Verizon Wireless announced in an earnings call today that they have activated around 6.2 million iPhones for the fourth quarter. Around half of those phones were LTE-enabled iPhone 5 devices. Based on this figure, Verizon sold around 3 million iPhone 5 devices in the December quarter, which is up from 651,000 in the previous quarter. Verizon activated a total of 9.8 million smartphones in Q4, which is a new record for their quarterly smartphone activations.
Verizon gives credit to their high number of activations to a mix of Apple smartphones. The company ended up reporting a $1.93 billion loss in the quarter due to charges related to pensions and Hurricane Sandy though. Verizon’s biggest rival AT&T had a record quarter of 10 million smartphone activations. Apple is reporting their earnings for their December quarter tomorrow.