AT&T sees 1M iPhone 4S activations, highest ever for iPhone

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AT&T (s t) revealed Thursday morning that it had already activated more than 1 million iPhone 4S (s aapl) 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 (s vz) and Sprint (s s)only 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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Dror

“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.

Brian S Hall

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?

Parolee

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?

jv

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’,”

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