Kelly was on the scene at Seattle-area Verizon iPhone launch locations early this morning. Here she talks to the first person in line at the Seattle University District Verizon Wireless store, then travels a few blocks to the University Village Apple Store where 1 person was in line.
Seattle mirrors similar lackluster turnouts for the Verizon iPhone launch, suggesting that a Verizon iPhone may not be the big deal everyone expected.
According to the USA Today, Seattle definitely wasn’t the only store with smaller than expected turnouts. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster tracked the turnout at several other stores, including New York City’s Fifth Avenue Apple Store. That location saw 1400 people waiting in line for the iPhone 4 release last summer. This morning saw only 40 people waiting for the Verizon version.
Many analysts are “blaming” the cold weather and online pre-sales for the disappointing numbers. Will Verizon really sell 1 million units by the end of the weekend as predicted? I am starting not to think so. What are your thoughts?