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  • Surprise, Surprise... Verizon iPhone Preorders Already Sold Out

    It's deja vu all over again. With a long history of product shortages underlying the launch of new and updated Apple products, Verizon iPhone preorders have already officially sold out. Not too shabby, given that preorders commenced fewer than twenty-four hours ago at 3:00 a.m. EST.

    Naturally, some are using this situation - as though we didn't see it coming - to suggest that Verizon and, to a large degree, Apple are unprepared for the groundswell of iPhone interest palpable among 94 million US Verizon customers. But before anyone suspects for too long that Verizon iPhone anarchy will reign, let's keep in mind that AT&T had a similar experience when the iPhone 4 was made available for preorder last year. This sort of thing simply happens and largely isn't even newsworthy - but you would be hard pressed to tell from the glut of mainstream media attention the "first day sell out" is already generating.

    Nicely coinciding with the aforementioned product shortage is a snazzy new Verizon commercial making the iPhone 4 look all sexy in it's new home. So while Verizon customers may encounter some delay in getting their hands on the long-awaited 4th generation touchscreen iPhone, the assembly lines are cranking out the product as we speak. And there's no time to spare. Beginning at 7:00 a.m. local time on Thursday, February 10th, the Verizon iPhone 4 will be available to all qualified customers at Apple’s retail stores and more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communication Stores across the US.

    Time Magazine
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Surprise, Surprise... Verizon iPhone Preorders Already Sold Out started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. jasvncnt10's Avatar
      jasvncnt10 -
      You must not have been around for that long. Either that, or you CLEARLY missed the iPhone refresh table is 12 months. Once iPhone comes out, you are safe knowing you have the newest iPhone for the next 12 months. People buying iPhones aren't in it for the top of the line tech in the long run. Tecnology-wise, there are certainly phones out there that beat the iPhone 4 today.

    1. SpikeyDan's Avatar
      SpikeyDan -
      Quote Originally Posted by DRFP View Post
      Because people believe
      Verizon has:
      Better Signal
      Better Phones
      Better Customer service
      Better looking Sales rep
      Better Ads
      Better Data Plans
      Better....................Uh they are just "Gooder" then At&t lol
      Better looking sales reps? I'll buy 2 of those. F the phone
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      • Not everyone cares about having the latest model just because it's the latest model
      • Those that do already know how well apple products maintain resale value
      I really really doubt Apple will intentionally keep the phones segregated on a 6 month cycle. The summer release will be for everyone.

      But you know, if I was on Verizon I wouldn't wait to get the phone now. I had a 3G, and I skipped the minor upgrade 3GS. I've got a 4, and I don't expect to be too impressed with the 5. I mean, there's not much that I'd even upgrade with the current phone. Res is good, speed is good, memory is good, reception is good, what more do I need? NFC payments? *shrug*. Dual-mode? I don't really need it. If it comes out with 3D or something I guess that would be cool. But I'm really quite satisfied with the current model, and I cant even think up how they could improve it to make me need to get a new one. I understand some people have an unnatural need to have the latest Apple products, and that's ok. But if you're one of those people you probably haven't been sitting on Verizon for almost 4 years waiting to get an iPhone.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Haha all those suckers! I did enjoy the new commercial though, it was funny to see the, "can you hear me now?" guy at the end!
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      Why buy now when the 5 is coming soon?
      we dont know if the iphone 5 will come out for verizon and att at the same time. they can barley keep up with the demand for 1 carrier
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      I guess I don't look at it from the perspective of do I want my phone to be up to twice as fast, but from the perspective that my phone is fast enough. There is a bit of a difference between laptop and mobile device performance on dual core processors too; desktop OS have more things going on at once.

      I'm not saying there won't be a performance difference, just that I don't think it will be dramatic enough to make me want to upgrade my phone. It certainly wouldn't stop me from getting a Verizon iPhone now if I wanted one.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      "Verizon iPhone Preorders Already Sold Out"

      So how many is that exactly ?
    1. Monkey Johannon's Avatar
      Monkey Johannon -
      I'm actually surprised at the people who assumed it would be ANY different...media is going crazy with the story as if the media blitz that happened last year upon release of the iP4 was going to prevent this kind of turn out from people who wanted it on Verizon.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      surprised that so many people bought but not surprise by it since they have been waiting for so long they're excited, and also not surprised that sold out