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Verizon iPhone launch lags at NYC Apple storeThe Verizon iPhone hits the 5th Avenue Apple store in New York, but almost no one queues up in the freezing weather for the big launch. CNET's Maggie Reardon reports.
-I'm Maggie Reardon with cnet.com and I'm here at the Apple store on 5th Avenue where Verizon and Apple are about to kick off the Verizon iPhone. The crowds here are not quite what they are for a normal iPhone launch. It's 6:50 here in Manhattan and there are 7 people in line. The phone actually goes on sale at 7 o'clock this morning and the temperatures are in the 10s, snow is on the grounds and people are staying home. So, tell me, what brought you out on this bitter cold day in Manhattan to buy the iPhone. -I gotta go to work and aside from that, I'll be traveling New York today, so I just-- I wanted to get it out of the way, you know, this morning, so. I thought there was gonna be a really, really big line. I was surprised. I got here around 6:30 and I was 4th in line. [unk] on T-Mobile and I guess normal Verizon customer, so. This is actually my first time waiting on line for anything and I think probably I won't do it again. It's a little silly, but, you know? -It's about 7:30 here now, about a half hour after the doors have opened. It took only seconds for the line dwindle down to nothing. Clearly, Apple was expecting a bigger turnout. The store inside is just a sea of blue shirts with Apple employees willing to help people, but they aren't a lot of customers to help. I guess we finally have our answer to the question, "What will keep people from an iPhone launch?" 20-degree weather in Manhattan. I'm Maggie Reardon with CNET news.