AT&T Q1 iPhone Activations Hit 4.3 Million

AT&T Q1 iPhone activations hit 4.3 millionAT&T said it activated 4.3 million iPhones during its first fiscal quarter, topping Verizon’s 3.2 million activations. Compared to last quarter’s 7.6 million activations, however, AT&T’s iPhone numbers are down substantially.

Despite the lower numbers compared to last quater, iPhone activations are up year over year. During Q1 2011, AT&T activated 3.6 million iPhones.

Some 21 percent of AT&T’s 4.3 million iPhone activations were new to the carrier, indicating the combo iPod and smartphone is still drawing new customers in.

Overall, AT&T activated 5.5 million smartphones during its first fiscal quarter, which means the iPhone accounted for just over 78 percent of the company’s total smartphone activations.

AT&T has consistently been the leader in U.S. iPhone activations, topping Verizon every quarter, and now Sprint, too.

Apple will be reporting its second fiscal quarter earnings after the market closes today. Be sure to check in with The Mac Observer for our live event coverage.