Verizon Sells Out iPhones for Verizon Customers in Pre-Dawn Hours—What?
The Verizon iPhone pre-sale for current Verizon customers took only a few pre-dawn hours before all the stock was gone. Between 3:01 a.m. and 5 a.m. "a record number" (no one is saying how many) iPhones were sold leaving normal people who actually sleep at that time bereft of an early chance to grab an iPhone, which goes live at Verizon Feb. 20. Now they have to join the unprivileged, madding crowd at, yes, 3:01 a.m. Feb. 9 for a chance to sign up for an iPhone online. If the stock holds out, iPhones will be at Verizon stores at 7 a.m.
Now, I've gone on record as saying that I fully plan to get a Verizon iPhone 4, but I had no idea that Verizon was going to make people jump through hoops like this. Apple would make people stand in lines for each new iPhone release, but that was always in June in nice weather, during normal business hours. What's with this 3 in the morning crap? I don't know about you, but I am not an insomniac and I don't take well to someone telling me that I have to set my alarm clock to the middle of the night to go sit in front of a computer and then wait until my cyber-turn comes up to get some receipt saying I am allowed to collect an iPhone on Feb. 20.
Who came up with this crazy idea? Probably some coffee maker. They want to keep us all on caffeine while we twitch and jerk ourselves awake pre-dawn trying to stay alert in front of the bleeping computer. Graduate students can do this; I can't.
There are other worries. What if they run out of iPhones in this pre-sale? Are they going to run out of iPhones altogether? Does that mean if I decide to wait and go shopping on Feb. 20, the official release date of the smartphone, I won't be able to get one because they'll all be gone? What about Apple? Will they have any? I haven't heard a thing from Apple in the big press-release hoopla from Verizon (and yes, I did sent them e-mail for more information, and, no, they didn't answer me). Apple surely should have a supply of its own. Shouldn't they? (Apple is mentionedi in the press release, so, yes, they should have some phones.)Continued on the next page