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AT&T revealed Thursday morning that it had already activated more than 1 million iPhone 4S devices as of Tuesday, which makes this iPhone launch the most successful ever for the carrier. AT&T is the only U.S. carrier to support the new iPhone’s HSPA+ mobile broadband speeds.

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AT&T revealed Thursday morning that it had already activated more than 1 million iPhone 4S devices as of Tuesday, which makes this iPhone launch the most successful ever for the carrier. AT&T is the only U.S. carrier to support the new iPhone’s HSPA+ mobile broadband speeds.

It’s the additional speed that AT&T is citing as the reason for its success so far. “It’s no surprise that customers are clamoring for iPhone 4S and they want it to run on a network that lets them download twice as fast as competitors’,” said Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets in a press release from the carrier. Both Verizon and Sprintonly support CDMA 3G technology for the iPhone 4S.

AT&T is also the only carrier to offer simultaneous use of phone-based voice and data services, since its GSM network allows for that while the CDMA networks of the other two carriers don’t.

AT&T had already announced a record number of iPhones activated on its network as of Monday, and said then it was “on-track to double [its] previous record for activations in a single day.” The company also revealed in its earnings report Thursday that during the quarter ending in September, more than half of the smartphones activated on its network were iPhones.

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  1. I acctually read “let them down twice as….”

    “It’s no surprise that customers are clamoring for iPhone 4S and they want it to run on a network that lets them download twice as fast as competitors’,”

  2. wow, iphone is getting more and more users. Siri is the best feature in 4S!

  3. Leave it to AT&T to try to claim credit for this. It is not the network, it’s the phone. What about all those dropped calls AT&T?

  4. Any info from Apple, AT&T or another carrier on the percentage of 4S sales that are to *existing* iPhone users and to new users?

  5. “AT&T is also the only carrier to offer simultaneous use of phone-based voice and data services, since its GSM network allows for that while the CDMA networks of the other two carriers don’t.”

    That was true with 3G, but I just tested on my HTC Thunderbolt and I can, with LTE, call and use my browsers the at the same time.

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