AT&T Activated 6.1 Million Smartphones in Q3, 77 Percent Were iPhones

Wireless outfit AT&T, once the exclusive carrier of Apple's iPhone device in the U.S., sold 6.1 million smartphones in the third quarter of 2012, compared to 4.8 million in the same quarter a year ago, the company revealed today. Of those, 4.7 were iPhones, which works out to more than 77 percent of its total smartphone sales.

AT&T got a boost from Apple's iPhone 5 launch, which debuted at the tail end of the carrier's third quarter and boosted overall activations by a million units. For the sake of comparison, rival Verizon Wireless activated 3.1 million iPhone devices in the same period, of which the iPhone 5 accounted for 650,000.

AT&T iPhone Screen
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Though the iPhone dominated AT&T's smartphone sales, the carrier also noted that it had its best-ever sales quarter for both Android and Windows phones. All combined, AT&T's wireless equipment revenue totaled $16.6 billion in Q3, up 6.6 percent year-over-year. Wireless service revenue went up 4.5 percent to $14.9 billion, and data revenue gained more than $1 billion from last year, jumping 18.3 percent to $6.6 billion, AT&T said.

"In wireless, we had another excellent smartphone quarter, penetration of usage-based mobile data plans continues to climb, and our 4G LTE network build is ahead of schedule," said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and chief executive officer.

AT&T said that more than 40 percent of its postpaid smartphone customers use a 4G-capable device.