Both Verizon and Apple are now taking orders for this carrier’s version of the iPhone 4. But those ordering this highly sought after smartphone today could still face a wait of over a week to receive it.
After years of being exclusively available from AT&T, the Verizon version of Apple’s current smartphone went on sale early last Thursday. The first group of units sold out just 17 hours later.
The launch date for this iPhone 4 version is tomorrow, so orders for it have resumed. However, Apple’s website warns customers that their device might not ship until February 18, just over a week from now. It’s not clear when Verizon will be able to fulfill orders placed on its website today.
Previously, Apple had said it planned to allow shoppers to go to its website today and reserve this product to be delivered or picked up at an Apple or Verizon retail location tomorrow. At this point, there is no way to reserve this model on Apple’s site.
Those who are eager to get Verizon’s version of the iPhone can still go to an Apple or Verizon store tomorrow and wait in line. Sales will begin at 7 am.
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 1GHz 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.