AT&T: iPhone 4S – The Most Successful iPhone Launch We’ve Ever Had

iPhone 4S

When Apple unveiled the new iPhone 4S, it did not go down too well with users as they were eagerly waiting for a redesigned iPhone 5 with a larger 4-inch screen and tapered teardrop design.

This led to analysts predicting that the demand for iPhone 4S won’t be too high. But, contrary to those estimates, the international shipping estimates for iPhone 4s, which was available for pre-order at around 12:01 am Pacific time on Friday, October 7th have slipped to 1 to 2 weeks from earlier estimates of October 14th.

Reuters now reports that AT&T is seeing unprecedented demand for Apple’s new iPhone. AT&T has announced that it has sold more than 200,000 of Apple’s new iPhone 4S in the first 12 hours of sale, making it their most successful iPhone launch.

If you were to compare this with the iPhone 4 launch, which has been Apple’s most successful iPhone, Apple had announced that it had sold 600,000 iPhone 4s in the first day of sale across all carriers¬†in US, France, Germany, Japan and the UK.

This year, for the first time users have the option to choose from three carriers – AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, so if you consider that AT&T has sold more than 200,000 in half the day and international shipping dates have slipped to 1 to 2 weeks, it looks like iPhone 4S is set to beat iPhone 4’s first day sales numbers and become one of the most successful iPhone launch ever.

These numbers are even more impressive when you consider reports that AT&T is not allowing early upgrades to existing iPhone 4 users who had bought it at the time of the launch and have to wait until November to buy the new iPhone. These are also impressive numbers for AT&T as it has managed to sell more iPhone 4S despite competition from Sprint and Verizon this year.

Did you pre-order your iPhone 4S? Or do you have to wait until November? Which Carrier did you opt for? Let us know in the comments.

[via Reuters, CNET]

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