Verizon iPhone 4 pre-order sets new record for first day sales

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In less than 24 hours, Verizon and Apple sold out of their pre-order stock of iPhone 4 handsets. The actual number of handsets put aside for the pre-order was not disclosed, but Dan Mead, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, confirmed Verizon had the most successful first day sales in the history of the company.  So successful, it sold more handsets from 3-5 a.m. than it has sold during the first day of any other launch. These previous launches include the highly-touted Motorola DROID and Motorola DROID X. Customers looking to purchase the iPhone yesterday can attest to these brisk sales with intermittent slow downs and server crashes commonplace throughout the day.

Now that the Verizon-only pre-order is over, all customers, including those from Verizon who failed to order an iPhone yesterday, will have a chance to order online starting February 9th at 3 a.m. For those that don’t want to wait for the handset to ship, the iPhone 4 will be available in Verizon Wireless retail stores, Apple stores, select Walmart locations, and in Best Buy starting February 10th. All retail stores will open at 7 a.m. You can also purchase the iPhone online verizonwireless.com and Apple.com.

Verizon’s press release announcing its record sales is on the second page.

[Via Verizon Wireless]

  • http://twitter.com/bstringy Brian Stringfellow

    I’m still calling it hype. Comparing the iphone to any single android device, it always comes out on top. We all knew the iphone would sell more on launch day than the original droid or the Incredible or Droid X. Of course there are a considerable number of people ready to jump on a Verizon iphone, we knew this. I suspect 85% of the day’s sales were in the first two hours and the total number sold is 1/4 of what ATT sold on the first day of their iphone 4 launch. I think that the demand is now satisfied for the most part and don’t think for a second they ran out of stock, rather sales dwindled. It’s called a ‘take-away’ in sales parlance.

    When it lands in stores next week (wait i thought it was sold out?), we’ll see more vague reports of record sales. Verizon broke up the launch to allow for different skewed comparisons.

  • http://twitter.com/bstringy Brian Stringfellow

    I’m still calling it hype. Comparing the iphone to any single android device, it always comes out on top. We all knew the iphone would sell more on launch day than the original droid or the Incredible or Droid X. Of course there are a considerable number of people ready to jump on a Verizon iphone, we knew this. I suspect 85% of the day’s sales were in the first two hours and the total number sold is 1/4 of what ATT sold on the first day of their iphone 4 launch. I think that the demand is now satisfied for the most part and don’t think for a second they ran out of stock, rather sales dwindled. It’s called a ‘take-away’ in sales parlance.

    When it lands in stores next week (wait i thought it was sold out?), we’ll see more vague reports of record sales. Verizon broke up the launch to allow for different skewed comparisons.

  • BrianisfullosSHIT!

    Brian,

    It’s nice to see that your reading an comprehension skills are those of of 3rd grader. No where did the article state that Verizon ran out of iphones. Just to clarify it for you,verizon set aside “X Amount” of the iphones for pre-order for exsisting customers and they have also set aside “X Amount” of the iphones for new customers. Unless you have a crystal ball or can predict the future, how the hell do you know that this is your RIDUCLOS claim of “Take away” in the sales parlance? Are you trying to impress anyone here but yourself with that bunch of BS? How can sales be dwindling and they are plenty of people that I know for a fact, who were unable to place there pre-orders? Oh, I forgot; you own a crystal ball, so you alone know exactly what is going on. Do us all a favor and save your opnions to yourself and while you are at it, please raise you comprehension reading skills to at least the 12th grade level.

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