Is the iPhone Too Successful?

September 6, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Apple's iPhone can be called a run-away success. Millions have been sold since its debut two years ago, but that success is now causing some headaches.iPhones are so popular that sometimes they're overloading the AT&T network, especially in areas with lots of iPhone users. That has often resulted in dropped calls and slow download speeds for customers.

"What's happened is people are trying to use their cell phones the same way they use their computers so you have a lot of demand in a little space, it's like trying to put 100 cars in a two lane highway," said Nick Thompson with Wired Magazine.

AT&T said it's working hard to keep up with customer demands. For example: new cell phone towers are going up in cities with high concentrations of iPhone usage. That includes San Francisco and New York.

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