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AT&T Activations Servers Overloaded with iPhone 4S Launch


As has happened in the past, it seems AT&T's activation servers are having problems with the large influx of activations with the iPhone 4S launch. A quick search of Twitter shows many having problems activating their AT&T iPhone 4Ss due to server issues. A discussion thread in our forum also mirrors the complaints.

With the iPhone 4S launched now across the entire U.S., we are at the peak of simultaneous AT&T iPhone 4S activations. AT&T has had similar issues in previous launches. Japanese carrier Softbank was reported to have similar issues during their launch this morning.

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36 months ago
This is not a surprise.

You would think 5 phones later, AT&T would be more prepared for days like this.
Rating: 12 Votes
36 months ago
Is it too much to ask that iPhone owners just wait a few hours?

Apparently. We live in the 'right now' culture, I guess.

Me? I'd rather wait a little while rather than pay AT&T even more money so they can build up a system for activating a million iPhones at once that will only get used once a year. What a waste of money.


Likewise, it didn't bother me that it took awhile for me to download iOS 5. When everyone's trying to do the same thing it's gonna slow you down. Ever been to a concert or sporting event? Sometimes you've just gotta wait.
Rating: 11 Votes
36 months ago

This is not a surprise.

You would think 5 phones later, AT&T would be more prepared for days like this.


And you would think Apple would learn requiring a new sim card for every iPhone causes some major problems. The iPhone is the only phone that does not reuse sim cards. The aim card in my phone is nearly 4 years old and on its third cell phone. My dad's sim still says Cingular on it and going great. Apple on the other hand does not reuse them and cause the servers to get slammed. You would think Apple would learn. A lot of the blame lies with Apple for not using the standards of gsm on this one.
Rating: 10 Votes
36 months ago
First World Problems.
Rating: 7 Votes
36 months ago
No surprise. Absolutely insane demand.

I'm not even sure if there is a way to prevent AT&T getting slammed when new iPhones are released. Not everyone can handle Apple's consumer load.
Rating: 7 Votes
36 months ago
yep. dead in the water again. 1.5 hours, nada

Did AT&T know about today?
Rating: 7 Votes
36 months ago

you mean figuratively.


No, AT&T is literally a joke.

Troy: "[Britta] You're the AT&T of people"
Rating: 5 Votes
36 months ago
Your activation is still pending. You will receive an email notification once your activation is complete.
We’re sorry. There was a problem connecting to the server. Please try again later.

This is maddening.. Way to go, at&t!
Rating: 5 Votes
36 months ago
Not bothered at all with the activation delay. Millions of phones trying to do the same thing at the same time. Any simpleton with good old common sense would find it understandable. Life is short. Don't sweat the small stuff.
Rating: 4 Votes
36 months ago

This is not a surprise.

You would think 5 phones later, AT&T would be more prepared for days like this.


So, you all expect AT&T to install 10 times the servers they need so that you don't have to wait a few days once every year when Apple releases new phones? Grow up and get a life.
Rating: 4 Votes

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