January 24, 2012
It looks like Sprint’s strategic decision to focus on the iPhone has finally allowed Verizon Wireless to sell more 4G phones than Sprint, according to financial numbers released Tuesday. According to Verizon the company sold 1.6 million 4G LTE smartphones during the quarter, as well as another 700,000 4G devices like USB modems and Wi-Fi hotspots. And while Sprint never calls out its 4G numbers its 4G partner Clearwire today pre-announced some Q4 metrics including 900,000 new 4G wholesale activations, which you can pretty much translate into being mostly Sprint 4G smartphones and a small number of other devices, like hotspots and USBs.
(Editor’s note: You won’t find the 4G LTE device breakout numbers in the Verizon press release; the numbers were discussed during the conference call, and a quote with the figures was provided to us by Verizon.)
What’s the 30-second analysis on all this? Sidecut Reports sticks by the premise of our latest report, the 4G LTE Market Report for January, 2012, in which we conclude that 4G LTE phone sales for all providers, including Verizon, are going to stay essentially flat until we see an LTE-capable Apple iPhone hit the market. As proof of the iPhone’s continuing popularity look no farther than Verizon’s Q4 numbers: 4.3 million iPhone activations vs. 1.6 million 4G LTE phone activations. Almost a 3-to-1 preference for the 3G iPhone vs. any 4G LTE choice.
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January 6, 2012
The followers in the Long Term Evolution (LTE) market were active newsmakers this week, first with AT&T’s announcement of new live LTE markets, then with Sprint naming four of the 10 markets it plans to offer LTE in next year. Given that an LTE phone from either AT&T or Sprint is going to be severely limited in its first iterations (due to the limited live markets you could use it in), what is the point of the carriers making LTE noise so far in advance?
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December 23, 2011
Just in time for some holiday break reading we introduce the Sidecut Reports 4G LTE MARKET REPORT for January, 2012. In this thorough, 16-page packet of goodness we break down why Verizon’s shiny new 4G LTE network hasn’t attracted the same crowds of customers as that slow, poky, 3G device known as the iPhone. And here’s our gift to you: This report can be purchased now, from our site, for the low low cost of just $1.99. That’s right, for the same price as a bottle of Two-buck Chuck you can guzzle down a boatload of news and analysis guaranteed to bring you right up to speed on all the details of Verizon’s 4G LTE rollout, even if you haven’t really been paying attention. (In fact we suggest you spend $4 and get one of each, and drink one while you read the other. Now that’s getting in the holiday “spirit!”)
Included alongside our breakdown of Verizon’s year of LTE is insight into the fledgling LTE efforts of AT&T and Sprint Nextel, along with some predictions on how the LTE market in the U.S. will shake out over the critical first six months of 2012. Devices, prices, data plans, it’s all in here — so get your copy today!
SIDECUT FOR THE IPHONE! Hey iPhone users — want to read this report as an ePub document? Then get over to Lulu and purchase a copy there! (iTunes store link to come). Price is $2.99, just like the Kindle price. An extra buck for the e-convenience.
ALSO: Kindle fans can purchase a Kindle copy of the report on Amazon’s site — though you will pay an extra buck for the convenience. Click here to buy a Kindle copy.