AT&T on Thursday announced its earnings for 4Q11, noting that it achieved its best-ever quarter for Android and iPhone activations, with 7.6 million iPhones activated out of the 9.4 million smartphones it sold. That helped drive the company’s sales 3.6 percent higher to US$32.5 billion.
“In the year when our competitors began selling the iPhone we outsold them in every single quarter,” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said during a phone call with analysts. The iPhone is also available through Sprint and Verizon.
AT&T said its 9.4 million smartphones sold during 4Q11 was a new record for quarterly smartphone sales that was 50 percent more than the previous record. In addition, AT&T’s 4Q11 smartphone sales were nearly double its 3Q11 smartphone sales, with 82 percent of its overall cell phone sales in that category.