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AT&T has activated a record 1 million iPhone 4S handsets

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AT&T has activated a record 1 million iPhone 4S handsets
The Apple iPhone 4S continues its march to records: today, AT&T reports that it has activated 1 million iPhone 4S devices until now, making the handset the most successful iPhone launch in the carrier’s history.

“It’s no surprise that customers are clamoring for the iPhone 4S and they want it to run on a network that lets them download twice as fast as competitors’,” CEO Ralph de la Vega boasted.

AT&T is the only carrier allowing simultaneous voice and data stateside.

The iPhone 4S however has been a huge success for the other carriers getting it. Sprint for once has also reported record sales of the device on day one. Apple on the other hand said it sold 4 million of the new-gen iPhone in its opening weekend.

source: AT&T via BGR

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posted on 20 Oct 2011, 09:44 1

1. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Well, so much for the bad launch debate after the announcement had no iPhone 5. Now, it will be against some really strong Android offerings on all the Carriers, except Sprint which sems to be happy with it's high end offerings. Let's see if iPhone 4 sales from the past year keep the 4S from continuing it's record pace, or if the addition of Sprint keeps the iPhone at the top.

By the way, is it me, or was Verizon really lukewarm in promoting the iPhone 4S?

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 10:10 2

6. robn11 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


I've been wondering this myself. I have heard some various reasons floated on other sites, everything from VZW not wanting to step on Android fans' toes, to salesforce not promoting in the stores due to low commissions. I don't know what to think, I am not coming down on Verizon but it seems odd they were the only carrier not to take the opportunity to promote themselves with the launch by making a formal statement about their sales. The only thing I've come across is a spokeswoman saying sales are "brisk."

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 12:12 4

14. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I know Verizon's iPhone 4s's are back ordered so they're selling really well. Why no announcement is only known by Verizon really.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 15:05

22. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Sprint has some weak ass phones, with the exception of the GSII.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 10:00 2

2. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 296; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


They probably weren't that excited about it because they have a monster Android LTE trio coming before the end of the year. They knew the 4S would sell itself lol.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 10:00 1

3. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


1 million for ATT leaves 3 million split between VZW and Sprint.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 10:27 1

8. dha_george (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)


is it 4 million world wide or state side?

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 11:05 1

9. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


good question. if its 4 million world wide, that sucks.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 11:52 5

11. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


4 million in one weekend sucks? What planet do you live on? You try so hard to discredit the iPhone. It must suck working for T Mobile now the only carrier without it. Customers will be leaving in droves.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 12:12 3

13. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Funny how T-Mobile did not Receive it, but a little regional carrier did...LOL

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 12:14 5

15. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Hahaha that is strange. Oh well at least they have fake 4G and "unlimited" plans that are capped and then throttled to dial up speeds.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 17:13 1

30. Sniggly (Posts: 6697; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


You mean the same "fake" 4G that AT&T has?

And at least T-Mobile doesn't charge its customers out the ass for their plans and then charge overage on data.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 10:06 2

4. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Apple lovers love small screen, small keypad and single choice.
Android lovers love giant screen, large keypad, more choices and more brand names.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 10:07 5

5. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


*Butthurt*

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 10:13 1

7. Dj21o (Posts: 437; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I think if they made the screen just a 4.", the phone would sell so much more. I have to have a big screen. I don't want to constantly put my face to the screen. 3.5" is way too small. The retina display is amazing, though.

They have choices, too. Fewer, but they have browser, themes, etc. I don't know why Apple likes the 3.5"...

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 11:51 2

10. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


There was a survey done asking what feature that wasn't available people wanted most on iPhone 4S. Only 7% of users said bigger screen. Other than techies I don't think there's a huge demand for a bigger screen. At the end of the day the sales numbers will show what the consumer wants.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 12:11 2

12. snowgator (Posts: 3188; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Really, can't argue with that. iPhone enthusists just have different wants in their devices. Those that want bigger screens will not buy the iPhone. Those that want the iPhone do not seem tp care about the 3.5" screen. Matter of a fact, if I was Apple, there is no way I would go any bigger than a 4" screen if they increased it. How can you argue with such success?

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 12:17 2

16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I'm an iPhone user and I wouldn't mind a 4" screen, but there are some upsides to having a 3.5. It's easier to use one handed and carry around. Only thing I'd really need the bigger screen on is web browsing. I still wouldn't use a 4inch screen to watch movies, videos etc.

I use my iPad for most of my web browsing and video is mostly on my tv.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 12:37 1

17. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


4 million is worldwide....1 million by AT&T is very good and that phone has better data speeds than those CDMA versions with Verizon and Sprint.
Real question is:
Can Iphone 4S beat SGS2?

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 12:43 3

18. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


SGS 2 sold 10 million in 6 months. iPhone is almost halfway there in one weekend. I think the iPhone will blow past SGS sales.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 13:45 1

19. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


@ networkdood. Maybe better than Sprint, but the VZW version is probably the fastest 3G phone there is right now, and even faster then some "4G' phones. The VZW version SMOKED the other two in this head to head. True its only one challenge in one area, but this seems to be a reoccurring whenever I see a head to head between ATT and VZW. In fairness the ATT version was only a second or two off, so it still did pretty good.

ATT vs VZW vs Sprint iPhone 4S smackdown.
http://youtu.be/wd7taHnHzcg

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 13:51 1

20. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


im not impressed. but im not going to hate either. but i would like to know how many iphone 3g's and 4's were recycled this weekend. this figure (4+ million sold) doesnt mean much at all if it is mostly composed of upgrades from previous iphones. now if at&t were to say that they have signed 4 million new customers or have converted 4 million android users that would be epic. but considering that many of those who upgraded to the 4s have previously owned an iphone. no biggie. good job at&t but im happy paying $25/mo for unlimited data/txt +300mins and an android 2.3 device.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 15:28 1

28. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


From Apple's perspective it doesn't matter who bought them. They make profit on devices sold.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 23:45 1

34. Forsaken77 (Posts: 546; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


It's phones being sold and customers locked in for another 2 years. That's what the industry is all about.... selling hardware and KEEPING subs.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 13:53 1

21. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


and since when is 3g on at&t twice as fast as 3g on sprint or verizon? i dont get what they were going for with that stat. twice as fast? lol. iphone is 3g on all networks.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 15:27 2

27. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


On AT&T it has hspa 14.4 which is theoretically twice as fast as iPhone 4 which has 7.2

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 15:21

23. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Iphone 4S is a 14.4 device and on some sites it was showed to run faster than the other 2 - I believe the article in PA recently showed the Verizon and AT&T were close with AT&T coming out ahead.
On any 3G phone with Verizon what is the max on its CDMA network?
With AT&T, it has the HSPA+ in many areas now, so maybe it is an unfair comparison.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 15:22

24. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


This article:
http://www.gottabemobile.com/2011/10/19/iphone-4s-3g-speed-test-att-vs-sprint-vs-verizon-part-1/

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 15:24

25. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


and, this one:
http://www.slashgear.com/iphone-4s-speed-test-att-vs-verizon-vs-sprint-14188198/

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 18:08 2

31. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


This article references the link I just gave you. Even though the speed test says that AT&T is faster, the VZW iPhone consistently out performs the AT&T version with exception to one upload. Watch that video and see for yourself, VZW's old CDMA technology is going toe to toe with AT&T's HSPA+ and besting it in most cases. I can only imagine what LTE would look like!

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 19:30

32. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Yeah, I would imagine the faster HSPA+ device will be fine, but that was funny....but in that area, obviously, it was fine....who knows in other areas.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 15:31 4

29. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


AT&T is faster where it has the network and isn't overloaded. In real life though a lot of times VZW is actually faster. Their network is much more consistent.

voice and data on ATT is a nice perk though

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 19:34

33. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Funny how AT&T was always supposedly bad....I guess they are getting their you-know-what-together...on my captivate I get 2.5-5megs download...not bad for a now older phone.

posted on 20 Oct 2011, 15:25

26. networkdood (Posts: 6250; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I mean Sprint has issues with their CDMA recently. Everywhere I have looked showed the Sprint 4S iphone version being the slowest...Siri could not run on it properly.
Honestly, Verizon is the best overall for coverage and real 4G speed, but it just depends where you live.

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