Apple's iPhone 5 sales help AT&T get record number of new customers

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Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shipped 47.8 million iPhones in the fourth quarter, lower than expected given the launch of the iPhone 5 in September, according to Juniper Research. The iPhone 5 launch did help AT&T (NYSE: T) attract more new customers in the fourth quarter than it has in three years though, according to an AP report.

It reported 780,000 new phones and other devices on contract plans for the quarter, and it activated 8.6 million iPhones in the quarter, a record for any carrier.

ABI Research recently predicted that that Apple's smartphone market had reached a plateau at 22 percent, a figure that jives with Juniper Research's stats.

According to Juniper's stats, Samsung accounted for one-third of smartphone shipments in the fourth quarter, shipping 63 million handsets.

For the fourth quarter, 200 million handsets were shipped, and for all of 2012, 671 million were shipped, a healthy 42 percent year-over-year growth. Galaxy S3 shipments led the way with sales surpassing 40 million in November alone, Juniper found.

Research in Motion's (NASDAQ: RIMM) smartphone shipments are expected to reach almost 6.7 million for the fourth quarter and over 31 million for the year.

Juniper's figures are similar to ones compiled by Strategy Analytics, which found that global smartphone shipments grew 43 percent year-over-year to reach 700 million units in 2012.

For more:
- check out Juniper's data
- read the AP report
- see Strategy Analytics's stats

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