AT&T Struggling to Meet iPhone 4S Activation Demands
Similar to the frustration experienced this week by users struggling to upgrade their iDevice to iOS 5, AT&T has seemingly caught the same disease that Apple's servers were afflicted by on Wednesday. As of this writing, the activation demands incumbent on AT&T this morning (the first day of availability for the iPhone 4S) are such that countless users are reporting the inability to have their new device activated through AT&T.
In the last few hours, we've heard from countless readers who have personally experienced this problem with AT&T. If the iPhone 4S is your first iDevice, the sputtering activation servers may be a new phenomenon to you, but they aren't for the rest of us. The first day of availability for new iPhones have a long history of rocking AT&T's activation servers. And such is the case yet again today.
Given that better than one million iPhone 4S units have already been sold in under a week, it is almost incomprehensible to understand the degree of pressure now placed on AT&T to get all those devices (or at least the carrier's share of them) up and running today. What's more likely to happen, however, is that which we saw when iOS 5 dropped on Wednesday. Although AT&T may not be able to activate your device today, perhaps as traffic slows tomorrow and into the weekend, there should be no problem getting your iPhone 4S up and running.
It should be noted that AT&T is not alone in its activation woes today. Carriers around the world - including Japanese carrier Softbank - is experiencing similar glitches in the wake of overpowering server demands.