AT&T won’t officially announce their Q4 numbers until January 24, but has decided to spend today crowing about sales regardless, announcing that it’s coming off of the “ best-ever quarterly sales of Android and Apple smartphones.”
In the last quarter of 2012, AT&T put a whopping 10 million smartphones into the hands of users, up from their previous record of 9.4 million the year before. That’s an average of 110,000 devices per day.
Calendar Q4 is almost always the best quarter for phone makers, thanks to the eminently bankable sales during the holiday season, so it’s no surprise that this should reliably be the time period when most units get shifted. And lets not forget the incredible first weekend sales of the iPhone 5, though since that hit in September, it was probably a bit too early for AT&T’s Q4.
When the official numbers drop later this month, expect a more detailed breakdown of just how many Android and Apple devices ended up in people’s hands.