updated 11:40 am EST, Fri February 4, 2011
Source provides unconfirmed sales numbers
Some Verizon iPhone shipments are becoming stuck in Memphis, Tennessee, buyers say. Flights are reportedly being delayed or canceled, postponing deliveries that would normally arrive today until Monday. FedEx notes that the Memphis hub has been impacted by "severe winter weather conditions," causing "service delays and disruptions."
Other iPhones shipping out via UPS, however, are said to be passing through Memphis without any problems. A source for 9to5Mac meanwhile claims to have some early pre-order numbers; these include a total of about 250,000 units, 100,000 of which were sold by noon on Thursday. The numbers are unconfirmed, particularly as Verizon itself has kept quiet on exact figures.
The carrier nevertheless claims to have generated its best-ever first-day sales for a phone. Demand for a Verizon iPhone model is thought to be pent-up, not only from people frustrated with the AT&T network, but also from people who have been unable to get AT&T and/or its 3G service in their area. Still others have been waiting because of a preference for Verizon.