iPhone hits Verizon Wireless shelves in Victoria
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Signs at Victoria's Verizon Wireless store indicated the wait was over: "It's here. iPhone 4."
The Apple iPhone, originally an AT&T exclusive, hit Verizon's shelves Thursday.
Victoria's store opened at 7 a.m. to find several customers already in line, said Daniel Hernandez, a floating manager with Verizon.
"The response was great," he said, explaining he couldn't disclose the number of phones sold. "We anticipate traffic throughout the day and weekend."
Verizon originally announced it would carry the iPhone Jan. 11 and began taking pre-orders Feb. 3, Hernandez said.
Nancy Brock visited the store Thursday afternoon with her brother and daughter to purchase a phone of her own. She put off her upgrade, she said, to wait for the release.
"I'm excited to try the face-to-face video chat," she said, explaining she had out-of-state family. "It's awesome not to have to wait until I'm at a computer to Skype. This way, you can do it on the go."
Lacey Sammons arrived about noon to purchase a case for the phone her husband bought that morning.
The Cuero nurse said she switched from Sprint to Verizon when she learned the company would carry the phones.
"I use my daughter's iPod when I can and, now, it's like having that combined with my phone," she said. "It's the two best things put together."
Mike Wilson, a Victoria welder, opened a Verizon account Thursday so he could purchase the device. At 3 p.m. he sat on a couch inside the store, figuring out his phone.
"I like the way it looks," he said, explaining why he chose the device. "And there are a bunch of applications."
Verizon's Victoria store still had phones in stock Thursday afternoon but maintained a back-up plan, just in case. Customers can place orders either in-store or online if necessary.
Although Thursday meant busy times for the Victoria staff, Hernandez said they enjoyed it.
"It's been a long day so far, but we're excited," he said. "It's good."