iPhone 5s / 5c, available for 11 days, takes 51% Verizon 2013 third quarter smartphone sales

Thursday, October 17, 2013
By OP Editor

Apple iPhone continues to dominate Android and other phone sales on Verizon, a major US carrier.

Verizon 2013 Q3 earnings

CNET on today’s Verizon 2013 Q3 earnings results:

“Verizon sold about 3.9 million iPhones in the third quarter.

Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said Thursday that 51 percent of its total 7.6 million smartphone activations in the quarter were iPhones. […]

The 3.9 million iPhones still topped the 3.1 million iPhones sold in the year-ago quarter, when the iPhone 5 had just debuted.”

iPhone consists of 51% of Verizon smartphone sold. So Apple is barely breaking the half way mark isn’t it? But keep in mind:

Other stats from the Verizon announcement:

“At the end of the third quarter, smartphones accounted for more than 67 percent of the Verizon Wireless retail postpaid customer phone base, up from 64 percent at the end of second-quarter 2013.”

A year ago the Verizon smartphone penetration is 53%. As to Verizon Wireless revenue:

“Total revenues were $20.4 billion in third-quarter 2013, up 7.2 percent year over year. Service revenues in the quarter totaled $17.5 billion, up 8.4 percent year over year. Retail service revenues grew 8.0 percent year over year, to $16.8 billion.”

Although smartphone adoption is getting closer to saturation (at 67%), 6 years after the introduction of the original iPhone, I see that there’s still room for growth.

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