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Verizon: iPhone already best phone ever for first-day sales

updated 09:35 am EST, Fri February 4, 2011

Verizon says iPhone pre-sales blew past Android

The iPhone 4 has already managed the best first-day sales of any device on Verizon's network, the carrier said Friday. It took just two hours for the iPhone to become the most popular phone in an initial launch on Verizon, which sold out of pre-orders for existing users at 8:10PM Eastern on Thursday. The rush was more impressive still when considering that these orders were between 3AM and 5AM, wireless chief Dan Mead said.

He added that Verizon's staff had "worked tirelessly to strengthen and scale our systems" fully expecting the heavy hit to its website. The extra capacity still wasn't enough for some as it produced errors for some buyers. Mead wouldn't quantify the amount, but Apple rarely allows statistics unless they represent a large figure for the company as a whole, not just the carrier.

The results are only likely to magnify for the launch to the general public, which will see pre-orders start on February 9 and retail shops pick up the phone a day later. Verizon's release confirmed that some Walmart stores would have the Verizon iPhone on day one in addition to Apple, Best Buy and Verizon itself.

Apple's performance at the network both answers questions as to early adoption but also signifies potential trouble for Android at the carrier. Phones running Google's platform have triggered large first-day sales before, such as for the original Droid and the Droid X, but never to the extent of a recent iPhone launch. Sustained sales have been key to catching up with Apple in share, but it's never been clear how many of these sales are out of genuine preference for Android phones versus a simple refusal to switch to AT&T.

Motorola has already said it has seen an early slowdown in Android sales on Verizon even in the run-up to the iPhone's arrival on the network.

By Electronista Staff


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  1. Jonathan-Tanya

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    lol what analysis

    I guess what has 'never been clear' will soon become clear.

    Of course there is pent up demand for the iPhone. No, there wouldn't have been pent up demand for the Droid X to the scale - other Android phones were available for sale the whole time, and it wasn't a case where Android was finally hitting.

    This is a whole different ball of wax. After the initial wave, what will be interesting is the continued sell through in March.

    I think Apple will do very well, it won't catch Android in sales in the U.S. as a whole.

    Obviously AT&T's iPhone sales are about to drop big time, and Android will be the larger seller over at AT&T, as well as at Sprint/Tmobile.

    I know Android is interesting, but the real story here is Blackberry is getting squeezed out of the market.

  1. iphonerulez

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Nov 2008


    I suppose Android will become the most

    prolific OS of all time, but Apple certainly doesn't require major market share to be financially successful with all the iOS products it is selling at a premium. The global mobile market is huge and relatively untapped for smart device use. Apple has a lot of room to grow even with rapid Android growth. I only wished that Steve would be at Apple's helm for a few more years, but I have a bad feeling that's probably not likely.

  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: Jan 2008


    It's a shame...

    That it took 3+ years for these two to hook up. Even AT&T might have appreciated the alliance sooner in hindsight of the overloaded networks and the incredibly public black eye their service received.

    To all those who say the iPhone is garbage and overrated...put this in your pipe & smoke it!


  1. Salty

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    Joined: Jul 2005


    Sorry Jonathan

    Sorry, but there isn't really a way to spin this so it's not significant. All that it shows is that Verizon for a very long time was not listening to their customers.

    They had a huge marketing push for their first android phones, they had a huge push for a touch screen blackberry. This is not the first significant launch Verizon has had. It's just the one that the most customers were waiting for.

    As for eventual sales, trust me even in Canada, where you can get the iPhone on all three carriers, they're still hard to come by.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    comment title

    So Bye Bye, Misses Google Android, Drove your Openness to the Public, but the Public wasn't interested, perhaps next time, you'll do something people actually care about, but for now we'll have the Apple i :).

  1. JuanGuapo

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    Joined: Jan 2008



    I heard bill handel on the radio this morning rant about how much he hates his Droid X and going to go back to an iPhone. Said he was going to b-ch slap Leo Laporte for talking him into getting it.

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