Carrier News: AT&T Set to Break Quarterly Smartphone Sales, Verizon Possibly Set to Introduce Shared Data Plans Next Year

att-verizon.jpgAT&T has announced that they sold some 6.1 million smartphones in the third quarter of this year, and 6 million only two months into this quarter. AT&T directly credits the iPhone 4S for this success. AT&T also notes that they sold over 1 million iPhone 4S units within the first five days of it’s launch.

It’s also worth remembering that AT&T offers the lower-end iPhone 4, and is the only carrier to offer the iPhone 3GS. All of which help to pad their numbers.

In other news, Fierce Wireless is reporting that Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam made comments in which he claimed the company would be rolling out shared data plan plans in 2012.

If this works the way many believe it will, this means customers with an iPhone and, say, an iPad 3G, could pull data through the same account. No more separate data plans for each device owned. Alternatively this could allow customers with family data plans to all pull data from the same pool.

It never ceases to amaze me how carriers can milk blood from a stone. As companies they really do one thing- supply service to devices. It seems that they are always hatching new ways to do the same thing. Often times this means another charge on the end-users account. In a situation like this, it could very well mean savings for the customer. We’ll see.

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