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U.S. Wireless Carriers Struggles in Keeping Up With Huge iPhone 4S Demands

Apple's latest and greatest smartphone has been on sale for more than a month already and there is no doubt that the demands for device would be sky high. After all, the device went sold out when it was still on its preorder phase and when it was finally out, it managed to sell 4 million units on its first weekend. Now if you are still looking to get your hands on the smartphone wonder from the Cupertino giant, you still have a long wait ahead of you.

iPhone 4S White
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the three largest wireless carrier in the U.S. are currently in a struggle to keep up with the demands for the latest iPhone. According to Verizon Wireless' website, customers may have to wait for as long as three weeks before an iPhone 4S unit becomes available. AT&T customers will need to wait for as long as 21 days, while it is 14 days of wait for Sprint Nextel subscribers. While this iPhone 4S shortages can be attributed to Apple's manufacturing not keeping pace, carriers were also caught off-guard by the overwhelming demands for the device.

“We are having some supply issues in the sense that demand’s huge,” says Glenn Lurie, AT&T’s president of emerging devices, pointing out that they have made record breaking sales with the new iPhone. The three major U.S carriers are relying on the new iPhone to increase subscriber growth this quarter. During the recent quarters, both AT&T and Verizon Wireless reported slowdowns with regards to the iPhone activations, the most likely reason being that customers are simply anticipating the release of the iPhone 4S.
iPhone 4S Apple Store
Because of this phenomenal sales of the new iPhone, retail sales on the U.S. rose by as much as 0.5% in October, and several economists attributed the fifth consecutive monthly increase due to the introduction of the iPhone 4S. On a similar note, electronic sales increased by 3.7%. According to Morgan Keegan analyst Tavis McCourt, the fruit company may be able to sell as much as 27 million iPhones worldwide during its first fiscal quarter.

The situation is pretty much similar in Apple's own retail stores where the much coveted device sees daily stock-outs. Apple CEO Tim Cook said previously that he is also expecting to set a new record for iPhone sales for its first quarter. Cook also assured that they are working hard to make the iPhone 4S available to all of its customers as quickly as possible. [via TheWSJ]

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