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AT&T's blackout date for employee vacations points to a coming new Apple iPhone launch

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AT&T's blackout date for employee vacations points to a coming new Apple iPhone launch
Last week we reported that AT&T was getting employees ready for the launch of the Apple iPhone 5 by finishing up employee training, getting ready for a mid-September launch of the device. That conflicts a bit with information that a tipster gave to Gizmodo on Friday. Claiming to toil for AT&T, the tipster said that employees of the carrier are being told that they cannot take a vacation during the last two weeks of September. Obviously, that would seem to indicate that the Apple iPhone 5 will launch during the last two weeks of September.

The tipster sent an email which read, "I'm an AT&T employee and my boss just announced that vacation requests for the end of September will be denied due to an 'event blackout'. Historically the only time they've done this was for an iPhone release."  Without confirmation, we must file this away as a speculative report, especially since it is at odds with the majority of other stories, most of which call for a launch of the Apple iPhone 5 in the middle of September.

There are some new indications about a mid September launch of the Apple iPhone 5 at AT&T. A source who works for the carrier says that employees were told to expect "increased foot traffic" in the AT&T stores starting in the middle of the month.  Another report indicates that a launch in the middle of September will feature an initial shipment of 4 million units of the new iPhone. And during Apple's latest quarterly report, the company said to expect a  "future product transition" in September.

As far as speculation from the Verizon side of the aisle, we recently reported that a tipster of ours told us that Big Red has been offering bundled discounts on Apple iPhone 4 accessories and will soon discount single accessories in an attempt to clean out inventory before the launch of the new model.

source: Gizmodo via AppleInsider

An email from a person claiming to be an AT&T emplyoee says that the carrier will not allow any vacations taken during the last two weeks of September

An email from a person claiming to be an AT&T emplyoee says that the carrier will not allow any vacations taken during the last two weeks of September


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posted on 30 Jul 2011, 22:37 4

1. Rawrzellers (Posts: 224; Member since: 22 Aug 2010)


And if your family dies by a crazed gunman?

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 22:41 5

2. quakan (Posts: 1171; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


keep your personal life separate from your work

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 22:42 4

3. superguy (Posts: 271; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Last two weeks of September starts on Sept 16, which is definitely the middle of the month. If they're expecting high volume starting then and thru the end of the month, I don't see how that's inconsistent with the other stories.

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 23:56 1

7. E.N. (Posts: 2272; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


woops, just read your comment. but yeah you're right

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 23:24 3

4. What the? (unregistered)


Do they know the meaning of the word "conflicting"?

Here I'll spell it out for the moron that wrote this article.
Sept = 30 days
2 weeks = 14 days
30 - 14 = 16
with me so far?

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 23:38 1

5. OMG!!!!!! (unregistered)


Can't believe I wasted my time reading this article!!!
If not because of the funny comments I would be really mad!!!

posted on 30 Jul 2011, 23:54 1

6. E.N. (Posts: 2272; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Yeah I was thinking the same thing, haha. The last two weeks = the mid-September to the end of September. This fits in perfectly with the other stories

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 04:02

8. Moron Finder (unregistered)


If something starts in the middle of a month, it is not the same as if it starts at the end of the month. The article writer is absolutely right. You guys are the morons.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 04:25

9. E.N. (Posts: 2272; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


"Claiming to toil for AT&T, the tipster said that employees of the carrier are being told that they cannot take a vacation during the last two weeks of September. Obviously, that would seem to indicate that the Apple iPhone 5 will launch during the last two weeks of September."

I see where the confusion might be. They were probably referencing two different tipsters. Maybe? I don't know, pretty confused now.

But anyway i just want to see the damn thing already so I can know if I'm buying it or not.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 08:10 1

10. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Just goes to show you that Apple knows how to make quality products.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 09:31 1

11. superguy (Posts: 271; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


Apple could put out a turd, slap it's logo on it and people would still buy it.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 10:32

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 10896; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


The iturd comes out on 8-13-11

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 11:59

13. LAYZ (unregistered)


Apparently no one at phonearena is aware of this, but 14 days before the end of a 30 day month is what would be considered the "middle" of the month.

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 15:39

14. That AT&T dude (unregistered)


Totally work for AT&T.... Um this isn't true just FYI. I am allowed to take my vacation to Nagshead those last two week....

posted on 31 Jul 2011, 19:34

15. dancore (unregistered)


My sister works @ ATT and this is FALSE

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