Using a bit of guesswork, J.P. Morgan analyst Phil Cusick calculates that Verizon Wireless’ pre-sales of the iPhone 4 may have topped 500,000 units. In a note to investors on Monday, Cusick cited information contained within an earlier press release from Verizon Wireless to take a somewhat educated stab at pre-order totals. According to Verizon, pre-sales of the iPhone 4 broke the carrier’s previous first-day sales record in just the first two hours of availability. Cusick states that the prior record for single-day handset sales was 100,000 units, set by the Motorola DROID last November. Using that information along with the knowledge that Verizon Wireless and Apple continued to take pre-orders for another 15 hours before pulling the pre-order pages from their respective websites, Cusick estimates that over a half-million orders were placed. Cusick believes that Verizon’s iPhone 4 will go on to beat the DROID’s opening day, opening weekend and opening week sales totals, and he estimates that first-quarter iPhone sales will easily top the DROID’s fourth-quarter performance of 1.6 million units, as well. More →
We reported that Apple and Verizon Wireless both stopped taking iPhone 4 pre-orders yesterday evening, but that’s not the entire story. Verizon has announced on Friday that first-day sales of the iPhone were bigger than any first-day phone launch ever. Additionally, Verizon notes that this happened between the wee hours of 3-5AM — pretty remarkable, and more proof of just how many people have been waiting for Apple’s smartphone. Hit the jump for Verizon Wireless’ full press release. More →
As of shortly after 8:00PM EST on Thursday, Apple and Verizon Wireless have each stopped taking iPhone 4 pre-orders on their respective websites. Neither company has indicated specifically that pre-orders are sold out — only that pre-sale orders are no longer being accepted. Pre-orders became available for current Verizon Wireless subscribers at 3:00AM EST on Thursday, and Apple and Verizon Wireless had each previously indicated that inventory would be limited. No official details have been made available with regard to how many iPhone 4 units were sold today.
Are you waiting on the edge of your seat for that brand new Verizon iPhone 4 you stayed up all night to pre-order? We’ve been receiving tips that some devices pre-ordered this morning have already started shipping via FedEx standard overnight delivery, and should be arriving as early as 3:00PM tomorrow. Not a bad exclusive for existing Verizon customers, we’d say. Drop a comment below and let us know if your iPhone 4 has already shipped from Verizon, alright?
Accompanied by fluttering harps, shooting beams of light and a sustained angelic chorus, pre-orders for Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 4 went live on both Apple and Verizon’s websites early this morning. We received countless reports from eager customers who put in their orders for the highly anticipated handset overnight. Many were just checking in to share their elation with us, but as can only be expected when you combine a highly anticipated product, hoards of anxious customers and Web servers, we heard several tales of woe as well. Judging from the barrage of emails we received over the course of the night, Verizon’s system went down at least once around 4:00AM EST. We also heard from several readers who said it took them 30, 40, even 60 minutes or more to place their orders thanks to ridiculously slow page load times and repeated failed attempts to process orders. The frustration was enough to drive some subscribers away, it would seem; one would-be iPhone owner told us, “Forget it… I’ll just stick with my stupid BlackBerry.” It looks like most were able to persevere, however. How did you fare, readers? Sing us your songs of victory or bear your battle scars in the comments section below.
Apple has issued a reminder — as if we need one — that Verizon Wireless’ upcoming iPhone 4 will become available to pre-order starting tomorrow. We already detailed Verizon’s procedure for iPhone pre-orders, which the carrier will begin accepting at 3:00AM EST tomorrow, and now Apple has confirmed that it too will take pre-orders online. Pre-orders are on a first come, first served basis and are available to current Verizon Wireless subscribers only. Though no one knows how much inventory is available for pre-order, we can surely expect an announcement at some point tomorrow saying that pre-orders are sold out — regardless of how many orders are taken. Verizon Wireless’ iPhone 4 goes on sale for new and existing subscribers at 7:00AM local time on February 10th. Hit the jump for Apple’s press release and don’t forget to set those alarms. More →
In an email to current customers on Friday, Verizon Wireless confirmed that it will begin taking pre-orders for the iPhone for at 3:00AM Eastern Time next Thursday, February 3rd. The email confirms earlier rumors to the same effect. Only existing Verizon Wireless subscribers are eligible for pre-orders — AT&T iPhone users and others looking to open a Verizon account when purchasing a new CDMA iPhone 4 will have to wait until the phone becomes available to the general public a week later on February 10th. Pre-orders will be available on a first-come, first-served basis so interested parties may when to set an early alarm and get their pre-orders processed as quickly as possible.
Why 3:00AM? For one thing, 3 o’clock on the 3rd has a nice ring to it. For another, only very, very excited people will get up at that hour to place their pre-orders. Of course, there are plenty of very excited people out there, but getting the overly-anxious customers out of the way in the middle of the night means crashes and server issues are less likely during the day. Subscribers with individual accounts looking to place pre-orders on the 3rd can visit verizonwireless.com/iphoneorder, and enterprise customers should visit verizonwireless.com/businessportals.
It’s not exactly a mystery that Microsoft’s upcoming Kinect sensor is highly anticipated — Kinect is expected to be the hottest gaming accessory to launch ahead of the holidays this year. Interested gamers (and friends or relatives of interested gamers) might want to scoop one up as early as possible because demand is already quite high. Business Insider reports that pre-orders for the Microsoft Kinect standalone sensor are already sold out at both Best Buy and Amazon.com. Console bundles are still available at both locations, but that won’t help the millions of gamers out there who already own Xbox 360 consoles. Playing the waiting game until Kinect becomes available at brick and mortar stores is always a gamble, so those looking to be prepared should head over to the GameStop website or Walmart’s website where pre-orders for the Kinect sensor are still available… for now. More →
Best Buy announced Monday that three upcoming Android tablets are now available for pre-order. Two versions of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Tab can be ordered for $599.99 each, and the Huawei Ideos Tablet S7 will cost $299.99 to reserve. None of the aforementioned pre-orders require a contract. Demand for these Android tablets is not expected to be excessive, however interested parties eager to ensure delivery on launch day will be happy to learn that pre-sales are now available. Each Samsung Galaxy Tab version features a 7-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, dual cameras, 16GB of internal storage, a 1GHz processor and the Android 2.2 operating system. The Huawei S7 features a 7-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, dual cameras, microSD support and the Android 2.1 operating system. According to Best Buy’s website, pre-orders of all three tablet options will be delivered as early as November 7th.
The pricing and launch date might look familiar thanks to an exclusive we ran earlier this month, but Sprint fans with a hankering for relatively tiny tablets can now rest easy — a release date and pricing information are now official for Sprint’s upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab. The 7-inch tablet will launch online and in select stores on November 14, and it will run $399.99 with a new 2-year contract. As far as what that 2-year contract entails, Sprint is making two data plans available alongside its first tablet offering: a 2GB option for $29.99 per month and a 5GB option for $59.99 per month. Pre-orders begin today at participating Sprint stores across the country. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
Say it ain’t so! There’s a rumor going around this afternoon that Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile were forced to abruptly end all pre-orders of the Motorola DROID X. As we understand it, the problem is that the number of units requested by Android-crazed customers greatly exceeded the number of handsets that will be on-hand come launch day. We’ve not been able to independantly confirm this, so does anyone have first hand knowledge of what’s going on? More →
You might as well throw your sleeping bag and Coleman stove back into the attic, as AT&T as just announced that due to incredibly strong demand, it will not have any iPhone 4 units for sale in stores until June 29th. Anyone who pre-ordered for in-store pick up or home delivery will get their device on launch date provided they ordered before that infamous cut-off.
Here’s AT&T’s statement:
- Preordered for home or business delivery: iPhone 4 will begin arriving this week for customers who preordered. We’ll send an email when each order has shipped.
- Preordered for store delivery: AT&T retail representatives will begin calling customers this week to let them know their iPhone 4 is available for pick up in store.
- Retail purchase (no preorder): AT&T plans to have iPhone 4 inventory – available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last – on June 29 in its retail locations, at http://www.att.com, and in business sales channels. As inventory sells out, AT&T will offer the convenient option of purchasing iPhone 4 and having it delivered to a home or business or an AT&T store. As always, customers will receive an email once their order is placed, and again when it ships.
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Sure, a lot of people that pre-ordered the iPhone 4 from AT&T and Apple have had their orders cancelled for no apparent reason, but for the majority that didn’t, your new darling is en route to your doorstop via FedEx. Huzzah. So… Who’s planning to call in sick on Thursday?