Electronista: The launch of the iPhone 3G has affected Verizon’s sales since launch but only in a small way, the company said when discussing its latest quarterly results. In response to a question during the US phone provider’s conference call for its spring figures, the company argues that the Apple device had a “minimally short-term impact” on Verizon since the July 11th launch and that the handset’s influence was “disproportionately less” than could be expected for the respective market shares of AT&T and Verizon.
AT&T has said that its agreement to subsidize the price of the iPhone 3G will have an effect on its near-term income but is counting on long-term revenue from contracts to make up the difference.
Verizon also asserts that the original iPhone onwards have had a stimulating effect on its own sales. Over 30 percent of phones sold are now smartphones, the firm says.