And, at the same time, a new memo reportedly reveals that the carrrier is planning to throttle data on its 3G network ahead of the handsets coming online.
"We are no longer taking pre-sale orders," Verizon posted on its website overnight. The operator offered its existing customers the chance to pre-order the phone on Thursday.
The phone will go on sale to the general public online at 3:00 AM EST on Feb. 9. It will be in stores at 7:00 AM local time across the U.S. on Feb. 10. The pre-order sellout suggests that stocks of the device will move fast when they become more widely available.
It appears, meanwhile, that Verizon plans to throttle back the bandwidth offered to data-hoggin' users.
The Boy Genius Report blog rooted out the change in documentation on the operator's website. Verizon said it may reduce user bandwidth if they download an "extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5% of Verizon Wireless data users."
A Verizon spokesperson, however, tells Network World that the move is unrelated to the launch of the iPhone.
Why this matters The CDMA iPhone is clearly a hot item for Verizon customers and likely to remain so when it arrives on the wider market next week.
"I expect Verizon to sell 10 million iPhone 4s in 2011," Berge Ayvazian, senior consultant at Heavy Reading, told LR Mobile recently. Others are predicting sales of up to 13 million for the CDMA device.
Even if the data-throttling plan is not directly related to the iPhone's arrival on the Verizon network, the new provision could be helpful for the operator in managing its increased 3G traffic load.
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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile