Apple’s iPhone was released on the Verizon network Thursday February 10, but after record claims of online pre-order sales, many were surprised with the turnout on the opening day.
According to Dailytech.com, the iPhone sales for Verizon didn’t live up to the expectations many people had prior to opening day.
There are many theories for why the Verizon iPhone is starting out slow.
These ideas range anywhere from AT&T’s $49 iPhone 3GS that Verizon cannot offer, to the fact that people are unwilling to switch from AT&T to Verizon’s inferior iPhone.
There are a few differences between the Verizon iPhone and the AT&T version. A few examples of the superiority of the AT&T model are that, on Verizon, you are unable to conference call with more than one other person. Also, it is impossible to surf the web while on a call.
The disappointing sales numbers of the Verizon iPhone can even be represented within Penn Manor, where only one Verizon iPhone user could be found.
Junior Alex Lombardo is the lone student at Penn Manor who went out to buy the Verizon iPhone on the opening day.
“So far I’m happy with it. It was a little glitchy when I first got it, but by the end of the day it was fine,” Lombardo said.
Verizon almost lost Lombardo to AT&T, but then he said he heard rumors of a deal between Verizon and Apple starting at the beginning of the new year.
“I was going to make the switch, but then I heard rumors that the iPhone was coming to Verizon, so I decided to just wait.”
Others at Penn Manor weren’t as lucky to hear the rumors before they switched.
Junior Bob Warfel was one of those people.
Warfel had the misfortune to switch to AT&T soon before the rumors surfaced.
Although he wouldn’t have switched had he heard about the rumors, Warfel said that he’s not upset that he switched.
“I’d rather have AT&T because I feel like Verizon will have some things to fix since its new with the iPhone, and I hear that the iPhone 5 is coming out six months earlier on AT&T,” said Warfel.
Sales of the iPhone 4 are starting to even out already between AT&T and Verizon, and only time will tell if one carrier will take control.