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  • AT&T Releases iPhone Activation Data, Earnings


    AT&T's second-quarter earnings are a significant 26% higher (year over year) with total earnings of $4 billion (compared to only $3.2 billion in the same quarter in 2009). On the heels of a strong fiscal year to date, AT&T raised its outlook for the full year.

    On Thursday morning, however, AT&T announced another interesting tidbit that isn't so hard to fathom given Apple's strong performance last quarter and record iPhone sales. According to the exclusive US iPhone carrier, it activated 3.2 million Apple handsets and raked in a veritable boatload of cash as a result. Proving a strong quarter all around, AT&T says its unprecedented sales and iPhone activation came in at a rate of 10 times higher than that seen last year with the iPhone 3GS.

    "On June 24, AT&T began offering iPhone 4, the most powerful iPhone yet. Preorder sales of iPhone 4 were 10 times higher than the first day of preordering for iPhone 3GS a year earlier. For the full second quarter, AT&T iPhone activations totaled 3.2 million, the most quarterly iPhone activations ever. Approximately 27 percent of those activations were for customers who were new to AT&T," the wireless carrier boasted.

    Taking a look at the in-depth data revealed by AT&T, there were also 1.6 million organic net adds in total wireless subscribers (best-ever second quarter) to reach 90.1 million in service. Additionally, 3G postpaid integrated devices on AT&T's network also spiked (by 2.9 million to 29.7 million), which represents an increase of nearly 100% percent year over year.

    For all the gory details, check out AT&T Delivers Double-Digit Earnings Growth in Second Quarter, Raises Full-Year Outlook.

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    Comments 68 Comments
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Quote Originally Posted by evolutionarymc View Post
      AT&T has one vital plus over all of their competitors. It's called simultaneous voice & data. I don't think any other network has that.




      They wanted a deposit because you obviously have bad credit with their reporting agencies. The $60 activation is normal & the iPhone itself cost almost $200 to make. Selling a product for less than production costs is INSANE! Good luck w/ T-MO and when you come around you can always throw an unlocked iPhone on your account.
      actually, the 500 is a "no hit" deposit. this means he doesnt have bad credit , but no credit history at all. Makes no sense i know. And the activation fee is only 35...
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      even more reason AT&T should be licking steve jobs balls and giving him whatever he wants look at all the money hes helping them make verizon would love to crush everyone with the iphone
    1. evolutionarymc's Avatar
      evolutionarymc -
      Quote Originally Posted by creasy425 View Post
      And the activation fee is only 35...
      You're right, I was thinking about the phone + taxes + activation. That's roughly $250-$260 total. Hence the $60 idea. Smh lol The deposit is a pain but all you have to do is pay on time for a year & you get it back right?
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      you are correct sir. you get the deposit back as long as you dont get any service interuptions due to non payment...

      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      even more reason AT&T should be licking steve jobs balls and giving him whatever he wants look at all the money hes helping them make verizon would love to crush everyone with the iphone
      verizon has no one to blame but them selves. Apple went to them first with the iphone and Verizon turned them down...talk about hind sight being 20 20. I'm thinking verizon would re think that decision today.
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      That's correct Creasy. All y'all verizon fanboys can blame the CEO. verizon had the 1st shot at the iPhone and they more or less told Apple to kick rocks. If I was Steve, I'd put it on every other carrier except verizon in spite. Maybe next time they'd consider it.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      GREAT! Now upgrade the data network AT&T!!
    1. texan's Avatar
      texan -
      Since the year was so prosperous (because of customers), they need to bring back the unlimited data plan for everyone NEW or old accounts!!
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Quote Originally Posted by texan View Post
      Since the year was so prosperous (because of customers), they need to bring back the unlimited data plan for everyone NEW or old accounts!!
      you can still get unlimited data. call customer care and throw a big enough fit about something and they will add it to ur account...only c.c. can do it tho. Dont try it at a store location.
    1. metalmaster420's Avatar
      metalmaster420 -
      Is it just me or is AT&T's 3G coverage expanding MUCH slower than it's wallet??
    1. Drsparks's Avatar
      Drsparks -
      Haha I wouldn't go that far.. I doubt the iPhone kept them in business... It really lifted them up but even verizon had got the first iPhone I'm sure they would be well ahead of AT&T but AT&T would be right behind them.
    1. XFaega's Avatar
      XFaega -
      I like AT&T but some one else needs to get the iPhone so it will a wake AT&T and force them to improve their network. But a big change is coming so I hope to see some improvements from AT&T network. I'm still sticking with AT&T but as a long time customer I would like to see some changes.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      i know one thing we can all cry and complaint about AT&T & verizon we will never be happy with either one of them, even if they gave everybody free service we will still find something to cry about It's Our Nature to do so lol.
    1. AutumnBoard's Avatar
      AutumnBoard -
      And where does that money go? Does it go to building new towers and expanding coverage? Lower customers bills? Hahaha, oh what am I saying. What stupid ideas. Using their money for improving the network... oh, yeah right. No no no, AT&T should spend their money on executive bonuses and frivolous lawsuits against Verizon, not making customers happy... why on earth would they want to do that?
      Man, I'm so glad I'm not on AT&T...Verizon may be greedy and full of s**t, but at least I can use the services I pay them for. Using my phone to make *gasp* phone calls is helpful you know.
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      That's alot of cash! But were the ones giving it to them!
      I haven't had any issue with AT&T, I'm happy with them.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by learninglots View Post
      AT&T owned the industry before the iPhone
      Exactly I've had AT&T since the 90's and ive stuck with them because all other carriers suck compared to them (well at least in my area).
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Maybe they should invest the money back in the company and put up more towers and fix the network !!!!
    1. alexchaynz's Avatar
      alexchaynz -
      ATT has nothing to do with the recall. That's an Apple problem. Besides, that will never happen. Never. Steve Jobs has a little too much pride.
    1. ghscion's Avatar
      ghscion -
      Quote Originally Posted by Xtremeiphone View Post
      good for them ! I have no problems with att. They treat me very well. They deserve their earnings.
      I agree verizon treated me like crap AT&T has been nothing but good since day one
    1. xtroverttwins's Avatar
      xtroverttwins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Xtremeiphone View Post
      good for them ! I have no problems with att. They treat me very well. They deserve their earnings.
      this is how i look at it... it's a business transaction between apple and at&t. they both benefited from it.

      for those complaining about drop calls... go elsewhere so you don't have to whine about it, for those complaining about apple, don't buy their products.

      simple
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lilhead12345 View Post
      So much money and they afraid to do a recall? Smh! Free bumpers is NOT a fix.
      Recall is Apple not AT&T, and I agree free bumpers is not a fix.
      Thus why I returned the phone, will not buy another one until permanent fix or iPhone 5 confirmed no physical defect or design flaw.

      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      All I have to say is I've dropped more calls on AT&T in one month than the 6 years I spent with T-mobile.

      iPhone 4 on 3G speeds make it all worth though. Still waiting on the free case option from Apple. It's already "late" this week, still no word.
      Out of curiosity... iPhone 4 is the first phone you got with AT&T? Most likely you are experiencing "Death Grip" so it might not be AT&T.


      Best personal customer service would be AT&T, but business account I would go with Sprint. Sprint actually calls me when there is curious charge on their computer system! There was an activation on the business account, so the business rep called me up and asked if I know the reason why there is activation charge and new account added. Turns out a new line was added and activated at the store, since it is on the business account there should not be an activation fee. The store charged the fee because that is normal procedure, so it is really nobody's fault. They then reimbursed our activation fee on the spot.