Hey guys, well as you may know, the Verizon iPhone launched on February 10th to the public (after a series of pre-orders), and we noticed that there were no massive lines for the new iPhone. There are a lot of reasons for this. When news reporters went there, people said it was due to the weather, but I knew that was not the case.
To me, it seemed pretty obvious why Apple and Verizon hadn’t caught as much attention as they wanted. The #1 reason I see is this, it’s still the iPhone 4. There is no difference, except carriers, since iOS 4.3 brings the Personal HotSpot feature. Also, to me, it seems pretty dumb to go buy a phone that is nearly 8 months old when a new one is coming in June.
The #2 reason, AT&T succeeded. AT&T did all it could do to lock people into $365 ETF, 2 year, contracts. They knew this was going to happen and they succeeded in locking down their customers. I haven’t seen such grace in doing so, they dangled a $49 iPhone 3G S in front of people, they gave everyone an early upgrade, and they did such a great job at getting people to go for it. If you know me, it’s rare for me to say nice things about AT&T, but this time, they deserve credit.
However, not this summer, but starting next summer, the Verizon iPhone will become more of a menace to AT&T. In 2013, it’s fair game. I believe AT&T bought itself a year and a half before this becomes a fair fight. Verizon has a long way to go, but I believe that they would be winning if this were a fair fight, but in technology, it rarely is.
Here are some figures that were released today as to the average of how many iPhones are sold every day at each Apple Store in regards to AT&T and Verizon. Trust me, these numbers will shift into Verizon’s favor in a year and a half.
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
More to come…