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Verizon sets sales record on first day of iPhone 4 pre-orders

February 4, 2011 | 12:12 pm


The months of Verizon iPhone hype have, so far, turned into record sales.

"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," said‬ Dan Mead, Verizon's president and CEO in a statement.

"In just our first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first-day launch in our history."

Mead and other Verizon officials declined to give specific sales numbers for its version of the iPhone 4 so far. A company spokesman said Verizon had no other comment on the iPhone sales than Mead's statement.

Those who missed out on the pre-orders for the Verizon version of the Apple iPhone 4 will simply have to wait for the handsets to arrive on the shelves of Verizon stores, Apple stores, Best Buy locations and a few Wal-Marts, too, next Thursday.

Verizon is planning to open its company stores -- more than 2,000 in the U.S. -- at 7 a.m. Thursday.


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Photo: An iPhone sign hangs in the window of a Verizon store Thursday in Orem, Utah. Credit: George Frey / Getty Images