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October 24, 2012

AT&T Activates 4.7M iPhones, Signs Up 2M for Shared Data

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AT&T had continued success with the iPhone this quarter, activating 4.7 million of the Apple smartphones.

Inventory constraints for the iPhone 5 meant that the "vast majority" of third-quarter iPhone sales went to existing customers, "where there was considerable pent-up demand," AT&T said.

Last month, AT&T said the latest iPhone set records and was its fastest-selling iPhone ever, but did not provide exact numbers.

Those numbers best rival Verizon Wireless, which activated 3.1 million iPhones in the quarter, 21 percent of which were the iPhone 5 .

AT&T also said it had its "best-ever sales quarter for Android and Windows smartphones," but did not elaborate.

In recent months, AT&T and Verizon have both introduced shared data plans. AT&T said today that approximately 2 million customers have signed up for shared data plans since August. More than a third have opted for data buckets of 10GB or more, which AT&T mobile chief Ralph de la Vega said was "stronger than expected."

April 26, 2012

iPad Made Up 97 Percent of Enterprise Tablet Activations in Q1

Enterprise users prefer Apple over Android, especially when it comes to tablets, according to a new report from mobile security solutions provider Good Technology.

After analyzing mobile device activations from its enterprise customers during the first quarter of 2012, Good found that the iPad continues to dominate the enterprise tablet landscape, while Android slates are struggling to gain traction. The iPad accounted for 97.3 percent of total tablet activations during the period, while Android tablets dropped to 2.7 percent, down from 5.2 percent during the fourth quarter of 2011.

"With Windows 8, we expect more competition for Apple and the iPad in the enterprise tablet space, especially for proactive, company-owned device deployments," John Herrema, Good Technology's senior vice president of corporate strategy, said in a statement.

February 27, 2012

Android Activations Hit 850,000 Per Day

BARCELONA—Android activations have now topped 850,000 per day, Google's senior vice president of mobile announced today.

"At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Enjoying watching the ecosystem at work. 850k activations a day now!" Andy Rubin tweeted earlier today.

The news comes about two months after Rubin revealed that Android activations had topped 700,000 per day.

Days later, things got even busier. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day alone, there were 3.7 million Android activations, which helped contribute to the 1.2 billion iOS and Android apps that were downloaded between Dec. 25 and Dec. 31.

Back in November, Google announced at its music event that there were 550,000 Android activations each day. In June, Rubin said that number was at 500,000, up from 350,000 in April.

December 28, 2011

Android, iOS Activations Skyrocket, Break Christmas Day Records

Did you download apps on your brand-new Android- or iOS-based device this Christmas? You're not alone; app downloads on those platforms jumped 125 percent on Dec. 25, while actual device activations surged 353 percent, according to mobile analytics firm Flurry.

Between Dec. 1-20, there were about 1.5 million Android devices and iPhones activated on a daily basis. But that jumped to 6.8 million on Christmas, a 353 percent increase, Flurry said in a blog post.

"Compared to Christmas Day 2010, the previous single-day record, with 2.8 million device activations, Christmas 2011 grew by more than 140 percent," Flurry found.

Last week, Google revealed that it it now activating 700,000 Android devices each day. "For those wondering, we count each device only once (ie, we don't count re-sold devices), and 'activations' means you go into a store, buy a device, put it on the network by subscribing to a wireless service," Google's Andy Rubin said in a Google+ post.

October 20, 2011

AT&T Activates 1 Million iPhone 4S Smartphones

AT&T said today that it has activated one million iPhone 4S devices as of Tuesday, making the launch of the next-generation Apple smartphone the carrier's most successful iPhone launch in AT&T history.

"It's no surprise that customers are clamoring for iPhone 4S and they want it to run on a network that lets them download twice as fast as competitors'," Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets, said in a statement.

Apple said earlier this week that its iPhone 4S sales topped 4 million altogether, a big jump from the 1.7 million iPhone 4's that were sold in the first three days after its June 2010 launch.