By Ed Oswald | Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm
There’s almost a degree of absurdity to the amount of armchair quarterbacking going on when it comes to Verizon iPhone sales. It appears as if nothing short of armies of consumers descending on Apple and Verizon stores would stop the opining masses from predicting doom and gloom.
BGR has what it claims are internal numbers showing that the launch of the iPhone on Verizon has “failed” to meet expectations. Here’s the numbers from five selected Apple stores (including two “prominent” locations):
How unfortunate, these numbers show Apple having only managed to double sales of its phone! While yes, these are certainly not blowout numbers for the phone, by no means is this a failure. Lets be realistic: the iPhone 4 is a eight-month old device. Those who really, really wanted it have it already. Who is going to switch for a phone about to be become obsolete within months?
In addition, much has been made of Apple’s silence regarding the sales of the device. We really shouldn’t be concerned. Yes, a new iPhone carrier here in the US is a big deal, but generally Cupertino has not said much when it comes to expanding carriers other than the standard press release. The hype here on sales has come from Verizon alone.
One positive for Apple? 30% of those switching to the Verizon iPhone are coming from Android, BGR says. That may give some creedence to the argument that Apple’s biggest problem when it comes to market share is limited carrier distribution.
We all should be holding judgement until the iPhone 5 comes out on both carriers. Then if the lines are still not appearing, we can all pass judegement that Apple’s time has come and gone. Until then it’s all pure speculation.