Anyone who’s been paying attention to recent earnings reports from some of the big smartphone manufacturers should be able to tell you that, as a whole, these handsets have been selling like hotcakes. Smartphone shipments are the highest they’ve ever been, a statistic that seems to be reinforced by AT&T’s latest sales data, showing the fourth quarter of 2012 to be its biggest for smartphone sales ever.
The carrier outdid its own 9.4 million smartphone quarterly record with Q4 2012’s 10 million smartphones sold. While all the platforms offered by the carrier helped contribute to that figure, sales were especially driven by Android and iOS devices, which independently both saw their own best quarters ever with AT&T.
That’s hardly surprising, considering disinterest in BlackBerry 7 and the quarter starting before the arrival of Windows Phone 8; at the same time, we’re curious to see if either RIM or Microsoft is able to start making a larger contribution to the carrier’s sales as we get into 2013.
AT&T’s been averaging something like 110,000 smartphone sales a day.