Although AT&T has not yet officially announced its its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012, it did announce its “best ever” sales of the iPhone and Android. The carrier mentioned that it sold over 10 million smartphones in the quarter, one of its most successful. AT&T Mobility’s president and CEO also confirmed the successful quarter, noting that the company had over 110,000 smartphone sales a day.
We had another incredible quarter of smartphone sales as the mobile Internet continues to drive strong growth in wireless. These are the industry’s most valuable postpaid subscribers with average revenues twice that of non-smartphone subscribers.
During the quarter, we averaged more than 110,000 smartphone sales a day as customers flocked to our leading portfolio of the latest Android, Apple and Windows devices.
This isn’t the first time that AT&T has had a record fourth quarter, with the company posting 7.6 million iPhone sales, and total smartphone sales of 9.4 million units in the 4th quarter of 2011. AT&T will announce its earnings around the same time that Apple will announce theirs, on January 23rd.
Apple is also expected to have a record quarter and a record year, with the release of the iPhone 5, redesigned iPod lineup, the iPad mini, and 4th generation iPad. AT&T’s success is very much dependent on the success of Apple’s iPhone and iPad, as majority of the carriers smartphone and tablet activations are iPhones and iPads.