Carriers still struggling to meet persisting customer demand for the iPhone 4S a month after its launch
2. Chakra (Posts: 96; Member since: 02 Dec 2009)
And where is this? Everywhere I've gone (apple store, verizon, att, sprint, individual resellers), the past couple days, they've had iphones in stock.
Also, without going into too much detail, I know for a FACT that AT&T, artificially creates demand. I've been a part of the operational activities of some of the distribution warehouses (AT&T uses 3rd parties), and let's just say I've seen 100s of pallets with iphones on them - long story short, they could easily fulfill order with them, but choose not to. I cannot comment on what Verizon or Sprint does.
5. axed97 (Posts: 16; Member since: 19 Aug 2011)
what reason would they have to do that chakra? im at a loss for words.
remix anserewd that question thanks
6. bigdawg23 (Posts: 268; Member since: 25 May 2011)
I have been into three AT&T stores in the last week. They were all out and when they do arrive they go out just as quick.
I personally was getting a Skyrocket.
9. networkdood (Posts: 4748; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Dude, that phone and the vivid just fly on HSPA+ and LTE 4G - my friend got the VIVID and was doing 13.5 megs download on the speed test - on HSPA+
3. goflet (Posts: 50; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
so mighty apple..how couldn't you predict ,the demand would be enormous and supplied much more handsets at the first place?
4. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
they have the supplies, they are just holding them back. artificial shortages drive up demand. It worked for the Wii like crazy. People want what they cant get. Come on, you really thing apple put off launching the i4s for what..4 months, and didnt build up supply in that time?
10. andygallo (Posts: 37; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)
Yup. Apple actually has a department that basically limits how much a vendor can buy, even tho Apple has the supply. My friend actually does this at Apple. When she told me what she did I was like "WTH kind of job is that?"
Never heard of a job like that, but I guess it makes sense the way you put it.
13. gallitoking (Posts: 4571; Member since: 17 May 2011)
the article never mentions that is Apple.. it mentions the carriers... anything after that is all assumption...
16. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
it mentions they are out of stock at the store. not how much stock they are receiving.
Yea, its a total assumption. But I ask you this.. who has more to gain from keeping the stock low and keeping "demand" up... Apple or ATT? Who makes more per handset? ATT potentially loses a customer every time someone says they wanna switch to them for the new iphone but dont have it in stock. Apple wins if they go to ATT, VZW or anywhere else.
And like i mentioned earlier, do u really think apple had an extra 4 or 5 months between the normal june window till its new release date, and didnt stockpile the phone? Come on. What kind of business sense would that make?
Nintendo was caught doing the same thing. It creates an artificial demand, and keeps the demand higher, longer.
7. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)
Remix, i just want to say thank you for speaking reason on this site. I have been lurking for a while and now im finally commenting. I prolly will get down voted but oh well. Apple has enough supply like you said, they are sitting on it so that they dont truly run out of supply. I mean it lines up perfect for the holiday season.
ANd Taco, you are right. iOS and apple are the best possible thing ever on the planet. Apple will out sell every android phone ever. Actually apple needs to step it up. They should have sold more than 4 million phones in 3 days.
15. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
So you think reason is making baseless comments. Remix has no way of knowing what Apple has in their warehouse and neither do you. Apple doesn't have the ability to produce an infinite amount of phones so high deman can lead to low supplies.
8. networkdood (Posts: 4748; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
My wife went on line and ported her AT&T line to Verizon on Monday....the phone arrived Wednesday - free shipping, no taxes. Yeah, wow, Verizon must have a tough time keeping up with the demand of their 4S phone *RME*
11. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Well I went to an at&t store yesterday in los angeles ca zip code 90022 and asked for an iphone 4s and they told me they had just gotten some in. I didn't by one I bought a vivid.
12. corporateJP (Posts: 896; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Some retailers ARE out of them.
Wether Apple or any of the carriers have them or not is a different story.
14. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Aww look at all the fandroids complaining its not true. RECORD SALES. That's why there's low supplies.
17. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
its record sales all combined. the actual sales on ATT compared to the i4 were much LOWER.
18. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Hey whatever helps you sleep at night. Bottom line is....
RECORD SALES NO PHONE HAS EVER SOLD LIKE THIS BEFORE.
Deal with it. Soon you won't be dealing with it publicly on PA. Your days are numbered here.
19. remixfa (Posts: 13882; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
lol, taco, u dont get it do you.
i hope it sells like a madhouse. I hope it sells like crazy and everyone that wants one right now gets one and its a huge Holiday sales monster.
our bet isnt for Q4 2011, its for Q1 2012. the more people that get the phone now, the more likely it is that I win the bet as there will be less demand post-christmas. The longer these "shortages" last, the harder it will be for me to win the bet as this year's sales will bleed into next.
Do you ever... ever...... ever think before u post? no, i didnt think so.
troll on, troll.... troll on.
20. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Please keep your excuses to yourself.
22. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
No single phone has ever released on so many carriers at one time before as far as I know...
23. jacko (unregistered)
apple show proof or its all lies
coz apple like to make people think its wanted
im sure apple picks numbers out of the air and what about doa ones and returned ones i bet they count them too and smashed ones thats replaced
oh yea i had an ishit 3g and it was the biggest pos ever got android never looked back
from a friend on facebook
Vanessa XXXXXXXXX Well I loved my iphone 3G and then 4, but since switchin to android havnt looked back...
24. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Yes let's ignore the record demand and sales numbers. Your "friend" from Facebook, who you haven't even linked the comment to is a more reliable source.
25. jacko (unregistered)
record demand and sales numbers lol thats what apple wants u to think
why is android out selling ios 3:1
and what if android was on 1 phone not 100
like one eye phone
26. Jobes (Posts: 364; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
Your never going to be a PA moderator with an attitude like that mister!