Demand of Verizon Wireless’ version of the Apple iPhone 4 was expected to be high, but is was apparently higher than expected. Just a day after this carrier began taking pre-orders for this smartphone, it is already sold out.
The same is true of Apple’s website, which also began taking pre-orders for this model early yesterday morning.
Demand was strong from the very beginning. Dan Mead, president and CEO for Verizon Wireless, said, “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.”
This isn’t an unusual situation for one of Apple’s smartphones. When AT&T first introduced the iPhone 4 last summer, pre-launch demand was so high that both this carrier and Apple struggled to keep up with the rush of orders.
The Next Option
On Wednesday, Feb. 9, people will be able to go to Apple’s website and reserve a Verizon iPhone 4. Devices that have been reserved can be delivered the next day, or picked up at an Apple or Verizon retail location.
Verizon’s version of this smartphone is going to debut in this carrier’s stores, as well as Apple’s stores, on Thursday, Feb. 10.
Like its rival AT&T, Verizon is going to offer two versions of this model: one with 16 GB of storage that sells for $200 with a two-year wireless service contract, while a 32 GB version goes for $300 with contract. These are the same prices AT&T charges.
Verizon is making a couple of special offers. Current customers who upgraded to a new smartphone during the holiday shopping season can get $200 off the cost of a new iPhone (read more details) or AT&T customers can trade-in their smartphone to defray some of the cost of a new Verizon model (read more details).
Additional Details on the Apple iPhone 4
Verizon’s and AT&T’s versions of Apple’s latest smartphone are virtually identical. They both run iOS 4.2 on the 1 GHz Apple A4 processor.
No matter which carrier offers it, the iPhone 4 has a tablet shape with a 3.5-inch, 960 x 640 touchscreen.
Its rear-facing camera has a 5 megapixel resolution and an LCD flash. The front-facing camera allows for video conferencing.
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