Verizon iPhone breaks first day sales records...in two hours

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: February 4, 2011

Verizon iPhone 4

The mythical Verizon iPhone finally went up for pre-order yesterday at 3AM EST and, even in the dead of the night, managed to break sales records. Verizon announced this morning that the iPhone 4 broke first day sales records just two hours within going up for pre-order, although they neglected to mention just how many devices they actually ended up selling. You can look over the press release down below.

It sure would've been nice if Verizon had shared actual sales numbers with us, but it's not terribly surprising that they didn't. Still, it's hard not to be impressed that a device managed to sell more in two hours, in the middle of the night, than any other Verizon phone sold in its entire launch day. Now how about delivering those pre-orders rather than making us wait until the 10th, Big Red?

VERIZON WIRELESS HAS RECORD SALES ON FIRST DAY OF iPHONE 4

Available to General Public on Feb.10

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – At 8:10 p.m. EST yesterday, Verizon Wireless ceased online orders of iPhone 4 to existing customers and ended the most successful first day sales in the history of the company.

"This was an exciting day," said Dan Mead, president and chief executive officer for Verizon Wireless. "In just our first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history. 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. It is gratifying to know that our customers responded so enthusiastically to this exclusive offer --- designed to reward them for their loyalty.

"I am proud of our employees who worked tirelessly to strengthen and scale our systems, enabling unprecedented customer orders through our website. Overall, it was a very good day," he added.

Mead also said customers will have another opportunity at being among the nation's first to own an iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network.

"Yesterday's launch set the pace for next week when we open up sales to everyone across America."

The general market launch of the iPhone 4 on the Verizon Wireless network will occur on February 10. The company will open its more than 2000 Verizon Wireless Stores at 7 a.m. It will also be available at all Apple store locations, Best Buy, select Wal-Mart stores, and on-line at verizonwireless.com and apple.com.

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