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February 16, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Not many AT&T-to-Verizon iPhone switchers, apparently

You never would have guessed from the breathless press and stock analyst coverage earlier this year, but there wasn’t a huge rush of iPhone users from AT&T to Verizon, apparently.

The latest “evidence” comes from a report today on the Boy Genius Report blog, which said it received sensitive sales information from an Apple source.

Its data shows that in the first week after Verizon iPhones went on sale, they outsold AT&T models in Apple stores but not by a huge margin.

Nor was there a stampede of AT&T customers, according to BGR’s report. It said just 14 percent of people buying the Verizon iPhone were AT&T iPhone owners making the switch.

Thirty percent were Android users switching to iPhones, and 25 percent were trading from BlackBerry devices.

This contrasts with Verizon’s jubilant announcement that it sold more iPhones on its Feb. 10 debut than any other phone launch in its history.

Still, the 14 percent figure stuck out. When I polled AT&T iPhone users in the Seattle area on Feb. 3, asking how many would switch to Verizon for better service, 15.5 percent said they’re absolutely making the switch.

I wonder if there will be a rush of Windows Phone 7 owners to Verizon and Sprint if and when they start carrying the devices later this year. Or maybe the WP7 fanboys will wait for a Nokia model.

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