AT&T reeled under the crush of iPhone 4S pre-orders. Verizon and Sprint seemed to be fine by Philip Elmer-DeWitt @FortuneMagazine October 7, 2011, 10:51 AM EST E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons Widespread reports of long waits, starting shortly after midnight Pacific time Spinning gears at Apple.com “2 hours of putting in my information and hitting refresh and I STILL don’t have an iPhone 4S. AT&T, you failed again. Goodnight.” Eric (“gameric”) Gamero, who posted that message on Twitter at about 3:15 a.m. PST Friday, was hardly alone. In the early hours after Apple AAPL began taking pre-orders for its latest iPhone, due out next Friday, hundreds of similar complaints flooded the messaging service. Until the logjam cleared, it looked like another black eye for the Apple/AT&T partnership. Three years earlier, when Apple launched the iPhone 3G, AT&T’s T servers crashed under the load. We searched Twitter for similar complaints from customers trying to order Verizon VZ or Sprint S iPhones and couldn’t find any.