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AT&T reported its first quarter earnings today and iPhone activations were up by one million units over the year-ago quarter, a notable 33 percent increase. More precisely, the carrier reported 3.6 million iPhone activations during the quarter, which is impressive considering that Verizon iPhone launched on February 10. AT&T added two million wireless subscribers during the quarter and had a total of 97.5 million users as of the end of March. A month ago AT&T agreed to buy T-Mobile USA for approximately $39 billion, creating the nation’s largest wireless company, which prompted duopoly accusations. More factoids and iPad stats after the break.

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Of the 3.6 million iPhone activations, nearly one in five, or 23 percent, is new to AT&T. iPhone subscriber churn rate remain unchanged year-over-year, the carrier said. Approximately 65 percent of post paid sales were smartphones and the carrier sold a total of 5.5 million smartphone units during the quarter. Remember, 3.6 million were iPhones… Tablet sales were not that great, though. AT&T shipped just 332,000 tablet units during the quarter, the figure that includes 3G iPad as well as other 3G-capable branded slates. Quarterly revenue was $31.2 billion, a 2.3 percent annual increase. Wireless revenue climbed 10.2 percent annually to $15.3 billion.

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