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Huge iPhone 4S demand still forcing buyers to wait weeks

Demand for Apple’s latest smartphone is still outpacing supply, causing customers to wait three weeks or more to purchase the new phone. Apple launched the iPhone 4S more than a month ago, and the handset shattered opening-weekend sales records. BGR reported more than two weeks ago that strong demand for the handset was resulting in stock-outs around the country, and now Dow Jones Newswires reports that supply is not yet able to keep up with the mass of would-be iPhone owners waiting impatiently for their devices to arrive. Read on for more.

AT&T subscribers looking to make online purchases currently have to wait as long as 21 days to receive their iPhone 4S orders. “We are having some supply issues in the sense that demand’s huge,” Gelnn Lurie, AT&T’s president of emerging devices, told Dow Jones Newswires. “We have had just record-breaking sales on it.”

Verizon Wireless said it is currently working with Apple to replenish iPhone 4S stock. “Not only was the iPhone 4S popular when it was introduced, but the popularity continues to build,” a spokesperson said. “We don’t want to keep our customers waiting for their purchases.” Verizon’s website is currently quoting delivery times of more than 3 weeks, and Sprint customers placing new orders will have to wait up to 14 days to take delivery of their new iPhones.

IPhone 4S orders placed on Apple’s website are currently shipping in 1-2 weeks for AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint subscribers.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.