You might have read somewhere that Verizon broke a sales record with the pre-order of the iPhone 4 this Thursday. Verizon actually issued a press release which quickly got picked up by every tech blog, touting this as an incredible event.

The press release quotes Verizon’s CEO saying “in just our first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history. And, when you consider these initial orders were placed between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., it is an incredible success story“. I call BS on that…

Verizon called their pre-order day “the most successful first day sales in the history of the company“. Coming from a company that only has had cheap Android phones as key products for the last few years, it’s easy to see how anything more exiting than a Motorola Droid can generate a most successful day ever.

But most importantly, I think this sales record is completely meaningless given the fact that Verizon didn’t drop any number. How many iPhones did they have for pre-order? 1,000? 10,000? 10,000,000? For all I know, they could have had just 100 iPhone 4 available for pre-order, in which case, it is very easy to sell out in a record time.

My marketing background tells me that when a company doesn’t disclose numbers, it’s because these numbers aren’t good enough, or at least not big enough to impress the masses.

What says you?

  • Vik071

    I call it a subtle bs. But that’s just me.

  • SouthSeaPirate

    Without numbers; Im in total agreement with ya Seb. Total BS…

  • Vincent

    No question it was a success. The iPhone brings hype and gotta-have-it feelings that even the best Droid can’t. It’s only BS because they haven’t had a phone that stimulates those feelings like the iPhone before, so obviously it is a huge success.

  • tom

    I think you don’t like Verizon in general. The actual numbers will soon come to light.

  • Art

    @Tom Nazi verizon is a rip off. And always have been.

    • 2meu

      I gree with you @Art, but give @Tom some credict because This article sounds like it was written by someone that hates Verizon. I dont like Verizon either, but just analize this article. I heard about the sales record, yesterday on fox5.

  • Brian

    NAZI Verizon? AT&T is horrrible with data, calls and especially customer service. I should know I had them for my business for over 10 years. Finally got tired of spending HOURS on the phone with 3-5 departments each time I had to call them. I HAVEN’T had a dropped call on Verizon get faster data and the two times I called Verizon they knew what they were doing and didn’t have to pass me to ten departments and believe it or not made me feel extremely appreciated as a customer….not a problem to drop as fast as they could. VZ has a customer for life not because I’m some fanboy but because they understand customer service.

  • Brian

    NAZI Verizon? AT&T is horrrible with data, calls and especially customer service. I should know I had them for my business for over 10 years. Finally got tired of spending HOURS on the phone with 3-5 departments each time I had to call them. I HAVEN’T had a dropped call on Verizon get faster data and the two times I called Verizon they knew what they were doing and believe it or not made me feel extremely appreciated as a customer….not a problem to drop as fast as they could. VZ has a customer for life not because I’m some fanboy but because they understand customer service.

  • Engineer Head

    Anyone knows how many Droids were sold ? We can get an idea about i4

  • Doughboy

    I get a kick out of Verizon fans,so brain washed to believe that this is the only phone company in the world that can give great call quality and data. First off I have been with Verizon twice and I must say the service was horrible and the data speeds were terrible. Yes the phone quality is good but just like any other cell phone service they don’t work in many places and have dropped calls. Remember this high priced service with lousy phones and the IPHONE will actually help them with bigger sales. This is a company that chooses to stay in the dark ages with GSM being around for quite some time in this country and even longer around the world Verizon chooses to be behind. Gives you low rate tech and this is why they brag about their service being the best. Yes it might just be in this country because they choose to run on old networks. They were forced to go to 4g because sprint decided to build a 4 g network. Lets see how good their service will be after its over loaded, everyone bashes on the other cell phone services but I know one thing look at your pricing plans and packages for Verizon and you compare them with others. Their totally inflated for nothing you will pay more for an iphone with their service than any other place.

    As far as customer service for each company its the luck of the draw so lets not even go there with that.

    I think the articlehit the mark, if you don’t have numbers to back up your claim then its not true.

    • MDS

      What on earth are you talking about? CDMA the dark ages?? LOL

      • Anthony Smith

        Actually iphone on att cost more per month. Do some research before you embarass ur seld

  • John Wilson

    While O agree that lack of actual sales numbers usually means folks are being shady, I think you’re way off here. Let me explain.

    Um, it’s impossible for them to have sold only 100 iPhones. The press release says “in just two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history.” Droids have sold a lot of phones first day. Well over a 100k. So no it’s a big deal, especially considering that the iPhone is 8 months old and it was the middle of the night.

    • Steve

      This. They didn’t just say it was successful, but that it was more phones than any first day launch in their history. We don’t know exactly how good it went, but I think we can surmise it went well and they are happy about it.

      Otherwise they would have said the usual PR crap, it’s a long-term vision for Verizon, the launch was in the morning so hard to judge, it was”in line with expectations”, etc…

  • Pedro

    LOL I enjoyed reading this blog

  • manuel

    The Pre-Order actually started before 3 AM and people new to claim down. They act like they work for Verizon or AT&T. Just take your phone, pay your bill and enjoy that you have what you have and stop complaining or defending companies that rob us for money. How many people have came on these comment boards laughing at us because the US pays triple the amount for service then in other places? Every one needs to stop acting like tools.