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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 sprockkets on 2/5/2011 9:16:23 AM , Rating: 2
Actual sales numbers or STFU.


RE: They were meant to be sold out!
By Tony Swash on 2/5/2011 11:33:03 AM , Rating: 2
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Actual sales numbers or STFU.


Relax. The numbers will come sooner or later. As will the queues and packed Apple Stores as the new Verizon customers flock to the iPhone in their millions.

Here is my prediction. The queues for the iPhone on day one of over the counter availability will be bigger than any other phone (including all the Android models) ever released by Verizon, heck they will be bigger than the queues for any phone ever released by anyone except for other iPhone models. And thats queues for a phone model that has been out for nearly nine months already.

The Verizon iPhone is going to be a gigantic success.

How much do think the Android sales will be dented by the Verizon iPhone?


By Alexstarfire on 2/5/2011 5:56:17 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't see anyone say that the phone wouldn't be a success. All they are really saying is that without actual numbers saying you sold out doesn't mean all that much.

I can't really agree with what they are saying though. It doesn't say they sold out of the iPhones. It just says they sold out of the pre-order bunch. No one ever puts the whole stock available for pre-orders, except for 1 product/game that is at the back of my mind. I remember Gamestop not having enough of something to give out all the pre-orders once but that's it.

This "article" doesn't really say anything that most people couldn't have easily guessed/predicted about the Verizon iPhone 4.

I'm sure there will be queues, most people are idiots after all. And no, I'm not saying they are stupid to buy the phone, but you must be pretty stupid to wait for 4+ years just to rush out on the first day of sales to wait in line to get one. It's not like in a month, probably not even that long, there won't be more to buy.

I'll be very interested at the number whenever they get posted.


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