Verizon: iPhone Makes Up Two Thirds of Smartphone Activations

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Verizon released its fourth fiscal quarter numbers for 2012 on Tuesday, revealing that 6.2 million of its 9.8 million smartphone activations were iPhones. Of the remaining smartphone activations, nearly all were Android devices, and tablet sales doubled compared to the previous quarter, too.

iPhone sales make up two thirds of Verizon's Q4 smartphone salesiPhone sales make up two thirds of Verizon's Q4 smartphone sales

The carrier ended its fiscal year with 35.1 million postpaid accounts, up 1.4 percent compared to the same quarter in 2011, and up 4.3 percent year over year. Much of that growth is attributed to Verizon's nationwide LTE expansion.

Verizon's iPhone activations during its third fiscal quarter topped out at 3.1 million units, with about 21 percent made up of iPhone 5 sales. The iPhone 5 percentage was up during the fourth quarter, although the latest model still makes up only about 50 percent of Verizon's total iPhone sales.

Verizon also announced that it has stopped adding to its 3G network in favor of growing its LTE coverage areas even more. That decision makes sense considering about 23 percent of the mobile devices on its network are LTE-compatible.

Apple will host its first fiscal quarter earnings report on Wednesday, January 22, after the market closes. The Mac Observer will offer our usual live coverage, so be sure to check in with us Wednesday afternoon.

[Thanks to AllThingsD for additional earnings report details]

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Kantar also reported today that the iPhone hit 51% marketshare in the December quarter for the USA for the first time with Android dropping to 44.8%.  This is the highest marketshare the iPhone has ever captured.

The USA is particularly important as is the largest smartphone market in the world with the highest number of iOS and Android devices in the world with a massive 165 million active devices while China is the next largest with 128 million according to Flurry.

The third largest is the UK with a much smaller 31 million Android & iOS devices and every other nation is lower than that, so it is apparent that the USA and China are by far the most important nations on Earth when it comes to these post-PC platforms. 

So does anyone still believe all of the doom and gloom about Apple that the Wall Street Journal has been cultivating prior to Apple’s quarterly earnings report?

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