One of the first Verizon iPhones received by a customer in Indiana

One of the first Verizon iPhones received by a customer in Indiana
You might not consider this 'news,' per se, but billa9668 is one of the first customers to receive their new Verizon iPhone. While most of the February 3rd pre-orders are due for distribution early in the week, billa9668 managed to sweet-talk his local UPS office into letting him pick it up from the local distribution center.

This true Apple fanatic braved the snow to drive to his local UPS on a Satuday morning, just so he could start tapping away at his new device. If we weren't so mobile-obsessed ourselves, we might say that this guy was a little too excited.

But isn't this the kind of anticipation Apple and Verizon are counting on? Verizon already broke their own sales records between the odd hours of 3 and 5 AM, so they must be doing something right. When general sales open up on February 9th and 10th, we expect swarms of AT&T iPhone owners to be in line as well. We can't speak for AT&T or Verizon. But if the commercials are any indication, the iPhone turf-war has only just begun.

source: billa9668 (YouTube) via MacRumors

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1. 09lexus unregistered


8. BobbyTaba

Posts: 316; Member since: Aug 11, 2010

video taken by Droid X

2. DaveyJE24

Posts: 54; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

congrats, luckyyyyy also

3. tpiazz01

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 28, 2010

I ordered One too and I'm excited to get the phone, BUT the fact that phone arena Put this article up on there site of a guy opening up a ups box is really pathetic. The fact that I watched it is probably bad too but come on ... I just bought a htc eve for my girlfriend and I must say it's a great phone and I'm wondering if I'll love the phone as much as I do love playing with her new phone. Save some pride and stop putting these articles up guys. Just a concerned phone arena avid reader

5. Zorin

Posts: 152; Member since: Jul 26, 2010

Have to agree, my friend. Love this site, but I feel dirty and stupid even watching the clip. Good thing he showed the knife, round the east coast, him and his GF would have been robbed (camera for evidence). Don't let this site turn into another phonescoop -- I know the reviews have been lacking at times, and I find myself going right to phonedog for those. But I still come here for 'other things'.

16. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I love tech of any kind but I think this video gave me AIDS, I felt kinda bad...

4. Yoda unregistered

Congrats, Hey wish I was you right now. I have to wait until the 7th. But Hey I guess I already waited this long might as well wait a couple more days. But congrats man your a lucky guy.....

6. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

It wouldn't have been so bad if she knew how to record a video...

7. Snredrum unregistered

Nice Kershaw!.......oh yeah, and iPhone!

9. JOHN unregistered


28. phonelady

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 06, 2011

You can clearly see the Verizon Wireless Address on there, and I know what there boxes look like, not to mention you can see the red paper work he pulls out and shoves back in when the phone is pulled out.

10. Joe9065 unregistered

Ha!..I wonder if he knows he CAN'T call someone and browse the web to confirm anything online!..Thnk god for gsm

12. doubleD

Posts: 78; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Seriously, do people even do this? To me, it seems like a very useless feature, if that's the AT&T advantage I'm perfectly happy without them as my provider. It's like that car that can parallel park itself. I maybe have to parallel park once a year. I guess some people would use the feature, but I just don't see the majority ever needed it or using it.

11. itachi unregistered

@ john can clearly see the "Rule the air" logo on the bottom of the box

13. darthquader unregistered

This is the saddest and most pathetic video anyone has ever taken. It's a cell phone, people...

25. unregistered unregistered

I would have to agree. That was pretty bad that people are that excited about an Iphone.

15. CB unregistered

Everyone has to look forward to something in life, guess we know where he stands.

17. Fedex worker unregistered

Fake. I work for fedex and verizon ships most of their products through fedex. We didnt process any of the iphones until yesterday, 2/5/10. FYI we did process 25,000 in 3 hours.

19. notafake unregistered

This is not fake. Since most of these phones were shipped from Apple they are going through UPS and FedEx. Apple uses UPS for all it's shipments so anything that came through their Direct Fullfilment went through UPS and anything that went through Verizon's went through FedEx.

18. JE unregistered

The weird thing is he got it from ups...Verizon uses Fedex for all shipments to customers. I've opened thousands of these boxes.

23. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

Well Verizon shipped my phone using UPS before, just because you open up "thousands" of these boxes doesn't mean anything at all, you could have missed one haha

29. phonelady

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 06, 2011

Due to the mass amount of orderes, Verizon has teamed up with not only Fed Ex there usual distributor, but also UPS to get everyone there phones in a timely matter. Mine is set for delivery on Monday and it is in fact coming UPS

20. austinesparzamoon unregistered

Apple uses fed ex for almost everything and everything I order from apple came trough fed ex so the is a fake

21. DieselSurfer unregistered

I am going to have to disagree with you there. I ordered iphones for my family members and all of them are coming by way of UPS. I called apple and they stated they use multiple shipping services.

22. monique24 unregistered

This is not fake. People, including myself, will be getting the iPhone delivered by UPS. And I ordered mine through VZW.

24. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

These people are really annoying with "this is fake because it was shipped by UPS" stfu people haha. I know it's just a phone but VZW uses multiple shipping carriers and I would assume that because I received my phone from UPS when I ordered from them.

26. HaleyofSOL unregistered

If the customer workds for UPS then his shipments would have been sent by such. Otherswise, most case they're sent by FedEx. This may also be depending on the area. P.S. Iong live Android!

27. pipes unregistered

To bad he cannont activate it until frb 10th

30. phonelady

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 06, 2011

You can activate it upon receiving it, that is the whole point of pre-order.

31. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

Yawn lol Iphone shmiphone webOs baby and hope Hp really makes a comeback w it at there big event on the 9th :)

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