updated 01:00 am EST, Sun February 6, 2011
Verizon iPhone gets to official forum user
Verizon forum members discovered the first known regular customer to get an iPhone. In what appears to have been an after-hours visit to a UPS depot in Fort Worth, Texas, one buyer managed to get his and activated it the same day. It "works great," he said.
Most early adopters have yet to get their phones and won't receive theirs until Monday, but many of them are now at the last stage sorting facilities for FedEx or UPS depending on who handled the package. The split in shipping is somewhat unusual for Apple, which tends to pick a preferred delivery firm for a major launch. It may have chosen two partners to avoid the possible strain of tens of thousands of orders for pre-orders on top of those destined for retail and online customers this coming week.
Apple in the past year began taking a more relaxed approach to iPhone launches and shipped AT&T units early, although for tine original launch it wouldn't start activating the smartphones until the official launch day. The Verizon model puts less pressure on Apple as there's no major feature or software changes apart from the different cellular network support.