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Oh snap, Verizon just gave a dig at AT&T's voice coverage in its new iPhone commercial.  (Source: Verizon via YouTube)

With pre-order quotas already sold out, the iPhone 4 prepares to land on Verizon's network next Thursday.  (Source: Android Community)
AT&T's efforts to roll out femtocells may not be enough to stave off the hungry iPhone

Pre-orders of Verizon's iPhone 4 sold out at approximately 8:10 p.m. EST Thursday night, according to a Verizon press release.  Those strong sales propelled the iPhone 4 to take the honor of becoming the fastest selling pre-sale phone in Verizon's history.

Next Thursday -- on Feb. 10, 2011 -- the iPhone 4 will get a chance to set more records when it officially launches at Verizon stores at 7 a.m. 

Verizon and Apple did not reveal how many units of the phone were called for during the pre-order, but stated that the demand was unprecedented.  They also would not say how many additional units would be available at stores at launch.  About the only thing they did say, was to post a message telling customers to check back the night before -- Feb. 9 at 3:01 a.m. for the possibility of more pre-order action.

The Verizon iPhone 4 earned largely positive reviews.  Despite its hardware being a bit dated by Android standards, its huge app library, new Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, slick operating system (iOS 4.x), improved reception, and remedied hardware issues led most reviewers to lavish it with praise.  About the only negative sentiments expressed were misgivings about Verizon's policies/prices/fees and some reviews results such as Engadget's which claimed Verizon's data network was slower (a CNET story claimed the opposite).

And the phone also benefits from the fact that the majority of iPhone users have lumped all the blame for various issues over the years on AT&T, by and large, despite some problems being equally or more the fault of Apple.  Thus the jump to Verizon will likely please the iPhone-loving masses from a pure cathartic perspective, even if the experience isn't night-and-day different from their stay on AT&T.

Verizon is doing its best to rub its better coverage in AT&T's face.  Having long suffered from "I want the iPhone, do you have it?" syndrome, the carrier now tastes sweet revenge in commercial form [video].  Iconic "Verizon Guy" Paul Marcarelli appears in a new add, playing with his new iPhone toy as a voice narrates, "It's beautiful. It's intelligent, even genius. But does your network work?"

At that point Verizon Guy's phone rings, and he answers it "Yes, I can hear you now."

That's about as clear a shot at AT&T's voice service as you can get.  And it’s yet another example of Verizon's aggressive advertising attacks on its second place rival that led to an unhappy AT&T unsuccessfully trying to sue Verizon, a little over a year ago.

MacRumors is reporting that AT&T has gone into panic mode, giving out free femtocells to iPhone customers to improve their quality of service, in an effort to stave off Verizon.  The femtocells provide users with a bubble of high quality 3G coverage even in areas where signal strength is typically weak.

AT&T can currently take comfort in the fact that it arguably offers the best Windows Phone 7 handset selection, though they aren't exactly selling like crazy.  As Verizon closes in on picking up Windows Phone 7, as well, AT&T will likely try to continue to beef up its Android and Windows Phone 7 portfolio to attract new customers, even as iPhone users defect. 

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RE: They were meant to be sold out!
By Tony Swash on 2/4/2011 6:31:36 PM , Rating: -1
Please DailyTech, do not fall for the Apple sold out trick again.

You don't find it incredibly convenient that Apple always seem to sell more than they officially planned for, making every just slightly successful Apple product sell out in the first days?
After all with more than 5 years of this happening Apple could probably plan to have the right amount, but they deliberately don't.

There is good reasons not to.
It fits into the marketing plan of making Apple an exclusive brand, although it really isn't anymore, because exclusive is what the recently launched product is to the guy that have been waiting for hours just to be among the first to get one. A feeling he will surely show when the media covering the launch interviews him.
Having enough wouldn't make the sold out news spread across the media either, something Apple surely want as it reminds the people of the world that there is a new Apple gadget they can buy on the street soon.
And those are just the ones my tired head could come up with, but I'm sure there is more.

I love this sort of brainless tosh.

Such a desperate attempt to retreat from a troubling reality.

The arcane ways that Apple's success is always explained as being the result of some nefarious plan, some marketing gimmick, some trick.

Anything but accept the simple truth.

Apple's products are very, very popular.

The iPhone has been very,very popular since it's launch.

Millions of people in the USA wanted to buy an iPhone but didn't want to use the AT&T networks. Now they can buy the Verizon iPhone and will do so in their millions. Most won't be switchers from AT&T, most will be either people who have held off from buying a smart phone until they could get an iPhone on Verizon or they will be switchers from the various Android handsets.

The number of Verizon Android to iPhone switchers will surprise and dismay some people on this forum.

RE: They were meant to be sold out!
By sprockkets on 2/4/2011 7:26:28 PM , Rating: 2
Soooooo, if that's the case why don't they release the actual sales numbers?

I'm sure if they are so great they wouldn't have any issue gloating about it.

By SPOOFE on 2/6/2011 8:48:40 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure if they are so great they wouldn't have any issue gloating about it.

Hmm? Sure they do. If they boast and then see a bad quarter (or not even a bad quarter; just one slightly less good than before), that makes 'em look even worse than if they had kept their talk fairly close to the vest. "Pride goes before a fall."

"I mean, if you wanna break down someone's door, why don't you start with AT&T, for God sakes? They make your amazing phone unusable as a phone!" -- Jon Stewart on Apple and the iPhone

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