There is a huge rivalry between these two carriers; both of them are the giants in the U.S. AT&T have enjoyed the last few years of iPhone exclusivity, this has helped them to really establish themselves as a big player in the game.
As for Verizon, well they have been in the news a bit recently haven’t they? Recently Verizon and Apple unveiled the Apple iPhone 4 which is CDMA enabled. Of course this is seen as a massive move in America. AT&T is famed for their bad coverage and issues with their network whilst Verizon has built its reputation on being a great carrier with good customer services.
Now both carriers have had a little mention, which of the two is the biggest? Well according to a report from Slashgear’s Rue Liu, AT&T managed to add another 2.8 million new customers in the quarter just gone; this makes the total number of subscribers up to 95.5 million subscribers. How many customers do Verizon have? 94.1 million In total, one thing to remember when you read this is we still have two weeks till the iPhone debuts on Verizon.
This is however slightly incorrect, if you head over to att.com (AT&T’s official website) and also to venturebeat.com (to see Verizon figures) they give you an abbreviated breakdown of the sales. If you look carefully there are a few minor errors in the report.
The figures should look a bit more like this, AT&T have 86.2 million customers and 95.5 million all in, AT&T include other devices in this count like tablet PCs of which there are 9.3 million. Verizon on the other hand, their count is at 94.1 million, this doesn’t include the additional 8.1 million of other devices like tablets. Now if you start looking at the total numbers again, you will see the errors that were made. This brings AT&T’s TOTAL devices to 95.5 million, whilst Verizons’ rises to 102.2 million. This leaves Verizon in top spot, not AT&T.
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