Today at 3 o'clock in the morning, Verizon opened its iPhone 4 pre-sale ordering site. And even though this was just for existing Verizon customers only, all of the pre-sale stock ran out within 17 hours.
Sure, it was a limited stock. But the website even crashed trying to serve all of the web traffic and orders coming in, which means that there were plenty of them to go around. It also means that there are plenty of Verizon customers who were overly excited to get their dream phone.
But this may bring a huge problem for Verizon's network. They said they were ready, but are they really? Let's take a look.
Verizon and AT&T are practically neck and neck in terms of the amount of subscribers they have. That was without iPhone users on Verizon's network. When the iPhone 4 launches for everybody on that network in exactly one week, though, I think the amount of new subscribers is going to destroy Verizon's network. The iPhone uses a lot of data, and combined with the massive amounts of Android devices, there is bound to be a problem.
But even worse than the sheer number of new subscribers for Verizon will be the slower data speeds. There will be an incredible weight thrown upon the network's shoulders to serve all of these new devices with slower speeds. Slower speeds mean longer download and upload times, which also translate into more users on the network at the same time. Again, this is something that is going to severely hurt Verizon's seemingly good reputation.
We don't really know for sure how many people are switching over to Verizon for the iPhone. But these two factors are going to play a huge role for the carrier over the period in which it has the iPhone contract.
Are you getting a Verizon iPhone 4? What do you think will happen to the network?