They’re not giving out numbers, but Verizon Wireless is claiming high sales for its CDMA-based version of the Apple iPhone 4, which was made available for ordering online Thursday:
At 8:10 p.m. EST [Thursday], 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.”
That’s the official word, and who am I to dispute it? But questions remain as to whether the Verizon version is right for all users. In an interview with the excellent Tony Perkins of Fox 5 DC Thursday morning, I had some thoughts on this: