Rumor Mill Has iPhone Sales Crushing Android at AT&T Stores
The Mac Observer says a source within AT&T (NYSE:T) claimed during the December 1-27 timeframe, AT&T stores sold 981,000 Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones compared to just 126,000 Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android devices. The report also showed that basic feature phones even outsold Androids at AT&T with total sales of 128,000 over the same period.
The Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) Blackberry and Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Window Phone 7 posted the lowest sales numbers. The data only included sales in AT&T retail stores, not other authorized sellers or Internet sales.
AT&T tends to post skewed numbers as the retailer was Apple’s original exclusive partner in iPhone sales. The iPhone has continued to be the best-selling device for the cellular company since its debut in 2007. In the overall market, comScore reports that the Android dominated the third quarter, claiming 46.9% of the smartphone market while the iPhone had just 28.7%.
Though the Mac Observer was unable to confirm its sources figures with AT&T, the cellular provider had previously predicted this would be its best quarter ever thanks to the booming sales of the iPhone 4S. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, said he expected his company would “set an all-time record for iPhones” during the December quarter. Some analysts predict that Apple will near $40 billion in revenue during the quarter.
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