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AT&T Makes the Most of Its Final Fling With Apple: 4.1 Million iPhones in Q4

The last three months of 2010 marked the last quarter that AT&T had the iPhone all to itself, and the carrier got the most it could out of it: It activated 4.1 million more iPhones.

As Dan Frommer notes, that’s down one million from Q3 of last year, but it’s still AT&T’s second-best iPhone quarter ever. Overall, the carrier added a record 2.8 million more wireless customers.

This quarter, of course, is the quarter that AT&T’s U.S. exclusivity for the iPhone goes away, courtesy of Verizon.

AT&T also said it activated 442,000 wireless plans for tablets. That number includes both the iPad and Samsung’s new Galaxy Tabs running Google’s Android; reasonable to assume that the overwhelming majority of those activations are for Apple’s machines.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik