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Has Verizon iPhone Hit a Sales Slump?

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Could it be? Did Apple bestow frustrated AT&T customers with the alternative they longed for, and it just didn't create the prolonged exodus everyone expected?

Or are people just waiting for the iPhone 5?

Well, at any rate, Goldman Sachs analyst Jason Armstrong predicts a sales slump for the Verizon iPhone when the carrier announces second-quarter results. He told Bloomberg that "iPhone sales will likely be a touch below the 2.2 million" units which Verizon moved in the first quarter. And if you recall, the company only started carrying the iPhone at the start of February -- more than a month into the quarter.

Nevertheless, Armstrong foresees a sales drop-off despite the full three months of availability in the second quarter.

However, not all devices took a dip since March. Armstrong reports that the HTC ThunderBolt -- one of Android's higher-end devices -- exceeded Verizon's expectations after meeting several investor relations execs from Verizon Wireless. I guess 500,000 activations per day accounts for something.

But come September, the iPhone 5 will likely shake things up more than a bit.

(See also: iPhone Will Soon Be Free, Says Analyst and RIM Is Crumbling from Within)

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