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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

UPDATED: Oh Verizon: iphone 4 or Wait for iphone 5

some_textUPDATE: Feb.26,2011 - Sales of the Verizon iphone 4 has been widely reported as disappointing. Expectations of long lines and millions of iphones being sold have NOT materialized.

In an article in the Wall Street Journal, CEO Daniel S. Mead said "Verizon Wireless sold more iPhone 4s during its initial launch than any other product in the carrier's history". BGR reported on Feb. 16, "We have been told that online pre-orders between Verizon and Apple amounted to around 550,000 units." With a total of almost 1 million sold altogether. Apple, though, typically crows about its sales achievements in big, splashy press releases. Apple has yet to do that with the Verizon Wireless iPhone. 

Could that be because fewer than 1 million of the devices has been sold so far? Perhaps. It could also be that because of an agreement in place with Verizon Wireless, Apple isn't allowed to share the numbers.

Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Timothy Horan estimates that Verizon Wireless will sell 3 million to 4 million iPhone 4s in the first quarter of 2011, and 10 million for the year. Well if that is the case they better get going fast cause all reports point to they are far behind that number right now.

If sales were big, wouldn't a company want to crow about it and yell to the world the success of there latest venture? CEO Mead went on to say, ", it wouldn't release iPhone sales figures until the company's next earnings release." Why wont they just tell us the exact figures of how many that where sold?

Listen, the spin by CEO Mead sounds to me like a political party coming out to bend things the way they want you to think it is. All reports I have seen points to one conclusion, People are waiting for the iphone 5, PERIOD! I AM, ARE YOU?

UPDATE: iphone 5  I've been following all the latest rumors and reports about Apples latest version of the iphone. Some said it would be delayed till September'11, but that rumor was squashed quickly and all indications point to a June'11 launch. 1.- is the iPhone 5 with a sliding qwerty keypad, 2.-is the iPhone 5 mini which will have lesser capabilities but will also have a lower price point and 3.- the normal iPhone 5 with improved specs from the iPhone 4 with a 4" larger screen.(photo right) Also a White iphone coming in Spring 2011.
The ipad 2 will be introduced on March 2, 2011. Hopefully we will get some further details.

I am a loyal Verizon customer. I have been with them many,many years ever since I switched wayyyyy back when from my first cell phone with AT&T.

So, OK, Verizon is set to launch the iphone 4 to everyone, Thursday February 10. Verizon customers who got locked out last time at the pre-order launch on February 3, 2011, me included, which only lasted till about 7:30pm, that's a whole other blog rant, get a second chance as do non-Verizon customers. I'm sure the demand will be epic, some say one million sold in first week, as the wait is finally over for those loyal customers who stuck with them hoping eventually this day would come.
some_textBut will I be on-line or on line to get my iphone 4? HOLD ON! I don't think so! Why? Lets do some thinking together about this. My biggest concern is all the rumors I am hearing that Apple will come out with the iphone 5 on June 6, 2011. That's right, you heard me, THE iPHONE 5! June 6 is the opening day of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference; this event has been used by Apple to roll out its newest models since 2008.
Now some say that's impossible, since Verizon is launching the Apple iphone 4 now in February. Apple wouldn't launch a newer version in June so quickly, or would they?
But what would Apple release on June 6 this summer is the question and many believe that it might introduce iPhone 5 or maybe it will be known as the iPhone 4G. However, it is pretty doubtful that Apple would release a 4G phone in 2011 because of the status of 4G.

So the question is, Get the Verizon iphone 4 NOW or wait for the iphone 5 in June?

Lets discuss:
Getting the iphone 4 now:
  • A solid re-release of the most impressive iPhone yet, say some critics. But it is a re-release. It is new technology from Verizon but it's still an iPhone 4 
  • Better coverage than AT&T (voice & data)
  • Fewer dropped calls
  • Finally the iPhone on Verizon!
  • Unlimited data
  • Use as a wireless hotspot
Waiting for the iphone 5:

  •  iphone 4 No voice and data at the same time
  •  iphone 4 No international roaming
  •  iphone 4 No New features
  •  It is still an outdated iPhone 4
  • The Redesigned Antenna for Verizon iPhone 4 may STILL have issues>READ 
  • If you buy now, you will be "locked in" for two long years unable to get the latest and greatest
  • There are bound to be issues with there network, waiting enables them to correct these issues so you wont be frustrated and inconvenienced
  • Also rumored is a White iphone
 What else. Maybe Verizon we stop offering unlimited Data. But if they do they usual announce it in advance giving all then an opertunity to jump on the iphone 4 to lock themselves in.
If your a current Verizon customer you might be thinking you will loose your New-Every-Two upgrade Credit? I e-mailed Verizon and asked when mine will expire. They said I am entitled to one more credit before they discontinue it. So if you have one coming you will still get it!
The iphone 5 will cost more then the iphone 4! Don't think so, as many in the tech world say it should be the same as the iphone 4.  If it is more, then you can still buy the iphone 4.
Let others test the system, why get frustrated with NEW Verizon technology like the original AT&T iphone uses.
We are talking only maybe four months more to wait. Sure some say if you always waited for NEW technology you would never buy anything. True, and we Verizon customers have been waiting a LONG time.
If your getting one, great. Let us all know how you like it. For me though, I think I'll wait just a little bit more. If I'm going to be locked in for two years, I want at least one full year were I can say, "I have the latest and greatest, NOT just four months.