The national retail launch of Apple's iPhone 4 for Verizon started Thursday, and the early lines in a few New York locations were far from long.
At the Verizon store in Fishkill, N.Y. there were 12 customers lined up at 6:45 a.m. ET, where nearly twice as many Verizon employees were on hand to accommodate the sales rush. One employee carried a bullhorn, but didn't have much of an opportunity to use it. Other employees were handing out cold weather kits that included ski hats and hand warmers.
In lower Manhattan, at the Verizon store on the corner of Water and Wall Streets, 21 people were waiting to buy the iPhone. Based on interviews with those soon-to-be iPhone owners, roughly half were trading up from RIM BlackBerries. And most of those folks were people who had the BlackBerry Storm.And while it was a ridiculously small sampling, there were some interesting patterns. Three people at the Wall Street store said they were coming to Verizon from AT&T (T) and one from Sprint (S). Curiously, five people -- or a quarter of the sample -- said they were breaking their current two-year contracts to get the Verizon iPhone.
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