After months of rumors, the iPhone4 is available for Verizon, giving AT&T it’s first competitor when it comes to Apple products. The Verizon store on College Mall road in Bloomington opened it’s doors at 6:45 Thursday morning but customers of all ages were lined up hours before. Mihir Patel showed up at 2:30am.
“I’ve been a Verizon customer for a really long time and I just didn’t want to switch over to AT&T but I’m a big iPhone/Apple guy so I’ve been waiting for a very very long time,” Patel said.
Jeremy Stierwalt, the stores’ General Manager says Verizon stores have been preparing for the iPhones arrival for a while.
“Last Friday we had a dry run where we just prepped everybody for it and since then we’ve been doing face-to-face stuff. We’ve had some training videos that the company has sent to us and just really prepping for this day,” said Stierwalt.
In the event stores run out, Verizon is prepared to set up plans for customers when they come in and then ship the phone directly to their home. Verizon now not only has to contend with AT&T to woo customers but will also have to compete against some of its own products including the Droid and Blackberry.