This iPhone 4 launch looked nothing like AT&T’s last summer
It was cold across much of the U.S. Thursday morning when the Apple AAPL iPhone for Verizon VZ finally went on sale.
But you can’t really blame the weather for the turn out, which Business Insider characterized as “laughably short.” Apple enthusiasts have camped out for up to week in front of Apple’s big glass cube on Fifth Avenue — braving rain and cold and humorless security guards — to be first in line for a product they really cared about.
But when my colleague David Goldman at CNNMoney arrived at the Fifth Ave. Apple Store at 6:45 a.m. this morning, he found only eight people waiting to get in: six former T-Mobile DT customers and two from Verizon. A ninth buyer, an AT&T T customer with an old iPhone 3G, showed up at 7:10.
Why so few buyers? I think RBC’s Mike Abramsky had the right idea Wednesday when he listed seven reasons Verizon’s Q1 2011 iPhone 4 activations would be less than AT&T’s in Q3 2010.