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Verizon sold 2 million iPhones in Q3, 700,000 fewer than AT&T

Updated 4 years ago
Published Oct 21st, 2011 12:00PM EDT

Verizon Communications on Friday revealed that it sold 2 million iPhone handsets during the third quarter of 2011, 700,000 fewer than top rival AT&T. Verizon reported its third-quarter earnings on Friday and during a conference call with analysts, the carrier revealed that it sold 2 million iPhones last quarter. AT&T on Thursday reported that it activated 2.7 million iPhones during the same quarter, 35% more than Verizon. AT&T of course, had a steep advantage that has grown even more substantial following the introduction of Apple’s iPhone 4S. During the third quarter, Verizon Wireless sold a $199 iPhone 4 with 16GB of storage and a $299 iPhone 4 with 32GB of storage. AT&T offered the same two models along with a less expensive iPhone 3GS that the carrier says was very popular. In the fourth quarter, Verizon and AT&T will both offer a $99 iPhone alongside three iPhone 4S models, but AT&T also now has a free iPhone 3GS to give away on contract. Verizon blamed next-generation iPhone rumors for slowing iPhone 4 sales during the third quarter.

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Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.