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Triangle customers hit Verizon for iPhone 4

Posted February 10, 2011

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— Snow didn't stop people in the Triangle from standing in line at local Verizon stores to get an iPhone. About 25 people were waiting outside of a Verizon Wireless store in Raleigh early Thursday for a chance to buy the devices.

Verizon's iPhone 4 allows users to do video calling, web browsing, record and edit in high definition.

AT&T's exclusive deal to carry the Apple gadget ended this week, and the phone became available to the general public through Verizon Thursday.

Dozens line up for iPhone Dozens line up for Verizon's iPhone

Current Verizon customers could order the iPhone online earlier this week, and the company says first-day sales produced records.

The iPhone 4 costs the same on each network – $199 for a 16GB and $299 for a 32GB model. 

AT&T customers can go to a Verizon store, cancel their account and get a new phone while keeping their same number. 

Verizon and AT&T, the nation's largest telecommunications company, have long disputed each other's coverage maps, resulting in a tit-for-tat TV ad war and lawsuits that have subsequently been dropped.

Verizon has wider domestic network coverage than AT&T does, particularly for the older "3G" wireless broadband. Spokeswoman Karen Smith said the company plans to match that coverage with its faster "4G" network by the end of 2013.

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  • bonnnie Feb 11, 2011

    Whats the big deal? Its just a phone with way to much stuff on it.

  • jkca Feb 10, 2011

    I have a cell phone. :)

  • TAILG8R2000 Feb 10, 2011

    "Per CNN:

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/mobile/02/10/verizon.iphone/index.html?hpt=C2

    After years of anticipation, relatively few people waited in line Thursday morning to buy the new Verizon Wireless iPhone 4, according to anecdotal reports.

    Fifteen minutes before the phone went on sale, eight people were in line at Apple's flagship store in New York, according to CNNMoney. Down the street, about a dozen people waited in line at a Verizon Wireless store.

    And in Atlanta, Georgia, slightly more than a dozen stood in line outside a Verizon store to get the new phone. One of them, Lena Hill, 22, brought food and blankets at 6:15 a.m., expecting to have to camp out in a line to get the device. There wasn't a line, so Hill just waited in her car.

    ** So much for the hype...
    treet007
    GOLO member since January 30, 2008
    February 10, 2011 12:42 p.m.
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    That is because almost everyone I know already has an I Phone and the rest ordered them online... the hype is well worth it tr

  • randykyra Feb 10, 2011

    OK, I switched to At&t several years ago from Verizon. Not really disappt. with verison but just wanted the Iphone, well my wife wanted it. the service has been OK. Id prefer verizon but as I understand it Verison is limiting some of the fuctions on the Iphone? Example, your on the phone speaking to someone and you need to go to the internet to look something up. verizon won't allow you to do this fuction? This is one of the main reason I won't switch back. it doesn't sound like much but I'm sure their may be other things to. i also found verizon to be a little more expensive when it comes to there rates. I'm at the point where I don't have a contract with At&t so I'm going to sit back and see what people say. Feed back would be nice from some of the new Iphone verizon users...

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Feb 10, 2011

    Per CNN:

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/mobile/02/10/verizon.iphone/index.html?hpt=C2

    After years of anticipation, relatively few people waited in line Thursday morning to buy the new Verizon Wireless iPhone 4, according to anecdotal reports.

    Fifteen minutes before the phone went on sale, eight people were in line at Apple's flagship store in New York, according to CNNMoney. Down the street, about a dozen people waited in line at a Verizon Wireless store.

    And in Atlanta, Georgia, slightly more than a dozen stood in line outside a Verizon store to get the new phone. One of them, Lena Hill, 22, brought food and blankets at 6:15 a.m., expecting to have to camp out in a line to get the device. There wasn't a line, so Hill just waited in her car.

    ** So much for the hype...

  • Mugu Feb 10, 2011

    I've had mine for a week, what up?

  • kikinc Feb 10, 2011

    GetRight-I have the same phone. Absolutely love it! And with WiFi almost everywhere, it's easy to talk and surf at the same time.

  • GetRight Feb 10, 2011

    It's a lot of hype, that's for sure. I have an HTC Incredible on the Verizon network and it is an awesome (or incredible) phone. I can talk and browse at the same time IF i have a WiFi connection. Browsing is over WiFi and speech is on the VZ network.

  • YoucanthandletheTRUTH Feb 10, 2011

    anti-Mako II: You are right on the money!

  • Caveman93 Feb 10, 2011

    No wonder Apple and Verizon are doing "so well"! Free advertising by local news agencies must be sweet!

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