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  • Verizon (VZ) states on its Q4 call it activated 6.2M iPhones in Q4, good for 63% of total smartphone activations (up from 46% in Q3, and 56% in the year-ago period). Big Red had previously disclosed it activated 9.8M smartphones in the quarter. CFO Fran Shammo says about half of the iPhone sales involved the iPhone 5 - that remark comes as UBS points to survey data indicating a mix shift towards older and lower-capacity iPhone models. Apple (AAPL) +0.8%. (AT&T smartphone sales[View news story]
    If oly someone really had a handle on iPhone/ipad/Mac etc. sales that Apple will report tomorrow!

    Unfortunately one of those analysts will be right, but which one??
    Jan 22, 2013. 12:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple's (AAPL) FQ1 sales could get a bump from Wal-Mart (WMT), which has begun selling the 16GB iPhone 5 at a subsidized $127 at thousands of U.S. stores. The retail giant is also selling the 16GB 3rd-gen iPad for $399 (a $30 iTunes card is thrown in), and the 16GB iPhone 4S for $47. The size of the price cuts, good for the next 4 weeks, are eye-opening in light of Apple's history of limiting retailer discounts. They come as multiple analysts (I, II, III) strike a cautious tone on iPhone sales thanks to supply chain data. [View news story]
    Not only is it a win for Walmart it is a win for Apple allowing it to increase market share and saturation. Then do not forget the carriers who will also benefit by the new contracts, and increased data usage.
    Dec 17, 2012. 07:06 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment