Over 80% of the Smartphones AT&T Activated Last Quarter Were Apple’s iPhone

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Just a couple of days ago, it was reported that the iPhone represented 55% of Verizon’s last quarter smartphone sales. Today, AT&T announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2011, and revealed that the carrier reached a new record sale numbers for smartphones. AT&T reported that it saw sales of 9.4 million smartphones, which is double the previous quarter’s sales and 50% higher than the company’s previous record.

Turns out, the iPhone was the driver behind these smartphone sales for AT&T. The carrier reported that it saw 7.6 million iPhones activated during last quarter. Majority of these activations were iPhone 4Ses. That’s pretty surprising for a phone nobody wanted. AT&T also promoted its lead over Verizon in iPhone activations, noting that it has continued to outspace Verizon every quarter since AT&T lost exclusivity on the iPhone last year.

AT&T also noted that it has continued to improve its voice and data network. The carrier reports that more than 80% of data traffic is now coming over the carrier’s enhanced network that allows for “4G” speeds on devices supporting at least HSPA+, such as the iPhone 4S. In addition, the carrier also reported that “call retainability” has continued to increase.

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