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AT&T Announces One Million iPhone 4S Activations


AT&T today announced that it has surpassed one million iPhone 4S activations since the device launched last Friday, the most successful iPhone launch in the carrier's history despite the device also being available on Verizon and Sprint for the first time at launch.


AT&T touts its network speed as one of the primary reasons customers are choosing the carrier over Verizon and Sprint.
AT&T was the first carrier in the world to launch iPhone in 2007 and is the only U.S. carrier to support iPhone 4S with 4G speeds.

“It’s no surprise that customers are clamoring for iPhone 4S and they want it to run on a network that lets them download twice as fast as competitors’,” said Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO, AT&T Mobility & Consumer Markets.
Apple announced earlier this week that iPhone 4S sales had topped four million units over the opening weekend across all carriers in its seven launch countries. The iPhone 4S is scheduled to come to 22 more countries at the end of next week.

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38 months ago
I certainly did my fair share of AT&T bashing back in 2008 - 2009. And boy did they deserve it.

But I gotta say, things change. And considering all the factors I now tell new iPhone owners that I suggest AT&T as the carrier to go with.

Obviously it still depends on where you live, but that's my first suggestion to investigate. Things may change again when an LTE iPhone comes out, but right now in 2011 with the 4S, I gotta give AT&T credit for being the best option.
Rating: 10 Votes
38 months ago
I feel that the video in the article doesn't really belong on MacRumors...

it's just a promotional video by AT&T... if it were a news video or a promotional video from Apple, it would belong, but somehow I feel that AT&T doesn't.
Rating: 10 Votes
38 months ago
"AT&T touts its network speed as one of the primary reasons"

...or maybe cause it is now the lowest priced carrier that offers the iPhone.
Rating: 6 Votes
38 months ago
I think it's interesting how AT&T was hated up until recently and now, just reading through a lot of these forums, I've noticed a lot people have switched gears and are now favoring AT&T and, if anything, trash-talking Sprint and Verizon.

Personally, I've never disliked AT&T. Where I live, coverage is great, data speeds are acceptable (3Mbps - 6Mpbs on average), and I get a great discount through my job. So I'm happy to see them doing well despite the new competition.
Rating: 6 Votes
38 months ago



4G speeds? Laughable. Networks in Canada support 42 Mbps down theoretically. It's ashame the American networks are living in 2006.


How many users on those Canadian networks vs people on in the states?
Rating: 4 Votes
38 months ago



4G speeds? Laughable. Networks in Canada support 42 Mbps down theoretically. It's ashame the American networks are living in 2006.


Are you serious?

A little research shows that:
-Rogers offers LTE in 4 Metro area- Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa. They have ZERO phones, and ONE tablet that can run on it.
-Bell Mobility has LTE in one Metro area- Toronto.
-Tulus does not have LTE yet.

All of the networks DO have HSPA+ which claim right there on the site "manufacturer's rated peak download speeds with an expected average of 7-14Mbps" ...exactly the same as AT&T and T-Mobile here in the US.

In America, Verizon has LTE in 160 cities across the country. Sprint has WiMax available in every major US market. LTE and WiMax both blow HSPA+ out of the water.

Oh and here's a fun closing fact, the iPhone 4S is not a 4G phone, so none of this even matters.
Rating: 4 Votes
38 months ago

so > 4 Millions phones sold on the first couple of days and ONLY 1 Million activated with AT&T

Guess this is good news that the other carriers are doing well and hopefully we see some more competition with better better prices/plans.


Let's see, The population of Germany: 82M, Australia: 22M, France 62M, Canada: 34M, Japan: 128M, UK: 62M (total: 390M) vs US: 307M.

If we assume double popularity in US means 2.4M iPhones sold in US
If we assume equal popularity in US means 1.8M iPhones sold in US

either way, 1M iPhones activated by ATT is impressive.
Rating: 3 Votes
38 months ago

so > 4 Millions phones sold on the first couple of days and ONLY 1 Million activated with AT&T


Only?

Pop-quiz: How many countries is AT&T in?

I think getting 1/4 of iPhone sales for a US-only carrier is pretty darned impressive.

HAHA!!

Too bad speeds are closer to 0.03Mbps down 0.01Mbps up in the DC area...!

Over 7 tests this week, my highest download speed has been 0.88Mbps. Today, I tried 4 times and it's been between 0.01-0.03Mbps down.


Where are you? I'm in large building's basement with poor signal near Union Station:



And it gets better if I go outside. 7 tests? You should probably try to exchange your phone.
Rating: 3 Votes
38 months ago
I am certain it has more to do with upgrading customers who want the new shiniest thing, rather than new customers who say to themselves "I'll go with AT&T"

Now they'll have to compete with the other 2 carriers, can only be good for everyone.
Rating: 2 Votes
38 months ago
Tell me about it... The problem (at least according to the phone providers) lies in the fact that America was one of the first countries to build out an elaborate copper wire infrastructure for land lines. Considering how geographically large our nation is, that was no small undertaking or investment.

As a result, it's served as an impediment when technology moved towards cellular phones. Some of the nations of the world with the best cellular networks really never had much of a land line infrastructure before. They were able to focus on and invest solely in cellular from the start.

In America, we've had at least a decade of phone companies dragging their feet on rolling out cellular because they were still making so much money on the old infrastructure. (Why convince everyone to flee your old, established network if you can get most of them to buy into BOTH at the same time, by making the cellular option attractive, yet full of compromises?)


Got to love America.

Nowhere else on the planet would a company have a guaranteed revenue stream of $60M/mo for the next two years, or nearly $1.5B total (1M activations * $60/mo * 24 mo), with those crappy speeds.

You guys should demand much better.

Rating: 2 Votes

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