AT&T Activations Servers Overloaded with iPhone 4S Launch

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    As has happened in the past, it seems AT&T's activation servers are having problems with the large influx of activations with the iPhone 4S launch. A quick search of Twitter shows many having problems activating their AT&T iPhone 4Ss due to server issues. A discussion thread in our forum also mirrors the complaints.

    With the iPhone 4S launched now across the entire U.S., we are at the peak of simultaneous AT&T iPhone 4S activations. AT&T has had similar issues in previous launches. Japanese carrier Softbank was reported to have similar issues during their launch this morning.

    Article Link: AT&T Activations Servers Overloaded with iPhone 4S Launch
  2. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
    Your activation is still pending. You will receive an email notification once your activation is complete.
    We’re sorry. There was a problem connecting to the server. Please try again later.

    This is maddening.. Way to go, at&t!
  3. fenwah macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2011
    Grrrreeeaaattt! :mad:

    Mine is due from FedEx by 3PM EDT. I don't want to have to mess with that.
  4. strausd macrumors 68030

    Jul 11, 2008
    I've tried 15 times and it's still not working.

    That screen is also very unclear. Is it still pending? Or did it fail in activating?
  5. Moyank24 macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2009
    in a New York State of mind
    This is not a surprise.

    You would think 5 phones later, AT&T would be more prepared for days like this.
  6. bradkrischel macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2010
  7. f00f macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    And clearly they didn't learn from. /facepalm

    Best bet is to just keep trying. I'm on attempt #8. I think. :eek:
  8. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
  9. eyeluvmyimac macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2002
    You would think they would, I don't know... be expecting it? Especially since it happens roughly every year...
  10. tigres macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    yep. dead in the water again. 1.5 hours, nada

    Did AT&T know about today?
  11. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Sometimes it's nice to be on the west coast.
    But I'm sure as soon as we start getting ours the same thing will happen.
  12. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    This is a surprise?

    AT&T hasn't gotten a single launch right yet.
  13. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
    In the meantime, the 4S is bricked, I can't even explore the other features!
  14. f00f macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2009
    New Yawk
    Hmm. Different error this time on the phone. Earlier it would say the activation was pending & to check email. Now it's flat out saying the "activation server" (just one? lol) could not be reached and to retry later. :mad:
  15. tytanic11 macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Reading, PA
    Same here... UPS just dropped it off an hour ago, got it all out of the box and was all excited, until AT&T let me down once again.
  16. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    And you would think Apple would learn requiring a new sim card for every iPhone causes some major problems. The iPhone is the only phone that does not reuse sim cards. The aim card in my phone is nearly 4 years old and on its third cell phone. My dad's sim still says Cingular on it and going great. Apple on the other hand does not reuse them and cause the servers to get slammed. You would think Apple would learn. A lot of the blame lies with Apple for not using the standards of gsm on this one.
  17. jordbaer macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2011
    not suprised

    hehe thats not a suprise. im looking forward until 28 oktober when iphone 4s comes to denmark
  18. bassfingers macrumors 6502


    Nov 15, 2010
    Hm, maybe its good that I won't get mine for a couple days
  19. 78-bit macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2011
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A334 Safari/7534.48.3)

    Look at it from AT&T's perspective. Why spent millions upon millions to overhaul a system that only ***** the bed once a year for a very specific group of people?
  20. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."

    My understanding is at the Oshkosh Airshow this past Summer, people on AT&T couldn't get service due to overload... :eek:

    People on other carriers were merrily cell-phoning along... :D
  21. jona2125 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
    Not really complaining much. I don't fap to raging about something expected. I expected AT&T to bog and I expected Apple to disappoint. Both go right on schedule :) y'all have fun with your complaining I'll be using my Sprint 4S until AT&T gets their ass cork unplugged
  22. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Is it too much to ask that iPhone owners just wait a few hours?

    Apparently. We live in the 'right now' culture, I guess.

    Me? I'd rather wait a little while rather than pay AT&T even more money so they can build up a system for activating a million iPhones at once that will only get used once a year. What a waste of money.

    Likewise, it didn't bother me that it took awhile for me to download iOS 5. When everyone's trying to do the same thing it's gonna slow you down. Ever been to a concert or sporting event? Sometimes you've just gotta wait.
  23. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

    May 13, 2007
    Orlando, FL
  24. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
    No surprise. Absolutely insane demand.

    I'm not even sure if there is a way to prevent AT&T getting slammed when new iPhones are released. Not everyone can handle Apple's consumer load.
  25. Gleemen macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2009
    Dude, I dont care I'm just happy to learn today that my order made it into the 7-14 days range. Just a couple more days for me and I dont have to go through this BS.

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