News by Andrew Kameka on Monday September 17, 2012.
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AT&T reports that so many of its customers pre-ordered the Apple iPhone 5 that it has set a new record for sales in a day and over a weekend. AT&T failed to provide an actual number of phones ordered, but the carrier says that it sold more iPhone 5's than any previous model. Sales were likely high considering that AT&T has the highest number of iPhone users in the U.S., and global sales for the iPhone 4S topped 4 million on its launch weekend.
Apple added that it sold more than 2 million iPhone 5's within 24 hours of the phone being available to pre-order. The record performance was expected given consumer response to the iPhone 5 on Friday. Several carriers' websites buckled under the heavy traffic of customers attempting to pre-order the phone, and Apple exhausted its supply of phones guaranteed to ship by the September 21 launch date. The first wave of Apple iPhone 5 pre-orders sold out while most of the U.S. was still in bed, meaning there may be millions more in sales for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon once the carriers and Apple begin selling the phone this Friday.source: AT&T
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.