Verizon iPhone 4 sold out: wait for iPhone 5?

You're too late to pre-order the Apple iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless, but too soon for the 4G LTE iPhone 5 "world phone". But what exactly does "sold out" mean?

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By Richi Jennings. February 4, 2011.

Preorders of the Verizon Wireless iPhone 4 have been suspended -- apparently because it's sold out after less than a day. Should you wait until the release date next week, or cool your jets until the iPhone 5 is available? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers hem and haw.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention Dell is getting greener... slowly...


Gregg Keizer plays the game:

Apple and Verizon ... have exhausted the inventories they had set aside for existing customers of the carrier. The two companies began taking pre-orders at 3 a.m. ET ... Thursday ... but shut down sales ... at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET.


Customers, both current Verizon subscribers as well as the general public, must now wait until Wednesday, Feb. 9. ... Both Apple and Verizon will re-open online ordering that day at 3 a.m. ET. ... Retail sales kick off Thursday, Feb. 10 at Apple, Verizon and Best Buy stores ... [for] walk-in customers and those who ordered the day before and selected in-store pickup.

Stan Schroeder expandifies:

Demand for Verizon iPhone was very strong as it took less than a day for the pre-orders to sell out. Verizon’s website took a beating from customers, many of whom didn’t manage to pre-order their iPhone 4, but they’ll have another chance next week.

And David Stellmack is puzzled:

Despite our diligent efforts, none of our contacts from the “Red V” seem to exactly know what happened. Some speculate that Verizon only had a specific number of iPhones set aside for pre-order and the company has reached this number.


Verizon had indicated since the iPhone announcement that initial inventory availability would be limited.

But Jessica Dolcourt urges caution with flowery prose:

As wildly as the American populace has envisioned Verizon's iPhone to cure all mobile ills, there's still plenty that Verizon's iPhone 4 lacks on its newfound carrier. ...

  • The iPhone 4 will not make use of ... 4G LTE. ...
  • Verizon's iPhone has no SIM card ... what makes it easy as pie to switch from one mobile phone to another on the same network. ...
  • Verizon uses CDMA technology instead of GSM. ... [It] will not have the AT&T iPhone's more-seamless and extensive support as a world phone. ...
  • [No] simultaneous voice and data. ...
  • An ever-so-slight change to the ... hardware means that previously manufactured iPhone 4 cases won't snugly fit.

And Eric Raymond thinks this is all so last decade:

We can expect Verizon’s iPhone sales to be anemic. ... Most of Verizon’s potential Apple customers decamped to AT&T long ago. ... The iPhone is in deep trouble. 4.1 million activations looks like a lot, but ... in a market moving as fast as smartphones, a product with less that 10% new customers in a quarter is usually only a few quarters from market share decline.


Over a year ago, when Android was shiny-new ... I predicted that the ubiquity game would beat the control game. This has since been happening at a rate even my boldest predictions couldn’t keep up with, and the accelerator pedal just got another stomp.

At which, Clint Boulton yells "FUD":

AT&T may have seen flagging sales in the last quarter because of the iPhone coming to Verizon. ... Regardless, Android is the leading U.S. smartphone platform as I write this. It's a proven platform, so AT&T would be foolish not to embrace it.


Since when did Apple and its iPhone get relegated to Nokia Symbian status?


And Finally...

Dell is getting greener... slowly

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