Pre-Orders of iPhone 7 Are ‘Biggest Ever,’ Say Sprint and T-Mobile

With just days to go before Apple's new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus begin shipping and appearing in stores, Sprint and T-Mobile are already reporting record volumes of pre-orders.

In a Periscope broadcast on Monday, T-Mobile John Legere said his company had received more than four times as many pre-orders for the iPhone 7 than for the iPhone 6. Sprint today reported similar figures. In the first three days since pre-ordering began Friday, Sprint said requests for the iPhone 7 were more than 375 percent higher than for last year's iPhone 6.

Neither Verizon nor AT&T, the two largest wireless carriers in the U.S., had released figures for iPhone 7 pre-orders as of this morning. Meanwhile, in a departure from previous iPhone launches, Apple won't report first-weekend order volumes until its next quarterly financial release.

The new iPhones will arrive pre-loaded with iOS 10, the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system, which launches today.

Apple Launch a 'Phenomenon'

"This has been the biggest launch ever for us," Legere said in his Periscope conversation. "I think it's a phenomenon." Since going live at midnight Friday, iPhone 7 pre-ordering through T-Mobile "has shattered all previous iPhone pre-order records," the company said today in a statement. On Friday alone, pre-orders set a company record for the most single-day smartphone sales ever, according to T-Mobile.

Sprint also reported today that both new and existing customers have been placing orders for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus at many times the rates seen for last year's iPhone 6s/6s Plus launch.

The latest iPhones are available in gold, silver, rose gold, polished jet black and matte black, which Legere said has been the most-ordered color to date. In the U.S., the iPhone 7 will be priced at $649 and up.

'We Will Sell Out'

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