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Yesterday’s pre-sales of the iPhone 4 were a huge success. Both Apple and Verizon stopped accepting orders late in the day, with pre-orders sold out, and Verizon today announced that it represented the most successful first day sales in company history.

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Verizon iPhone 4Thursday’s pre-sales of the iPhone 4 were a huge success. Both Apple and Verizon stopped accepting orders late in the day, with pre-orders sold out, and Verizon announced Friday that it represented the most successful first day sales in company history.

It didn’t take Verizon long to break that record, either. According to Verizon CEO Dan Mead:

In just our first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history. And, when you consider these initial orders were placed between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., it is an incredible success story. It is gratifying to know that our customers responded so enthusiastically to this exclusive offer – designed to reward them for their loyalty.

AT&T also sold out its iPhone 4 pre-orders in the first day of availability, but there’s a key difference here: Verizon so far has only been selling devices to existing customers. Sales to new customers don’t begin until next week, on Feb. 10, at either Apple or Verizon locations. That’s when we’ll see how many switchers Verizon attracts.

If you missed out on the pre-sale or aren’t an existing customer, you can walk into (or maybe line up at) an Apple or Verizon store beginning Feb. 10 at 7:00 a.m., order online starting Feb. 9 at 3:00 a.m. EST, or reserve one for pickup on Feb. 9 and go into a store the next day to grab it at an Apple retail location. If you’re thinking about getting one, be sure to check out what the web is saying about the device (and the Verizon network) before making your decision.

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  1. What do you mean by switching. By definition of sales having been restricted to current Verizon customers, every sale yesterday was a switch from a Blackberry, Palm, Android or feature phone owner. Not a single sale was an upgrade from
    an existing iPhone user.

    1. Then i think it would mean switching carriers

    2. The person could have a Verizon phone along with an iPhone.

  2. This isn’t really a surprising development. AT&T has had the death clinch on the iPhone for a long time, so it’s about time Verizon users got a chance at one of the cooler personal mini computers, aka iPhone.

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    i want to buy this phone :D

  4. It’s mostly people switching carriers. Not necessarily first time buyers.

    1. dude! Verizon isn’t allowing new customers to pre-order the phone yet. did you even read the article?

      1. Dude I was an AT&T customer till today. I bought the iPhone from Apple.com for my Verizon account I started on Jan 11th!

  5. Verizon is the only good cell phone company. About time Apple realized this.

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