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Sprint: We’re Not Quite Sold Out of the iPhone 4S Yet

For those still looking to pre-order the iPhone 4S, Sprint would like you to know that they aren’t totally sold out, although they have gone through their pre-sale allotment of the entry-level model.

“We do have the 32GB and 64GB versions, as well as the 8GB iPhone 4, available in both colors at this time,” Sprint representative Michelle Leff Mermelstein told AllThingsD.

The company said it won’t take backorders once it sells out on a model. “Sprint is committed to delivering devices to our pre-order customers on or very near the time of launch and also making these devices available for purchase on launch day – Friday, October 14,” Leff Mermelstein said. “Apple and other carriers may continue to take pre-orders that will be delivered to the customer at a later time.”

Apple has said it sold more than 1 million iPhone 4S pre-orders on the first day. AT&T, meanwhile, has said that it sold 200,000 devices in about 12 hours on launch day, while Sprint had previously said that sales had surpassed expectations.

Although all three carriers — Sprint, AT&T and Verizon Wireless — are selling the exact same iPhone 4S, there are differences both in the features of each network as well as the carriers’ billing plans. Sprint is focusing on the fact that it is the only carrier offering unlimited data plans to new iPhone customers.

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