The numbers have still yet to be released by Verizon or Apple, but people are already crying fail on the Verizon iPhone. Although Verizon did announce that they broke their first day sales record for all the iPhone pre-order, tech blogs aren’t all too sure about that according to the numbers that’ve been tossed out. Now why exactly is that? Well for one thing, reports have come in saying that waiting lines outside of Apple and Verizon stores accross the country weren’t long at all. As a matter of fact, during the summer of 2010 when the iPhone 4 was released onto AT&T’s network, around 1,400 people were lined up outside of Apple’s flagship store on 5th Avenue in New Work City. On Thursday, February 11, only a handful of people (around 10 according to CBS/CNET) were lined up at opening. What gives you ask? Here may be some reasons.
Some have said that weather may have been to blame. With the track record we’ve been having with storms over the past couple of weeks along with the cold, this could be a probable cause. I had to wait in line outside of my local Verizon store in 15°F degree weather. I have to say it was pretty cold. Fortunately the Verizon staff passed out red Verizon knit hats to keep us warm.
Looking a little deeper, some blame the timing of the launch. The iPhone 4 originally launched nearly a year ago and the iPhone 5 announcement is presumed to be around the corner at WWDC in June. The only thing that could change this point of view is if there won’t be much of a difference between the iPhone 4 & 5. Kinda similar with the iPhone 3 and 3GS. The only difference between those two was the GPS function.
Also the advertising for the Verizon iPhone has been said to have hurt the launch. The commercials have been said to have been annoying and unrealistic. I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t constantly looking at my clock waiting for zero hour. Verizon customers have been crying for the iPhone for a long time now, but the commercials they put on only added fuel to the fire to those who sounded the fail siren and called the ads “hype.”
Despite what others have said, I call the Verizon iPhone a success. Verizon has successfully bridged the gap between GSM and CDMA factions. They’ve brought the most successful phone line over to their customers to include them in the experience.
Verizon, in of itself, is a very dependable service provider with a great network. Customers shouldn’t have to be confined to one network that offers less than worthwhile services such as data plans that aren’t unlimited. I, for one, am thankful for Verizon’s unlimited data plan with all the data I use. Verizon also doesn’t drop calls like AT&T does. That improves the dependability of the calling experience. There is the wireless 3G hotspot to boot. AT&T currently does not offer that ability.
So in the end, I feel the Verizon is well on their way. It may seem that they’ve missed the mark, but numbers aren’t everything. You also have to include the experience and dependability. The only way I can say that opinions can change, is if the naysayers cross over to the big red just to see what is on the other side of the fence.