AT&T today announced that they had activated 7.6 million iPhones over the holiday quarter. That’s an amazing 80.8 percent of smartphones they sold in the quarter.
However, they also revealed a net loss of $6.7 billion ($1.12 a share) but it’s said that much of this loss was due to the break-up fee over the failed merger with T-Mobile USA.
Still, both iPhone and Android devices set sales records for the quarter, reveals the carrier in their earnings release. Most of the 7.6 million iPhones activated were the iPhone 4S, which hit stores October 14th. As for Android, AT&T reveals that more than twice as many handsets were sold than the same time one year ago.
That’s quite a quarter for the iPhone 4S. It’s doing much better than many of us could have anticipated. Not because we thought it would flop, but because the initial reactions we kept hearing were of nothing but disappointment. However, once the handset went on sale, we saw very high numbers.
We’re sure Tim Cook and the rest of the folks at Apple are celebrating right now, as are shareholders.