Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead announced that all the rumors as the carrier has low rate of selling the iPhone 4 are not true. Though he didn’t emphasize any numbers, saying all data will be included in Q1 report, but he noted the iPhone 4 is the most selling device in the Verizon’s history.
Verizon understanding there could be some troubles with the launch and sales, decided to spread the launch over three phases. The first pre-orders began on February 3rd, the second ones took place on February 9th, and finally the phone was officially launched on February 10th. 60 percent of all sales were made online, than the Verizon iPhone 4 launch was characterized by fewer and shorter lines at both the carrier’s retail outlets and Apple stores. This was not a reflection of low demand, but a strategy which returned its results.
Mead also noted they are interested not only in the iPhone 5, but in LTE technology and working on devices compatible with Verizon’s 4G network:
“You’ll see more coming from Apple on LTE. They understand the value proposition of LTE and I feel very confident that they are going to be a part of it.”
But there are some problems with the first-generation LTE chipsets, and Apple’s COO Cook said they wouldn’t make some of them because of their design compromises.
But all we hope Apple will work with chipset manufacturers to iron out these kinks and we’ll get other products from the cooperation between Apple and Verizon.