There were concerns raised over the weekend over the unavailability of the iPhone in New York City, when consumers attempting to purchase the device through the AT&T website using Manhattan zip codes received a message that said that the device was not available.
All that is over, though; a test by Reuters yielded the same response on Monday morning, but sales were said to have resumed in the afternoon.
The move by AT&T to temporarily stop selling iPhones in the New York City area fueled concerns about the capacity of AT&T to provide service in that area. The Reuters report says further that a representative from AT&T does not confirm whether the sales of iPhone via the AT&T website has resumed; the only statement provided by the company only says that AT&T “periodically modifies its promotion and distribution channels”. The statement also says: “The iPhone is available in New York retail stores and those of our partners.”
This statement was confirmed by sales representatives at Manhattan Apple retail stores, who verified via phone that the device was, indeed, available.
When news of the lack of iPhones surfaced, speculations pointed to the theory that Apple “may have been trying to ease congestion in its network” after the holidays. There are undoubtedly quite a number of new users who received the device as a present for Christmas and are trying them out.
iPhone users have been known to “hog” mobile internet while trying to make the most out of the device’s capabilities. These users have also been known to complain about the fact that AT&T’s wireless network is too slow. Wireless data services, which most smart phone owners use, require more network capacity when compared with standard voice calls. It is a struggle that most network carriers have to cope with. Since AT&T has been the exclusive carrier for the iPhone, however, they seem to be having more trouble keeping up with the demand.
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