Verizon iPhone 4 Pre-order Sold Out. Verizon Prepping for 3G Onslaught by Installing Data Brakes

A lot of people, including yours truly, has complained about iPhone 4 voice call and 3G data problems on AT&T’s wireless network. Much has also been made about how life would be better for iPhone users if only it could work on Verizon’s voice and 3G data network. We’ll soon find out if this is the case. Tech writers who were provided CDMA iPhone 4 devices before it was available for pre-order say that voice calls do indeed seem to work better on Verizon’s network. But, what about millions of iPhone 4 users using up the 3G data network? Verizon’s 3G seems to have held up well with millions of Android smartphone users. But, Verizon is not taking chances with the iPhone coming on line in signficant numbers. Verizon’s iPhone 4 pre-order is already sold out.

Verizon iPhone 4 pre-orders sold out (9to5mac)

And, as CNN reports, Verizon’s new customers (but not existing ones) should be prepared to have the brakes appiled to their wireless data demands if they are in the top 5% of 3G data users.

Verizon to slow speeds for data hogs

How much is 5% of users? CNN reports Verizon currently has 21.5 million smartphone customers. Lets conservatively assume that 4.5 million new iPhone 4 customers will appear on their roster by the end of 2011 to bring their smartphone count to an even 25 million. 5% of 25 million is 1.25 million throttled customers. If iPhone 4 customers come to represent a disproportinate percentage of the top 5% of users, there may be hundreds of thousands of iPhone 4 users are going to encouter this wireless bandwidth braking.