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January 08, 2013

AT&T Sees Record Smartphone Sales in Fourth Quarter of 2012

AT&T has been around as long it has because it has been staffed by people who have good heads on their shoulders when it comes to the business world. The company has also been around as long as it has because it has seen the value in not putting its eggs in one basket when it comes to its technological choices.

Whether talking about its newest applications that allow you to watch television on your mobile devices, or just making sure that it has enough wireless networks available to its customers, the company has found itself on rather firm footing over the last few years. A new report certainly backs up its financial footing as the company recently reported that it set a record for smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of 2012.

AT&T sold 10 million smartphones in that quarter, which tops its old record by more than 600,000 sales. Obviously, the iPhone coming out with a new model just as the holiday shopping season really started to ramp up helped AT&T, but the company was quick to point out that Android had its best-ever quarterly sales with AT&T.

“We had another incredible quarter of smartphone sales as the mobile Internet continues to drive strong growth in wireless,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and chief executive officer for AT&T Mobility in a recent statement, heralding the huge numbers.

The AT&T exec also pointed out that the company averaged about 110,000 smartphones sales a day over the fourth quarter -- a number that seems staggering no matter who you are. While the final fourth quarter numbers won't be released until January 24, AT&T wanted to make sure the business world knew that it had seen numbers like this. With the number of new Android smartphones and the possibility of a new iPhone coming this spring, those numbers might just be the tip of the iceberg.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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