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"This is our biggest Phone, preorder launch day ever," said Glenn Lurie, CEO of AT&T Mobility, in a statement. This follows a comment that Apple had set its own record for launch-day preorders overnight. AT&T has been the longest partner to Apple, carrying the original iPhone back in 2007 when it was exclusive to the carrier. AT&T held a lock on the iPhone for three years, before Verizon Wireless began selling it. As a result, AT&T has a large legacy base of iPhone users, and its success is often tied to Apple's flagship smartphone. The fact that there are two iPhones -- both bigger than the previous iPhone 5S -- drove interest and early orders overnight. While the iPhone 6 is seeing some delays, there are much bigger delays for the larger iPhone 6 Plus. Though T-Mobile, Sprint and even Apple's store sputtered at night, AT&T's online orders held up relatively well. The carrier does have experience with the frantic rush of orders for iPhones.
Depending on various sources, including the Wall Street Journal, U2 is estimated to have done a $US100 million deal with Apple to give their album away "for free". The figure was not disputed by U2 manager Guy Oseary. The songs from Songs of Innocence are thought to be the shelved U2 album from March, the album that failed to see the light of day after two singles before its expected release went nowhere.