Early in the morning of February 3rd, 2010, the Verizon version of the iPhone went on sale. The handset was available for pre-order to existing Verizon customers only. Hours later, Verizon had sold them all. If you go to the Verizon store page, you are met with the message above: “We are no longer taking pre-sale orders.” In fact, this has been Verizon’s best handset launch in history. “In just our first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history,” said Verizon CEO Dan Mead in a press release. “And, when you consider these initial orders were placed between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., it is an incredible success story.”
Of course we have no idea how many CDMA phones Verizon will have when the phone actually ships on February 10th, but you have to assume that its a lot. After all, demand for the iPhone 4 caught Apple out once before. You wouldn’t think that the same thing would happen again. It looks like the Verizon iPhone 4 launch may be as big of a deal as the original iPhone 4 launch. Not bad for a six-month old phone. AT&T must be ecstatic.