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AT&T denies mass exodus to Verizon in wake of CDMA iPhone 4

Chris Ward

There's been a fair amount of speculation about sales of Verizon-network iPhones -- how many (half a million in a day?), how many are being sold to fed-up AT&T customers (Abandon ship! Abandon ship!) -- but AT&T says it's not worried. AT&T Mobility boss Ralph de la Vega says iPhone users aren't defecting to Verizon Wireless any faster than the carrier expected. "We haven't seen any surprises, and everything is pretty much within our expectations," de la Vega stated.

However, de la Vega didn't say exactly how many customers AT&T expected to defect. Some surveys put the number of Verizon iPhones being sold to ex-AT&T customers at around 14 percent. That's a sizeable number -- perhaps 70,000 on the first day of sales alone. On the other hand, analysts at Wells Fargo have said AT&T is expected to lose only 150,000 contract customers in the first quarter of 2011, down from the 225,000 it originally projected.

So that's all right then, everyone remain calm.

[via Boy Genius Report]

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