AT&T Q3 iPhone Activations Hit 4.7M

AT&T revealed during its third fiscal quarter earnings report on Wednesday that it activated 4.7 million iPhones during the quarter. That number is up from 3.7 million activations the cell service provider's second fiscal quarter, but inline with Q3 2011.

AT&T activated 4.7 million iPhones in Q3The carrier continued to draw in new customers with the iPhone, too. "In the quarter, the company activated 4.7 million iPhones, with 18 percent new to AT&T," the company said in a statement.

AT&T didn't break out how many of those activations were for the new iPhone 5, although the company did say that more than 40 percent of its postpaid smartphone customers use a 4G-capable device -- which includes Apple's smartphone as well as several Android-based handsets.

Apple say more quarterly iPhone activations through AT&T through Verizon. AT&T's competitor announced its quarterly earnings a week ago and said it activated 3.1 million iPhones during the quarter. Of those activations, about 21 percent were the new iPhone 5.

AT&T's iPhone numbers not only topped Verizon, but they also made up the majority of its own smartphone sales. The carrier said it activated just over six million smartphones during the quarter, and about 78 percent of those were iPhones.