AT&T said Thursday it activated 3.2 million iPhones during the third quarter, a record for the wireless carrier. That's out of 7.4 million iPhones sold by Apple during the quarter, also a record for Apple.
That means AT&T handles about 43 percent of all iPhones, the rest going to international carriers, and of course a smattering of jailbroken devices on other U.S. wireless companies.
What's more interesting is that despite more international carriers selling the iPhone this year--there were to be 80 by the end of summer--AT&T's share of them is still rising.
Expect that number to change soon. Later this month China Unicom will start selling Apple's smartphone for the first time at 1,000 locations, with more sites to be added over the next few months, Apple COO Tim Cook said on the company's earnings call Monday.