AT&T reports 1.2 million postpaid smartphone sales in Q4 2013Alex Wagner - Editorial Director of News and Content
Next in the earnings report line is AT&T, which just revealed how the final months of 2013 went for it.
The big blue carrier says that the fourth quarter of 2013 brought with it 1.2 million postpaid smartphone sales, the latter of which includes both upgrades and new customers. Smartphones accounted for 93 percent of all postpaid phone sales for the quarter and also make up 77 percent of AT&T's postpaid phone base. AT&T sold a total of 7.9 million smartphones in the quarter.
Moving on to the subscriber counts, AT&T reports that it added 809,000 total subscribers. That includes 566,000 postpaid net additions, a prepaid subscriber loss of 32,000 and a total of 440,000 branded tablet additions. AT&T finished Q4 2013 with 110.4 million customers, a figure that's up from the 107 million subscribers that it ended Q4 2012 with. AT&T's Mobile Share plans are now being used with 21 million connections, with 7.1 million total accounts and an average of 3 devices per account. AT&T says that 15 percent of its Mobile Share users have converted from its old unlimited data plans.
Finally, AT&T says that its total wireless revenues for the quarter were up 4.5 percent year-over-year, finishing at $18.4 billion. Wireless service revenues grew 4.8 percent and finished at $15.7 billion while wireless data revenues saw a growth of 16.8 percent year-over-year and ended the quarter at $5.7 billion.
Overall it sounds like AT&T had itself a decent quarter. While it managed to move 7.9 million smartphones and add 556,000 postpaid customers, those numbers can't quite touch the totals that it put up in the year-ago quarter, which finished at 10.2 million smartphones sold and 780,000 postpaid adds. Still, AT&T grew its revenue year-over-year and ended 2014 with 3 million more subscribers than it started the year with, so I'm sure that the carrier isn't too bummed about Q4 2013's lower numbers.
AT&T is now holding a conference call to discuss its Q4 2013 results, so be sure to keep it locked to PhoneDog for any other details that Randall Stephenson and Co. may drop.