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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