AT&T reeled under the crush of iPhone 4S pre-orders. Verizon and Sprint seemed to be fineOctober 7, 2011: 6:52 AM ET
Widespread reports of long waits, starting shortly after midnight Pacific time
"2 hours of putting in my information and hitting refresh and I STILL don't have an iPhone 4S. AT&T, you failed again. Goodnight."
Eric ("gameric") Gamero, who posted that message on Twitter at about 3:15 a.m. PST Friday, was hardly alone. In the early hours after Apple (AAPL) began taking pre-orders for its latest iPhone, due out next Friday, hundreds of similar complaints flooded the messaging service.
Until the logjam cleared, it looked like another black eye for the Apple/AT&T partnership. Three years earlier, when Apple launched the iPhone 3G, AT&T's (T) servers crashed under the load.