Verizon signs up more new subscribers than AT&T

Between April and June, Verizon Wireless outpaced AT&T in new wireless subscriptions. But the balance could swing back, after AT&T reveals results from a full quarter with the new iPhone 4.

Verizon's Wireless' Droid Incredible helped it outpace AT&T in signing up new customers during the most recent fiscal quarter.
Verizon's Wireless' Droid Incredible helped it outpace AT&T in signing up new customers during the most recent fiscal quarter. CNET

In the race for new customers, does Verizon even need the iPhone, at this point?

Apparently, the carrier's bevy of Google Android phones is working out nicely. Both Verizon Wireless and AT&T reported their quarterly earnings this week, and Verizon's new subscriptions actually outpaced those of AT&T, as The Wall Street Journal pointed out Friday.

Verizon signed up 665,000 new wireless customers during the last three months, while AT&T signed up 496,000 . That was actually a 40 percent dip from a year ago for Verizon, but it shows that AT&T's having the exclusive right to offer Apple's smartphone hasn't given it that much of a leg up, at least during the last quarter.

iPhone 4 sales are coming in at a faster clip than the iPhone 3GS a year ago, as 3 million were sold in the first three weeks. AT&T said earlier this week it had activated 3.2 million iPhones during the previous quarter, which includes both older model iPhones and the iPhone 4.

Verizon recently began selling the Android-based Droid Incredible and Droid X.

A better test of how well the two carriers match up head-to-head will be at the end of next quarter, since the iPhone 4 came out on June 24, just a few days before the end of the fiscal quarter.

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Erica Ogg is a CNET News reporter who covers Apple, HP, Dell, and other PC makers, as well as the consumer electronics industry. She's also one of the hosts of CNET News' Daily Podcast. In her non-work life, she's a history geek, a loyal Dodgers fan, and a mac-and-cheese connoisseur.

 

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