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Cold Doesn't Stop Verizon iPhone Buyers

Lines were tame this morning at Verizon on Michigan Avenue



    Cold Doesn't Stop Verizon iPhone Buyers
    Hannah Chanpong

    Ray Akpan can hear you now.

    Akpan was the 36th person to receive a new iPhone 4 at the Verizon Wireless store on Michigan Avenue Thursday. Akpan, a "faithful" Verizon customer, said he's wanted an iPhone for years.

    "I knew the day would come," he said.

    The new phone went on sale at 7 a.m. at Verizon and Apple stores across the city. Verizon is the first network to carry iPhone service besides AT&T, which has been criticized for dropped calls.

    Some customers waited for more than an hour in single-degree temperatures Thursday morning outside the Verizon store at 500 N. Michigan Ave. Assisant store manager Tonisa James said the bravest ones started the line around 5:30 a.m.

    Compared to hundreds lining up for past Apple products, the wait to get this phone didn't last long. By about 8:15 a.m., James said 46 people had bought the iPhone.

    Jay Walusek, who arrived just a few minutes before the store opened, waited outside for about 20 minutes. Walusek is an AT&T customer who is switching to Verizon.

    "AT&T works great in the suburbs," he said, "but I live and work downtown."

    Akpan, who also lives in the city, got to the store at 7:30 a.m. He didn't expect a line, he said, because of the cold weather.

    James said many customers pre-ordered iPhones, which might have kept the crowd to a minimum. She predicts 100 people will buy the iPhone at her location today.

    The next rush is expected around lunchtime, she said.