Would-be Apple iPhone buyers still facing weeks-long waits due to heavy demand

“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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  1. I have a family plan and have been with AT&T since day one with iPhone 1st gen and was only four months into a new contract when AT&T sent me an email saying there were giving me “1 ” early upgrade for iPhone 4s what a gift they give and I personally love AT&T service has always been spot on and they don’t even thottle me despite me using 30 gb month of data (: I stream 24 7 !! And love every min of it !!

    1. 30GB of data a month?…. holy crap.
      I don’t think i’ve ever been over 2GB, but I have the unlimited plan. I have WiFi 75% of the time though. (trusted WiFi locations)

  2. ATT has a 1 day shipping time on the 16s and 32s, white or black. Since nobody orders 64s, I’ve no idea how long the wait is for those. Last week the backorder was 2 weeks. The pipeline is filling. This is just more carrier hate.

  3. Easy to get a 4S here in New Zealand – was available Friday 11th, went to the Telecom Store near my house 30 mins before store opened, was 2nd in line out of 4 people… 🙂 loving it btw.

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