What is surprising about this report is that we've heard from multiple sources and mainly from CNN Money last year that Verizon store reps were found intentionally pushing Android 4G phones over then 3G Verizon Apple iPhone. The apparent reasoning was that Verizon was trying to promote its 4G network as it had invested in the infrastructure heavily. So if these reports were true then this is solely Verizon's fault that they chose the wrong path to earn back the money they invested.
Also noted in the report is that AT&T owes only $3.8 billion in
commitments. If indeed the iPhone sales were "slower-than-expected",
there is no reason for AT&T not to have experienced the same slow
down in their iPhone sales. Recollecting what the original CNN Money's article had to say about AT&T compared to Verizon its not a surprise that iPhones sell differently at Verizon and AT&T. Now on to Apple's Q3, 2013 results for the actual numbers.