ATT, which served as the exclusive wireless carrier for the iPhone from 2007 until early 2011, said the iPhone 5 set a sales record over the weekend and is the fastest-selling iPhone the company has ever offered.
“Customers ordered more iPhones from ATT than any previous model both on its first day of preorders and over the weekend,” ATT said in a statement.
The iPhone 5 officially hits stores Friday, a week after pre-orders started. Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel are also selling the iPhone 5, and Cricket Wireless will begin selling the device Sept. 28.
The iPhone 4S set a sales record last year with 4 million total units sold during the first weekend. The iPhone 5 was widely expected to smash all previous iPhone sales records, and ATT’s announcement seems to confirm it.
ATT’s big advantage over other carriers in terms of iPhone sales is the company has the largest base of existing iPhone users, and many subscribers are reluctant to switch to a competitor because of the hassles and added fees of moving multiple lines to another carrier.
ATT’s iPhone 5 is also the only version that will allow users to surf the web and talk at the same time via a cellular connection. And unlike Verizon Wireless, ATT is not forcing subscribers new subscribers to sign up for a shared data plan, which can be more expensive than previous phone plans for users that don’t have more than two lines.
ATT’s 4G LTE network, however, is not yet live in the Denver area. The company said it will activate the network by the end of the year.