Everything Everywhere has overtaken O2 as the leading supplier of Apple's iPhone in the UK, the company has claimed.

According to Reuters, Everything Everywhere made the claim when announcing its earnings for the first half of 2011. The company owns the T-Mobile and Orange mobile networks in the UK.

O2 was the leading supplier of the iPhone in the UK since Apple's iconic handset first launched in the UK in November 2007, largely thanks to fact that it was the launch partner and was able to supply the iPhone exclusively for more than two years.

Everything Everwhere said that according to data supplied by analyst firm GfK, its iPhone sales overtook those of O2 in the last week of the second quarter of 2011.

The company also reported record smartphone sales, with 85 percent of new contract customers opting for smartphones in the second quarter, up from 84 percent in the first quarter.

Everything Everywhere also added 236,000 contract customers in the second quarter, though reported earnings of £682m ($1.12bn) in the first half of 2011, down £32m year-on-year.