U.S. Carriers Still Struggling to Meet iPhone 4S Demand

Everyone knows by now that Apple recently released the iPhone 4S, but how well is the doomed phone exactly selling? Let’s take a look. A few days after,  Reuters  reported  that AT&T is seeing an  extraordinary demandfor the new iPhone 4S, which became available for preorder at 12:01 am Pacific time on Friday, October 7th. AT&T revealed that  they have seen over 200,000 preorders for the iPhone 4S in the first 12 hours of sale. Pretty impressive for a “non-iPhone 5″…

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Then, just 24 hours after pre-orders started for the iPhone 4S, Apple pushed back expected shipping times for the device from expected delivery on October 14th to an estimate of 1-2 weeks. Just days after, Apple announced that the iPhone 4S sold one million preorders in its first 24 hours of availability, setting a new record for the company. Now, The Wall Street Journal reports that  Verizon Wireless customers still need to wait for more than three weeks for their purchase to arrive. It’s an average 21-day wait at AT&T as well, whereas Sprint customers must wait up to 14 days. Hey! Wait a minute! What happened to “nobody wants this iPhone” nonsense?  You know how insane that is? (in a good way). Just imagine what the demand will be like beginning next week since it is holiday season.

Verizon Wireless customers may have to wait more than three weeks for the device, according to the carrier’s website. That compares with as much as 21 days at AT&T and up to 14 days at Sprint Nextel. While some tech blogs have suggested Apple’s manufacturing isn’t keeping pace, the carriers point to unexpectedly strong demand for the handset.

We are having some supply issues in the sense that demand’s huge,AT&T’s president of emerging devices, Glenn Lurie, said Wednesday. We have had just record-breaking sales on it.

In fact, when was the last time you read an article about an Android phone’s demand? We read about the iPhone’s demand all the time, but never about an Android phone’s. How can that be possible if Android is “winning”?

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Parth Dhebar

Parth Dhebar is a 18 year-old entrepreneur. He is the founder of Simple Reviews, a blog focused on reviewing iPhone and iPad applications. Parth is a recognized name in the industry, known for covering Apple news. He is an editor at Techie-Buzz covering news on Apple. You can follow him on Twitter @pdparticle.