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iPhone 4S smashes AT&T, Sprint one-day sales records

updated 06:25 pm EDT, Fri October 14, 2011

Sprint, ATT both confirm record iPhone results

Both AT&T and Sprint in video (below) and statements revealed that the iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 launches provided record-setting sales. Apple's launch not only set the record for a device family's sales across all of Sprint's outlets but did so by 1PM Eastern, with several hours still left to go. No numbers were given, but Product Chief Fared Adib credited it to the carrier being the only one still offering a unlimited data plan for the iPhone.

"The response to this device by current and new customers has surpassed our expectations," he said.

AT&T, meanwhile, said that it had already hit a record number of activations as of 4:30PM Eastern. The company estimated that it would double its previous record for phone activations on a single day. As with Sprint, it declined to give exact numbers.

Verizon had yet to weigh in with its own performance.

The figures suggest better results than expected. At AT&T, it may reflect the larger existing iPhone user base as well as the faster 3G speeds for data-heavy users.

Sprint's results, however, may point to a repeat of the conditions at Verizon, where the iPhone 4's release in February saw it almost immediately eclipse Android and become the most popular platform at the carrier. The last known one-day sales record at Sprint was set by the launch of the HTC Evo 4G in June 2010; the Evo 3D launched quietly despite being pitched as a direct successor to the 4G.

Long-term sales may determine whether or not Sprint stays successful. However, it points to possible trouble for Google. The mobile OS designer was once focused heavily on Verizon but quickly shifted its focus to Sprint after the iPhone arrived and reduced Android's importance. If Sprint becomes an iPhone-first carrier like AT&T and Verizon, Google may be back to having just T-Mobile as its primary supporter, and then only if AT&T doesn't complete its buyout of the smaller carrier.





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  1. elroth

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    Joined: Jul 2006

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    smart HTC

    "The last known one-day sales record at Sprint was set by the launch of the HTC Evo 4G in June 2010; the Evo 3D launched quietly despite being pitched as a direct successor to the 4G."

    Leave it an Android maker to number backwards. Why would you get excited about an Evo 3 when the Evo 4 has been on the market for a year?

  1. WiseWeasel

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    Joined: Apr 1999

    +5

    Re: smart HTC

    Evo 4G refers to the fact that it runs on the 4G network. Evo 3D refers to the fact that the display and camera are enabled for 3-dimensional display and images/video. It's not going from revision 4 to 3.

  1. SockRolid

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    Joined: Jan 2010

    +9

    4G and 3D are still just gimmicks

    The 4G spec hasn't even been finalized yet. The ITU peak speed requirements for 4G, no matter which spec is chosen, call for "100 Mbit/s for high mobility communication (such as from trains and cars) and 1 Gbit/s for low mobility communication (such as pedestrians and stationary users." Nobody is even near that yet.

    And 3D? Hasn't exactly set the world on fire in movie theaters, in home entertainment systems, or portable devices. And it won't until we get real holographic 3D.

  1. facebook_Derek

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    Joined: Oct 2011

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    comment title

    "the iPhone 4's release in February saw it almost immediately eclipse Android and become the most popular platform at the carrier."

    I'd like to see sources for this comment, last I heard android was still the king of mobile OS's (at 43.7%) vs iOS (at 27.3%) that puts apple *barely* ahead assuming an even split between all carriers. add to that that most iphone users are still at&t subscribers, and most android users are still on the other 3, and the statement holds no water.

  1. Paul Huang

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 1999

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    3D set the TV manufacturers' collective A55 on fir

    We can pick up regular TV because 3D never took off and inventory glut is causing them to slash the prices. The perceived high value, price-tier gap, and the price drop are causing the price of regular TV to move lower.

    It's a win-win situation for consumers. 3D on a handset? Which M0R0N came up with that silly idea? Didn't they see all the failed examples along the road?

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