IPhone Breaks Verizon Sales Record

Verizon said the iPhone 4 broke its all-time sales record, just two hours after the carrier began taking pre-orders online.

The Basking Ridge, N.J.-based carrier, which neither gave specific figures, nor mention the previous record, halted orders shortly after 8:00 p.m. Thursday night after inventory it had set aside ran out.

Fortunately, consumers can still get one at Verizon stores starting 7 a.m. local time, or Best Buy locations, on February 10 — on a first-come, first-served basis.

Verizon’s iPhone release ends AT&T’s three-year exclusive lock on the device. To accelerate demand, Verizon is offering a $30 a month unlimited data plan to siphon customers from AT&T, albeit the heaviest-data users could be throttled. Analysts are predicting that the carrier could sell 9 to 13 million units this year alone.

Verizon is selling the 16-gigabyte iPhone for $200, and the 32-gigabyte model for $300 — both with two-year contracts.

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