Verizon iPhone 4 sales not quite as high as expected?

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| February 16, 2011

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Considering how long we've been hearing rumors of a Verizon iPhone, and how often people have complained about AT&T's service, you'd think that the VeriPhone would be seeing huge sales numbers since its February 10th launch. According to an source from Apple speaking to BGR, though, that's not the case. The site reportedly has sales figures from five different Apple stores and, while the Verizon model did sell more than AT&T's, the difference isn't as great as one might expect. You can find those numbers below. As for these pre-order estimates, it turns out that they may not have been far off, as the source believes that Verizon and Apple accepted 550,000 early sales. Finally, some stats on just who is buying the VeriPhone: 30 percent were Android users, 25 percent came from BlackBerry, and 14 percent were AT&T iPhoners.

Apple store iPhone sales numbers:

  • Thursday: Verizon = 909, AT&T = 539
  • Friday: Verizon = 916, AT&T = 680
  • Saturday: Verizon = 660, AT&T = 471
  • Sunday: Verizon = 796, AT&T = 701
  • Monday: Verizon = 711, AT&T = 618

It's true that these sales numbers aren't bad for a device that's around eight months old at this point, but I'm sure that they're aren't quite what most of us expected from one of the most rumored, hyped up phones in recent memory. So why are the sales somewhat low? I suspect that a lot of customers that are interested in the device, especially current AT&T iPhone owners, are either still locked into a contract or know that there's going to be a new iPhone this summer. When that device launches, it should be a more interesting battle between Verizon and AT&T (if it launches for both carriers simultaneously, that is), as it'll be a fresh device and many ATT owners will have the option of jumping to VZW without paying an ETF. So what do you all make of these iPhone sales numbers? Are you surprised that the VeriPhone didn't sell more?


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