NEW YORK (MainStreet) – While the Verizon iPhone is virtually identical to the iPhone 4 that came out on AT&T’s network back in June, it has prompted an enormous amount of buzz. Apple addicts tired of AT&T’s (Stock Quote: T) patchy network are expected to make the jump to Verizon (Stock Quote: VZ) en masse, while current Verizon subscribers have been waiting for months for Apple (Stock Quote: AAPL) to release an iPhone that works on their carrier’s network.
Early indications are that the Verizon iPhone will indeed be a smash hit; preorders for the device (for current Verizon subscribers only) started at 3 a.m. Thursday, and sold out in two hours after moving about half a million units. Now the phone is finally ready to go on sale to the general public, retailing for $199 (16 GB version) or $299 (32 GB version) with a new two-year contract and data package. Here’s where you can find it.
Online sales officially kicked off today at the ungodly hour of 3 a.m. Eastern Time on the Verizon website. According to Verizon’s website, you can get free overnight shipping as long as you order by 4:30 p.m. on a weekday, though you may need to enter the coupon code FREEOVERNT.
Apple also kicked off its online sales at today 3 a.m. It can be shipped free to your door, or you can reserve it for pickup at your local Apple store; you won’t be able to pick your new phone up until Thursday, but at least it will save you from having to wait in line when you do.