Apple (s aapl) confirmed Wednesday that pre-orders for the Verizon (s vz) iPhone will begin Thursday, Feb. 3 for existing customers. Pre-ordering can be done exclusively online through the Apple Store or Verizon’s website, and Apple cautions that orders will be filled “on a first come, first served basis” owing to high demand.
Apple doesn’t specify a time for pre-orders to kick off in its press release, but Verizon has confirmed in the past that they will begin at 12:00 a.m. PST (3:00 a.m. EST). If you’re not an existing customer, you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to get your hands on the long-awaited device. According to Apple’s press release:
Beginning on Wednesday, February 9, all qualified customers will be able to order an iPhone 4 on Verizon through the Apple Store (www.apple.com) for delivery or reserve for in-store pick up beginning February 10.
Beginning at 7 a.m. local time on Thursday, February 10, iPhone 4 on Verizon will be available to all qualified customers at Apple’s retail stores. iPhone 4 will also be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communication Stores nationwide.
Verizon’s iPhone 4 will be the same as the existing model, but features a new antenna design (which early evidence suggests reduces the signal attenuation problems of the current design) and connects to a CDMA-based cellular network. The Verizon iPhone will also offer an exclusive connection-sharing Personal Hotspot feature, although GSM iPhones should get the feature when iOS 4.3 is released to the public, depending on your carrier.
Who’s planning on pre-ordering?
Related content from GigaOM Pro (subscription req’d):