Home

Share this Story

Verizon Sold 15 Million Android Phones and 10.8 Million iPhones in 2011

During a Q4 earnings call discussion with analysts this morning, Verizon’s CFO Fran ShamWow Shammo dropped a variety of numbers that I’m sure will spark up interesting conversations throughout the day. After a full year of the iPhone on Big Red’s network, we have the first set of numbers to compare how it sold versus the Android army. I think it’s safe to say that the iPhone 4 and its slight rehash in October did not bring the world of green robots to a screeching halt as so many had predicted last January. It obviously outsold every single Moto, HTC, Samsung or LG phone on their own, but in this world, it’s all about OS market share.

Verizon sold 15 million Android phones and 10.8 million iPhones over the course of 2011. During Q4 alone, VZW knocked out 7.7 million smartphones which helped account for 70% of their entire 2-year contract wireless sales. 4.3 million of those were iDevices, while the other 3 million were a mix of Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7.

We should point out that analysts were a little concerned that while Big Red managed to sell record numbers of phones, that their revenues were not looking so hot thanks to the “cost of doing business with Apple.” With high subsidies on Apple devices, it takes years for wireless carriers to see returns on their sales. VZW seems to think that they will survive – we do too. 

So almost-full year in the books with the iPhone on a carrier other than AT&T, and we still have choices. Nothing to complain about here.

*Note – Actually, I have one last thing to add. In response to an email from Remington Bob – who of course left a fake email account – who wanted to point out that the Galaxy Nexus “wasn’t much of a success” since the iPhone sold in the millions over LTE phones, I’ll say this. We accept arguments, criticism, and feedback here at Droid Life, but when you bring them, at least know what the hell you are talking about first. Comparing quarterly sales numbers for a phone that was released in October (that would be the beginning of the quarter, Bob) to one that was released December 15 (that would be the end of the quarter, Bob) is about as absurd as it gets. I’ve been sitting here looking for other ridiculous scenarios to compare this to and can’t come up with any, because it is that ridiculous and comical. There are fanboys and then there is Remington Bob. And if you need an email address, Bob, there are plenty of free services out there that DL members would gladly help you sign up for.

Via:  CNN, Mashable

  • Anonymous

    Imagine the increased percentage of Android sales if Verizon passed through to Android customers the same number of of dollara in subsidies as they do their iOS customers! Androids would be much cheaper or would require a lesser contract commitment.

  • Anonymous

    I’d have to say that this is a win for iOS…in other words TWO iPhones outsold every single android device (which is a lot) if you go by individual sales…obviously the only reason that android sold more devices is because there’s a lot more phones

  • Remington Bob

    LOL Even better yet, Kellex, are you also suggesting that the Galaxy Nexus is going to explode sales-wise in the coming quarter?  Do you really believe the lies you tell yourself?

  • Remington Bob

    The problem Kellex is that you’re suggesting you need a whole quarter to sell a good phone.  The iPhone sold 4million units in 2 days its opening weekend, and 4 million on Christmas day alone.  You’re telling me that if the iPhone 4S was released on December 12th, that it would only sell 600,000 units?  Are you really telling me that, Kellex?  You’re a funny dude.

    • Chris

      Remington, not worth your time in putting any sense to this guy. Android has Kellex wrapped around in it’s robotic finger.

  • ddevito

    Einstein’s definition of insanity was doing something repeatedly and expecting the same results.

    The current iPhone is in its 5th revision and not much as changed. At all. 

    • Stating El Obvious

      If by “same results” you mean gaining marketshare in every quarter that the phone has been available, then yeah…Apple is just insane!

  • Michael

    Invest on iPhone: stays current, dependable, and consistent throughout the whole year with stable iOS with upgrades available to ALL owners, with features and functions that really matter, and resale value being almost the same if not higher than what was originally paid for.

    Invest on Android devices: becomes obsolete in a matter of few months due to continuous overload of different models being released every month, overload of fragmented features, being rated as highest risk for mobile malware, and sporadic OS upgrade distribution randomly, battery life that puts holes on owner’s pockets from having to purchase bigger battery, resale value results in loss of money cause by the time you sell your device, it has become ancient and a big “has been”.

    1 iPhone 4S vs. 100000000000000000000000 Androids. Whooopi, so impressed. NOT!

    How you like them Apple(s)!

  • Anonymous

    “It obviously outsold every single Moto, HTC, Samsung or LG phone on their own, but in this world, it’s all about OS market share.”

    Does anyone else have a problem with this statement? OS marketshare is dumb to talk about when you’re talking about one phone from one company.  The fact the marketshare numbers are so close speaks extremely well for Apple, if iOS ever beat Android in marketshare that would mean that Android is almost dead. And let’s not forget how much more money Apple is making than anyone else.

    Still though, good to know that if nothing else Android is still holding strong.

    • Stating El Obvious

      Of course it’s all about OS marketshare!  That’s the only place that Android leads…so naturally to the people here that is the most important.

      • Anonymous

        This is a ridiculous argument. If Apple were to open source iOS like Google does, you would find iPhone sales would plummet as 3rd party manufacturers built iOS devices with larger screens , LTE, SD cards, etc. (assuming the OS could even support these features.

        Inversely, if the Galaxy Nexus were the only Android device, there sales would obviously increase.

        • Stating El Obvious

          How is it ridiculous if you just agreed with what I’m saying?  the reason iPhone is so successful, and can compete against 300+ phones is because they don’t release 20 phones a week…

          • Anonymous

            Ridiculous with the post above you. I meant the general argument iPhans make along these lines. Sorry about the confusion.

  • Anonymous

    wishes these articles didn’t always cause a pissing match.. everyone has an opinion and not all agree with yours. Choice is great, let’s not fight about it.

    fanboys vs fanboys, fanboys vs posers (and you call yourself a REDWINGS fan) — can’t we all just get along?

  • Anonymous

    Verizon would have done fine without Apple. Apple just rakes the carriers over on kickbacks (which is one reason they post good profits). It’s always amusing to me to see Apple fans overpaying for products that really are not all that great (and sometimes…as in the case with the iphone…are behind the rest of the industry).

  • Anonymous

    10.8 Million iphones…….WHY people WHY?  Dumb shits

    • Michael

      Cause it’s just a better phone. You’re the lame one who has to call people names just because they choose an iPhone over Android.

      • Anonymous

        Although I’m a 4S user I also like android and this is what I hate about fandroids…they automatically get pissed at ANYONE including fellow fandroids who don’t like the same device as them..

        • Haterofspam

           I think the reason they get mad is because they don’t like the controlled, proprietary nature of Apple products. Compare this to someone that is a die hard liberal or conservative – they take a poke at the other every chance they get because their beliefs MEAN something to them.

  • Robert McCallum

    I know nobody in the US with its 311,000,000 population thinks ‘outside’ of their country to know elsewhere should also be considered.  But up in Canada its nothing but Android advertising.  In print and on TV its everywhere.  Oh its over alright.  Android won.

    Which might be why we get all the newest Droid launches first.  Or so it seems in the last year.  S2, SGN, etc.  All major carriers are pushing it hard.  Yes the iphone sells but i know far more people that carry Droid phones that anything made by Apple.  In fact several that have jumped ship to Droid.  

    You can explain the iphones large sales by simply realizing an iphone user will take what they can get.  They really only have 1 option to move on up to.  Especially after the investment in all the Apps.  But i simply dont see a single handset sales as the reason for victory for this very reason.  And its for that very reason that it will never beat Android in handset OS popularity.  The fact is people like toys.  Im not going to run out and buy another bluray player JUST because it now supports the latest surround sound.   I will upgrade or change for ‘something different’.  Its just that simple.

    And enough about the iphone quality.  Do you guys honestly believe this claim after antenna gate and all the cracked screens?  What was the latest stat?  60% of all UK iphone users have cracked screens.  And what about Woz’s latest interview?  

    http://www.minyanville.com/dailyfeed/2012/01/17/iphone-cant-match-androids-versatility/

    Now that Steve is gone its almost like people are able to speak the truth and the wind in apples sales are gone.  Just riding on what was left and hope they can milk it for all that its worth.  But the Hype?  Its just gone.  Which is too bad because they DID make a great although stagnant product.

    Soon you’ll see another iphone product with NFC capabilities.  Another ‘catch-up’ device.  And having no other choice and elegible for a contract upgrade people will trade in for more of the same.

    Its sad really.  Apple BRING US SOMETHING NEW AND ORIGINAL AGAIN PLEASE!!  Its been far too long.

    • Anonymous

      There is always more advertising for Android than the iPhone, that’s not any different in the US.  And I doubt that there is NO iPhone advertising in Canada. 

      So YOU know more people with Android phones than iPhones.  That proves nothing.  For every one person you know that left the iPhone for an Android phone, there is one person that left Android for an iPhone. 

      You can explain the iPhone’s large sales by simply realizing that it is a popular devices, not that people settle on it.  If people don’t life the iPhone, I doubt they are going to stick with it because of app investment.  That’s just plain stupid.

      iOS will never surpass Android in the smartphone market because Android is offered on hundred of devices at differing prices ranges while the iPhone doesn’t.  That doesn’t mean the iPhone cannot be successful, because it is successful.  It’s not the best selling smartphone by accident. 

      Woz also said that he uses the iPhone as his daily phone and that he recommends to people who simply want a device that, I hate to use this terminology, works.  And Woz has been saying this for a long time.  Woz is a tech head, a tinkerer, of course he is going to like aspects of Android, but don’t act like he took an iPhone, smashed it on the ground, and then wiped out an Android phone with a grin on his face.  And that UK study had very few participants in it, hardly an accurate poll, or whatever you want to call it. 

      The hype is gone?  Did you miss the hype for the 4S or it’s sale of 3 million devices in it’s opening weekend in the US? 

      The iPhone doesn’t play catchup, it waits for technology to mature.  4G is a battery hog.  By waiting, Apple will be able to provide 4G with better battery life.  If the 4S came with 4G, people like you would be the first to jump on them for offering a phone with such poor battery life.  Apple has never really pushed out new tech, just made existing tech better. 

      It’s sad that someone can be so jaded by fanboism.  I own and use an Android devices every day, that doesn’t make me want to jump on the Apple hate wagon.  It’s just a phone people. 

      • Robert McCallum

        - There is always more advertising for Android than the iPhone, that’s not any  different in the US.  And I doubt that there is NO iPhone advertising in Canada.-
        Are you kidding?  There isn’t always more advertising for Android.  I mention it because its a relatively new (in the last year) that you see a barrage of Android advertising.  Its a result btw of phone companies trying to lure in customers when they KNOW that this is what a customer wants to buy.  Here we use to see the same for the iphone.  But no longer.  And i never said that theres none for apple.  But its largely on TV with those annoying “You dont have an iphone ads”  Although advertising is used and can be used to push a product nobody wants.  Its generally used in THIS business to let customers know what new toys they have.  Android is the big money maker right now so they are simply getting the word out on limited devices and whos the first to get what.  Sure iphone sells but its NOT bringing in new customers.  No lineups here sorry!  Every place has it.  
        - So YOU know more people with Android phones than iPhones.  That proves nothing.  For every one person you know that left the iPhone for an Android phone, there is one person that left Android for an iPhone. - Yeah I know.  So what else am i suppose to go by?  You?  What makes you the definitive word for what works in the world?  I go by me cause to ME it means a great deal.  From people i know to people that i meet the experience rings the same.  Sorry if this hurts your feelings but i’ll trust my own experiences.  Online says im more correct than you are. *shrug*  

        - You can explain the iPhone’s large sales by simply realizing that it is a popular devices, not that people settle on it.  If people don’t life the iPhone, I doubt they are going to stick with it because of app investment.  That’s just plain stupid. -Is It stupid?  I have atleast two friends with an iphone that swear up and down about it and how much it rocks.  And both would go on about how many apps they have.  But neither bashes Droid.  One in fact mentions all the games he bought and he would like to keep playing them.  Maybe money grows on trees to you?  And yes people do settle on a device.  Have you never seen this?  Wise or not my one buddy Andrew keeps upgrading his Blackberry to the latest and greatest mostly because its what he knows.  My mother when her contract runs out keeps repeatedly renewing to the next feature phone as long as it has a keyboard so she can text.  I again apologize if these mere people mean nothing to you when i refer to them in my posts.  But THAT is the way people are.  Clearly you are not.  My point simply once again was if you like an iphone and you have bought apps as many people have.  It makes sense to upgrade to the next one.  You dont have a choice to jump to a different model really outside of the current version cause it DOES NOT EXIST.  So people wait until their contracts expire and boom get the next one.  Apple now has a life cycle that practically merges with expiring contracts and early upgrades.  This does NOT translate to new followers always and it seems with massive phone sales people think just that.  But how can that be true when the adoption rate was nearly stagnant  at what approx 25%?  You sit back and think OOOOOHH big sales the dominant Apple is growing blah blah.  But its really just a huge number of happy readopters.  Unlike with droid where it pushed way past 50% (That my dear Richard are people switching over NOT the other way around)  Simple search found this 
        http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2010/06/25/77-of-iphone-4-sales-were-upgrades/ 
        - iOS will never surpass Android in the smartphone market because Android is offered on hundred of devices at differing prices ranges while the iPhone doesn’t.  That doesn’t mean the iPhone cannot be successful, because it is successful.  It’s not the best selling smartphone by accident.- Exactly it wont surpass.  But Android didnt become the most successful by accident either.  MAYBE people like it?

        - Woz also said that he uses the iPhone as his daily phone and that he recommends to people who simply want a device that, I hate to use this terminology, works.  And Woz has been saying this for a long time.  Woz is a tech head, a tinkerer, of course he is going to like aspects of Android, but don’t act like he took an iPhone, smashed it on the ground, and then wiped out an Android phone with a grin on his face.-But Woz was largely kept quiet while Steve was alive.  And now hes voiced his opinions and went on to talk about iphone shortfalls and how the mighty Siri just really wasnt mighty etc.   Get what you want from the article and so will i.
        - The hype is gone?  Did you miss the hype for the 4S or it’s sale of 3 million devices in it’s opening weekend in the US? -  

        I think people waited for the 5 and it failed to materialize and since they wanted a new upgrade to their aging 3gs they took what was available.  But i made my point about riding whats left.  Thats not to say it will cease to be popular.  But the last two launches from Apple have been real snore fests.  Hell i barely even heard about the last one.  The need a new Steve to hype people to just randomly throw their dollars the next time he craps in a bucket.  Without it the headlines are mostly regurgitating(sp?) what they feel people might want to read.  Hey Nintendo eventually lost its most popular gaming system status.  Only to regain it years later.

        - The iPhone doesn’t play catchup, it waits for technology to mature.  4G is a battery hog.  By waiting, Apple will be able to provide 4G with better battery life.  If the 4S came with 4G, people like you would be the first to jump on them for offering a phone with such poor battery life.  Apple has never really pushed out new tech, just made existing tech better. -My Nexus on Casual use goes for about 2 days.  Plenty for me.  4G all the way or should i say LTE. Ummm  CATCHUP!!  Justify it as you will.  Throw cash at the next device as much as you want.  I could care little.  Its YOUR cash.  But i was there when Android was just a thought and everyone with iphones just laughed at the feeble G1.  They said there was no way Android would be more popular.  Well now its double the popularity worldwide and Android followers are saying theres noway Apple will become relevant again to the same degree.  Doesnt put more money in my pocket so who cares!  I just want NEW interesting Tech.  Google is bloody fun!- It’s sad that someone can be so jaded by fanboism.  I own and use an Android devices every day, that doesn’t make me want to jump on the Apple hate wagon.  It’s just a phone people. - 

        If by being a fanboy you mean your 50+ posts all over this thread since mid afternoon defending your apple devices.  Then so be it.  I simply made a post and you ripped it apart.  Good for you.  Based on reading all of them i highly doubt you use any Android device because being a lover of tech as you so claim…you would atleast mention the GOOD that comes with Droid and the new devices.   I owned the first iphone and i was impressed.  Been less and less impressed since.  I dont consider that my fault.  I dont design them.

        • Skennedy412

          I will not be reading all of this…… LOL

  • Anonymous

    I may find Apple annoying for all the patent litigation overkill, but facts are facts. The iPhone’s sales crush any Android phone (except for maybe the GS2).

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

      Obviously that’s what happens when one phone represents all of an operating system and another operating system has a diverse number of phones, even if the second operating system sells more phones because the sales are split between the choices the one phone representing an entire popular operating system will outsell each of the individual phones, especially since that one phone is available on every carrier and gets less than one update a year.

      • Anonymous

        iOS encompasses the iPad as well as the iPod Touch, not just the iPhone. 

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the 15 million android phones include the ones that were returned and purchased as new again because half of them don’t work right the first time. AKA, the over-rated, no signal fetching, rebooting, display banding Galaxy Nexus. They say it takes 5 android phones to equal 1 iPhone.

    Peace out Samsung Fanny-Boys…..

  • Johnnyd359

    I’m impressed with Apples sales I’m an Android guy but apple didn’t get on Verizon until 2/10 and it was with a 6 month old phone ! Apple sells
    outdated products but they do work right out of the box.I feel most android devices are delivered about 80% finished ….yes there first witg new stuff but its not always ready.As for 3g speeds …Verizon is the problem ..my brother has an att iPhone and its only wvweywg3g but he gets 5-8000kbs download speeds everywhere …I’d take that anyday over my 4g Verizon phone that drops data and switches constantly between 3 and 4g…and I get -1100 lbs at the most on 3g….on 4g I get 4000-9000 usually …with occasional bursts to 20000….but only in early am hours…

  • Anonymous

    Hey look – its wholesale iOS fanboy thread time!

  • Anonymous

    Just for facts sake, the iPhone has not been available on Verizon for an entire year.  The iPhone did not launch on the Verizon network until February of 2011. 

    • Facts

      not to mention that most people waited on buying the verizon iPhone because of the impending release of the newer model.

      • Kris Brandt

        Which means what?  iPhone wasn’t available for 1 month of the year, which means an estimated 500K phones weren’t sold?  Or that holdouts for the iPhone 4S somehow skews that total number?  By that logic, we could say that the delayed launch of the Galaxy Nexus and Droid Bionic skews the Android numbers as well.

        Fact is, none of those matter because their sales will be tallied into this year’s numbers.

  • Anonymous

    Lots of iSheeple out there. When the fruit gets LTE, it will be worse.

    +100 for the ShamWow reference.

    • Mustache

      Yeah when iPhone 5 is released, assuming it is LTE, they are going to destroy Android. Oh well at least we are still open.

      • Tim242

        *iphone 6*

    • Anonymous

      Kind of like how it was around here when Android got 4G? 

      • Anonymous

        most users here cared more about device specs than lte when lte came to android. now that there are both desirable specs and lte, of course were excited about lte devices.

        • Anonymous

          And it would be wrong for iPhone users to be excited about 4G? 

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

            the fact that when iPhones don’t have it, they bash 4G LTE, then as soon as they get it they’ll act like they’re unstoppable with it

          • Anonymous

            I don’t see anyone bashing 4G LTE over anything other than battery life, which is a legitimate criticism, and coverage, which is quickly expanding. 

          • Anonymous

            LTE will be better on the iPhone than it is on today’s Androids since by then it will have low voltage LTE capabilities integrated into the smaller fab processed SoCs.

            Of course at that point so will Android (or shortly thereafter) and LTE power draw will be much less.

    • Haterofspam

       I ant to coin the phrase iDiots.

  • SadDroid

    Wow Android is actually losing now. First Nielsen said the market share of Android has shrunk to just a 1% lead and now we find out that iOS has outsold Android by over 30% in the fourth quarter on Verizon. Damn this sucks. I guess Android wasn’t such an unstoppable train after all. 

    • Daniel Rosseau

      I haven’t seen any reports of Android only having a 1% lead.  Last I saw/heard Nielsen had Android at 56% and iOS at 29%.  That’s way more than 1%.  iOS recently did have a big jump but that was because they released a new phone…..the sheep need to get one NOW! After another quarter it will be Android still gaining market share.

      • SadDroid

        google is your friend. i

        • Tim242

          It’s yours too. Android is still killing ios. They just got a bump in the quarter the new version was released. That happens every year. Android market share is still almost double that of ios.

    • Anonymous

      that was a quarterly sales figure. two years after most people bought their first iphone on contract.

  • IOSlover

    So in other words since Q4 the iPhone has outsold all Android phones combined on Verizon. So as of the release of the iPhone 4s, iOS has outsold Android on every major US carrier. Hahah. Game Over. 

    ps. pretty funny you still try to throw in the year totals for the devices when the iPhone wasn’t even available for an entire month. Also when you consider how many buy one get one free deals are available for Android while the cheapest iPhone you can get is $99. 

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      you win yayaya!! wait what did he win??

      • EC8CH

        a lifetime supply of iTunes

      • Anonymous

        A trip to fantasy land.  Apparently he’s been a resident there for a long long time :)

      • IOSlover

        i won because the platform i use will continue to enjoy the best developer support. iOS already had better developers than android but there was some concern that market share would force those developers to split their time between iOS and android. now that iOS is well on its way to retaking market share that concern is gone. WINNING!

        • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

          what are you winning again? and at least get a real name? i think your losing because you come on an android blog to talk smack aboit an os that does not pa you. come on man get a life…which i think makes you #LOSING

      • Haterofspam

         Hopefully it’s something made by Apple. It’s the only things this iDiot could operate. IOSlover fails (in many ways) to recognize that Android is taking over which is why he chooses to focus on 4th Quarter. It’s as if Apple told him to do that…

    • Tim242

      Nor was the Razr, or the Nexus. Nexus didn’t release until Dec. 15.

    • Tim242

      I work for att. Cheapest iphone is FREE. Iphone sales get a spike when a new model releases. Android sells well all year. Maybe that’s why the year’s totals are used?

      • Haha

        This is Verizon only which doesn’t sell the 3GS. Try again. 

        • Tim242

          These sales figures are Verizon only. But, iPhones as a whole make up iOS market share. I work at att. The 3GS is a hot free item.

          Sent from my Galaxy Nexus

      • Michael Scrip

        iPhones sell well all year too… varying between 180,000 iPhones a day to over 226,000 at different times throughout the year.

        Do you really think people stop buying iPhones immediately after launch?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

      They release one phone a year, it was released at the beginning of the quarter.  It had been like 15 months since they last released an iPhone, OF COURSE everyone on iDevices that could upgrade was waiting for it and did their upgrade.  Next quarter you’ll be saying the exact same thing I just did when Android sales smash iPhone sales, but won’t be able to hand it to Android.  And I haven’t seen many buy one get one free deals on top quality Android smartphones in a long time (only older ones get deals).

      • Anonymous

        Wow, the sales of an operating system smash the sales of a phone?!  You don’t say!  The iPhone, head-to-head, outsells every smartphone on the market.  I can do it too. 

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

          See?  You act like your operating system is superior based on sales numbers, then downplay the fact that more Android than iOS devices sell… Once you buy one Android phone which does virtually the same thing as every other Android phone, you (probably) won’t be buying another soon, so of course the sales get split up.  That’s why the significance is OS vs OS, when devs make an app they don’t care if you buy it on a Rezound or RAZR but it does matter to them if its Android or IOS.  Moron.

          • Anonymous

            My operating system?  So Android, seeing as I own and use a Droid X.  I didn’t downplay the fact that Android outsells iOS in SMARTPHONE sales, just that you cannot compare OS adoption rates vs. sales, exactly like you were doing.  If you strictly go iOS vs Android, like you are now, I believe iOS is on top, or it was last I read.  Classy fella. 

          • Apple

            Oh okay so now it is OS vs OS again. Guess what, Apple just sold 54 million iphones+ipads last quarter alone. That is 20% of every Android device ever activated. Larry Page went on record and said 250 million android device activations. So Apple has done a fifth of that in 4 months. LOL. We are not even counting Apple iPod touch which also runs iOS. Hahaha. Winning!

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    no way my phone is bigger than yours! 

    thwse numbers are so dumb

    • Anonymous

      Actually, these numbers DO mean something.  The overall health of the ecosystem is directly tired to a bunch of different factors – including developer support.  Potential user base is a big factor in attracting quality developers to the platform.

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        these numbers mean one thing and one thing only verizon scams the crap out of us….a developer is not going to five 2 

  • Anonymous

    Just think if these morons would’ve released the Galaxy S 2.

  • Anonymous

    I’m impressed! Mind you I personally know many people who have been crying and complaining that they want an iphone on Verizon, and have since bought one against better judgement, but like their device. I honestly have never liked the iphone nor have I wanted their product. I did buy an ipod classic many years ago because there were no other devices that could compare to it, but besides that I will not own an Idevice, as a matter of fact I haven’t even used my ipod in 2 years! It is stupid to sit and compare a company that only creates one device every 6 months to android, so bob is truly a moron as are the others that say the iphone is superior because of this. I agree with Kellen that it’s about the market share here, not merely company to company.

    • Facts

      iOS outsells Andoid now on every major US carrier. That is more than “merely company to company”. When you add all those carrier together you get US market share. Kind of hard for Android to maintain market share lead when they are getting outsold by 30% on Verizon and by an even greater margin on At&t

      • Tim242

        It only outsells in the quarter the new model releases. One out of four quarters won’t cut it.

        • Anonymous

          based on theblatest info, in the US it doesnt even do that. it did come within 1% though.

      • Anonymous

        i wish i didnt have to work so i could debate with you on this. but its just not true.

  • Anonymous

    I love the comments over at AppleInsider.  The article completely fails to mention the numerical superiority of Android in 2011 vs their precious iOS.

    Beware, do not click this link if you care to remain sane.
    http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/01/24/verizons_42m_q4_iphone_activations_were_more_than_half_of_its_smartphones_.html

    • Anonymous

      And the story/comments here aren’t going to have an Android tilt?

      • Anonymous

        The story here at least mentioned the fact that the iPhone dominated Q4 sales.

        There’s no mention of the Y2D sales vs Android over at AI.

        • Anonymous

          The only reason it’s mentioned here is because it’s the only bright spot for Android in this earnings call.  The iPhone dominated Q4 and outsold all other smartphones combined.  Also, Verizon has still yet to offer the iPhone for an entire year.  It wasn’t available until February 2011.  Each site has its bias, don’t act otherwise.

          • Anonymous

            Keep making excuses.  We’ll see if the “unstoppable Juggernaut” known as iOS can keep pace.
             

          • Anonymous

            I love how facts are excuses around here.

          • Anonymous

            I’m glad they’re still sane people like you reading this site.

    • Anonymous

      oh my, I started reading their forums and now my brain is hurting.

  • ddevito

    And Verizon cries. Wah.

    Perhaps if they didn’t f up the GNex launch – or even spent some marketing money on advertising it, it would go a long way.

    • Michael Scrip

      Verizon gets paid either way.

      I’d pay $90 a month whether I had a G-Nex or an iPhone.

      Verizon sells contracts and service… not phones :)

  • Anonymous

    Lets also remember that the Galaxy Nexus’ launch was widely regarded as botched by Verizon, with absolutely no run-up marketing by VZW and it was directly competing against the much more marketed RAZR and Rezound.

    • Anonymous

      Something to ponder about, when I went to buy the G-Nexus the sale rep was trying to shove a Droid Razr down my throat. Mind you, I spoke to the same sale rep on the phone about the G-Nexus before going to the store making sure that they had it in stock. Instead of been polite and saying somethig like you made a good choice about my purchase, he said I hope you don’t regret your choice and come back to exchange it for the Droid Razr…

  • http://www.elementary-project.com Kevin McDole

    I must be the only one who doesn’t know who Remington Bob is…

  • Anonymous

    That’s pretty damn impressive for Apple considering how much more the iPhone costs compared to many Android phones.

    • ddevito

      explain.

      • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

        The most expensive Android phone costs $650 off contract (the Galaxy Nexus, for example), but it is sold for $300 on contract. The iPhone 4S is $650 off contract, but is sold for $200, so it costs Verizon more to subsidize the iPhone. 

        • Droids

          Plus, Apple doesn’t let Verizon load the phone up with third party crapware, so that’s even more revenue loss when selling an iPhone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanf Jonathan Fingas

      Given that most LTE Verizon phones cost $250 to $300 on contract versus $199 for an iPhone, it’s not surprising.

      • Anonymous

        There are 3G Android options that cost less than the iPhone and, in many cases, are free.  And there are only two iPhones offered at that price range. 

        • DogDaBountyHunter

          exactly. everyday i see a BOGO offer for Android phones. Cheapest iPhone is $99 and that isn’t even the model that most people are buying as of the iPhone 4s release. 

          • Tim242

            There hasn’t been a BOGO in over a year. Verizon makes more money from those than iphones. The cheapest iphone is FREE.

          • Anonymous

            Not on Verizon.

          • Anonymous

            Where you see BOGO offers? Trying to jump on that!

  • T Hall

    Haha Bob, what a tool.

  • http://Twitter.com/eggoespada Eric Gonzalez

    I’m sure most of those numbers for Android came from 4G LTE phones. It’s the main differentiator Android has over competitors — a rather important one for many, too.

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      According to the CNN article they sold 2.3 million 4G devices, which means the remaining 1.2 million smartphones sold were 3G. Looks like it’s doing pretty well. 

      • EC8CH

        wow… people really are stupid, who buys a 3G phone in 2011?

        • Anonymous

          People who don’t have 4G coverage

  • Anonymous

    damn, he straight put Bob on BLAST! haha

  • BethesdaMD!

    I’m impressed by those iPhone numbers being that it debuted on Verizon in 2011 and Verizon is/was the biggest android advocate of all major carriers. You can’t argue with those sales figures. Keeping in mind, Verizon has no free or .99 cent subsidy for the iPhone.

  • Wpscompute

    If Verizon had released the Galaxy Nexus 2 weeks earlier, they probably could have sold another couple million phones. 

  • Anonymous

    The iPhone is so like 5 years ago…and Android is the future!!

    • ddevito

      Einstein’s definition of insanity if doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

      The iPhone is on its 5th iteration and almost nothing has changed.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah…I just felt like saying the iPhone is so like 5 years ago. lol I can’t believe I almost wanted to get one before being first introduced to Android in mid 2010.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jonathanf Jonathan Fingas

        Really?  Really?

        It’s had three designs in 4.5 years, quadrupled the resolution, added multitasking, notifications (yes, Android-like), gotten one of the best cameras on a smartphone, added an advanced voice control system and cloud services…

        I use both platforms.  I think you’re confusing screen size changes with definitions of what’s different.  A Galaxy Nexus is definitely different than a Galaxy S II, but it’s basically the same core underneath with a larger screen and a different camera.  An HTC Sensation can be called a Desire HD with a higher resolution screen and a faster processor.

        • Anonymous

          Think he’s saying that apple will continue to do well. Its insane to believe that after so many successful launches, the next iphone won’t be. At least, that’s what I got.

  • Anonymous

    Bob couldn’t figure out how to create an email address without Steve Jobs’ assistance!

  • Goldie Dog

    and they lost three customers due to their high prices and locked bootloaders