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Verizon: Customers can order iPhones this week

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amny Photo Credit: Execs from Verizon and Apple announce the Verizon iPhone at an event last month/Getty

Verizon customers holding out for the iPhone, your day has come.

The wireless provider announced Wednesday that customers can begin ordering the Apple smartphone Thursday, eight days ahead of the launch date for everyone else.

“There’s been lots of enthusiasm with customers, and they’ve been asking for this for a long time,” said Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney.

The iPhone’s debut on Verizon ends more than three years of AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity, and has been in the works for about two years, Raney said. AT&T and Apple didn’t returned requests for comment.

Published reports said Verizon is expecting to sell between 400,000 and 500,000 units over the first weekend, but Raney declined to comment on the numbers, saying the company doesn’t discuss expected sales.

Verizon’s prices for the smartphone mirror AT&T’s. With a new, two-year contract, the 16 gb model will cost $199.99, and the 32 gb will cost $299.99. Verizon has about 94 million U.S. customers.

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