Earlier this year, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that Apple's iconic touchscreen device was the number one reason why subscribers were leaving Sprint for AT&T or Verizon. On October 4th, reports surfaced that Sprint and Apple had signed a $20 billion deal with the former buying 30.5 million copies of the Apple iPhone over the next four years.
Meanwhile, over at AT&T, a record number of Apple iPhones were activated as of 4:30pm eastern time on Friday. In a statement, AT&T said it was on track to double the previous record for activations on a single-day. The downside is that AT&T's servers have been so swamped that many Apple iPhone 4S buyers have been staring at a screen for hours, looking at a message that activation is pending. Some had been waiting as long as 7 hours to get hooked up to AT&T's network.
Besides AT&T and Sprint, Verizon also is offering the Apple iPhone 4S. For the latter two carriers, it is the first time that they have been involved in an Apple iPhone launch from the initial release of the device.