Verizon halts iPhone 4 pre-orders after most successful sales day in history

We all knew the iPhone was going to be popular on Verizon and as is typical for the iPhone sales numbers rocked yesterday. Verizon stopped taking pre-orders from existing customers late last night.

Yesterday Apple and Verizon opened up the pre-order online store for existing Verizon customers to reserve an iPhone 4. Verizon Wireless issued a press release stating that they stopped taking pre-orders last night at 8:10 pm EST in their most successful first day of sales in their history.

According to president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, Dan Mead:

This was an exciting day. In just our first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history. And, when you consider these initial orders were placed between the hours of 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., it is an incredible success story. It is gratifying to know that our customers responded so enthusiastically to this exclusive offer designed to reward them for their loyalty.

It seems pretty clear we will soon hear of lines forming at Apple and Verizon stores for next week's public launch of the iPhone 4 on Verizon.