Verizon to open at 6am on day of Droid launch?

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Verizon to open at 6am on day of Droid launch?
If you are one of the many planning to hit Verizon up for the Motorola Droid on the launch date of November 6th, there is something you should keep in mind. According to I4U, the carrier plans on opening up its' stores at 6am on November 6th. On the same day, Big Red also is expected to launch the HTC Droid Eris, a Android powered handset that will reportedly go for $99. If you are planning to be a first day buyer of the Droid, they could be out of stock well before lunch.

The last time Verizon hyped a handset this hard was for the November 2008 launch of the first-gen BlackBerry Storm. On launch date, long lines appeared outside Big Red stores (seems funny now, doesn't it?) and many stores were sold out within minutes. Considering that many who have had hands-on experience with the Droid believe this to be the iPhone's first real challenger, you can expect each Verizon retail outlet to be a madhouse on November 6th. Throw in the demand for the underpriced Droid Eris, Verizon's HTC Hero variant, and you can imagine that Lowell McAdam will be walking around with a perpetual grin on his face on November 6th. Better set your alarm clock to wake you very early that morning!

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source: I4U

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23 Comments

1. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

A- i just hope that vzwstores have enough phones instock. B- is every vzwstore going to have it instock or is it selected stores only.

19. bigred84

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 01, 2009

probably just corporate offices

2. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

whatever..show up when u want one...meh

3. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

?

18. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

7am here in Seattle and we have plenty. Have seen the stock in the back. Our store has over 80 our kiosk 20 of the Droid. That is not even including Droid Eris yet.

23. conman808

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

where in seattle is you store?

4. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

I doubt there will be a manufacturing shortage like the Pre

6. WinstonSmith

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

I hope you're right. The only question is which stores will be getting them. If I can't get the Droid, I'll end up going w/ the Imagio.

21. Dood

Posts: 269; Member since: Mar 23, 2009

Use your stylus sparingly. That's what f'ed up the Imagio experience for me.

22. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

Hey DON, Thats because the pre was for desperate Sprint customers, VZW keeps their customers happy....

5. WinstonSmith

Posts: 4; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

I called mine this afternoon and they claim they are opening early -- but its 8am. That will prevent me from getting there until 4:00 in the afternoon. I don't know what to do....

7. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i will be getting mine on vzw.com at 12:30 am friday.

8. seebeatty

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 21, 2008

So my question would be PRICING at the VZW Store. Will there still be a $100 rebate if you get it at the store location (like you would if you purchase it online or at Best Buy?) If we could get a tipster on store pricing versus online rebates, that would be great!!

9. gemini6991

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 21, 2009

Generally, buying in the store means you have to mail in the rebate. But who knows...personally I'm not the one to be waiting in line. Will be ordering mine online or over the phone that way I am guaranteed to get the instant rebate.

10. MR521

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

Just preorder it through best buy. It will be $199 instant rebate! I did so today...can't wait

11. vzwtech86

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 31, 2009

Well guys, heres the breakdown as far as I know... Stores are opening at 7am (at least in SoCal) and stores will be plenty stocked. Inventory availability is dependant on store traffic (i.e busy stores get more phones, dead stores get less). The average amount of phones that have been allocated to each location seems to be around 100 or so and locations should have already recieved their initial shipments so go bug your local VZW location to see if theyll spill the beans on how many they got in. Also they will more than likely recieve at least another supplementary shipment during the weekend to meet demands for the phone. Personally, I went to BB and reserved mine. Cant go wrong with that instant rebate! :)

14. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

with the most anticipated phone ever from verizon, with there really be any dead verizon stores?? and what is BB?

17. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

Best Buy

12. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

stores open an hour earlier than they normally do...most stores are going to get significantly less than you think they will....and they online ordering doesnt start until 8am as well...

13. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

where did you hear online ordering starts at 8??

15. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

ima call my local vzwstore on the 5th to make sure they will have it in stock if not im going online or calling in the order.

16. phkhmh42

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

Make sure you check with your Verizon Wireless Store because here in NC we just got an email and we are opened 8am to 9pm not 6am.

20. VZWEMPLOYEE

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 13, 2009

Our store has 150 motorola androids and 90 htc eris. Delaware

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