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For Verizon, iPhone Outsells All LTE Android Smartphones

Verizon Wireless sold more iPhones in its most recent quarter than all its LTE 4G smartphones combined.

Verizon Communications reported its first quarter earnings today, and in general the news is good. The company's wireless unit added 734,000 customers, including more than 500,000 post-paid subscribers. Verizon's wireless revenue came in at $15.4 billion, with profits of $3.9 billion. Its profit swelled by 15.7% compared to this quarter last year.

According to Verizon, the uptake of smartphones continues in its customer ranks. The carrier boasts 93 million total retail customers, of which 88 million are post-paid (the more profitable kind of customer). Verizon said that 47% of its customers now carry smartphones rather than feature phones, up from last quarter's 43.5% adoption rate.

Smartphone adoption isn't on the rise only at Verizon Wireless; it's an industry-wide trend. All the major carriers have reported an increasing percentage of customers carrying smartphones, and overall smartphone sales already exceed those of dumb phones. The sale price of smartphones has dropped from the once astronomical $400 - $600 range down to a much more palatable $100 - $200 for most models. This, and somewhat lower voice/data plan combos, have made smartphones more appealing to more people.

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The carrier sold 2.9 million LTE devices during the first quarter. That includes mobile hotspots, laptop dongles, tablets, and smartphones. Just over 2.1 million of the LTE devices sold were smartphones, and Verizon said that 9.1% of its user base has adopted 4G, compared to 6% in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Looking at Verizon's device roster, all its LTE 4G products that have an operating system run Google's Android platform. This includes devices such as the Motorola Droid 4, RAZR and RAZR MAXX; the LG Lucid and Spectrum; the Samsung Stratosphere and Galaxy Nexus; and the HTC Rezound. In sum, there are 11 Android smartphones available from Verizon with LTE 4G on board.

Verizon sold 1.1 million more 3G iPhones in the first quarter than it did all LTE 4G Android smartphones combined. So much for the appeal of 4G.

However, Verizon's iPhone sales were down compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, when it sold 4.3 million of Apple's darling little phone. The holiday quarter included the launch of Apple's iPhone 4S, which went on sale in October. Considering the iPhone's position against all of the Android smartphones in Verizon's arsenal, I think the appeal of the device is clear. If and when the Apple iPhone gains access to Verizon and AT&T's LTE networks, it may be an even bigger smash hit than it already is.

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EVVJSK
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4/20/2012 | 5:25:57 PM
re: For Verizon, iPhone Outsells All LTE Android Smartphones
Kinda like saying the Honda Accord outsold the Chevy Camaro (pick your muscle car). LTE is new enough that it isn't ubiquitous and therefore lots of folks don't even know to ask for it (plus the data plans are often priced higher than lower data plans offered for some 3G phones.
Jordan Dietrich
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Jordan Dietrich,
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4/19/2012 | 7:18:42 PM
re: For Verizon, iPhone Outsells All LTE Android Smartphones
It's also unfair to compare 4G phone sales to iPhone or any other 3G phone sales due to the availability of accessible 4G coverage in existing markets. Nearly everyone has 3G coverage at this point, so there's no considerable discouraging factor to buying a 3G iPhone. However, many areas are still lacking decent 4G coverage, or any 4G coverage at all. Unless a person is in an area currently covered by 4G or slated to upgrade soon, there's no reason to spring for the 4G phone.

I'd be more interested in seeing the comparison of people who purchased 4G phones who live and/or work in an area of 4G coverage compared to iPhone sales of the same demographic. That might be a little more telling of which phone is preferred.
Bay Area CA Male
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4/19/2012 | 4:27:50 PM
re: For Verizon, iPhone Outsells All LTE Android Smartphones
LTE has been out for over a year... Stop making excuses for your android garbage!

And did somebody hit you with a stoopid stick?

Eric clearly stated the iPhone outsold ALL android garbage combined!!! That is all the telling a normal a normal rational person would need!!!

So stop trying to twist the numbers in effort to prove some falsehood about piece of sh!t android garbage.... Onle loser geeks give a crap about android!
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4/19/2012 | 4:22:14 PM
re: For Verizon, iPhone Outsells All LTE Android Smartphones
To show a measurable trend, compare LTE phones to Iphone sales from a year ago versus now. The appeal of LTE is very apparent. Especially to anybody that has used it.
Denny Crane
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Denny Crane,
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4/19/2012 | 3:49:11 PM
re: For Verizon, iPhone Outsells All LTE Android Smartphones
4G LTE phones are a relatively new addition to the Verizon lineup. Comparing iPhone sales to 4G device sales does not paint a complete picture. A more telling number would have been to compare iPhone sales to total Android phone sales. Android would have been higher. And based upon latest numbers, iPhone sales are trailing off at Verizon. Android sales continue to increase.
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