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

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


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15 Comments

1. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

And if your family dies by a crazed gunman?

2. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

keep your personal life separate from your work

3. superguy

Posts: 454; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

7. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

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

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?

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!!!

6. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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

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.

9. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

10. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

11. superguy

Posts: 454; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

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

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31109; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The iturd comes out on 8-13-11

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.

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....

15. dancore unregistered

My sister works @ ATT and this is FALSE

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