Apple’s iPhone 5 sets AT&T sales record; most successful iPhone launch ever

AT&T set a sales record with iPhone 5 over the weekend, making it the fastest-selling iPhone AT&T has ever offered. Customers ordered more iPhones from AT&T than any previous model both on its first day of preorders and over the weekend.

iPhone 5 is still available for preorder at and will be available in AT&T retail stores beginning at 8 am local time on Friday, September 21.

AT&T offers a number of advantages for iPhone 5 customers.

• Largest 4G Network. Customers get blazing-fast speeds on the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 275 million people.
• Flexible Rate Plans. AT&T doesn’t force customers to switch data plans to get the best device price when they upgrade to a new device and new AT&T customers aren’t forced into a certain plan; they have the flexibility to choose from one of several individual or Mobile Share plans.
• More customers choose AT&T for iPhone than any other U.S. carrier.

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Source: AT&T Inc.

MacDailyNews Take: “The iPhone 5 will break all smartphone sales records – just like every single iPhone model before it.” – MacDailyNews Take, September 9, 2012

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Apple shares hit record high as iPhone 5 fever sets in worldwide – September 14, 2012
Piper Jaffray: Apple’s iPhone 5 is the ‘Rolex of smartphones’ in a sea of Timexes – September 14, 2012
iPhone 5 pre-orders sell out in one hour, 22 times faster than iPhone 4S, further spotlighting Apple’s dominance – September 14, 2012
Apple’s Sir Jony Ive on iPhone 5: ‘We don’t want to just make a new phone, we want to make a much better phone’ (with video) – September 13, 2012
iPhone 5 pre-orders start at 12:01am PDT, Friday, September 14 – September 13, 2012


  1. I love that I can get it carrier free in Germany, in the end the cheapest price, here’s how: I have a 3G flatrate including all calls to all German phone numbers (wire and mobile, all networks) and all traffic (1 GB full speed, then less) for just 20 Euro incl. tax. It’s about 25 USD, only text messages are extra, 9 Euro cent, but I rarely need one since iOS 5. LTE I don’t need since I am most of the time in a WLAN network. I already love my iPhone 5. My iPhone 4s will go to my staff. So all are happy.

    1. Which service provider do you use in Germany ?

      My partner is German and we are looking for a cheap German PAYG deal for when we use our unlocked iPhones in Germany.

      The 3G deal we have in the UK is possibly even better than your deal. We get 250 mins of free calls to UK landlines and mobiles, together with unlimited data and unlimited text. We pay £10 per month inc tax ( 12 Euros or 16 US dollars ). We also get unlimited free calls to our friends who use the same service provider.

      I save loads of money by buying an unlocked iPhone and using a SIM-only deal. When you look at what you end up paying over two years on a contract, you’re much better off buying up front. If you don’t upgrade every two years, you’re even better off not being on contract because contract customers continue paying the higher monthly fee to cover the cost of the phone.

    1. Not every ATT store will steer you away from an iPhone. I went into an ATT store Saturday and told the sales guy that I want a “smartphone”, whatever that was, and I wanted the latest and greatest thing. His recommendation was the iPhone 5, available soon. (Already have 3 4Ss but can’t upgrade without termination charges until May. I’ll probably hold off until the iPhone 5S.)

    2. This looks like sad people, unwilling to accept the terms of life handed to them. When you loose your job, you loose a whole lot of things, your car, house, cable, phone… This is a complication of the reality of the economy. They are not specifically being punished, but it’s not AT&T’s fault.

      Now, on the other side, AT&T didn’t have to be snooty, if that was the case. However, some customers can be such a-holes that it’s difficult for the CSR to remain calm, themselves. We are only hearing one side of the story. The customer was at the mercy of the TOS, they have to accept that in some cases. They don’t get what they want.

      Also, in my understanding, when you work at a company and have discounts through that company you have to join their FAN. I think that’s like creating a new account. You start over. I could be wrong here, but there were several occasions in the past, (before the iPhone), were we had to get all new numbers, because of changing things around like joining our work’s FAN discount.

  2. ATT is pretty much the mafia in that field.

    I tried to cancel one of my accounts a wile back, was treated like garbage by several reps fat out refused to do it. Had to stay on hold for 40 minutes and call several times before I got a rep that was treating me with some basic professional respect and cancelled my service.

    Then there is the Verizon hell, don’t get me started on that.

  3. Don’t forget that only AT&T has the ability to talk and surf the web on their network. This is a huge feature. (And I don’t blame Apple for not including a second antenna for to accommodate Spring/Verizon.)

    Also, now that I reluctantly surrendered my unlimited data plan (that they would throttle to unusable if I ever went over … which of 5 users, none of us ever did), and got a new shared data plan (15GB – used over 8 iPhones and 2 iPads), I now have tethering included. AT&T has the best coverage of any network in our area, so not only am I satisfied with the overall service, but it’s a no-brainer.

    It took me forever to relinquish my grandfathered plans, but I don’t regret it.

  4. “More customers choose AT&T for iPhone than any other U.S. carrier”

    That’s the payback AT&T/Cingular gets for being the only U.S. carrier who took a chance on the original iPhone without ever getting a preview before the public did.

  5. I have to say, this was the smooooothest rollout of the iPhone, ever. I have bought, at midnight online, since the 3GS. Twice on AT&T’s website, and then the 4s and 5 on Apple’s website. In year’s past, it’s always been a hassle, and I bet it slowed down the sales record.

    This time around, both my brother and I were on the phone with each other, and ready for the onslaught to order the 5. I had my Mac/Safari, he had his Windows/Chrome.

    I ordered my phone in 7 minutes. It was as if I was the only person on the website. For 30+ minutes, my brother’s browser continued to display, the web site will be back… So I ordered for him. Then after all said and done, his browser kicked in. Too bad we couldn’t test it then.

    In total 3 phones, smoooth as silk.

    (So I had heard rumors that Apple, let Safari in, 30 minutes before everyone else. Can anyone confirm or deny this?)

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