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  • Verizon Sets Record First-Day Sales with iPhone


    In a follow-up to the announcement that Verizon has run out of its initial supply of pre-orders of the iPhone 4 for current Verizon Wireless customers, Verizon has also announced that the device set a first-day sales record for the company. More amazingly, it broke the record in two hours.

    Verizon stopped taking pre-orders around 8 PM last night. However, the record sales all occurred between 3 and 5 AM Eastern Time. The demand for the iPhone remains an incredible success story, as the device is half a year old, yet customers still beg for apple's coveted smartphone, even as other manufacturers produce phones at rapid paces that attempt to pull customer attention from the iPhone.

    Even with the large selection of feature phones, and Blackberry and Android smartphone choices already offered by Verizon Wireless,and the beginnings of 4G offerings, it still seems the iPhone 4 will be just as successful as expected. Shipments for pre-ordered phones are on schedule for a February 7th delivery.

    Verizon adds that they still have a supply of phones ready when the phone becomes available to anyone, online on February 9th, and at retail locations at 7 AM on February 10th. We'd assume Verizon and Apple will wait to release official numbers until after this date. But it can only be assumed that Verizon and Apple are grinning from ear to ear on an as-expected product launch so-far.

    Here's the full press release:

    VERIZON WIRELESS HAS RECORD SALES ON FIRST DAY OF iPHONE 4

    Available to General Public on Feb.10

    BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – At 8:10 p.m. EST yesterday, Verizon Wireless ceased online orders of iPhone 4 to existing customers and ended the most successful first day sales in the history of the company.

    “This was an exciting day,” said Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer for Verizon Wireless. “In just our first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history. And, when you consider these initial orders were placed between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., it is an incredible success story. It is gratifying to know that our customers responded so enthusiastically to this exclusive offer — designed to reward them for their loyalty.

    “I am proud of our employees who worked tirelessly to strengthen and scale our systems, enabling unprecedented customer orders through our website. Overall, it was a very good day,” he added.

    Mead also said customers will have another opportunity at being among the nation’s first to own an iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network.

    “Yesterday’s launch set the pace for next week when we open up sales to everyone across America.”

    The general market launch of the iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network will occur on February 10. The company will open its more than 2000 Verizon Wireless Stores at 7 a.m. It will also be available at all Apple store locations, Best Buy, select Wal-Mart stores, and on-line at verizonwireless.com and apple.com.
    Source:
    Engadget
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon Sets Record First-Day Sales with iPhone started by Matt Savoca View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. mahatmt's Avatar
      mahatmt -
      So will there be lots of disappointed iPhone 4 owners come July and again in July 2012 when they still can't upgrade?
    1. Silverado87's Avatar
      Silverado87 -
      Now all us Att users will just sit back and wait lol
    1. TheOrioles33's Avatar
      TheOrioles33 -
      Behold, the power of Apple.
    1. DarkDragonAn's Avatar
      DarkDragonAn -
      It took Ya! long enought to put this here I knew about it since yesterday.
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      And people think Android still has a chance at a respectable market share lol
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      I am waiting to see if all their talk about their network being able to handle if it can actually handle it. Like how they were downing att for release day down times.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      So if their server crashed with all the iPhone pre-orders that must not bode well for their network being able to handle the load...

      Also I would like to know the numbers themselves compared to say at&t's records of the iPhone releases on the first day(all of them).
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      What's funny is ALL of these pre-orders are existing customers. They're all Android users lol. Reminds me of Star Wars:

      "I feel a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of Android devices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced."

      Edited for truth
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by jdm.accord View Post
      And people think Android still has a chance at a respectable market share lol
      +10
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado87 View Post
      Now all us Att users will just sit back and wait lol
      yup let's do that
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by DRFP View Post
      Why Not?

      The new Android phones are not here yet?

      At present most of them Suck. I think wait and see what happens

      maybe is just me but every android that came out it was an iPhone "killer" trying so many phone and so hard just to be as good as the iPhone
      the only phone better than iPhone 4 will be the next iPhone by apple iPhone 5
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      So if their server crashed with all the iPhone pre-orders that must not bode well for their network being able to handle the load...

      Also I would like to know the numbers themselves compared to say at&t's records of the iPhone releases on the first day(all of them).
      There is literally no correlation between that and their cellular network. Their server isn't designed for as many simultaneous connections as they must have had.

      Quote Originally Posted by zplit View Post
      maybe is just me but every android that came out it was an iPhone "killer" trying so many phone and so hard just to be as good as the iPhone
      the only phone better than iPhone 4 will be the next iPhone by apple iPhone 5
      "iPhone killer" is a term coined by the media, nothing more. Just saying...
    1. dogdaysunrise's Avatar
      dogdaysunrise -
      You guys are too biased.

      Not saying that the iphone is bad, it's a great smartphone and surely among the best, but if you remain objective, you have to admit, that there are other smartphones out there that are en par with the iphone and some even do more than a stock iphone (jailbroken?....different story).
      In the end it's just a matter of preference.

      But Android doesn't suck and neither does the iphone.
      Competition creates variety, otherwise we'd be all using the exact same phone and driving the exact same car.....how boring would that be.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by dogdaysunrise View Post
      You guys are too biased.

      Not saying that the iphone is bad, it's a great smartphone and surely among the best, but if you remain objective, you have to admit, that there are other smartphones out there that are en par with the iphone and some even do more than a stock iphone (jailbroken?....different story).
      In the end it's just a matter of preference.

      But Android doesn't suck and neither does the iphone.
      Competition creates variety, otherwise we'd be all using the exact same phone and driving the exact same car.....how boring would that be.
      I think it is also worth noting the different types of consumers that iOS and Android targets. They are NOT always the same group of people.
    1. parksidej's Avatar
      parksidej -
      I love android and iOS...and windows mobile...and bb lol. They all have their strengths and I use all of them. It's nice to have choices.
    1. syedsufyan's Avatar
      syedsufyan -
      Quote Originally Posted by mahatmt View Post
      So will there be lots of disappointed iPhone 4 owners come July and again in July 2012 when they still can't upgrade?
      Its not like the world wont end 5 months later.
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DarkDragonAn View Post
      It took Ya! long enought to put this here I knew about it since yesterday.
      Grow up

      Just wait till VeriPhone customers use their mobile hotspot feature and start missing all calls and text messages since EV-DO cannot do data and voice simultaneously... Can you hear me now? Ummm, No... Didn't know u called...
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      Quote Originally Posted by andygev35 View Post
      Grow up

      Just wait till VeriPhone customers use their mobile hotspot feature and start missing all calls and text messages since EV-DO cannot do data and voice simultaneously... Can you hear me now? Ummm, No... Didn't know u called...
      When a mobile hotspot is activated on the Verizon iPhone 4, any incoming calls go through as the hotspot is dis-activated.
    1. Broomhead's Avatar
      Broomhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by PlatoTheForms View Post
      When a mobile hotspot is activated on the Verizon iPhone 4, any incoming calls go through as the hotspot is dis-activated.
      That doesn't sound any better.
    1. Apple.'s Avatar
      Apple. -
      Quote Originally Posted by mahatmt View Post
      So will there be lots of disappointed iPhone 4 owners come July and again in July 2012 when they still can't upgrade?
      no one said the iPhone 5 will be available for verizon in July. It probably wont be out until next year around this time for Verizon..

      ATT will still be the Summer release..