AT&T: 3.6M iPhones Activated in Q1

AT&T still has that iPhone charmAT&T activated 3.6 million iPhones during its first fiscal quarter for 2011, up about a million compared to the same quarter last year. About 23 percent of those activations were new to the company even with Verizon selling the iPhone.

AT&T said its iPhone subscriber churn rate remained unchanged year over year, too.

The cell service provider sold some 5.5 million smartphones for the quarter, accounting for about 65 percent of the company’s post-paid phone sales.

Overall, AT&T is up 2 million subscribers for the quarter, brining its total up to 97.5 million. Quarterly revenue hit US$31.2 billion, up 2.3 percent, and wireless revenue hit $15.3 billion, up about 10.2 percent.

With AT&T’s iPhone user count on the rise, it seems that concerns over customers leaving in droves for Verizon once it began selling Apple’s combination iPod and smartphone earlier this year were unwarranted.

Apple will be hosting its second quarter earnings conference call after the market closes this afternoon. The company will likely share more information about iPhone sales figures, so be sure to check in with The Mac Observer for our event coverage.