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Verizon, Apple sold out of iPhone pre-orders

Both Verizon’s and Apple’s websites have stopped taking pre-orders for CDMA iPhone 4 units. According to an announcement from Verizon, pre-orders were halted at 8:10 p.m. EST yesterday, ending “the most successful first day sales in the history of the company.” Verizon’s website now indicates that customers—presumably all customers, and not just current Verizon customers—will be able to order the phone online beginning at 3:01 a.m. Eastern Time on February 9, while the handset will launch in stores at 7:00 a.m. local time the following day. Interestingly, both Apple and its GSM carrier partner AT&T sold out of their pre-order allotments of the iPhone 4 within a day, after experiencing technical issues that seemed to be more far-reaching than those faced by Verizon customers yesterday; it’s also worth noting that the Verizon iPhone’s early pre-orders were limited to current Verizon customers, while AT&T’s pre-orders were open to any qualified party.

“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.”

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And this was just to existing Verizon customers.  (I wonder about the breakdown of phones they are switching from.  Feature phones, Android, Blackberry?)  I wonder how many switchers they will get come Feb 9/10.

Posted by Dyvim on February 4, 2011 at 10:05 AM (CST)

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I have one friend who talks bad about the iPhone.  Of course, there are technically better equipped smartphone’s on todays market.  On the other hand, the iPhone is such a success because of it’s media center, the iTunes/Apps Store.  I’m looking forward to have the iPhone to our t-mobile friends.  It’s impressive to follow the impact on Verizon.  However, I stay with AT&T…

Posted by dennis on February 5, 2011 at 12:57 AM (CST)

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