Verizon – Apple’s iPhone carrier partner in the U.S. has announced earnings for the second quarter of 2012.

Verizon announced that it sold 2.7 million iPhones in the second quarter, compared to 3.2 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2012.

Verizon sold 5.9 million smartphones in the last quarter, which means that the iPhone’s shares was 45% of the company’s smartphones sales. As MacRumors points out, iPhones shares has dropped from 50% in the first quarter and 55% in the fourth quarter, but it is still higher than 35% seen in the third quarter of last year, just before the launch of iPhone 4S.

It doesn’t come as a big surprise as iPhone sales generally tend to slow down as we get closer to the launch of the next generation iPhone, which is widely expected in September or October.

Last quarter was a record for Verizon in terms of ARPU (average revenue per user). It increased to $56.13 per customer representing a 3.7 percent increase over Q2 2011.

Apple will report its financial results for the third fiscal quarter (second calendar quarter) of 2012 on July 24th.

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