There were many sleep-deprived Verizon Wireless customers yesterday. That's because the long-awaited iPhone 4 became available for pre-order on the website at 3 a.m. EST yesterday morning. According to Verizon Wireless, the company sold more iPhones in the first two hours, between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., than any other device during its first day launch. And by 8:10 p.m. EST, Verizon announced that iPhone 4 pre-orders were sold-out.
With all this sales activity throughout the day yesterday, the big question remains ... How did the Verizon website hold up? We are happy to report that the website delivered 100% availability. And while there were a few sporadic spikes in response time, overall it remained consistent and low.
Here's how the performance looked during the time of our benchmark monitoring, between 6:05 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. EST.
Apple's website also delivered similar performance during this time period.
This is a great example of companies being prepared and testing the limits of their websites before a big event to ensure they won't break under the pressure.
If you missed the pre-order yesterday, don't worry. You will have another chance on Wednesday, Feb. 9 starting at 3:01 a.m. EST to grab the iPhone 4 before it becomes available in stores on Thursday, Feb. 10.
We'll keep a close eye on both websites and continue to monitor their performance.