 billion for the quarter and blamed much of that loss on the effects of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the highly populated eastern seaboard of the US in late October.

CNET reports that, in a conference call with analysts, Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said that Verizon activated 6.2 million iPhones. It also activated an additional 3.6 million smartphones during the quarter but Shammo said the vast majority of those devices were Android-based. Unfortunately, the report didn't offer any specific information on how many Windows Phone products the company sold in the last three months of the year.

Verizon currently sells two Windows Phone 8 products, the Nokia Lumia 822 and the HTC Windows Phone 8X. It is supposed to start selling the Samsung ATIV Odyssey in the very near future but has not yet announced an official launch date.

Verizon has not promoted its Windows Phone lineup nearly as much as AT&T, which went all-out in the fall with a massive marketing campaign to promote the Nokia Lumia 920. AT&T is scheduled to announce its own Q4 2012 financial numbers on Thursday.

Source: CNET | Image via Verizon

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"Verizon has not promoted its Windows Phone lineup nearly as much as AT&T, which went all-out in the fall with a massive marketing campaign to promote the Nokia Lumia 920."

Say huh?!?!? All I saw on TV were WP commercials from Verizon. I saw Lumia 920 ones with the contest to become Will Arnett's escort for a day only online. Verizon was pushing WP pretty big.

As an earlier article mentioned, WP isn't doing as well in the US and China, but is growing a lot more in Europe. I'm in the UK and have seen loads more WP devices in peoples hands, plus the advertising is definitely making the platform get noticed along with quite a few people I know that have had iPhones since the beginning starting to get bored with the platform and want something new.

duddit2 said,
As an earlier article mentioned, WP isn't doing as well in the US and China, but is growing a lot more in Europe. I'm in the UK and have seen loads more WP devices in peoples hands, plus the advertising is definitely making the platform get noticed along with quite a few people I know that have had iPhones since the beginning starting to get bored with the platform and want something new.
Huh? Microosft has a bigger market with Windows Phone in China vs Apple.

Maybe it's too small of % to calculate! Just kidding!

That being said, I was looking at a windows phone last night. Running Windows phone 7.

warwagon said,
Maybe it's too small of % to calculate! Just kidding!

That being said, I was looking at a windows phone last night. Running Windows phone 7.

Better to look into a Windows Phone 8 device...7 devices are not going to be supported very much longer.

As an end user, nah not really. Sales figures doesn't affect how a device performs or my like/dislike for it, nor am I the type that has to have what everybody else has. Now if I were on the board of directors or something I'd probably care a bit more, but as an end user, meh. Curious enough to click the article link, but that's it.

Max Norris said,
As an end user, nah not really. Sales figures doesn't affect how a device performs or my like/dislike for it, nor am I the type that has to have what everybody else has. Now if I were on the board of directors or something I'd probably care a bit more, but as an end user, meh. Curious enough to click the article link, but that's it.

That's a good thought. I'm not an end user, but I would like the platform to do well and actually see numbers of it doing so. I could be wrong, but I imagine developers may be a little hesitant due to not knowing if their work will be worth their time compared to Android or iOS. The App offering is really what's killing Win Phone right now.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Is anybody else a little frustrated that we never get actual numbers regarding how Windows Phone is doing?
No. Should we be? Last we heard, MS sold about 10M Windows 8/Phone * based devices last quarter of 2012.

Astra.Xtreme said,

That's a good thought. I'm not an end user, but I would like the platform to do well and actually see numbers of it doing so. I could be wrong, but I imagine developers may be a little hesitant due to not knowing if their work will be worth their time compared to Android or iOS. The App offering is really what's killing Win Phone right now.

How is the app offering killing Windows Phone? Its only 2 years running basically. In fact right now it has more apps in 2 years than iOS and Android had its first 2 years. Apple had NO apps its first year. It was the jailbreaking community which provided a few. There are plenty of good apps in the 100,000 they offer. If you cant find a reasonable solutions...adding 400,000 more isnt going to help you.

TechieXP said,
How is the app offering killing Windows Phone? Its only 2 years running basically. In fact right now it has more apps in 2 years than iOS and Android had its first 2 years. Apple had NO apps its first year. It was the jailbreaking community which provided a few. There are plenty of good apps in the 100,000 they offer. If you cant find a reasonable solutions...adding 400,000 more isnt going to help you.

I take it you've never used a Windows Phone before? I have about 20 apps on my iPhone that have no port on Windows. I would love to get a Windows phone in July when I'm due for an upgrade, but probably won't because I can't get the apps I want. It will probably get better between now and then, but it's not looking good at this point.

This is only the number one complaint of pretty much any of those users right now...

http://appscout.pcmag.com/none...tial-apps-for-windows-phone
"It seems as if Windows Phone users get the shaft when it comes to quality native apps from top-tier developers."

Well there are two things you can do:

1) Look to see if there are equivalent apps out there for WP. Sometimes the equivalent is even better (Metrotube, for instance).

2) Realize that EVERY OS is going to have some compromise. While you may miss out on certain apps, if you pass on WP8 you'll also be passing on anything that it has that's better than your current phone.