iPhone Fans Flock to Verizon in Record Numbers
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We all knew this would happen.
Now that the iPhone 4 -- even if it is offered for now on the 3G network -- is available on the Verizon Wireless network, customers are making a mad dash for greener fields and proudly admit that they're more than willing to stand in line to make the switch.
As Enterprise Mobile Today reports, Verizon Wireless reported an all-time, single-day record for smartphone pre-orders Thursday when it opened up the flood gates on its website in the wee hours.
By a little after 8 p.m. ET, Verizon shut it down, leaving those who weren't quick enough on the draw to wait another week until its iPhone 4 model is generally released at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless stores, its website, big-box retailers and Apple's website.
Coincidental or not, online market research firm uSamp released a survey that found that not only are smartphone customers-- including BlackBerry and Android users-- anxious to make the switch to the Verizon iPhone, they say it's important enough to wait in line to get their hands on it.
The Encino, Calif.-based online market research firm's survey of 727 smartphone users over a three-day stretch in late January found that 29 percent of existing iPhone customers said they were literally willing to wait in line to switch to the Verizon model, a small but damning testament to just how displeased many customers have become with AT&T's beleaguered 3G network.
The numbers tell the story. Forty-eight percent of AT&T iPhone customers said the No. 1 reason they intend to leave for the Verizon model was dropped calls. Second on the list? Carrier coverage at 25 percent.