Sprint says iPhone 4S launch beat "initial expectations"

Sprint said today in a press release that the first day sales of Apple's iPhone 4S "resulted in Sprint’s best ever day of sales in retail, web and telesales for a device family in Sprint history." The company would not give specific sales figures for the iPhone 4S, saying only that the response to the iPhone 4S "by current and new customers has surpassed initial expectations."

Sprint made these comments today as part of its quarterly financial results. The wireless carrier said that it brought in revenues of $8.3 billion and had a net loss of $301 million. Even with the loss the numbers were better than expected from financial analysts. Overall the third quarter of 2011 had 1.3 million wireless subscribers added to Sprint's networks.

The fact that Sprint is finally selling the iPhone, after seeing AT&T and Verizon get a head starts on selling Apple's smartphone, is a huge move for the company. The nation's third largest carrier is clearly hoping that the boost in sales from the iPhone 4S will help its bottom line. Indeed, the company says that "iPhone users are expected to be among Sprint’s most profitable customers."

Even with Sprint's unlimited data plan, the company clearly hopes that iPhone 4S users will spend money in other ways, perhaps in accessories or in other services. When all three iPhone carriers report their fourth quarter 2011 results sometime on Friday it should be interesting to see what the sales break down will be between Sprint, AT&T and Verizon.

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Have you seen the upcoming Android 4.0 OS and phones on the horizon? Iphone's small screen and antiquated OS is a tough sell for me. I do own an ipad to cover my iOS needs, but couldn't imagine using that OS for my phone, not with Android clearly being superior.

axebox said,
Have you seen the upcoming Android 4.0 OS and phones on the horizon? Iphone's small screen and antiquated OS is a tough sell for me. I do own an ipad to cover my iOS needs, but couldn't imagine using that OS for my phone, not with Android clearly being superior.

how is iOS antiquated?

axebox said,
... antiquated OS is a tough sell for me.... Android clearly being superior.

What makes Android superior? I am rabidly into customization of my PC, but when it comes to my phone I'm looking for something that just, well, works. With that in mind, the iOS App store seems to be of much higher quality than the Android market, so for my purposes I went with an iPhone. I can appreciate the screen size argument (not for me personally, 4.6" is too large, but different strokes...), but what about Android makes it "clearly superior?"

Hopefully you have a better justification than "open versus closed."

"iPhone users are expected to be among Sprint's most profitable customers." I read as profitable suckers... don't know why, I have an iPhone.

perochan said,
well, sprint paid $20 billions to apple to get iPhone so they better make profit or else they are gonna die.

lol where did you hear that?

perochan said,
well, sprint paid $20 billions to apple to get iPhone so they better make profit or else they are gonna die.

that was just a rumor, and it was to get exclusitivity of iPhone 5, iPhone 5 doesn't even exist as a marketed product yet

MY att ipone 4gs is on its way and my wifes arrived today. went to get my wife a 4s case at att store and they had none. I walked over to sprint and they had some cheap ones that i needed (i like the rubber ones and sprint only had plastic.).

So if sprint does this for all their stores they can get non sprint customers to buy accessories because att stores dont like to carry them.

smooth3006 said,
and yet when you walk into a verizon or sprint store they always steer you towards android.

Not true. Try again tomorrow.

I left Verizon for Sprint but not because of the iPhone. I am saving almost $60 a month on my two line plan with 1500 minutes and unlimited text, data, and other mobile. The 3g speeds might not be on par with Verizon but I am almost always near Wi-Fi and I have had no issues with my service. I got the iPhone when I signed up but got the HTC Evo 4g instead and I love it

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