Verizon iPhone Hits Stores

Verizon Wireless didn't offer fingerless gloves at the physical launch of the CDMA version of Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s iconic touch-screen smartphone but it might have been a good idea.

Yes, it was a chilly morning in New York City but that didn't deter the hardy souls lined up for the 7 a.m. start-time. Indeed, there was a steady stream of people for at least an hour outside one Verizon store in midtown this morning:

The lines were definitely not as long as some of the previous launches but should keep the operator happy enough if replicated at the multitude of Verizon stores across the country, especially as this was essentially Verizon's third bite of the cherry with the much anticipated launch of the CDMA smartphone: It started offering pre-orders for existing customers last week and online sales to the general public yesterday.

Verizon has already said that it sold out its iPhone pre-orders last week. Heavy Reading Senior Consultant Berge Ayvazian is predicting that Verizon and Apple will sell 10 million CDMA iPhone 4s this year; other analysts are guessing even higher. (See Verizon Sells Out iPhone Pre-Orders, Throttles 3G and Bite Into Our CDMA iPhone Coverage.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:13:10 PM
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I was somewhat amazed that people did actually line up to pick up an iPhone this morning. I know there was a lot of pent-up demand for the device among Verizon customers but to brave a freezing morning when you *could* buy online or just wait for a while...

It says a lot about brand loyalty and Apple fan boy/girl-ism doesn't it?

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:13:09 PM
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 "Verizon iPhone Fans Risk Frostbite for First Touch" was getting a bit long and probably inaccurate but I was tempted.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:13:09 PM
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People started lining up at 5:30 at Apple's flagship store here in Chicago where it's 3 degrees. About 100 of them. That's dedication.

Good for them, and for you for not using "Cold Didn't Stop iPhone Buyers" as a headline like everyone else did.

Stevery 12/5/2012 | 5:13:08 PM
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"iFreeze for iPhone" speaks to me.

timgasper 12/5/2012 | 5:13:08 PM
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I definitely agree - it's hard to imagine people getting in line to get their Verizon iPhones!! Even in Austin where I live it's been in the low 20s and upper teens in the morning. What isn't suprising though is the big effort for Verizon customers to buy the iPhones. I think I know 6 or 7 people that have all ordered their Verizon iPhones online, and there are probably many other friends that haven't told me yet. Apple and iOS are the big winners from this frenzy, not necessarily Verizon, and definitely not AT&T.

And if you're interested, I'm a contributor to The Appconomy mobile apps content channel - some good articles there and more on the way. http://appconomy.com/theappconomy

timgasper 12/5/2012 | 5:13:04 PM
re: Verizon iPhone Hits Stores Sorry if you don't enjoy the name! We've taken quite a liking to it because the mobile apps environment is increasingly becoming an app economy. Feel free to shoot me your thoughts at tim at keepstream dot com.
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:13:04 PM
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What a horrible name.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:13:03 PM
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Worst name since vision2mobile which is about as big of a mess as I've seen in quite a while.

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