Verizon has announced its first quarter earnings today and revealed that it activated 3.2 million iPhones during the quarter, a decline from the 4.3 million that it activated in Q4 of 2011, but a number that still represents over half of the carrier’s smartphone sales.
The decline in iPhone sales can likely be attributed to time as the device launched in the fourth quarter of last year and smartphone sales, even those of the iPhone, tend to taper as time goes on.
Still, 3.2 million iPhones sold is a pretty big number, especially when the carrier sold a grand total of 6.3 million smartphones in the entire first quarter.
That means that the iPhone represents just a little over half of Verizon’s entire smartphone business. And Verizon isn’t lacking in the number of device’s it offers either.
It features a number of fantastic device’s including the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX, and the HTC Rezound. All three of those devices run on Verizon’s high-speed 4G LTE network, something that the iPhone can’t do.
Verizon has been pushing both its 4G LTE network and devices to consumers in an attempt to move customers off of its 3G CDMA network.
As it stands, a mere 9.1% of its customers are on its 4G LTE network, just over a year after the carrier launched it.
That doesn’t mean it didn’t sell any 4G LTE phones last quarter though. The carrier revealed that it sold 2.9 million 4G LTE devices during the first quarter. That number represents an increase of 500,000 over the last quarter.
Apple is widely expected to be announcing a 4G LTE iPhone later this year, a device that will likely cut into Android sales even further.