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iPhone sales still strong for Verizon

It's the week before Apple's 3Q2012 earnings call, and already we're getting signs that point to yet another banner quarter for our favorite company. The latest comes from Verizon, which reported today that it had sold 2.7 million iPhones during the quarter ending June 30, 2012 compared to 2.5 million 4G Android phones.

As noted on GigaOM, this appears to contradict William Blair analyst Anil Doradla's claim that the Motorola Droid Razr was outselling the iPhone 4S at Verizon. The only way the claim could be right is if most Verizon customers were purchasing the iPhone 4 instead of the 4S, or if most of Verizon's Android fans purchased the Razr Maxx.

The iPhone sales show a 17 percent increase year over year for Verizon. Sales are down from the first quarter of 2012, when Verizon sold 3.2 million iPhones, but the iPhone 4S was still fairly new at that time. There's also a chance that speculation about a new iPhone this fall is starting to affect sales of the device.

Verizon also noted that 18 percent of Verizon's smartphone customers are now on its 4G LTE network. At this point, the iPhone is still not a 4G LTE device, unlike the third-generation iPad.

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