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Huge iPhone 4S demand still forcing buyers to wait weeks

Zach Epstein
November 17th, 2011 at 3:10 PM

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 worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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