Apple has started shipping a week earlier the orders for the new Verizon iPhone 4 (online orders) than what it was estimated earlier.
The initial orders which were placed on 9th February 2011 were marked for delivery on or before February 18 but now the shipping notices have changed the date specifying the delivery date to be Feb 16th 2011.
In December and January, Apple stockpiled almost 2 million CDMA iPhone 4 units which reserved an unknown number of units for the initial batch for Verizon. The initial batch was sold out on the first day.
On 9th February, Apple started taking web orders for either reserved in-store pickup or free delivery for those who were willing to wait for a few days for the new model to ship and arrive to them.