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iPhone 4S Launch to Double AT&T's Record for Activations in One Day

Following Sprint's announcement of record sales, AT&T also announced a very busy sales day. AT&T didn't break out sales totals for the iPhone, but reports it is seeing record activations.
As of 4:30 pm ET today, AT&T had already activated a record number of iPhones on our network – and is on-track to double our previous record for activations on a single day. These record volumes may produce slower activations for some customers, though our systems continue to run at record levels.
AT&T was Apple's launch partner in 2007, and the exclusive partner until Apple launched the Verizon iPhone earlier this year.

AT&T hit this record despite their activation servers having difficulties handling the unprecedented demand. iPhone 4S owners reportedly had difficulties with activations on multiple carriers, and not just AT&T.

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36 months ago
...And people said the iPhone 4S was a flop...
Rating: 16 Votes
36 months ago
But wait, according to these forums, the iPhone 4s was a huge fail? Imagine that. It's successful as hell on every carrier.

Hmmm.
Rating: 11 Votes
36 months ago

It's not like the phone doesn't work in the meantime for all its other functions.


The 4s can't do anything else until it's activated.
Rating: 6 Votes
36 months ago

Same here. SO FRUSTRATED! Calling corporate for a credit to my account. It's BS. :mad:


Do you call the department of transportation and demand money when the roads are congested too? Yay for our overdeveloped sense of entitlement!
Rating: 6 Votes
36 months ago

Yes, I agree with you. A big rush like this happens once a year. Why doesn't AT&T make the investment in their infrastructure so that it has the capacity to handle a million activations over a 10-hour period. I, for one, would gladly pay much more in my monthly plan to finance the building of that infrastructure by next year so that it is ready for the next iPhone launch. This is simple; they would have a whole set of servers and infrastructure standing by that they only use on iPhone launch day.

Come on AT&T, get it together.


Lets see, spend $10 million dollars so that 1 day a year, 10 percent of the activation's are not slow/delayed. Since 2007 AT&T has grown an unbelievable network to accommodate the unimaginable growth spawned by the iPhone. Glad they are putting their money into the network and not "activation devices"
Rating: 4 Votes
36 months ago

Given that there are two other carriers to choose from, and given four solid years of complaints from iPhone user's about AT&T's service, why the hell are people still choosing AT&T?

I understand that there are a relatively small amount of people out there who only get AT&T service at their home and/or workplace, and I understand if those kind of people choose AT&T. But it seems that the majority of people buying the iPhone 4S with AT&T are not those kind of people. Could someone please explain why?


Because all the whining you hear around the Internet about AT&T's service being vastly inferior to that of Verizon is coming from a very vocal minority in large cities (SF and NY, to name a couple) where that happens to be the case. Nobody is going out to the countless smaller cities, like where I live about 80 miles north of Seattle, where AT&T's service is impeccable and blows the competition out of the water (in 3 years, I can count on one hand the number of dropped calls I've had with my iPhone3G... no joke.) I suspect that's the case in lots of other places too but reporting on reliable service in a city of 200K isn't an interesting story so the tech press skews in favor of all the bellyaching in more densely populated locations.
Rating: 4 Votes
36 months ago

It's not like the phone doesn't work in the meantime for all its other functions.


Except it is exactly like that.

As far as I can tell, the phone can only be used for an emergency call until the activation is complete.
Rating: 4 Votes
36 months ago
You people need to quit b--ching. What did you expect buying/activating the phone the first day? There is a limit to how much traffic servers can handle. All the whining and righteous indignance paints a really ugly portrait. It's a phone. Not a lifestyle.

BTW... mine arrived at 1 PST. failed to activate over the air. Got home from work. Activitated the first time through iTunes. Restoring now.

You need to get your head checked if you think there's any significant difference between the three carriers. They're all poised to rape you one way or another. One is no better or worse than the other.
Rating: 4 Votes
36 months ago
I bought my iPhone online as a pre-order from apple. I got the phone at 1:50 EST via UPS.. I needed to buy the applecare + because my wife didn't purchase it as part of my order ( i know guys manhood points dropping here sorry.. ) anyway so I didn't open the package I took it straight to the apple store. I explained to the blue people that i needed to get the applecare + and that I had not opened the box. They were cool and said no problem we can figure it out.

1. I was told "we have to activate your phone first before we can get the applecare + attached to your phone. Cool I'm good with that."
2. the phone WONT activate I am getting the same message as everybody else.
3. after about 4 attempts. I get the well I was just talking to corporate and we can't sell you the applecare+ that has to come from At&turd.. I'm like ok whatever thats fine but activate my phone.. he looks at me and says well take it to at&tacos and have them do it I don't know whats wrong with it. Ok fine your just a minion I'm down with that.

4. I go to the at&trash store and I wait in line for about 40 minutes watching iPhone after iPhone get activated and the peeps walking out the door with them. Finally the REALLY HOT ITALIAN GIRL calls my name. of course I'm in the middle of hot tub fantasy with her until I realize she is pointing at the little fat chinese kid who is smiling at me as if he was in the hot tube with me... ugh.. bastard..
5. so I go over to him and give him my story he takes my phone and tries to activate in about 3 or 4 times... NO DEAL he is totally baffled and walks off. He comes back and say go home and try it there. I said ok what about the Applecare+ he said yeah no problem charges me 99 bux scans my iPhones box and takes my money..

it is now 6:18 pm EST and this phone has still not been activated

moral of the story don't pre-order your phone and hot italian chicks think I look good in a hot tub with a fat chinese kid.
Rating: 4 Votes
36 months ago

...And people said the iPhone 4S was a flop...



Ohhhhhh....... those Android fan boys are not gonna like this one bit :-)
Rating: 3 Votes

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