“More than a month after the Apple iPhone 4S went on sale, the three largest U.S. wireless carriers are still struggling to keep up with customer demand for it,” Greg Bensinger reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“Verizon Wireless customers may have to wait more than three weeks for the device, according to the carrier’s website,” Bensinger reports. “That compares with as much as 21 days at AT&T and up to 14 days at Sprint Nextel… 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.'”

Bensinger reports, “U.S. retail sales rose 0.5% in October, beating expectations, and many economists said the fifth consecutive monthly increase for the indicator was due in part to the Oct. 14 introduction of the iPhone 4S model. The introduction helped spur a 3.7% increase in electronics sales. Apple may sell as many as 27 million iPhones globally in its fiscal first quarter, estimates Morgan Keegan analyst Tavis McCourt.”

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