How badly did Verizon Wireless customers want the iPhone 4—a phone that’s been on the market for seven months and is likely to get replaced in just a few more? Apparently, they wanted it more than any other phone in Verizon’s history.
Verizon Wireless on Friday announced that the iPhone 4 broke all previous first-day device sales records in company history, and it only took two hours to do it. “This was an exciting day,” said Dan Mead, president and CEO for Verizon Wireless, in a press release.
Keep in mind, Verizon Wireless and Apple opened preorders at 3 a.m. ET Thursday morning, and even then, only to existing Verizon Wireless customers. While the iPhone 4 broke Verizon Wireless’s sales records just two hours later, preorders lasted until Thursday afternoon, when both Verizon and Apple had to stop accepting them.
The only way to get a Verizon iPhone 4 now is to wait for when they become publicly available. You can try to order one online for delivery or in-store reservation at 3:01 a.m. ET on February 9, or try your luck with walking up to stores on February 10, when doors open at 7 a.m. local time. Judging by Verizon Wireless’s battered and bruised sales records, though, it seems like demand is pretty healthy, which means lines are likely to be long. If you’re determined to get a Verizon iPhone 4 as soon as possible, it may be wise to collect a comfortable lawn chair and your best line-waiting shoes.