Rumor: Verizon sells 250K iPhones on first day

While the rest of the world has had the luxury of buying the iPhone on multiple carriers for some time, those of us in the States have been stuck with AT&T since the phone's launch. For many, it was a love hate relationship, but for those on Verizon, the iPhone launch represents a sigh of relief.

According to 9to5mac.com, 250K iPhones were sold on the first day of preorders. What should be noted is that only existing subscribers could purchase the phone and this does not represent any conversion of AT&T users. Verizon had to put a stop to the pre-orders as the allotted amount of iPhones were claimed in less than 24 hours.

Verizon will begin accepting orders for new customers next week before the retail launch. It won't be until next quarter, when AT&T and Verizon announce their earnings, that we will have any idea as to how many users actually bailed on AT&T.

Verizon has pushed the iPhone hard and has released several new advertisements. AT&T is also fighting back by sending out micro-cell units to customers who have been experienced a high volume of dropped calls. While the iPhone hasn't even officially launched yet for Verizon, the fight is already on.

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im not sure why anyone would buy this phone on verizon at this point in time. the new one comes out in less than 6 months and you'll be locking yourself into another 1-2 year contract.

I am thinking of leaving Verizon just cause of the iPhone, what sux is that Verizon is the only cell phone company with the most healthiest selection of android phones, I wont go to sprint cause the evo has already been out for a year, T-Mobile only seems to like Samsung phones which I dislike cause of how long they take to update them to the latest os

Why would annybody buy 1 when Verizon just announced that they are going to throttle their network, what am laughing about is that they are claiming it has nothing to do with the iPhone, obviously they are concerned their network will do worst then at&t all cause of that 1 phone lol

Whats point of phone if you can't make phone calls. This is main reason people stick with verizon. AT&T network sucks. Even if a lot people left it still sucks.

chisss said,
HAHA look at this now.... I knew VZW's network was not gonna be able to handle the load

TAKE THAT!
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41...nology_and_science-wireless

Verizon isn't the only network talking about throttling the top users. They probably would have done this anyway with the sheer number of Droids on their network and some people using them for huge downloads and excessive bandwidth. I'm actually happy they are taking precautions to keep the network healthy.

Chrono951 said,

Verizon isn't the only network talking about throttling the top users. They probably would have done this anyway with the sheer number of Droids on their network and some people using them for huge downloads and excessive bandwidth. I'm actually happy they are taking precautions to keep the network healthy.

I thought VZW was the god almighty of the mobile networks... and they give this lame excuse right as the iPhone launches... lol...

Gaffney said,
Why do so many people buy this phone ? It's not the best anymore but it's still the most expensive.

^This

Gaffney said,
Why do so many people buy this phone ? It's not the best anymore but it's still the most expensive.

Most expensive?? It is as expensive as most other smartphones.

Blows my mind that people would order this phone now. Verizon might be a better network, but the phone is 6 months old and you wont be able to upgrade to a the new iphone in the summer. Or even upgrade to iphone 6 next year.

Plus CDMA doesnt allow data and voice at the same time! I cant tell you how many times I have wanted to look something up when on a call.

So stupid to upgrade to the iphone on verizon now.

well verizon is updating their cdma network to allow voice and surfing on 3g at the sametime, the htc thunderbolt supposedly can do it

ReverendTom said,
Blows my mind that people would order this phone now. Verizon might be a better network, but the phone is 6 months old and you wont be able to upgrade to a the new iphone in the summer. Or even upgrade to iphone 6 next year.

Plus CDMA doesnt allow data and voice at the same time! I cant tell you how many times I have wanted to look something up when on a call.

So stupid to upgrade to the iphone on verizon now.

zerokool316 said,
well verizon is updating their cdma network to allow voice and surfing on 3g at the sametime, the htc thunderbolt supposedly can do it

The phones would also have to support the updated network (new chip) so in the case of the iPhone...it isn't possible.

ReverendTom said,

Plus CDMA doesnt allow data and voice at the same time! I cant tell you how many times I have wanted to look something up when on a call.

Once again, who cares? Even Engadget in their review stated that they probably wouldn't even miss this feature as most of the time they don't even use it.

ReverendTom said,
Blows my mind that people would order this phone now. Verizon might be a better network, but the phone is 6 months old and you wont be able to upgrade to a the new iphone in the summer. Or even upgrade to iphone 6 next year.

Plus CDMA doesnt allow data and voice at the same time! I cant tell you how many times I have wanted to look something up when on a call.

So stupid to upgrade to the iphone on verizon now.

Somebody wants something that you don't want so therefore they are stupid. Egocentric much?

Shadrack said,

Somebody wants something that you don't want so therefore they are stupid. Egocentric much?

Not at all retard. It's because it doesnt make sense to get it now when a newer iPhone is coming out in a few months. And engadget is crazy if they dont care about the CDMA issue. I use it almost every day when I am on a call with someone.

mrmomoman said,
Notta - you know you want the LTE enabled phones with 4.3" screens. Thunderbolt! Bionic!
That's why I'm waiting for iPhone 5

It's funny I waited for over a year to see if Verizon would get the IPhone and now that they have I can't make up my mind if I want it or not. The Droids have been looking good to me, but my heart has been set on an IPhone. On top of that the latest Droid and the current version of the IPhone have been out on the market for a while so I'm thinking I'll get the next phone that is released by either of them. My LG Dare is going right in the toilet when that happens.

notta said,
<snip>My LG Dare is going right in the toilet when that happens.

On a side not: The last few LG phones I have had have been crap. I don't believe that LG does ANY testing before they put out a phone. I would say keep the Android. They are some pretty good phones and I think the newest Android phones are beating the iPhone in many ways.

notta said,
It's funny I waited for over a year to see if Verizon would get the IPhone and now that they have I can't make up my mind if I want it or not. The Droids have been looking good to me, but my heart has been set on an IPhone. On top of that the latest Droid and the current version of the IPhone have been out on the market for a while so I'm thinking I'll get the next phone that is released by either of them. My LG Dare is going right in the toilet when that happens.

dont waste your money on the iphone 4. wait for the iphone 5 or go with android. you dont want to lock yourself into a contract right before the new one comes out.

I got my pre-order in. They estimated 2/10 as the ship date but it already shipped and will be here on Monday! What a week!!

bdsams said,
makes me weep, i ordered too but from apple, says it wont be here till the 10th

And you're both retarded. Along with the other 250k buyers. The iPhone 5 is coming out in less than 6 months and now you're locking into the iPhone 4 for 1-2 years.

have fun with that.

Soulsiphon said,
Which begs the question, wth is wrong with the 3 of you?

Yeah why dont you didnt go with android devices? I mean its fun to have an inferior app store and half the battery life

The real test will be if Verizon and ATT get to launch iPhone 5 at the same time or if Apple plays the lockin game and screws over one network

blahism said,
The real test will be if Verizon and ATT get to launch iPhone 5 at the same time or if Apple plays the lockin game and screws over one network

I have no doubt that they will launch iphone 5 on both carries at the same time. I don't think apple will have commericials that say buy iphone 5 on this network and iphone 4 on that network. Further more I think it's good possiblity they will make one phone that is both gsm and cdma.